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Lost and Found: 6 Glances at a Generation (Lost and Found - 6 Filme aus 6 Laendern Osteuropas)

Lost and Found: 6 Glances at a Generation
Scene from "Lost and Found" (photo © ICON Film)

Nurtured in war and turmoil, raised in fragile democracies, the first post-Communist generation of young men and women from Central and Eastern Europe is now poised to play a leading role in the world. In Lost and Found, six young filmmakers from this region present their personal views on the subject of "generation" and the many changes that sometimes separate them radically from the generation of their parents. There are moving tributes to traditional values in a world of rapid technological change (Bulgaria) and to the pragmatic, can-do spirit of the elder generation (Serbia-Montenegro). There is hope: in the story of two Bosnian girls on either side of a town separated by an ethnic and religious chasm; in that of two Hungarian siblings who confront their tormented past after their mother's death; and in the touching tale of a Romanian girl torn between her love for her mother – and for her pet turkey! Linking each of the little stories is an animated short from Estonia that celebrates life itself. In Lost and Found, a generation takes a look at itself – and confidently asserts its position in a new Europe.

This compendium of six short films reflects the enormous talent and vitality of today's young filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe. Winsome or dark, light-hearted or gripping – each short film is a unique work of art, a different facet of the rough gem that is the cinematic landscape of these countries.

Stefan Arsenijevic was born in 1977 in Belgrade. A selection of his films includes: Waiting for the End of the World (1997), No. 6 (1998), Outsider (1999), Plum Tree (2000), Landscapes 2000), Night Porter (2001), Belgrade Sound: The Celts Strike Again (2001), Little Morning Story (2002), (A)torsion (2003), and Fabulous Vera from the cycle of shorts Generation.

Kornél Mundruczó was born in 1975 in Hungary. A selection of his films includes: AFTA - Day After Day (2001), Pleasant Days (2002), Joan of Arc of the Night Bus (2003), Delta (2003), and Short Lasting Silence (2004) from the omnibus film Generation.

Jasmila Zbanic was born in 1974 in Sarajevo. A selection of her films includes: Autobiography (1995), After, After (1997), Love is... (1998), We Light the Night (1998), On the Occasion of Mrs. Vildana's Return (1999), Red Rubber Boots (2000), To & Fro (2002), Images from the Corner (2003), Do You Remeber Sarajevo (2003), Birthday (2004) from the cycle of shorts Lost and Found: 6 Glances at a Generation (2005) and Grbavica (2005) - which won the Golden Bear in Berlin 2006.

Nadejda Koseva was born in 1974 in Sofia/Bulgaria. A selection of her films includes: Cake (1997), The Three Sisters (1998), That's It (1999), The Herd of Pavel Koichev (2000), Execution I (2000), Veronyka's Destiny (2002), and The Ritual (2004) from the cycle of shorts Generation.

Cristian Mungiu was born in 1968 in Romania. A selection of his films includes: Nici o intimplare (1999), Zapping (2000), Corul Pompierilor (2000), Tina si mama (2000), Occident (2000-2003), and Turkey Girl (2004) from the Generation compilation.

Mait Laas was born in Estonia in 1970. A selection of his films includes: and it Bloomed (1993), Somebody else (1997), Daylight (1998), The Way to Nirvana (2000), The Lightship Kulis (2001), Miriam's Gnome (2003), and Gene-ratio from Generation (2005).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Directors Stefan Arsenijevic, Kornél Mundruczó, Jasmila Zbanic, Nadejda Koseva, Cristian Mungiu, Mait Laas
Ksenija Petricic, Niki Mossbroeck, Kersti Miilen, Guido Krajewski, Vanda Arányi, Nina Altaparmakova, Raul Skopecz
Producers Herbert Schwering, Christine Kiauk, Nikolaj Nikitin
Production Company COIN FILM/Cologne, in co-production with relations/Berlin, Art Fest/Sofia, Art & Popcorn/Belgrade, Deblokada/Sarajevo, Mobra Films/Bucharest, Nukufilm/Tallinn, Proton Cinema/Budapest
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2005 (Forum), Moscow 2005, Karlovy Vary 2005, Rio 2005, Warsaw 2005, Kiev 2005, Sophia 2005, Shanghai 2005, Pusan 2005, Ljubljana 2005
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, IFA Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Robert-Bosch-Foundation, Goethe Institut

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