Samizdat Eastern European Film Festival 2023

Samizdat Eastern European Film Festival 2023

Klassiki are proud to partner once again with Samizdat Eastern European Film Festival for their 2023 edition. Based in Glasgow, Samizdat is Scotland’s only festival dedicated to the best of classic and contemporary Eastern European and Central Asian cinema. From 12 September – 5 October, we will be streaming a selection of titles from this year’s programme, including Šimon Holý’s acclaimed new comedy And Then There Was Love…, restorations of Soviet-era classics from Georgia and Armenia, a selection of animated film from across the region, plus the full programme of the festival’s inaugural short film competition. And over on the Klassiki Journal, we’ll be publishing interviews with directors and programmers to help bring you closer to the action.

Samizdat Eastern European Film Festival 2023
  • And Then There Was Love...

    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Šimon Holý • 2022 • Czechia

    One of the most striking new voices in Czech cinema, Šimon Holý returns with a touchingly comic take on female connection. Desperate for a way out of her loneliness, 60-something Kristýna (Pavla Tomicová) sets out for the Vysočina mountains to visit a fort...

  • Brother
    Movie + 2 extras


    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov • 1991 • USSR/Tajikistan

    This restoration of the debut feature from Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov, the director who put Tajik cinema on the international map, is a gem of Central Asia film from the very end of the Soviet era. This Huckleberry Finn-style adventure foll...

  • Eastern European Animation Showcase

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    In collaboration with Samizdat Film Festival, we present eight shorts from the past 60 years of eastern European animation. From Estonia to Yugoslavia, Hungary to Czechoslovakia, these miniature masterpieces capture the surreal, otherworldly, and often fiercely political tradition of drawn and st...

  • Samizdat Short Film Competition 2023

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    We present the full programme of Samizdat Film Festival’s inaugural short film competition. Spotlighting female filmmakers from Central Asia and Poland, the selection speaks to the growing awareness of the true diversity of perspectives and voices in an often misunderstood region. Featuring a sly...

  • Some Interviews on Personal Matters

    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Lana Gogoberidze • 1978 • USSR/Georgia

    A pioneering work of feminist filmmaking from the legendary Lana Gogoberidze, Some Interviews on Personal Matters is one of the most vital films produced in Soviet Georgia. The iconic Sofiko Chiaureli (The Colour of Pomegranates) stars as a jour...

  • House on the Volcano

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Hamo Bek-Nazaryan • 1928 • USSR/Armenia/Azerbaijan

    To celebrate the centenary of Armenian film, we present a new restoration of this neglected silent classic by Hamo Bek-Nazaryan, the founding father of the nation’s cinema. A co-production of the Armenian and Azerbaijani national stu...