Love has many faces, sometimes unexpected, sometimes challenging. As the Beyond Love theme suggests, the European Film Festival (#EuroFilmFestSA) explored some of them with the screening of ten internationally-acclaimed films, representing the best of European cinema but never before screened to South African audiences.
The EUFF was shown at Cinema Nouveau theatres and ran from 9 to 18 May 2014, in partnership with the European Union and nine European cultural agencies and embassies in South Africa: the British Council, the Camões Institute, the French Institute of South Africa, the Goethe-Institut, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Embassy of Belgium and Flemish delegation, as well as the Embassies of Austria, Denmark and Spain.
All the featured films were the recipients of numerous awards and accolades at international film festivals and competitions, including the Oscars and the Cannes Film Festival. They were the latest productions from the most exciting and talented film directors in Europe at the moment, and a true reflection of European cinematographic creativity and diversity.
“The theme of Love served as an interesting starting point for a European film selection. This contemporary selection of films allowed us to experience tales beyond the cliché and ‘national’ narrative, to offer challenging, entertaining and compelling images of love, desire and the current state of Europe,’ says Darryl Els, EUFF 2014 festival director.
The list of films screened during the European Film Festival 2014 included:
•Paradise: Love (Austria) - Cannes Film Festival 2012 – Official Competition,
•The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium) - Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominated, 2014,
•The Hunt (Denmark) - Cannes Film Festival 2012 – Official Competition Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominated, 2014,
•Stranger by the Lake (France) - Cannes Film Festival 2013 – Best Director Award, Un Certain Regard section,
•Barbara (Germany) - Berlin International Film Festival 2012, Best Director Award,
•The Great Beauty (Italy) - Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2014,
•Tabu (Portugal) - Berlin International Film Festival 2012 – Official Competition,
•Child’s Pose (Romania) - Berlin International Film Festival 2013, Golden Bear (Best Film),
•Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (Spain) - San Sebastian International Film Festival 2013 - Official Competition, and
•Le Week-End (United Kingdom) - Toronto International Film Festival 2013.
This very special treat for movie-lovers was hosted exclusively by Cinema Nouveau nationwide, with the ten-day screening programme taking place concurrently in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria from 09 – 18 May.
The festival also featured an outreach screening programme and a competition that gave ticket-holders the chance to win a trip for two to France, courtesy of Air France and Atout France (French tourism agency).
The European Film Festival was hosted by Cinema Nouveau, co-ordinated by the French Institute of South Africa and organised in partnership with the European Union and eight other European cultural agencies or embassies in South Africa: the British Council, the Camões Institute, the Goethe-Institut, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Embassy of Belgium and Flemish delegation, as well as the Embassies of Austria, Denmark and Spain.