EU film fest starts tomorrow
The European Union Film Festival, a festival that presents films about contemporary European life and culture, will start tomorrow in Addis Ababa.
Running through June 17, this year’s edition will feature 17 European films including the Intouchables, France’s biggest international hit ever, a story about a disabled aristocratic millionaire and a good-humored black guy whom he hires as his aide.
The festival always opens with a film from the country currently designated for the presidency of the Council of European Union. This year it is Ireland, so “Stella Days”, starring Martin Sheen in a critically acclaimed performance as an embattled Catholic priest who tries to introduce the movies to his conservative rural flock, screens at 6.30 p.m. Monday at Alliance Ethio-Française.
The polish film, Mill and the Cross, about 16th-century Flanders and those of the canvases of its great painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, will be shown at Goethe Institute on Tuesday 6.30 p.m.
On the weekend days of the festival, family-friendly films will be shown at 4pm, including Dutch family drama “Cool kids don’t cry” about a young girl’s love for soccer, and Czech comedy “Waking Up Yesterday” in which a middle-aged man who is suddenly transported back to 1989. Physically he is 17 again, but his mind remains that of a modern forty-something.
The closing film, to be screened on 17 June, is the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated “A Royal Affair”, set in the 18th century and based on the true story of Queen Caroline Mathilda of Denmark and her love affair with Johan Stuensee, physician to her deranged husband, King Christian VII.
The Italian Cultural Institute, Goethe Institute and Alliance Ethio-Française will be the venues hosting the festival.
Here are some of the films to be featured at this year’s film festival.
COLOUR OF THE OCEAN
A thriller that provides multiple perspectives on the moral complexities of immigration, Maggie Peren’s Colour of the Ocean is set on the Canary Islands, where the sun-drenched beaches are scattered not only with tourists but also the dead and dehydrated bodies of African boat people.
Cool Kids Don’t Cry (2012)
Adaptation of one of Benelux most famous children’s novels. Tough prime school girl Akkie loves soccer and can be a real bully. Love is the only thing she’s scared of. When Akkie is diagnosed with Leukemia, she has to fight for her life. On the verge of going to high school, Akkie has to allow love to enter her life, and thus gain courage to accept the inevitable. Written by Reinier Selen
8 June 4 p.m
Caesar Must Die (2012)
Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”
Italian Cultural Institute
11 June 6.30 P.m
Sleep Tight (2011)
You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?
Toiling silently amongst the residents of an everyday Barcelona apartment building, doorman Cesar (Luis Tosar) harbors a dark secret: his sole desire in life is to make others unhappy. When he sets his sights on Clara (Marta Clara), one of his building’s cheeriest residents, his sick need blossoms into a full-fledged obsession. Embarking on a series of private and physical violations against Clara, Cesar becomes determined to ruin her life by any means.
Italian cultural institute
June 13 6.30pm
Entrance is free.
Follow the whole program on the European film festival Facebook address.