A cinematic journey through Europe with 19 award-winning films
The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) returns once more to selected Golden Screen Cinemas. Celebrating its 20thanniversary in Malaysia, The EUFF remains one of the most anticipated international film festivals in the country.
This year, a more focused programme promises to showcase the dynamism, breadth and innovation of contemporary European cinema, as well as the cultural diversity of Europe, with critically-acclaimed films from across the continent.
The European Union Film Festival will take place at selected Golden Screen Cinemas outlets in Kuala Lumpur (17 – 27 October) – GSC Mid Valley, GSC Pavilion KL, GSC 1 Utama - and Penang (31 October - 6 November) – GSC Gurney Plaza.
Since its first edition in 2000, the EUFF has brought together film enthusiasts, students, families and even people looking for their first foreign-language film experience. Spanning animation, drama, romance, comedy, adventure, family films and documentaries, the wide ranging programme is a testament to Europe's continued creativity and diversity and has something for everyone's tastes.
"Europe has never been just one, but many cultures, languages and lifestyles. Through EUFF, we celebrate our cultural diversity. We put culture at the centre of our international partnerships around the world, including with Malaysia," said H.E. Maria Castillo Fernandez, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Malaysia.
"We hope that these films not only entertain, inspire and teach us about European culture but also open people's eyes to how both European and Malaysian people enjoy cultural diversity," she added.
From left, Mr Matthias Vanheusden (Charge d’Affaires a.i, Embassy of Belgium to Malaysia), H.E. Mr Kreso Glavac (Ambassador of Croatia to Malaysia), H.E. Mr Frederic Laplanche (Ambassador of France to Malaysia), H.E. Maria Castillo Fernandez (Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia), H.E. Mrs Gunn Jorid Roset (Ambassador of Norway to Malaysia), Mr Maciej Tumulec (Charge d’Affaires a.i, Embassy of Poland to Malaysia)
The 19 award-winning films this year come from 15 European countries. The festival line-up also features films from non-European Union countries Switzerland and Norway. Most of the films are collaborations or joint-productions between European countries and many are courtesy of a project by the European Commission managed by a Consortium formed by Goethe-Institut (lead), Institut Français and Cineuropa, the portal for the promotion of the European cinema. These films bring to life the fact that Europe, just like Malaysia, is united in our diversity and highlight that story-telling and art have no barriers across cultures and countries.
This year, Romania's inspirational feature film, Beside Me, will open the film festival with a heart-breaking story that explores the idea of human connectivity. Directed by the first Romanian disabled filmmaker, Tedy Necula, Beside Me is a telling reminder that we are all strangers until something brings us together. It is a story about empathy, self-awareness and tolerance, messages that are relevant today.
Les Invisibles, the film screened at the press conference, is a comedy about a group of social workers who do everything in their power to help the homeless women within their shelter reintegrate into society and is an example of Europe’s commitment to social justice, Many of the main characters are played by former homeless women who are not professional actors. The director, Louis-Julien Petit, spent a year volunteering in women’s homeless shelters in Grenoble and Paris, saying he wanted to get the tone of the film right.
Six films –– Lada Kamenski (Croatia), Winter Flies (Czech Republic), Ailo's Journey (Finland), The Romantic Exiles (Spain), Don't Stop Me Now (Italy), and As Needed (Italy) –– will be screened for free at all participating cinemas. Coupons for the free screenings can be downloaded or screenshot from www.euff.com.my and redeemed at the participating GSC ticketing counters on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 20th European Union Film Festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia, in collaboration with the embassies and cultural institutions of 13 European Union Member States, and Norway and Switzerland.
The Film Festival is also supported by local partner organisations Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn. Bhd. Golden Screen Cinemas International Screens, GSC Movies and CinemaOnline.
EUFF tickets are sold at MYR9 (normal seats). Tickets for GSC International Screens title Les Invisibles (France) are sold at prevailing GSC prices. Tickets can be purchased via GSC E-payment at www.gsc.com.my, GSC Mobile Apps or at participating GSC outlets. For movie details, screening schedules and more information on the European Union Film Festival, visit www.euff.com.my or www.gsc.com.my
EUFF tickets sales start from 10th October.
From left, Mr Devinder Singh (Marketing Director of Cinema Online), Mr Matthias Vanheusden (Charge d’Affaires a.i, Embassy of Belgium to Malaysia), Mr Maciej Tumulec (Charge d’Affaires a.i, Embassy of Poland to Malaysia), Mrs Silvia Marrara (Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Italy to Malaysia), H.E. Mr Frederic Laplanche (Ambassador of France to Malaysia), H.E. Mr Kreso Glavac (Ambassador of Croatia to Malaysia), H.E. Maria Castillo Fernandez (Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia), Mr Tung Yow Kong (General Manager, GSC Movies), H.E. Mrs Gunn Jorid Roset (Ambassador of Norway to Malaysia).