The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) returns with a selection of 21 movies from 17 countries, a presentation that Maria Castillo Fernandez, ambassador and head of the EU Delegation to Malaysia, describes as “a good example of unity in diversity”.
“We are looking forward to bringing a bit of Europe here, and to show that there is much common ground that can be found among the differences. Europe has never been just one, but many. Through EUFF, we hope not just to promote Europe’s cultural diversity but also diversity at the centre of international cultural relations, which is an important part of the EU’s role as a global player,” she says.
In its 19th edition this year, the EUFF is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia, in collaboration with the embassies and cultural institutions of 15 European Union member states, as well as Norway and Switzerland.
The film festival will be held in Klang Valley from today to Oct 28 (GSC Pavilion KL and GSC Mid Valley), Penang from Nov 1 to 7 (GSC Gurney Plaza), Kuching from Nov 22 to 28 (GSC CityOne Mega-mall) and Kota Kinabalu from Dec 6 to 12 (GSC Suria Sabah).
For the first time, the film festival will also be travelling to Johor Baru from Nov 15 to 18 (GSC Paradigm JB).
“We will be sharing the different realities of today through these award-winning movies. We hope that they will not only entertain, inspire and teach us about European culture, but also open people’s eyes to how both Europeans and Malaysians enjoy cultural diversity,” she adds.
The films span multiple genres, from drama to documentary, comedy to romance, and everything in between.
Of the 21 movies, eight will be screened for free: Anka (Croatia), Kinscem – Bet On Revenge (Hungary), Friends By Chance (Italy), Quo Vado? (Italy), Miss Kiet’s Children (Netherlands), Selfie (Romania), Breaking News (Romania) and My Big Night (Spain).
To get your free tickets, present a printout or a screenshot of the special screening pass at the participating cinemas. The pass and redemption details can be found at www.euff.com.my. Movie tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to seat availability.
Tickets to all other movies are RM8.50 and can be purchased at www.gsc.com.my or at the participating GSC outlets. The EUFF films will be screened with English subtitles.
Here is a look at a few films from the EUFF:
Loving Vincent (Poland, Netherlands, France)
A fully-painted animated feature film on the life of painter Vincent Van Gogh, told through the eyes of a young man who is given the task of delivering his final letter to his brother. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created by a team of over 100 painters.
This Polish co-production, released last year, won the Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin.
Quo Vado? (Italy)
Life is good for Checco as a public servant, until an overhaul at work results in drastic cutbacks. This comedy film follows him on multiple postings meant to dissuade him from staying on at his job, each with more adventures to be had than the last, until finally he is sent to the North Pole. But Checco is determined to stick it out no matter what.
Promise At Dawn / La Promesse De L’Aube (France)
French novelist Romain Gary is the only writer who has won the Goncourt Prize for French literature twice. From his difficult childhood in Poland to his exploits as a pilot in Africa during World War II, he went on to become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
Throughout his life, he has had the love and ambition of his mother spurring him to greatness. But it is also this maternal love that becomes a lifelong burden for him to shoulder.
Land Of Mine (Denmark)
The war is over, but now a group of German prisoners of war are forced to dig up millions of Nazi land mines with their bare hands along the coast of the North Sea in Denmark.
Sergeant Rasmussen takes out his hatred for the Germans on these young men, until a tragic incident one day threatens to shake the foundation of his beliefs.