Created in the aftermath of World War II, the European Union is a unique economic and political partnership of 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas and promoting cultural ties. Now in its fourth year, the EU Film Festival provides an opportunity for international cinema enthusiasts in Los Angeles to celebrate and discover contemporary films from across the European Union.
Spotlighting festival award winners from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain, the short and feature films here embody the rich heritage and diversity of cinema from Europe. With talent from the films invited to speak at screenings and an opening-night reception, this is an ideal way for expats and Los Angeles residents alike to experience these European delicacies.
This year’s EU Festival offers a golden opportunity to see some of international cinema’s rising stars in person. Director Renārs Vimba joins us on opening night for a discussion of MELLOW MUD, one of four debut features here. It’s a Los Angeles premiere, as is our closing-night feature, OUR LAST; director Ludovico Di Martino joins us for a post-screening Q&A. Jan Hřebejk, director of the Oscar-nominated DIVIDED WE FALL, appears with his new film, THE TEACHER, a powerful drama set in a 1980s middle school. Performers who will be joining us in person include LITTLE WING star Paula Vesala and OUR LAST actor Guglielmo Poggi.
These seven nights include a broad range of styles and genres. Marina Seresesky’s THE OPEN DOOR (one of six films by female directors) is a domestic drama set among Madrid sex workers, while Christophe Wagner’s TOMORROW AFTER THE WAR is a mystery plumbing post-WWII divisions. On a lighter note, Los Angeles audiences will get their first looks at Justine Triet’s romantic comedy IN BED WITH VICTORIA and Rainer Sarnet’s NOVEMBER, a magical tale of farmers who co-exist with supernatural creatures.
Each feature has been paired with a complementary short film. Among the most noteworthy are “Sing,” which took home this year’s Best Live-Action Short Oscar. The German short “Invention of Trust” was a 2016 Student Academy Award winner, while Croatia’s “Flowers” was a Student Oscar nominee. “Pitter Patter Goes My Heart” director Christopher Rainer will join us in person with his short.
To view a one-page flyer for the Festival, click here.
Series programmed by Gwen Deglise, Udval Altangerel and the EU members. Program notes by Udval Altangerel and John Hagelston.