Eden Euro Film Fest kicks off

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Cin­ema is an art form that is con­tin­u­ously evolv­ing but of­ten, the spot­light shines on com­mer­cial, block­buster movies, leav­ing the more artis­tic ones in the shade. Through their Euro­pean Film Fes­ti­val, Eden Cin­e­mas will pro­vide a unique plat­form for more avant-garde sto­ry­tellers to show­case their cre­ative con­tent. Fo­cus­ing on 6 main sto­ries, the fes­ti­val will run for 15 days from yes­ter­day to 15 De­cem­ber.

Ty­ing in with Eden’s Side Street ini­tia­tive, the fes­ti­val show­cases in­de­pen­dent movies that demon­strate qual­ity, in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity in both form and con­tent. Eden Leisure Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions, Simon De Ce­sare, stated “Our aim is to of­fer the pub­lic a wider va­ri­ety of great films in­clud­ing less main­stream, high qual­ity, cul­tural cin­ema.” Thou­sands of films are re­leased ev­ery year and cin­e­mas in Malta see less than 1% of its films com­ing from out­side the US and UK.

The movies show­ing in the fes­ti­vals:

Bil­lion Star Ho­tel

Ev­ery day, we’re faced with the fol­low­ing ex­er­cise: to give the world around us a cer­tain cue. To smile, to take ev­ery­thing as a joke, to laugh out loud, or to al­low our­selves to be over­whelmed by re­al­ity. To be painfully aware of the dis­tance be­tween us and our dreams, of the ob­sta­cles, and the fact that we are alone all the time. Some choose to es­cape, to build their own world, with its own rules, with the mem­o­ries of fairy tales and dreams that re­ally come to be. A world where three friends are brought to­gether by the same des­ti­na­tion. Or maybe, it all comes down to day­dream­ing. And feel­ing the empty spa­ces with mu­sic. It all de­pends on how you choose to see things. In black, in white, or in sync with the beat. Bil­lion Star Ho­tel, for each viewer, a dif­fer­ent story.

Kolekcja Sukienek

Eight women of dif­fer­ent ages. Love and lone­li­ness. Fear. The ves­tures that we all wear. This movie makes you re­alise that when we choose to live a ‘halflife’, we be­gin to rot. Women de­picted in ‘ Women Col­lec­tion’ are sub­jects of a life strange ex­per­i­ment.

Son of Saul

Two days in the life of Saul Aus­lan­der, Hun­gar­ian pris­oner work­ing as a mem­ber of the Son­derkom­mando at one of the Auschwitz Cre­ma­to­ri­ums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his im­pos­si­ble deed: sal­vage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Son­derkom­mando is to be liq­ui­dated at any mo­ment, Saul turns away of the liv­ing and their plans of re­bel­lion to save the re­mains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive.

Sve Na­jbolje

A Croa­t­ian Christ­mas tale, with singing and poi­son­ing. Win­ner for Best Art Di­rec­tion, Best Cos­tume De­sign, Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion: best Vis­ual Ef­fects, and best sup­port­ing ac­tor in Pula Film Fes­ti­val 2016.

The Here Af­ter

On re­turn­ing home to his fa­ther and younger brother af­ter serv­ing time in prison, teenager John is look­ing for­ward to start­ing new life again. How­ever, mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity can’t for­give him killing his ex-girl­friend. John’s pres­ence brings out the worst in every­one around him and a lynch-mob at­mos­phere slowly takes shape. Feel­ing aban­doned by his for­mer friends and the peo­ple he loves, John loses hope and the same ag­gres­sion that pre­vi­ously sent him to prison starts build­ing up again. Un­able to leave the past be­hind, he de­cides to con­front it.

The Po­lar Boy

Mat­tias is a young tal­ented pho­tog­ra­pher in his fi­nal year of sec­ondary school, who has a dream to be­come a stu­dent of the Ber­lin Arts Academy. He un­ex­pect­edly falls in love with a wild red­haired beauty Hanna, who doesn’t seem to take him se­ri­ously un­less he proves to be just as ad­ven­tur­ous and un­pre­dictable as she is. Mat­tias risks his whole fu­ture by break­ing the law to­gether with Hanna, but ends up de­stroy­ing the girl he loves. Hanna ap­pears to suf­fer from bipo­lar dis­or­der, the most dan­ger­ous ef­fects of which are trig­gered by al­co­hol and drugs. Sav­ing Hanna from her­self, Mat­tias com­mits a crime that could end up putting him be­hind bars. His only so­lu­tion for avoid­ing jail time is to get him­self de­clared ir­re­spon­si­ble. In or­der to achieve that, Mat­tias would have to start fak­ing the ill­ness his girl­friend al­ready has - bipo­lar­ity.


A young Span­ish woman who has newly moved to Ber­lin finds her flir­ta­tion with a lo­cal guy turn po­ten­tially deadly as their night out with his friends re­veals a dan­ger­ous se­cret.

For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion visit edencin­e­mas.com.mt

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