Dramatising History – Online Panel for Close Up WWII

A joint event with Cottbus Film Festival

With: Gints Grube, Latvia (producer, "The Chronicles of Melanie"), Illka Matika (Finland, co-producer, "1944 Brothers – Enemies), Marcel Maiga (Germany, Curator, CFF Section, "Russki Den") and Félix Krawatzek (ZOiS)

Moderator: Bernd Buder (Programme Director, Cottbus Film Festival)

Town of Glory - Still 9 © First Hand Films

Films make history. But films also interpret history, and sometimes, they shift the emphasis. The “Dramatising History” series at this year’s Close Up WWII explores how history narratives change. Political scientist Félix Krawatzek talks to film-makers about how and in which context certain historical events have taken centre stage in recent cinematography while others have drifted to the margins of our collective consciousness. The online event is organised in cooperation with the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS).

Cottbus Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary from 3 to 8 November 2020 and, with its packed programme of 200 films screened in real-world cinemas in Cottbus and live-streamed across Germany, it is a treat for every film-lover.

In addition to competitions for feature films, short films, teen movies and regional short films, the 30th CFF focuses thematically on the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and the 30th anniversaries of German reunification and the founding of the state of Brandenburg, and geographically on the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia.

To access the latest information about the programme and watch films online, visit the Festival website: www.filmfestivalcottbus.de