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South East European Film Festival Los Angeles 2016 Brings Oscar Entries and Focuses on Exile

South East European Film Festival Los Angeles 2016 Brings Oscar Submissions and Focuses on Exile

Throughout the year Los Angeles hosts a great number of festivals focused on highlighting the cinema of specific geographic regions or countries. Among them, the annual South East European Film Festival in Los
Angeles allows American audiences the opportunity to experience films from about 18 countries of South East Europe, showcasing diversity
of cultures and cinematic talents.

SEEfest was twice the recipient of the
prestigious festival grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, and five other awards for programming excellence from the State of
California, County and City of Los Angeles, and Cities of Beverly Hills and
West Hollywood.

The 2016 edition of the festival runs April 28 – May 5 at
Ahrya Fine Arts and Music Hall in Beverly Hills, the Goethe-Institut Los
Angeles and West Hollywood Council Chambers/Library. This year the program focuses on the many faces of exile, both external
and internal, and includes stories both piercing and lifting that share as many facets of the human
experience of exile as there are films. A full slate of high quality features
and timely documentaries will begin on Opening night April 28 at Ahrya Fine
Arts theater with the premiere of Bosnia’s Oscar entry “Our Everyday Life,” directed by Ines Tanović, who will attend the
screening.

The
festival was designed to showcase the cinema from South East Europe, a part of the world
that is as tumultuous as it is fascinating.  “We are deeply
honored to have several wonderful films on the program that do what cinema does
best, take us up close and personal with real people on a perilous trek toward
uncertain future,” says SEEfest Founder and Artistic Director, Vera Mijojlić.

The list of acclaimed features and documentaries include a young
boy’s journey across hostile borders in search of a father in Visar Morina’s “Babai,” which was Kosovo’s Oscar entry at the most recent Academy Awards; a documentary
about refugees “Logbook_Serbistan”” by
the celebrated Serbian director and lifelong rebel, Želimir Žilnik; a romantic
comedy from Australia about Greek-Muslim love,  “Alex & Eve” by
Peter Andrikidis; Bulgarian coming-of-ager “Losers,”
a self-deprecating reference to the society at large by Ivaylo Hristov;
Serbian morality tale about corrosive hidden truths, “A Good Wife” by celebrated Eastern European actress-turned-director
Mirjana Karanović and which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival; a  love story on the mine fields dotting the border-crossings
between Turkey and Greece, “Riverbanks”
by Greek director Panos Karkanevatos; a photographer’s album of the 20th
century in “The Eye of Istanbul” from
Turkey, by Binnur Karaevli and Fatih Kaymak; the riveting political thriller “Why Me?” by Tudor Giurgiu from Romania; Serbia’s moving Oscar entry “Enclave” by veteran helmer Goran Radovanović, and
more films ranging in cinematic sensibility from quiet observation to irreverent
humor.

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