eU film fest

The Euro­pean Union Film Fes­ti­val fea­tures award-win­ning fare.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By RIZAL JOHAN

IT has been 11 years now that Golden Screen Cine­mas (GSC) has been host­ing the Euro­pean Union Film Fes­ti­val (EUFF). It’s back this year and will run for 11 days from Nov 11 to 21 at GSC cine­mas in Mid Val­ley Mega­mall, 1 Utama and Pavil­ion KL in the Klang Val­ley.

The film fes­ti­val will fea­ture 18 ac­claimed and award-win­ning movies about love, re­spon­si­bil­ity, per­se­ver­ance, sur­vival and dif­fi­cult choices.

This year the fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by the Em­bassy of Bel­gium in con­junc­tion with the coun­try’s pres­i­dency of the Euro­pean Union. The films that will be screened are: > Draft Dodgers (Lux­em­bourg) > Chopin: De­sire For Love (Poland) > My Nik­i­for (Poland) > The Speed Of Light (Italy) > Ter­ri­bly Happy (Den­mark) > El Bola (Spain) > The Rest Is Si­lence (Ro­ma­nia) > If You Love (Fin­land) > Wel­come (France) > For All Eter­nity ( On The Other Side Of The Bridge, Aus­tria) > The Only One (Bel­gium) > John Rabe (Ger­many) > Same Same But Dif­fer­ent (Ger­many) > The Can (Czech) > Storm Bound (Nether­lands) > Puskas Hun­gary (Hun­gary) > Sun Storm (Swe­den) > Leo (Swe­den) Some of the high­lights of the fes­ti­val in­clude The Only One, about an 80-year-old man who tries to start life anew af­ter the death of his wife.

My Nik­i­for is about an ec­cen­tric painter, Nik­i­for, who mum­bles and eats paint and the re­la­tion­ship that he es­tab­lishes with an­other artist, Mar­ian.

My Nik­i­for is based on a true story as is the Aus­trian drama, For All Eter­nity, di­rected by Hu Mei, one of the well-known women di­rec­tors in China’s fifth gen­er­a­tion cir­cle. This in­spir­ing love story con­cerns Vi­en­nese cit­i­zen Gertrude Wag­ner and Chi­nese po­lice­man Du Chen­grong.

Same Same But Dif­fer­ent is the love story of Sreykeo, a 21-yearold bar girl in Ph­nom Penh, and Ben, a young Ger­man stu­dent trav­el­ling to Cam­bo­dia on a post­grad­u­a­tion sum­mer trip. When Ben re­turns home to Ger­many he dis­cov­ers that Sreyko is sick and he takes on the re­spon­si­bil­ity to save her.

is about a girl in Ph­nom Penh and a vis­it­ing Ger­man stu­dent.

Other films not to be missed in­clude Ger­man movie John Rabe, which tells the true story of a Ger­man busi­ness­man who res­cued 200,000 civil­ians dur­ing the Rape Of Nank­ing in China and Dan­ish drama Ter­ri­bly Happy, about Robert who is the tem­po­rary vil­lage con­sta­ble on the road to rehabilitation. Vil­lage life, how­ever, does not fit in with Robert’s plan and noth­ing is ever straight­for­ward in coun­try life.

Mean­while, Speed Of Light sees Mario (Pep­pino Maz­zotta), a pro­fes­sional car thief, spend­ing his time trav­el­ling up and down the high­ways, scout­ing out new cars to steal and try­ing to stave off his hypochon­dria by talk­ing to his girl­friend, Beatrice (Beatrice Or­lan­dini), on the mo­bile phone.

When he’s over­taken by a fancy Bent­ley be­ing driven by a slightly sin­is­ter el­derly man, Ri­naldo (Pa­trick Bauchau), he thinks he’s spot­ted his next tar­get and starts tail­ing him.

French film Wel­come tells the story of a 17-year-old Kur­dish youth, who trav­els through the Mid­dle East and Europe to join his girl­friend, who has mi­grated to Eng­land.

Tick­ets for the EUFF will be priced at RM5 each, ex­cept tick­ets for the Span­ish movie, El Bola, which will be given away free. The tick­ets can be re­deemed at the day of screen­ing at the par­tic­i­pat­ing cine­mas’ box of­fice upon pre­sen­ta­tion of EUFF print­out from GSC’s web­site (gsc.com.my) or GSC Face­book (face­book.com/ GSCine­mas).

Tick­ets for other EUFF movies can be pur­chased at the box of­fice or through GSC’s on­line fa­cil­i­ties at gsc.com.my.

For movie de­tails and show­times, browse gsc.com.my or gsc­mo­bile.com.my. You may also browse euff.com.my for more in­for­ma­tion.

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