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    • New Talents Open Call
      Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF) began in The Netherlands in 2008 with the idea to offer Dutch and international audiences a unique glimpse into the cinema of their neighbors from Eastern and Southern Europe. This annual event presents the most recent, exciting, and thought‐provoking films, from countries with small, but often powerful film industries, that… Read more: New Talents Open Call
    • ENFF 2023 On Demand!
      Unable To attend the festival in person? No problem! From November 27th to December 3rd, we’re thrilled to bring you a curated selection of this year’s films available for online viewing! Catch our captivating Opening Film Ivan’s Land, or the touching Closing Film Seventh Heaven. Or explore a collection of shorts from the New Talents Competition! Follow along… Read more: ENFF 2023 On Demand!
    • What’s up in Slovak Cinema? A conversation with Monika Lostakova
      We talked with Monika Lošťáková about contemporary Slovak cinema.
    • ENFF and the Eastern European Film Festival Network!
      The Eastern European Film Festival Network brings together five film festivals dedicated to promoting and showcasing Eastern European cinema, alongside one partner organisation.
    • Masterclasses
      Through these masterclasses we approach two memory in film from different angles: memories from a personal or collective recollection through archive material.
    • Work in Progress
      In Work in Progress, emerging filmmakers and artists will present their works in development to the audience and engage in discussions with Dutch experts.
    • Festival Timetable Available!
    • Check out the catalogue for our 2023 edition!
    • Music at ENFF
      Every year, ENFF brings special musical guests who bring beauty to the program and further represent the rich cultures of their countries to a Dutch audience.
    • Film Marathon
      Join us for the Film Marathon, a new concept in which we merge two components, Short Films, Big Stories, and New Talents Competition into a whole-day screening of short films!

ENFF & Het Nutshuis Special – Gamer by Oleg Sentsov

Saturday 3 November | 20:00 hours | Het Nutshuis | Riviervismarkt 5, 2513 AM Den Haag

Special screening of Gámer, the first feature film by Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. Through this screening on November 3 in Het Nutshuis, we are focusing attention on Oleg Sentsov’s plight. In 2015, he was arrested by the Russian state and sentenced to 20 years in prison for his involvement in the protests against the Russian occupation of Crimean peninsula. This year, he went on hunger strike protesting the incarceration of 65 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and demanding their release. His story and film are part of an in-depth program which provides an opportunity to discuss relations between Russia, Ukraine and the rest of the world. Gámer represents the sudden and premature end of Sentsov’s promising directing career.


Alex is an adolescent living a life of poverty in a tiny village in Ukraine. His relationship with his mother is going downhill fast and his school results are disastrous to say the least. The only ray of light in his dark and dinghy world is the online arena of competitive shooting games on the computer. Alex is known as Koss in this world, where he is a talented gamer with a realistic ambition to win the world title. Alex is determined to reach the top and is invited to go to Los Angeles to take part in a prestigious tournament. But what if becoming world champion isn’t the answer to all his problems? And what if he doesn’t win?

Original title: Gámer Country: Ukraine Year: 2011 Subtitles: English Length: 93 min Director: Oleg Sentsov Screenplay: Oleg Sentsov Cinematography: Egor Petrik, Eugene Vradiy, Gennady Veselkov Cast: Vladislav Zhuk, Zhanna Biryuk, Aleksandr Fedotov, Janna Buruk Editing: Dmitriy Kundryutskiy Produced by: Oleg Sentsov, Olga Zhurzhenko – Cry Cinema