Europe On Screen is Back!
More European Films, a celebration of 100th Anniversary of Ingmar Bergman
and a dip in the Ocean
Jakarta, 19 April 2018 — Europe on Screen, the longest-running international film festival in Indonesia, is coming back this year, 3-12 May, bringing dozens of quality European movies to Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Denpasar, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.
This year the festival, dubbed EoS by fans, puts a spotlight on our shared responsibility for protecting the oceans as a resource for all mankind with the #OurOcean programme of documentaries.
“It is Our Ocean because it belongs to all of us. We hope the programme will increase awareness of the impact that our daily choices have on our planet's blue lungs,” said His Excellency Vincent Guérend, the European Union Ambassador for Indonesia.
In addition, EoS will include this year a special focus on the late, legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, who directed more than 60 feature films, television movies and documentaries and won prestigious prizes including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
“This year marks the centennial birth of Ingmar Bergman. Special celebrations are held all around the world, including in Indonesia through EoS. We will screen three classic films that have been digitally restored, Autumn Sonata, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries. Archival interviews with Bergman, never-before-seen, will also be added in each film. We will also have an exhibition of Bergman’s timeline journey on display in the Goethe Institute throughout the festival,” said festival co-director Nauval Yazid.
In all, more than 200 screenings of 93 films will be held this year in cultural centres such as Erasmus Huis, Goethe Institute, Istituto Italiano di Cultura and Institut Francais Indonesia; in universities including Universitas Multimedia Nusantara and SAE Institute, and in new venues including the Ke:Kini communal working space, Tugu Kuntskring Paleis and the Hotel Tugu Bali. EoS will also be held in shopping malls such as Bintaro Xchange and Gandaria City for outdoor screenings.
For the first time, EoS has organised a Short Film Pitch Project. Ten finalists selected from 122 submissions made during March will pitch their ideas to a panel of professional filmmakers. The three winning projects will receive production funds from EoS and the short films will premiere at EoS next year.
The festival will open with The Breadwinner, an Oscar-nominated animated feature and international cop-roductions, including Ireland and Luxembourg, with Angelina Jolie as executive producer. The festival will close with My Big Night, a blockbuster comedy from Spain.
The EoS audience will be treated to two new European films before they are released in cinemas: Submergence by German director Wim Wenders, and Based on a True Story, directed by Roman Polanski.
Continuing the festival’s tradition of bringing European filmmakers to Indonesia, this year EoS will host Weronika Mliczewska (director, Long Way, Poland), Deirdre Barry (producer for animated films and series, Ireland), Jean-Pascal Elbaz (subtitling expert, France), Aliakbar Campwala (director, The Invisible Subtitler, UK) and Andreas Johnsen (director, Bugs, Denmark).
Fellow EoS co-director Meninaputri Wismurti points out another special programme, Film Talk: The Art of Subtitling, to be held at Universitas Multimedia Nusantara on 7 May. “For any foreign-language film, subtitling is important as it helps the film reach out to a wider audience, and the audience to understand the film better. Such a programme is being held for the first time in Indonesia. We have invited subtitling experts from France and Indonesia and a researcher who made a documentary on subtitling from the UK.”
More information and the latest updates about EoS can be found online at www.europeonscreen.org, on Instagram and Twitter at @europeonscreen and the official Facebook page of Europe on Screen.