Beijing, November 27, 2019 - The 12th annual European Union Film Festival in China will open at the Poly International Cinema, Tiananmen Square, Beijing on 28th November. As with past editions, the event is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to China, in association with the China Film Archive, to showcase the creative cinema of all 28 European Union member states. The EU Film Festival is the annual flagship European cultural event in China.
This year, the EU Film Festival in China presents a veritable feast for filmgoers of all tastes, with more than 30 movies and 200 total screenings in 7 cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Jinan, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Changsha.
EU Ambassador to China Nicolas Chapuis speaking of this year's festival said: “Our aim is for the audience not only to enjoy some unforgettable movies, but also to understand the diverse culture, history and social issues of the various countries of the European Union. In so doing, the EUFF has worked closely with all 28 member states of the European Union to bring to you the most prestigious and distinctive European films.”
Opening Title: Little Joe
The evening of the opening ceremony features a screening of the film Little Joe, starting the film festival on a high note. This new film from Austria has already received overwhelming praise with its distinctive artistic style; the leading actress Emily Beecham won the Best Actress award at the 72nd Festival de Cannes. The festival also has the honour to present the director of Little Joe, Jessica Hausner, to meet with audiences in Beijing and Nanjing.
This famous Austrian director and screenwriter first received international attention in 1996 when her short film Flora was screened at the Festival de Cannes. Then, with Lovely Rita (2001), Hotel (2004) and Amour Fou (2014), she returned to competition in the "Un Certain Regard" section of the Festival de Cannes. In 2016, she was a member of the jury of the "Un Certain Regard" section. Little Joe brought her first main competition experience in Cannes this year. She is very honoured to present her film in China.
This year's new European films
In celebration of one more year of the EU Film Festival, the selection of films emphasizes five special themes: “Life and Society”, “Fantasy and Wonder”, “Remembering Summer”, “Laugh or Die”, and “Global Diversity”. The newest films of the year will be presented as always, and several classic films representing powerful elements of cultural heritage in Europe have been added to supplement the 33 films representing each European Union member state. This special exhibition shows the rich cultural heritage of Europe and the style and power of film as the ultimate art form.
Surpassing all previous editions, this year’s EU Film Festival in China includes an even greater number of award winners and nominees from the finest film festivals in Europe including the Festival de Cannes and Berlinale; excellent films from the 2019 Venice Film Festival are presented as well: Young Ahmed, which received the Best Director Award at the 2019 Festival de Cannes; Little Joe, winner of Best Actress; Out Stealing Horses, winner of Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2019 Berlinale; Gloria Mundi, winner of Best Actress at the 76th Venice Film Festival; Cannes main competition section nominees Frankie, La Gomera, It Must be Heaven, and Il Traditore; Venice main competition section nominee The Painted Bird; and the newest work of the two-time winner of the Palme d’Or, Ken Loach, Sorry, We Missed You.
In its mission to present the historical and artistic legacy of European cinema as well as the modern zeitgeist, the EU Film Festival in China strives for a balance in the selection of films. Seven classics of world cinema are included as a reminder of the high standards set by past masters.
The story of the Czech answer to Poirot and 007, Adela Has Not Had Dinner Yet; the intermezzo at the pivot of Estonian history, Suvi (Summer); the Winner of the Jury Prize at the 26th Festival de Cannes, Poland’s The Hourglass Sanatorium; the masterpiece of Bulgarian magical realism, The Unknown Soldier’s Patent Leather Shoes; The Oscars’ Best Clip nominee from Ireland, The Commitments; the poetic ode to Spain, El Sur (The South); and the timeless Croatian children’s tale, Vuk Samotnjak (The Lone Wolf). From these cinema classics, the lineup leaps to startling newcomers chosen from competition section favorites at the Festival de Cannes: the curious drama full of Franco-Belgie-Lux. imagination, Chambre 212 (On a Magical Night); the Bollywood style comedy from Denmark The Orphanage; the surprising French language black humor satire Le Daim (Deerskin); the clinching odyssey of a struggling Latvian man, Oleg; and the latest from legendary German film director, Werner Herzog, Family Romance LLC.
A complete list of films may be obtained on the official European Union Film Festival in China Weibo page: weibo.com/eufilmfestival
Or by following our public WeChat account- 欧盟电影展 (EUFF28_filmfest)
The Festival continues in seven cities
The 2019 edition of the European Union Film Festival in China continues to play at eleven commercial cinemas in seven major cities. For the convenience of the audience, tickets are available for reservation and purchase on the popular online mobile ticketing platform Maoyan.
This year's cinemas and dates are as follows:
Nov. 28 - Dec. 8; Dec. 20 - 29 , in Beijing,
BROADWAY CINEMATHEQUE MOMA.
POLY INTERNATIONAL CINEMA TIANANMEN SQUARE,
LUMIÈRE BEIJING PARKVIEW GREEN CINEMA,
and CHINA FILM ARCHIVE.
Dec. 6 - 15, in Shanghai,
PREMIERE BROADWAY CINEMA, JING'AN KERRY CENTER,
and PALACE CINEMA, LUJIAZUI CENTER.
Dec. 6 - 15, in Nanjing,
LUMIÈRE NANJING HEXI GOLDEN EAGLE WORLD CINEMA
Dec. 13 - 22, in Jinan,
PALACE CINEMA, HENGLONG SQUARE
Dec. 20 - 29, in Chengdu,
PALACE CINEMA, SINO-OCEAN TAIKOO LI
Dec. 31 - Jan. 12, in Shenzhen,
BROADWAY CINEMATHEQUE SHENZHEN
Jan. 3 - 12, in Changsha,
PALACE CINEMA, CHANGSHA IFS, CHANGSHA
The films presented come as the result of a highly refined selection process involving positive communication with the national film offices of each of the European Union member states, as well as major sales agents and distributors across Europe and China. These include DDDream, IQIYI, Lemon Tree, Hugoeast, Times Vision, Time-In-Portrait, among others. Strong collaboration between many partners and many wonderful cinemas is what it takes to bring this resplendent plethora of new European films to the world's biggest and best audience!