After the public presentation of East European Forum on Saturday, the international jury granted awards to projects from the pitching.
Out of the projects, that took part in the year long Ex Oriente Film workshop, one that underwent the greatest development throughout the year was awarded the Golden Funnel Award. The financial support of 600 EUR should help the filmmakers in further development and promotion of the emerging documentary film. The 2014 Golden Funnel winner is a project by Lithuanian director Jurate Samulionyte “Liebe Tante, Guten Tag!”. This creative documentary with a premiere planned for April, 2015, tells a story about fatal decisions made under uneasy conditions of the second World War, when an ordinary person had to choose between family bonds and desire for love.
Lithuania, 70 min, DCP, Creative, Docu Fiction
The creative documentary “Liebe Tante, Guten Tag!” is a film where two sisters from Lithuania – a filmmaker named JURATE (30) and a photographer named VILMA (35) – get to know about their German grandmother ELLA’S love story with a Lithuanian man named KAZIMIERAS, who changed her life and made her take radical choices to stay alive. The German woman, Ella Fink, was born on the Lithuanian – East Prussian border (present-day Lithuanian – Russian border) before World War II. The story starts during the period of expulsions of Germans from Lithuania in 1945. The entire Fink family started the journey to the West. Ella decided to wait for a few days, meet her fiancé Kazimieras and join the family later. But none of this happened. Kazimieras disappeared. Ella stayed to live in Lithuania, got married, and lead a peaceful life in a province of Lithuania. The story took a turn when Ella committed suicide when she was 72 years old.Twenty-three years later, two of her granddaughters start a journey, revealing family secrets and looking for reasons of grandmothers’ death. They read letters, find family pictures, visit archives and places, which are connected by the story of a young woman, who chose love instead of family bonds. The sisters believe that if they find information about Kazimieras’ life, they can finally connect them and the unfulfilled dream will symbolically come true. This will cut the chain of repeating events like suicides, unhappy marriages and addic…