eU film fest
The European Union Film Festival features award-winning fare.
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.
Love story: SameSameButDifferent