Many of the countries of Southeast Europe have in recent years seen a burgeoning movement of powerful films that have been recognized internationally for their outstanding quality. Romania in particular has seen an upsurge in daring filmmakers gaining fame on the world stage, including Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days”) and Cristi Puiu, who have both been recognized for their work at a number of international festivals.
The Southeast European Film Festival creates a program that focuses on the complicated cultural and historical divides that makeup the region and the methods of bridging those divides. Moreover, the program intends promote education about various cultures and histories that makeup the region.
Opening May 1st at Los Angeles’ Goethe Institute, the festival will screen over 20 films during the four day program. For more information about the 2008 program, including ticketing information, visit http://www.seefilmla.org/