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Logo of the Imperfectu Festival 2014, Tijuana, Mexico

We Weren't Given Anything for Free is going to be another time in Mexico. On Tuesday, April 1st at 9pm at the Imperfectu International Film and Gender Studies Festival in Tijuana. This years end there will be a Berlin screening of the festival movies as well. As soon as I got the dates, I will publish them on the movies Facebook page.

In May the movie is going to have its Argentine premiere in Buenos Aires at the festival Libercine - Internacional de Cine sobre Diversidad Sexual y Género, sometimes between 15th and 21st. I will publish the exact date here and on Facebook as well. I am very happy about this and I think the Spanish excellent translation from Sarah Mazzenzana and Irene Izquierdo has paid off very fast!

 
Poster of the 21st Sguardi Altrove Film Festivals Mailan

We Weren't Given Anything for Free will have its long-awaited Italian premiere in Milan, at the 21st Sguardi Altrove Film Festival. On Saturday, March 22nd it will be screened in Spazio Oberdan in Viale Vittorio Veneto 2.

However, its Europe premiere will be slightly earlier in Austria, at the FrauenFilmTage 2014 in Vienna. The movie will be screened Thursday, March 13th at 9pm at the Filmhaus Kino located in the Spittelberggasse 3. At the same time there will be secondy festival screenings on March 12th and 13th at the Programmkino Wels in Upper Austria. The movie screening is sponsored by the Green Women Vienna.

 
Award ceremony at the Festival Mundial de Cine Extremo San Sebastián de Veracruz

What a way to start! We Weren't Given Anything for Free has won the main price of the press "Lorenzo Arduengo" at it's world premiere at the Festival Mundial de Cine Extremo "San Sebastián de Veracruz" in Mexiko. The festival "states:

"The jury attributed its decision on one hand to the conclusive insight in the important role patriotic female partisans were playing in World War 2 in Italy, and on the other hand to the unstained cinematical realization of this subject."

Of course I am quite too fastidious with my own concoctions to refer to it with terms like "unstained cinematical realization", but then again one shouldn't object if someone is handing you over a price. In Germany there is a saying "Einem geschenkten Entsafter schaut man nicht in die Innereien", which means that there are worse things than actually getting a price...

 
Program flyer of the Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival 2014

Chaja & Mimi is screened on February 3rd at the Jewish Film Festival Punta del Este in Uruguay and on Feburary 15th at the ViBGYOR Film Festival in Thrissur in India, hte biggest alternative film festival in South Asia - this years focus: gender justice. I am very happy about seeing the movie in its international version of 2013 going down well with the festivals.

Maybe even more enthusiastic I am about the funny names some festivals bestow upon me. In Uruguay I am Eric Essen, an Israeli filmmaker, and for keeping it coherent they also changed the release date and the synopsis. With me is the female Italian filmmaker, whose movie We Weren't Given Anything for Freei just has been screened in Veracruz...

On Wednesday, February 12th my movie November will be shown in the Berlin Loophole (Boddinstraße 60), duing the Boddinale festival. I am curious how they will call me...

 
Logo of the Long Night of The Political Short

Chaja and Mimi was decorated on October 23rd during the Lange Nacht des politischen Kurzfilms (Long Night of the Political Short) of the central office for political education in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz. The audience in the cinema CinéMayence voted the movie on the 3rd place. Yippie!

 

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