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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!

Masterclass by Dragos Turea

The director from the Republic of Moldova Dragoș Țurea will reflect on his documentary THE SOVIET GARDEN, done in a coproduction of Romania and Moldova. The masterclass will be moderated by Otto Boele – senior lecturer on Russian cinema and literature at Leiden University on Wednesday, November 11 at 16:00 hours via Zoom link.

The documentary unveils a secret project of the Soviet government, at the time led by Nikita Khrushchev, to transform Moldova into an experimental garden of the Soviets. The strictly classified experiments were trying to find out how nuclear particles (atomic energy) can be used for genetic manipulation that would bring enormous harvests that would feed the nation.

Director’s Bio

Dragos Turea was born in Chisinau, Moldova in 1980. Graduated in 2004 from the Chisinau Academy of Music, Theatre and Arts with a Master’s Degree in Film Directing. He made his debut with the documentary “Vasile Mamaliga”, awarded with the debut prize of The Union of Filmmakers from Moldova in 2007. He worked as a producer for Publika TV, Prime TV, Jurnal TV (2007-2015). In 2010 he started his biggest project to date, the feature-length documentary film production ”The Soviet Garden”.