Screening online from 12 September – 5 October.

Klassiki are proud to partner with Samizdat Film Festival for their 2023 edition.


Based in Glasgow, Samizdat is Scotland’s only festival dedicated to the best of classic and contemporary Eastern European and Central Asian cinema. Klassiki is proud to be the festival’s online partner in 2023. From 12 September – 5 October, we will be streaming a selection of titles from this year’s programme, including Šimon Holý’s acclaimed new comedy And Then There Was Love…, restorations of Soviet-era classics from Georgia and Armenia, a selection of animated film from across the region, plus the full programme of the festival’s inaugural short film competition. And over on the Klassiki Journal, we’ll be publishing interviews with directors and programmers.

And Then There Was Love...

2022 | Šimon Holý
Screening online from 12 September

A mother and daughter travel to consult a fortune teller in Czech director Šimon Holý’s touching exploration of female connection.

Some Interviews on Personal Matters

1978 | Lana Gogoberidze
Streaming now on Klassiki

Lana Gogoberidze’s pioneering feminist take on a journalist torn between work and family is one of the most vital films produced in Soviet Georgia.

House on the Volcano

1928 | Hamo Bek-Nazaryan
Streaming now on Klassiki

A revolutionary melodrama from the father of Armenian cinema, presented in a new restoration and an exclusive score from Juliet Merchant.


1991 | Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov
Screening online from 12 September

A classic of Tajik cinema, this exquisite coming-of-age tale follows two boys on the search for their lost father.

“A deeply humane story about family and responsibility”: read Peter Bradshaw’s review in The Guardian.

Short Film Competition

Five shorts ranging from Poland to Uzbekistan.
Screening online from 12 September

Presenting the full programme of the inaugural Samizdat Short Film Competition, highlighting emerging voices in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Spotlight on Eastern European animation

Surreal, otherwordly, charming: animated shorts from the past 60 years.
Screening online from 12 September

This selection of shorts captures the past and present of Eastern European animation: from flying carpets to enchanted puppets and everything in between.

Read more on the Klassiki Journal

Online from 12 September
On the Klassiki Journal, read interviews with directors, festival programmers, and experts in Eastern European film.

Watch: video interviews

Available online from 12 September

Learn more about the history and future of Tajik film and Central European animation, with exclusive recordings of interviews with experts including director Anisa Sabiri and scholar Adam Whybray.

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