June 5, 2012, 1:11 PM

The Slovak-Czech debut MADE IN ASH by Iveta Grófová will open the East of the West competition

There’s a new look to this section, which seeks out talented filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe and now focuses exclusively on brand new first and second films.

The Czech Republic will also be represented by Czech Lion holder for Best Film Flower Buds (Poupata) and, like the section’s opening film, Yuma by Polish director Piotr Mularuk was made in a Czech coproduction as well. After entering his short film Poor-Land for the documentary competition, another Polish director, Filip Marczewski, now returns with his feature debut, the drama Shameless (Bez wstydu).

This year Hungary is being represented by the thriller The Exam (A viszga), about the machinations of the secret police after the suppression of the uprising in 1956, and by the psychological drama Dear Betrayed Friends (Drága besúgott barátaim) by director Sára Cserhalmi. The novice filmmaker not only cast her father György in the film, familiar to international audiences from works by István Szabó or Miklós Jancsó, but also János Derzsi, who was superb in Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse.

Other entries for this competition section include those from Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Latvia and Estonia.