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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 On Tour in Rotterdam: Requiem for Mrs. J.

Screening Time: Sunday 24 September | 19:00h | KINO | Gouvernestraat 129–133, 3014 PM Rotterdam

A compelling black comedy about life in transition and a desperate widow planning her final days. Another excellent performance by Mirjana Karanovic, the true diva of ex-Yugoslavian and contemporary Balkan cinema in an award-winning film that premiered at this year’s Berlinale and won the main prize at goEast, Wiesbaden. Requiem for Mrs. J. will have its Dutch premiere in KINO Rotterdam and will be followed by cocktails and performance by wonderful Macedonian/Dutch vocalist and composer Aleksandra Popovska.


Mrs. J. is a middle-aged widow living in a modest post-communist flat in Belgrade with her mother in law and two daughters. After losing her job, she falls into a deep existential crisis. Although film brings an effective, Kafkaesque treatment of life in the Balkans, the fate of Mrs. J., played with great devotion by iconic Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, can be easily imagined in other countries affected by the global economic crisis. Moreover, it’s a family drama with a lot of emotion and love. The director points out: “In a way, until we reach death in one moment we cannot start living again.”

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Berlin International Film Festival, 2017 – Section Panorama Special | goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, 2017 – Best Film | Sofia International Film Festival, 2017 – FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film | FEST Belgrade International Film Festival, 2017 – Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Film in the national selection

Original title: Rekvijem za gospodju J. Country: Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, France Year: 2017 Length: 94 min Director/Screenplay: Bojan Vuletic Editing: Vladimir Pavlovski Director of Photography: Jelena Stankovic Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Jovana Gavrilovic, Danica Nedeljkovic Producer: Nenad Dukic Production company: SEE Film Pro; Geopoly Film, Skopje Film Studio, Non-Stop Production, Surprise Alley Subtitles: English