The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) is back for its 17th year in Malaysia, with a diverse selection of movies from 19 countries.
This year’s edition of the film festival features 21 award-winning movies spanning comedy, romance, adventure, documentary and drama. As with previous years, EU members states decide on movies from their respective countries to offer audiences here a glimpse into life and culture from across the seas.
“This makes for an eclectic and interesting selection, offering something for everybody; from family movies to human interest, to documentary/political themes,” says Marcel Roijen, EU Delegation to Malaysia head of Political Affairs, Press and Information.
The EUFF is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia, in collaboration with the embassies and cultural institutions of 17 European Union member states, Norway and Switzerland.
Recurring themes this year include movies inspired by actual events and coming-of-age stories, long-standing constituents in the cultural tradition of European cinema.
“Many of these movies are not necessarily made to please a wide audience, but to try and make a compelling story on a theme or issue that actually matters for the society at large or for individuals. Both themes fall into those categories. Of course these are not ‘easy’ movies; on the other hand, the reward for the viewer may be higher. That is the special appeal of the EUFF,” Roijen muses.
The EUFF will be held in Klang Valley from Oct 20 to 30 (GSC Pavilion KL and GSC Mid Valley in KL; GSC 1Utama in Petaling Jaya), Penang from Nov 3 to 9 (GSC Gurney Plaza), Kuching, Sarawak from Nov 17 to 23 (GSC CityOne Megamall) and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from Dec 1 to 7 (GSC Suria Sabah).
Tickets for the EUFF 2016 are priced at RM8 and can be purchased from Oct 18 at the participating GSC outlets, online at www.gsc.com.my or via the GSC mobile app. Movies are screened in their original language with English subtitles.
Four movies will be screened for free: Coupons for free screenings of Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, Have You Ever Been On The Moon, Dreams Of A Life and Children Of Glory can be printed, or a snapshot taken, from www.euff.com.my and redeemed at the participating GSC counters, subject to availability. For movie schedule, head to the GSC website.
Here’s a look at the EUFF movie selection this year:
Brothers Of The Wind
The stronger chick throws its weaker sibling over the nest, but a boy intervenes and nurses it back to health.
Scouting For Zebras/Les Rayures Du Zebre
Football agent Jose thinks he has hit the jackpot with Yaya, a promising guy he takes to Belgium to make a champion out of him.
Fifteen-year-old Jesse struggles to cope with a dear friend’s passing, even as questions from a group of young BMX riders threaten to push him over the edge.
Dreams Of A Life
When Joyce Vincent died in her apartment above a shopping mall in London in 2003, no one realised until three years later. This drama-documentary retraces her steps.
A comic love story about a elderly man whose wife doesn’t understand him and students don’t respect him. And he’s had enough.
A struggling third-generation fisherman meets a marine biologist who is his polar opposite.
Tale Of A Lake
A documentary on the thousands of lakes in the country, told through tales that are based around the myths and legends of Finnish mythology.
Standing Tall/La Tête haute
Rebellious teenager Malony crosses paths with a juvenile judge and a special educator who try to save him from his spiral of revolt and violence.
Who Am I – No System Is Safe/ Who Am I – Kein System ist sicher
Outcast Benjamin finds a place to call home in hacker group Clay, but all hell breaks loose when they get investigated by the German Secret Service and Europol.
Thirteen-year-old Mika finds a friend in Ostwind, the wild stallion.
1922: A mail order bride aboard a ship bound for her new husband in New York falls in love with an American photographer on his way home to a failed marriage.
Children Of Glory/Szabadság, szerelem
Inspired by actual events, the bloodiest water polo match in history meets the dramatic Hungarian Revolution of 1956 in this epic historical film.
Sound recordist Eoghan returns to Ireland to find places free from man-made sound in a quest that takes him into remote terrain.
Have You Ever Been On The Moon?/Sei Mai Stata Sulla Luna?
Guia almost has it all: an awesome job, a flashy car, travels by private jet to her homes in Milan and Paris. What is she mising? True love.
A nine-year-old boy who lives with his carpenter father discovers his love for playing the violin.
A diver obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea takes on the world’s most dangerous mission in this conspiracy thriller.
Inspired by a true story of a beloved history teacher who decides to hide the fact that he is slowly, but surely, losing his sight.
Costi and his cash-strapped neighbour have one weekend to find the treasure buried somewhere in a garden.
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed
English teacher and die-hard Beatles fan Antonio decides to go on a road trip in the hope of meeting John Lennon.
Young Sophie Bell/Unga Sophie Bell
What is a girl to do when her best friend disappears in Berlin under mysterious circumstances?
Based on Johanna Spyri’s novel, five-year-old orphan Heidi is plucked from her idyllic life in the Swiss mountains to help take care of a sickly child in Frankfurt.