Delegation of the European Union to Armenia

European Union Film Festival 2021

31/03/2021 - 06:43
Cinema

Award-winning Titles from 19 Countries!

The European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, together with the Consulates General of the EU Member States and Switzerland, and in association with Broadway Cinematheque, presents the European Union Film Festival 2021 (EUFF2021). Now into its 12th edition, the EUFF brings 19 award-winning titles to the Broadway Cinematheque and PALACE ifc from 16 to 30 April.

The EUFF2021 will open with 438 Days, an ode to journalists who put lives at stake to investigate the truth and fight for press freedom. Directed by Jesper Ganslandt, the film is based on the true story of Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, who experienced 438 days of hell in a notorious Ethiopian jail when their hunt for truth turned into an international political game of life and death.

The festival will close with French animation Josep. French political cartoonist Aurel’s directorial debut revolves around the life of Spanish illustrator Josep Bartolí, who fought fascists during the Spanish Civil War, survived brutal French concentration camps, and eventually relocated to Mexico where he had an affair with Frida Kahlo. Blending Bartolí’s drawings into the animation, the film is not only a tribute to the late artist, but also a beautiful depiction of the healing power of art in difficult times.

Tickets are available from 26 March (Friday) 6pm. Ticket price is set at $95. bcinephile members and MOViE MOViE members can enjoy a discounted price of $76 at Broadway Cinematheque and $80 at PALACE ifc.

Please visit www.cinema.com.hk for the full list of films and online ticketing.

15/04/2021 - 29/04/2021


Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yaumatei, Kowloon and
PALACE ifc, Podium Level 1, ifc Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

438 Days is based on the real-life deeds of journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, who crossed the war-stricken border between Somalia and Ethiopia to investigate the truth behind the Western hunt for oil and how it affects the population in the region. But it's only when they are shot, arrested and thrown into an Ethiopian jail, after a show trial in which they are convicted on terrorism charges, that they find their real "story". Unleashing a nightmarish reality when a hunt for truth turns into an international political game of life and death, 438 Days depicts a fight for survival where friendship becomes the most important weapon against tyranny, and press freedom manifests itself as the shining light in a world of lies.

Spanish illustrator Josep Bartolí fought fascists during the Spanish Civil War, survived brutal French concentration camps, and eventually relocated to Mexico where he had an affair with Frida Kahlo. An eventful life worthy of a film, then: but French political cartoonist Aurélien Froment – better known in his artistic nom de guerre of Aurel – has delivered something much more creative and affecting than a run-of-the-mill biopic. Blending Bartolí’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful drawings into his own dynamic animation, first-time feature filmmaker Aurel delivers a film serves as a condemnation of state-sanctioned violence against refugees: the sadistic camp Bartolí passed through in 1939 could pass for any of its successors in the here and now. More importantly, Josep offers a celebration of the reality-depicting and redemptive power of art, and also its transcendent qualities, with Aurel depicting both Bartolí’s struggle in France and his liberated life in Mexico in the most moving of ways.