This 12 months’s European Film Festival opens online at this time, giving South Africans the uncommon alternative to look at 18 movies from Europe, 13 of which have been directed by ladies.
The pageant follows final 12 months’s profitable format, with movies running till October 24. Films are screened free of cost, offering a window into what’s recent and new within the film industries of the respective international locations. Four new contributors – the Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland and Ukraine – will complement these from final 12 months.
This 12 months’s theme is Healing Journeys, with therapeutic – be it psychological, bodily, religious or societal – being very important to the human situation.
The movies current a snapshot of experiences of re-establishing oneself after typically traumatic and presumably cathartic experiences. They cope with journeys that embody natural progress, transition, and processes of self-discovery. Many embody a wholesome dose of humour, bringing some much-needed laughter into our lives.
The movies additionally current tales of hope, humanity and thought-provoking intrigue, show-casing new work by some of Europe’s most achieved filmmakers alongside thrilling new expertise. Among them is the winner of the 2021 Oscar for Best International Feature Film, Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, from Denmark.
“We are deep into our second 12 months of confronting the risk of Covid-19, each in phrases of our lives and our livelihoods. It has been troublesome … everyone seems to be affected. This 12 months’s European Film Festival has been impressed by overcoming issue and problem. Healing Journeys, appears fairly applicable for our instances,” mentioned EU Ambassador Riina Kionka.
The European Film Festival is a partnership venture of the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa and 17 European embassies and cultural companies in South Africa.
The movies are geo-blocked for viewing in South Africa solely. For film synopses, trailers and methods to watch, please go to www.eurofilmfest.co.za
Here is a short look at the 2021 line-up
Austria: A girl wants a brand new kidney, however is her husband able to donate? Michael Kreihsl’s Risks and Side Events is a full of life comedy about marriage, hypochondria, mates, architects, secrets and techniques, and taking dangers.
Belgium: Jan Verheyen and Lien Willaert’s film Save Sandra relies on the true and extremely topical story of a lady recognized with a uncommon muscular illness, and her father’s fierce battle with the pharmaceutical trade to achieve entry to medical remedy, elevating moral and societal questions within the course of.
Czech Republic: Agnieszka Holland’s politically charged drama Charlatan takes us contained in the conflicted life of a non-conformist herbalist, exploring his unshakeable dedication to his calling, the illicit relationship together with his assistant, as he perseveres first underneath Nazi, then Communist regimes, in Czechoslovakia.
Denmark: The 2021 Oscar for Best International Feature Film went to Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, wherein 4 jaded highschool lecturers embark on a dangerous experiment to keep up a relentless stage of intoxication all through the workday. Mads Mikkelsen is at his scintillating finest on this mature mix of comedy, tragedy, and human behaviour.
France: Starring Gérard Depardieu and Déborah Lukumuena, Robust is an impressive function debut by Constance Meyer about an growing old film star and a younger safety guard chargeable for watching over him. Despite their variations, life has formed them in methods extra comparable than they thought, and their unlikely friendship turns into a seek for authenticity, loaded with intrigue and humour.
Germany: In Mr Bachmann and His Class the ever-patient trainer makes use of unconventional strategies to encourage his younger citizens-in-the-making with a way of curiosity and appreciation of the advanced social and cultural realities of their worlds. Maria Speth’s life-affirming documentary superbly highlights what a quietly spectacular course of schooling might be.
Ireland: Ruth Meehan’s The Bright Side is a shifting and uplifting story about a slapstick comedian recognized with breast most cancers. Armed with cynicism and blackly comedian jokes, her exit methods are upended when she encounters 4 highly effective ladies whose unsolicited friendships problem her, soften her and finally blow open her shut-down coronary heart.
Italy: On the face of it, the brightly paced comedy Parents vs Influencers, directed by Michela Andreozzi, appears to deal with the world of social media and influencers, however the coronary heart of it’s about change and resistance to vary. And father-daughter relationships. And household.
Lithuania: A high-seas leap from a Soviet ship to a US vessel in an try for political asylum goes horribly flawed. About an odd man who turned a logo for freedom-seeking refugees in all places, director Giedrė Žickytė’s The Jump takes us on a stranger-than-fiction journey that reaches all the way in which as much as the White House.
The Netherlands: Antoinette Beumer’s My Father is an Airplane is about a lady’s poignant seek for the puzzle items of her previous, a journey that raises questions about parental boundaries, the dangers and risks of childhood as properly its joys, and of what it means to be cherished and understood.
Poland: Never Gonna Snow Again is author/director Malgorzata Szumowska’s exquisitely off-beat story about how a masseur and hypnotist achieve acceptance and stature in a rich gated neighborhood, relating class, immigration, and world warming.
Portugal: With magnificent black and white cinematography, João Botelho’s The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis brings to display José Saramago’s novel about a fictitious creator’s homecoming, his romantic dalliances, and his mysterious encounters with the ghost of Fernando Pessoa.
Spain: Icíar Bollaín’s gem of a romantic comedy Rosa’s Wedding issues a lady making radical modifications in her life, and this features a shock marriage ceremony, a lot to the dismay of her household. A film about self-empowerment and gaining independence.
Sweden: Run Uje Run is a biographical music dramedy about the way in which life takes turns you may by no means have imagined. Henrik Schyffert’s directorial debut options musician and actor Uje Brandelius enjoying himself on this uncommon and darkly witty indie drama about appreciating what you’ve.
Switzerland: Writer-director duo Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond’s, My Little Sister is an intimate, private story about sibling love wherein a sister offers her all to help her ailing twin brother, and evokes herself at the identical time. A strong look at the bonds each breakable and unbreakable in household.
Ukraine: Kateryna Gornostai’s Stop-Zemlia anchors its open-ended narrative round an introverted schoolgirl and her classmates on this sympathetic portrait of the tidal forces of teenage-hood. A deeply private story about self-discovery and the endurance it requires.
United Kingdom: In Aleem Khan’s ground-breaking function debut After Love, Joanna Scanlan places in an exceptional efficiency as a white, English Muslim convert uncovering secrets and techniques after the demise of her husband, whereas exploring advanced themes of loss, cultural identification and reconciliation.
Special Co-Production: Oscar nominee Jasmila Žbanić’s Quo Vadis Aida? is a rare co-production between 9 European international locations, wherein a UN translator is caught between doing her job and making an attempt to assist native inhabitants and her family when the Serbian military takes over the small city of Srebrenica.
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