A film set in an Iranian graveyard was one of the more unexpected comedies on show this year, at a film festival celebrating provincial life.
The Provinziale is held in a town most people have never heard of: Eberswalde, population 41,000, is an hour north of Berlin.
Ina Heineke was impressed by the Iranian comedy. “I’d go and see all the films at the festival if I could,” she said, shepherding her daughters out of the screening.
The festival mostly draws locals like Ms. Heineke, as well as a few people from Berlin, an hour away. But the films’ subjects are far-flung, from East German prisons to young teens competing in athletics and love.