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EasternXpress has a new wepbage !

Posted by easternxpress on October 6, 2010

Now you can find our information on our new webpage :



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EasternXpress Festival Participant Form

Posted by easternxpress on June 25, 2010

EasternXpress Festival Participant Form

  • Name:
  • Affiliation:
  • Email:
  • Webpage:
  • Form of your contribution (specify):

–       Talk, seminar
–       performance
–       exhibition
–       movie
–       workshop
–       information table
–       food stand
–       other

  • Title of your contribution:
  • Duration of your contribution:
  • Budget (specify):
  • Special needs:

Form to be returned to : eastern.underground@gmail.com

Please attach:

  • a representative image in high quality format
  • a short paragraph describing your work / contribution

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How to submit a movie to EasternXpress festival ?

Posted by easternxpress on May 19, 2010

How to submit a movie to EasternXpress festival ?

Well, nothing more simple :

  • put your movie/video/animation on a DVD
  • add a short description of it (title, author, country, email, link to a website) as a file on the DVD or on a paper
  • check that you have english subtitles !
  • post your envelope to :

EasternXpress festival – movie section

c/o Lukasz & Beata Filipek-Gorniok

Kantorsgatan 44 – 270

75424 Uppsala


  • contact us : eastern.underground@gmail.com to check that it has arrived

How do I know that my movie fits for EasternXpress festival ?

  • you are from Eastern Europe, Russia, former soviet bloc
  • your movie is about above mentioned or in the spirit

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Eastern European Cultural Week 8-14 november 2010

Posted by easternxpress on April 15, 2010

Eastern European Cultural Week (Östeuropeisk Kulturvecka) in Uppsala, Sweden.

A whole week of events related to Eastern Europe / Russia / former east-block countries.

Movie projections, videos, documentaries, live music, art exhibition, photography, lectures, performances, dance, alternative fashion and design, ….

You have an idea and want to participate ? You have some public space that you want to share ?
please contact us asap : eastern.underground@gmail.com

During this week will take place the EasternXpress festival 12-14 november in Slottsbiografen, Uppsala.

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EasternXpress festival 2009

Posted by easternxpress on April 5, 2010

The first EasternXpress festival took place on october 3-4 2009 in Uppsala’s oldest movie theater, Slottsbiografen.

The theme was centered around “another look on Eastern Europe“.

EasternXpress festival 2009 program

obs! all movies have english subtitles !

Saturday october 3

15.00 : Zibur : live klezmer music !

15.30 : new polish animations from Ofafa festival

17.00 : Kino Lika by Dalibor Matanic. Croatia 2008. 122min

19.30 : Zibur : live klezmer music !

20.00 : Newafresh : alternative fashion show. Czech republic/Russia.

20.15 : Charming freaks : danse/video/musical performance. 1h. Czech republic/Russia.

21.30 : Gogol Bordello non-stop. Documentary movie by Margarita Jimeno. 2008. 87min.

23.15 : videos , Poland/Croatia/Russia :

  • Dog Hotel by Miranda Herceg. Experimental movie. Croatia 2007. 7min.
  • Vie de chien (Dog’s Life) by Tihana Jovanic & Sylvie Ballestra. Danse video. Croatia-France 2008. 9min.
  • On Phenomena & Existencies no.3 by Andre Schreuders. Video installation. Russia/Holland 2006. 4min.
  • Photo Atelier by Lukas Nola. video. Croatia 2008. 10min.
  • Illuminated City. Video, Poland 2008. 3min.
  • Illusion by Alice Ilmenska. Russia
  • In the rear-view mirror by Alice Ilmenska. Russia.

Sunday october 4

14.00 : In the Heart of Odessa. Documentary movie on Alec Kopyt by André Schreuders.

15.00 : Retrospective : romanian animations by Ion Popescu-Gopo

17.00 : short movies – Poland/Croatia/Holland :

19.00 : lottery ! win a week-end in Poland and more !

19.30 : Leningrad, the man who sings. Documentary movie by Peter Rippl. 2008. 83min.


  • lottery : win a week-end in Poland and more !
  • Polish delicatessen
  • easterneuropean food
  • Newafresh / Kolenka : paintings, painted clothes and accessories. Czech republic/Russia.
  • Polish poster exhibition by Natalia RRiess

Sponsors / partners :

ABF • Kinorama • Polish Institute • Romanian Cultural Institute • Polish Tourist Organization • Best Before Filmproduktion • Ofafa festival

festival poster

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EasternXpress festival 12-14 november 2010

Posted by easternxpress on April 4, 2010


Eastern european culture festival. Movie projections, videos, documentaries, live music, art exhibition, photography, lectures, performances, dance, alternative fashion and design, ….

location : Slottsbiografen 12-14 november.

Special focus : gypsy minorities in Europe

Call for movies / videos / documentaries (with english subtitles) : deadline may 15th

-> contact us : eastern.underground@gmail.com

Note : we are looking for any kind of movie/video/documentary from/about Eastern Europe/Russia/former east block. Gypsy theme not required.

Art galery / concert place / pub / association etc -> join the Eastern European Week in Uppsala 8-14 November 2010 !

You want to organise an event connected to Eastern Europe during this week, contact us !

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EasternXpress annual meeting 2010

Posted by easternxpress on March 1, 2010

Hjärtligt välkomna till EasternXPress årsmöte!

EasternXPress medlemmar träffas lördagen den 20 mars kl 14 i centrala Uppsala. Obligatorisk anmälan till årsmötet sker senast den 13 mars till vår e-post:  eastern.underground@gmail.com

2009 var ett produktivt och framgångsrikt år för EasternXPress. Nu är det dags att summera det gångna året samt planera verksamheten för ett nytt år späckat med aktiviteter.

Kom den 20 mars och var med och besluta om vår framtid!

Welcome to our annual meeting on March 20 in Uppsala. To participate, please write to eastern.underground@gmail.com by March 13 at the latest. For more information in English, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Varma hälsningar,


Please take our short survey to improve next year’s festival !

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Freudenthal Yiddish Klezmer Band

Posted by easternxpress on December 5, 2009

Freudenthal Yiddish Klezmer Band is a Stockholm based group intent on exploring mainly 1950’s american klezmer as it was played by people like Dave Tarras and Sam Musiker and yiddish jazz.
Besides playing classic klezmer songs the band also features a lot of own material composed by Alexander Freudenthal and Hans Nyman.
When not playing in the Freudenthal Yiddish Klezmer Band it’s members can be found playing in the most diverse settings.

Alexander Freudenthal – clarinet & vocals
Peter Lindhamre – trumpet
Staffan Findin – trombone
Hans Nyman – accordeon
Jakob Freudenthal – bass
Pär Jaktelius – drums

coming concerts :

15/12, 9pm @ Hijazz, Uppsala. 60kr, 50kr for EasternXpress members.

20/12, 7pm @ Nalen, Stockholm.

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From The Heart of Odessa

Posted by easternxpress on September 25, 2009

alec kopytFrom the Heart of Odessa

Documentary by André Schreuders

60 minutes • Color • Stereo • 2007

Music : Alec Kopyt

Alec Kopyt, a musician from Amsterdam returns to Moldavanka – the former Jewish neighbourhood of Odessa – his place of birth and the cradle of old-time Russian Mafia songs (Blatnyak). He is looking for musicians to play together these songs in the restaurant of an old friend. While strolling along the picturesque yards of the ruinous slums, we meet colourful Odesits who resemble the ancient heroes of the street songs we hear. A touching portrait of a neibourhood, its music and performers.

The film is a musical wandering to the cradle of the old Odessa bandit songs. With their humoristic and brutal texts and fiery melodies the Jewish bandit songs reflect the soul of Odessa.
“In Odessa you are not born a Jew, you become one”, says Ivan, one of the people we meet by accident when we follow the pensioner Vladimir on his stroll along the yards of Moldavanka.
All Odessits seam ready to sing a little refrain in front of the camera.
But Alec Kopyt performs most music. The protagonist is born in Odessa but currently living in Amsterdam. An old friend invites him to come back to Odessa to play in his new opened restaurant. Alec has to find the right musicians to play with. This search for musicians in fact brings him back to the places he left some 25 years ago.
With Alec we walk in the characteristic yards of Moldavanka where he is born. Beautiful old places but without water and toilets and with a harsh social structure that made life not too easy for a Jewish boy. We also visit the butcher hall at the market where his father used to work. There we meet Yuri, a former colleague of his father and uncle, who above the bloody meet is teaching us about the history of Holland. At the same time we witness the cutting into pieces of a cow’s head.

The search for the heart of Odessa goes deeper and deeper in the back yards. We see that the brutal world that appears in the song texts of the 1920’s is still there. We are entering the world of the street kids sniffing glue and torturing little dogs. Some of the yards are completely ruined and nobody seems to care about it. In one of the yards we find ourselves in an illegal shop of ‘moonshine’ the popular home made vodka. There the pensioner Vladimir finally succeeds to seduce the filmmaker to drink 100 grams with him. We meet old granny Vera who is not so much interested in the camera but wants the filmmaker to help her fixing the light. And with tramp Sacha we visit his ‘home’ in a totally dark moistly basement, where he tells us that he saw the Light.
Finally Alec has found four strong musicians to accompany him to play in the joint. Their passionate rehearsals already let us feel the heart of the music. But a concert we will never see. When they gather and go to the place where the joint should be, they just find an empty spot with a metal fence.
Afterwards Alec sits at home in Amsterdam, just like in the beginning of the film. He plays his favourite song: the melancholic “Dark nights”, as if he never left his home and all we heard and saw was just a private concert in his living room.

About the project
From the heart of Odessa looks like an adventurous tour through the backsides of Odessa. And it was. The whole project in fact was an adventure. We worked with a very low budget, completely independent from producers or TV companies. We decided that independence and speed for this project would be more important, than a big budget and thorough investigations on the subject. We chose it to be more important that the film would catch the atmosphere of Odessa street-life, than to give a lot of theoretical or historical stories.

This free and independent attitude is felt all the time in the film. The film breathes the joy of filmmaking. Finding special people and astonishing situations by accident, by fate or sometimes half organised. Being surprised about the beauty and richness of people even if their material wealth is very low. A lot of the situations that are seen in the documentary never would have happened if the director/cameraman wouldn’t have been alone there in his search. Because of the one to one contact between cameraman and personages and the modest way of using the camera in this contact, a pure and equal relation developed. So the personages are not becoming an object, and the audience feels it’s taking part in this tour.

For the main person, Alec Kopyt, it was the first return to his hometown after 15 years, the first time after the soviet times. That was also an adventure. Especially because his memories were not positive at all, and the stories he had heard about the current situation in no way encouraged him to go there, if it wasn’t for this film. So for him there were a lot of personal moments. Some very pleasant, some sad, some painful. We decided not to focus on this side of the visit, not to make the person of Alec the subject of the film. Our subject is the music, the Odessa street songs. Alec, is important as our guide and interpreter, but his voice tells us enough to understand he is a man with a past.

From the heart of Odessa is the first hour length documentary of director Andre Schreuders. His earlier works are mainly poetic and philosophical shorts. For some of his films he works together with a rather big crew. But this film he created almost alone, being director, cameraman and editor. This makes it a personal film, reflecting the directors’ ideas of aesthetics, but even more his attitude towards life.

Produced by AS Film.

World Sales : JMT Films Distribution.

Screening at EasternXpress festival 2009

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New Polish Animations

Posted by easternxpress on September 24, 2009


New Polish Animations

Presentation of selected movies awarded at Ofafa festival 2008. 50min.

  • ŚWIADEK 1919-2004 (Witness 1919-2004) (2008)


by Krzysztof Kiwerski, prod. PA Camera Kraków, 9’00”

  • STUDNIA (The Well) (2008)Wujek

by Andrzej Gosieniecki, prod. Studio Mansarda Poznań, 9’00”

  • WUJEK (Uncle) (2008)

by Maciej Sznabel, prod. Serafiński Studio Graficzno-Filmowe, 8’00”

  • DRZAZGA (Splinter) (2008)Drzazga

by Wojtek Wawszczyk, prod. ANIMA-POL sp. z o.o. Łódź, 15’40”

  • MR F (2008)Powrot

by Szymon Łukasik, prod. Akademia Sztuk Pięknych Kraków, 7’35”

  • POWRÓT (The return) (2008)

by Anna Błaszczyk, prod. Se-ma-for Produkcja Filmowa Łódz, 7’30”

In collaboration with Ofafa festival and Polish Institute.

Screening at the EasternXpress festival 2009.

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