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      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
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      In Work in Progress, emerging filmmakers and artists will present their works in development to the audience and engage in discussions with Dutch experts.
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    • 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 Leon Lucev

Wednesday 31 October | 15:00-17:00 hours | De Balie | Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam

ENFF On Tour in Amsterdam brings an inspiring, dynamic encounter with LEON LUČEV, a true star of Eastern European cinema – an actor, director, producer, acting teacher, born in Croatia, who works nowadays in many countries in the region. “Everybody is talented to act. Because everybody is acting every day.”

“In this work I will try to compress and practically present, by involving the participants very actively, my own creative work and research in the field of cinema. I’ll do that from various perspectives: the acting perspective, the director’s, producer’s and writer’s perspective as well as the pedagogical perspective. In the process of compressing myself to the point from which it all begins and also, by listening to that process, I was able to develop myself further. This is also how I encourage others and we follow each other, creatively, emotionally, as people, as beings. Encountering and getting in touch with ourselves, with partners, with the public, with the camera, with students… these were and are the central points of my work. This is what I share.“

Filmmaker’s bio

”I was born in Croatia (Sibenik), was raised and lived on the island of Zlarin, in Sibenik, Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Belgrade and Sarajevo. As a child, I wanted to be a driver. I passed through war, I graduated the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. As an actor, I played in 60 movies, as a director and co-director I have made 2 films, as a writer and co-writer also 2, as co-author 1, as a producer 4. I worked as acting pedagogue on 2 Academies. As an actor, I was member of Theatre ITD in Zagreb and the National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka. I created and led my own workshops in Pula, Tunis, Vienna, Zagreb… These are numbers and facts. Behind all that is a human being that loves, is vulnerable, honest, brave…and for whom art is a way of communicating with the world he doesn’t understand.”

After the masterclass, ENFF will screen Men Don’t Cry, a brilliant film by director Alen Drljevic in which Leon Lučev remarkably performed. The film was the Bosnian submission for the Oscars and won the best film awards at the Karlovy Vary, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Goteborg FF. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the acting star Leon Lučev. Read more about the film here.