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Todas las películas están disponibles en este enlace del 10 de mayo al 5 de junio: https://www.festivalscope.com/page/euff-online-film-festival-2021/ 

Todas las películas están disponibles en este enlace del 10 de mayo al 5 de junio:

https://www.festivalscope.com/page/euff-online-film-festival-2021/ 

Descubra la Unión Europea y sus Estados miembros a través del festival de cine europeo organizado por la Delegación de la Unión Europea en Panamá, junto con sus Estados miembros. El festival de cine comienza el 10 de mayo y durará hasta el 5 de junio.

Cada una de las películas premiadas a continuación ha sido cuidadosamente seleccionada. El festival de cine de la UE de este año pretende, por un lado, abordar y concienciar sobre una serie de temas como la migración, LGBTQIA+, cuestiones sociales, derechos humanos, empoderamiento de la mujer, medio ambiente, etc. y, por otro, entretener al público con películas sobre el romance, los viajes y la amistad.

Al final de esta página también tendrá acceso a una serie de cortometrajes sobre el cambio climático y cuestiones medioambientales.

 

AURORA by Miia Tervo (2019)

Countries: Finland

Sales Agent: LevelK

Synopsis: Aurora, a commitment-phobic party animal, meets Iranian Darian one night at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. Darian is running from death and Aurora is running from love. They need each other in order to finally stop running.

Genre: Comedy

Topics: Immigration, Addiction

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Miia Tervo in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 - Best International Feature Film, Jussi Awards 2020 – Best Film, Best Actress, Best Direction

NOTE: light sex scenes

 

JACOB, MIMMI AND THE TALKING DOGS (JĒKABS, MIMMI UN RUNĀJOŠIE SUŅI)

 by Edmunds Jansons (2018)

Countries: Latvia, Poland

Sales Agent: New Europe Film Sales

 

Synopsis: Will an imaginative boy, his know-it-all girl cousin and a pack of talking dogs save their romantic neighborhood from unwel-come-change? Jacob lives in the city and dreams of becoming an architect like his busy dad. He spends a lot of time drawing buildings and daydreaming while his father is at work. One day dad needs to go away on business for longer than usual and Jacob has to spend the a whole week with his bossy cousin Mimmi and her ex-pirate father Eagle in Riga’s historical suburb called Maskachka. As soon as Jacob arrives it turns out that the local park is about to be transformed into new skyscrapers by a greedy businessman. Jacob and Mimmi decide to stop the development. It turns out that they can only do it with the help of a pack of local dogs that… can talk!

Genre: Animation

Topics: Animals, Friendship, Environment, Adventure, Family

Links:

Film website in English

Film trailer with English subtitles

Film trailer in English

 

 

THE AUDITION (DAS VORSPIEL) by Ina Weisse (2019)

Countries: Germany, France

Sales Agent : Les Films du Losange

Synopsis: Anna is working as a violin teacher at a music high school in Berlin. Her French husband Bronsky is a violin maker. They have a ten-year-old son. At the annual entrance exam, Anna decides against the will of her colleagues for the admission of a boy in which she sees a great talent. She wants to prove to her colleagues that she was right about him and soon devotes more time and attention to her new student Alexander than to her own son Jonas and thus brings the two boys into competition with each other. At the same time, her marriage to Bronsky becomes more complicated. Anna withdraws more and more from her family and begins an affair with her colleague Christian, who encourages her to participate in a quartet. When Anna fails at her own concert with Christian, she feels under pressure. What she did not succeed in shall be achieved by her gifted student Alexander. More and more obsessed she tries to drive him to peak performance. On the day of the interim exams, a tragic accident occurs ...

Genre: Drama

Topics: Music

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Ina Weisse in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Toronto Film Festival 2019 Discovery, San Sebastián 2019 Competition

 

 

BAD POEMS (ROSSZ VERSEK) by Gabor Reisz (2018)

Countries: Hungary, France

Sales Agent: HNFF world sales

End of rights: 31-03-2023

 

Synopsis: 33-years old Tamás Merthner is heartbroken, after his girlfriend Anna, who is on a scholarship in Paris, breaks up with him. While wallowing in self-pity, Tamás takes a trip down memory ...

Genre: Comedy

Topics: Romance, Travel, Nostalgia

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Black Nights 2018 Official Selection, Torino Film Festival Winner 2018 AVANTI! Award

 

SAWAH by Adolf El Assal (2019)

Countries: Luxembourg, Belgium, Egypt

Distributor: Axxon Films

End of rights: 01-01-2022

Synopsis: Samir’s dream to take part in a prestigious DJ championship in Brussels is shattered to pieces when his flight is redirected to Luxembourg because of a major strike in Belgium. The real adventues begins when he loses all his papers and gets mistaken for a refugee. The colourful film shows DJ Skaarab’s adventures and new encounters on the way to recover his identity.  

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Topics: Music, Politics, Society, Journey

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Adolf El Assal in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Florence Film Awards for Best Feature Film, Queen Palm International Film Festival award for Best Supporting Actor and for Best Music

WILD AMSTERDAM (2018)

 

Director: Mark Verkerk

Producer: Ignas van Schaick

Countries: Netherlands

Synopsis: Wild Amsterdam is a wildlife feature film with a difference — it explores one of Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic cities through the eyes of its wilder inhabitants.

A city is not just for people. In fact to a host of wildlife, the streets, canals and buildings of brick, glass and steel make a home as rich and attractive as a pristine wilderness. And Amsterdam, with its reputation for nurturing its green spaces makes a perfect stage for exploring the deep and often humorous bond between people and animals. A grey heron grabbing a meal at a market fish stall, or a brown rat raising its young in a burrow under a pavement slab is as wild and extraordinary as the hawksbill turtle or giant panda.

Narrated by a wily old tomcat called Frits, Wild Amsterdam provides a unique and upbeat exploration of the city’s wilder side, setting its world famed historic canal ring and harbour areas in a new light — as a diverse natural habitat, supporting a wide range of animals, birds and fish. On his daily wanderings through the city, Frits makes an ideal offbeat city guide, being as much at home in the world of people as that of animals.

Topics: Envirnoment

Trailer: http://dutchnaturefilms.com/wild-amsterdam/

To be watched on Festival scope platform

 

 

FIRE WILL COME (O QUE ARDE) by Oliver Laxe (2019)

Countries: Spain, France, Luxembourg

Sales Agent: Pyramide

Synopsis: When Amador Coro gets out of prison for having provoked a fire, nobody is waiting for him. He returns to his home town, a small village hidden in the mountains of rural Galicia, to live with his elder mother, Benedicta, and three cows. Life goes on calmly, following the rhythm of the nature. Until the night when a fire devastates the region.

Genre: Drama

Topics: Prison, Rural countries

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Oliver Laxe in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Cannes 2019 Un Certain Regard - Jury Prize

 

 

HER JOB (I DOULIA TIS) by Nikos Labôt (2018)

Countries: Greece, France, Serbia

Sales Agent: The Party Film Sales

Synopsis: Thirty-seven-year-old Panayiota leads a quiet, modest life with her husband (a domineering presence who spends his meagre unemployment income at gambling parlours), her rebellious teenage daughter, and her sensitive younger son. Sacrificing and servile (and nearly illiterate) Panayiota is trapped within a domestic environment that prevents her from achieving independence. One day, an opportunity for employment as a cleaner at a nearby mall stirs in her the excitement of a new life. Eager but introverted, she quickly becomes a model employee, gains financial independence, and expands her social life beyond the walls of her apartment. Back home, the family looks on with respect at Panayiota’s blossoming freedom. Yet her newly gained autonomy stands to be prematurely pruned by a series of layoffs at work.

Genre: Drama

Topics: Women empowerment, Financial crisis, Human Rights

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Nikos Labôt in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Toronto International Film Festival 2018 Official Selection, Thessaloniki Film Festival 2018 – Best Actress

 

 

PAPUSZA by Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze

Countries: Poland

Sales Agent: The Party Film Sales

 

Synopsis: True story of Papusza -the first Roma woman who put her poems into writing and published them, and therefore confronted the traditional female image in the gypsy community.The film follows Papuszas life from birth to old age: arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy tabor before, during and after second world war, then forced settlement in communist Poland and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, rejected by the Roma community, for betraying their secrets.

 

 

THE VICE OF HOPE (IL VIZIO DELLA SPERANZA) by Edoardo De Angelis (2018)                                          

 Country: Italy

Sales Agent: True Colours

Synopsis: “If I have to die, I want to die my way” Maria’s time flows along with the river. She walks firmly, her hood up. A hand-to-mouth life, without dreams nor desires, spent taking care of her mother and at the service of a merciless, bejewelled old lady. With her brave-eyed Pit bull, Maria ferries pregnant women across the river, leading them to an infernal fate. But hope will pay her a visit, in its most ancestral and powerful form, as miraculous as life itself, teaching Maria that staying human is the greatest of all revolutions.

Genre: Drama

Topics: Social Issues, Human exploitation, Migration, Women

Jury selection criteria: The Vice of Hope is a sort of ghost story of lost souls in an abandoned South of Italy, where out of sudden, hope appears and grows. In the little village where the main character lives and works there is no rights, there is no State. Half of the inhabitants are illegal Africans who occupy slums, living of cocaine trafficking and prostitution, and of a new slavery: surrogacy. A dark tale on women, dignity, freedom, motherhood and eventually, hope.

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: David di Donatello Award for Best Supporting Actress, Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Director and Best Actress

Sold territories: Australia, China, Oceania, New Zealand

 

 

ouR STRUGGLES (NOS BATAILLES) by Guillaume Senez (2018) 

Country: Belgium, France

Sales Agent: Be For Films

Synopsis: Olivier does the best he can to fight injustice at work. But from one day to the next, when his wife Laura abandons the family home, he is left alone to juggle between the children’s needs, life’s daily challenges and his job. Faced with these new responsibilities, he struggles to find a balance. Because Laura’s not coming back.

Genre: Drama

Topics: Family, Depression, Work

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Guillaume Senez in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Cannes 2018 Critics’ Week - Special Screenings

 

 

AND THEN WE DANCED by Levan Akin (2019)

Countries: Sweden, Georgia, France

Sales Agent: Totem Film

Synopsis: Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world turns upside down when the carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire

Genre : Drama

Topics: Dance, LGBTQIA+, Masculinity

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Levan Akin in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Cannes 2019 - Directors' Fortnight, Sarajevo 2019 - Best Actor.

NOTE: explicit sex scenes

 

SAINT GEORGE (SÃO JORGE) by Marco Martins (2016)

Countries: Portugal, France

Sales Agent: Celluloid Dreams

End of rights: 01-09-2021

Synopsis: In 2011 Portugal began the so-called "year of the Troika" (EU, IMF and ECB budget cuts and economic restructuring), with the level of debt among the Portuguese people reaching staggering amounts and a growing number of families and companies unable to repay their instalment loans. Jorge is an unemployed boxer on the verge of losing his son and his wife, who has decided to return to Brazil. As a means of paying off his debt and persuading his wife to remain in Portugal, Jorge accepts a job with a debt-collection agency, which will drag him into a world of violence and crime.

Genre: Drama, Crime

Topics: Society Issues, Family Issues, Sport, Violence

Jury selection criteria: Strong drama and one-character film, where Nuno Lopes gave an invigorating performance despite the film’s formulaic struggling- boxer-living-in-a-working-class-neighbourhood storyline. Quite a revelation actually how he managed to convey consistently the swagger that one comes to expect of a slugger yet demonstrate that tenderness and vulnerability whenever the character is seen bonding with his son or the son’s mother.

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Marco Martins in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Venice Film Festival: Venice Horizons Award for Best Actor, Portuguese Film Academy Sophia Awards for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director

Sold territories: Albania, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cap-Vert, Guinea-Bissau, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, North Macedonia, Sao Tomé and Principe, Serbia, South Korea, Turkey

 

 

ACASA MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc (2020)

Countries: Romania, Finland, Germany

Sales Agent: Autlook Filmsales

Synopsis: In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, nine children and their parents lived in perfect harmony with nature for 20 years–until they are chased out and forced to adapt to life in the big city.

Genre: Documentary

Topics: Family, Poverty

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Radu Ciorniciuc in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Sundance 2020 World Cinema Documentary Competition - Special Jury Award for Cinematography, Sarajevo 2020 Documentary Competition - Human Rights Award

 

 

OLEG by Juris Kursietis (2019)

Countries: Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France

Sales Agent: Best Friend Forever

Synopsis: Belgium, today. Oleg is a young Latvian butcher. He arrives in Brussels in the hope of getting a better salary in a meat factory. His experience turns short after being betrayed by a colleague. Alone in a country where he doesn’t belong, he quickly falls under the yoke of Andrzej, a Polish criminal.

Genre: Drama

Topics: Immigration, Work

Links:

Film profile in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Film review and trailer in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Interview of Juris Kursietis in English, French, Spanish and Italian

Main Awards: Cannes 2019 Directors' Fortnight, Tallinn Black Nights 2019 - Baltic Film Competition

 

The films can be viewed at Festivalscope.com for selection purposes.

Short films about climate change and environmental issues

 

A SUNNY DAY by Faouzi Bensaïdi  (2019)

 

Synopsis: Under the impacts of a changing climate, the world changes, it has already changed. In a distant and near future, both fantastic and absurd, men and wo-men survive as they can. Following a man, a slender figure between Tati and Buster Keaton, we discover through scenes of his daily life how devastating the effects of climate change are on humans and nature. How do we barricade against excessive heat or cold? How will it be to go to a supermarket, or a zoo filled with different animals and species? A disturbing and hilarious ride in the future, that is already our present.

Running time: 10:00 minutes

Available media: ALL

Available subtitles: No dialogue

1. Go on www.artfortheworld.net -> scroll to footer -> click on professional Access and click/type the password: CalYpsO_19

2. Click on and click/type the password: AFTW19

 

 

HUNGRY SEAGULL by Leon Wang  (2019)

 

Synopsis: On an island not far from the mainland, the young father seagull is anxiously guarding the new born gulls by the nest and awaiting the return of the mother seagull. The mother seagull has given up everything she has, but the baby seagull is still hungry. The father seagull had flown away in search of more food...The main diet of black-tailed gulls is pelagic fish in the sea, molluscs and aquatic insects in coastal wetlands and estuaries. However, with the overfishing of offshore fish and the pollution of the marine environment, seagulls can catch fewer and fewer small fish in the upper layer.

Running time: 06:00 minutes

Available media: ALL

Available subtitles: No dialogue

Link: https://vimeo.com/352947075 (password: hs1234)

IN ONE DRAG by Alireza Hashempour (2016)

Synopsis: It’s late in the evening. A man leaves a building, lights a cigarette and smokes it in one drag. He casually flicks the stub away – everything as always. Only this time... all the cigarette butts in the city become alive.

Running time: 03:05 minutes

Available media: ALL

Available subtitles: No dialogue

Link: https://vimeopro.com/autourdeminuit/developpement-durable (password: LOVEADM)

 

KOKOTA: THE ISLET OF HOPE by Craig Norris (2016)

Synopsis: The Islet of Hope tells the story of Mbarouk’s quest to help Kokota. This short, 30 minutes documentary introduces viewers to the resilient people living on the front lines of climate change and explores how these unlikely heroes have managed to innovatively adapt to a warming climate while reforesting their island. This inspirational film promises to leave audiences around the world believing that simple solutions really can have huge impacts.

Running time: 29:00 minutes

Available media: ALL

Available subtitles: French, English, Spanish, German and Swahili

Link: https://vimeo.com/279892961 (password: kokota)

OLMO by Silvio Soldini (2019)

Synopsis: Olmo, eighty years old, looks out of the window of a building in the suburban area of a city. His eighty-year-old grandson Giulio is reading him an article from the newspaper about melting glaciers, the greenhouse effect, methane and CO2... “What is C-O-2?” asks the child. “Do you remember the carbon dioxide we studied?” says Grandpa. “The one the trees breathe?” asks Giulio. The day after, they’re leaving for a short tour instead of going to school, searching for an old tree.

Running time: 08:00 minutes

Available media: ALL

Available subtitles: English

Link: https://vimeo.com/352753975 (password: 0Lm0v1M30)

QURUT by Shahrbanoo Sadat (2019)

Synopsis: It is dawn. Rural central Afghanistan, far away in a village. A young wo-man is milking a goat while her little boy is assisting her by holding the horns of the goat. There is a flock of goats and sheep waiting to be milked before the young shepherd takes them to the mountains to graze all day long. She cooks Quruti, one of the most popular meals in the entire Afghanistan but especially central Afghanistan. For some years people have been making less and less Quruti as they struggle to feed their animals because the mountain pastures have dried up. Climate change has affected rain patterns and soil fertility in the whole region.

Running time: 05:00 minutes

Available media: ALL

Available subtitles: English

1. Go on www.artfortheworld.net -> scroll to footer -> click on professional Access and click/type the password: CalYpsO_19

2. Click on and click/type the password: AFTW19

TANT DE FORETS by Burku Sankur and Geoffrey Godet (2014)

Synopsis: The short film is based on a poem of Jacques Prévert. The poem speaks of the irony of the fact that newspaper warn us about deforestation although they are made of paper themselves.

Running time: 03:00 minutes

Available media: ALL

Available subtitles: English

Link: https://vimeopro.com/autourdeminuit/developpement-durable (password: LOVEADM)

TUÃ INGUGU by Daniela Thomas (2019)

 

Synopsis: As the Xingu indigenous live in close symbiosis with water, rivers in Sao Paulo are perishing due to worrying levels of water pollution from chemicals used in the agrobusiness industry and plastic. This short movie captures the relationship between the Xingu community and their river, and the emotions of one of them when he is taken to see Sao Paulo rivers. A poetic movie to denounce water pollution and the challenging prospects for the future of both indigenous people and city folks.

Running time: 08:00 minutes

Available media: ALL

Available subtitles: English

Link: https://vimeo.com/356467248 (password: interdependence)

 

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