As the rainy season starts to pass and different cultural institutions resume their programs, the European Film Festival is nearing with a great selection of foreign films.
This segment of the film festival is scheduled to start on Friday October 17th 2014 at the usual venues; the Italian Cultural Institute, Alliance Ethio – Francaise and the Goethe-Institute.
This year’s festival features films from 15 countries; Italy, Ireland, France, Czech Republic, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Greece and United Kingdom.
Among the films that are being planned to be shown is ‘The Great Beauty’ an Italian film that tells the story of Jep Gambardella, a journalist who has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades.
The film which will be screened on October 3rd at the Italian Cultural Institute is written and directed By Paolo Sorrentino and has been reviewed as “Dazzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling,” by Rotten Tomatoes.
From the land of the Irish comes the ‘Secret of Kells’ which will be shown on October 4th at the Alliance Ethio – Francaise. This film tells the story of Brendan who lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.
This film Directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey has been reviewed as “beautifully drawn and refreshingly calm,” by Rotten Tomatoes and it would be appropriate for kids.
From Sweden comes ‘The Last Sentence’, a film that is set against the backdrop of WWII and is based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden’s leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement to Hitler. It will be screened Friday, October 10th at the Alliance Ethio – Francaise.
‘The Selfish Giant’ is a film from the United Kingdom that tells the story of Arbor and his best friend Swifty. Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten, a local scrap dealer.
They begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten – keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. Reviewed as “Starkly emotional and beautifully directed,” this film will be screened at the Italian Cultural Institute on Friday October 17th.
All films will have free entrance.