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The European Union Film Festival 2018 returns this year as an “open-air” event to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage. For the first time ever, the EU will be screening 19 European films for 19 nights at 10 Ambassadorial Residences, cultural institutes and historical site around Bangkok. All screenings have free admission. Seats are limited and pre-registration is required for entry to all film screenings. See the link below for more information and registration!
If you wish to change or cancel your reservation, please contact the organizers directly at least three days ahead of the screening date via their Facebook page “EU in Thailand”, or email Panupong.PECHPLOY@eeas.europa.eu or Tel. +66 2 305 2687.
For security reasons:
– Guest with no pre-registration will not be able to enter the event.
– Please bring your ID cards or passports for registration
1. 29th November | Mademoiselle Paradis (Austria) | @House No.1
A blind pianist living in 18th-century Vienna forms an extraordinary relationship with the physician who is trying to restore her sight.
2. 30th November | Transit (Germany) | @Goethe Institut Thailand
When a man flees France after the Nazi invasion, he assumes the identity of a dead author whose papers he possesses. Stuck in Marseilles, he meets a young woman desperate to find her missing husband – the very man he’s impersonating.
3. 1st December | In the Shadow (Czech Republic) | @Goethe Institut Thailand
In the former Czechoslovakia, 1950s, police captain Hakl investigates a jewelery robbery. An opened safe deposit leads to a known burglar. What seems an easy case soon starts to tangle. When he is called off the case, he continues on his own. The investigation leads him onto thin ice. Can he beat a stronger enemy and save his family and his own life?
4. 2nd December | The Commune (Denmark) | @Danish Residence
Erik and Anna are an academic couple with a dream. Together with their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik’s huge villa in an upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family at the centre of the story, we are invited into their dream of a real commune. We participate in the house meetings, the dinners and parties. There is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof, until an earth-shattering love affair puts the small community to its greatest test yet.
5. 3rd December | Fireheart: The Legend of Tadas Blinda (Lithuania) | @Danish Residence
Tadas is a carefree serf; Kristina is the daughter of a powerful landowner. But when Tadas and Kristina fall in love, they know that their love is doomed in the socially segregated Russian Empire. Tensions rise as those in power seek to prevent the abolition of serfdom. When a Midsummer celebration turns into a slaughter, Tadas finds himself in the middle of a rebellion, with dozens of men at his command. Now torn with the choice between his duty as a rebel leader and his love for the daughter of the sworn enemy, what will he do?
6. 4th December | Al Berto (Portugal) | @Portuguese Residence
It’s the summer of ’75 in Sines, Portugal. Al Berto, the writer, embodies an entire moving generation. He and his friends exude youth, eccentricity and hope for the future – but right after the fall of Portugal’s dictatorship system, the country is not yet ready for his love story.
7. 5th December | Fanny and Alexander (Sweden) | @Portuguese Residence
Alexander Ekdahl and his younger sister Fanny live a wonderful life. Their parents own a local theater and the extended Ekdahl family are close, spending Christmas together. Just a few weeks after the Christmas celebrations however, their beloved father dies. The children and their mother feel the loss greatly and Alexander occasionally sees his father’s spirit in the house. After a period of time, their mother informs them that she is to be married to Bishop Edvard Vergerus, someone Alexander had already encountered over a lie he once told at school. The Bishop’s house is a dreary place and the Bishop proves to be a strict disciplinarian who insists on all house rules being followed. After being caught in another lie, Alexander is severely beaten and his mother realizes she must find a way to send the children away.
8. 6th December | Candidate (Slovak Republic) | @Belgian Residence
Nowadays, information is the most valuable currency. The story follows the background of a political campaign of a presidential candidate. There are two months remaining to the elections. Adam Lambert, a successful and influential owner of an advertising agency, gets a job – to create a political campaign for a peculiar candidate – an indistinctive small-town entrepreneur. The goal is simply to stir the political waters and strip the opposite party of a few votes. Lambert is used to manipulating people without a blink of an eye and always gets what he wants. However, during a dinner party he is provoked into a bet against his rival – Ivan Muller, who works for the heaviest favorite of the elections. The stake is approximately 7 million euros. Lambert bets all his fortune on a single horse, the unknown candidate. He swears he will transform this loser into a president, and that he will accomplish that not later than in the first round of the elections.
9. 7th December | Belgian Rhapsody (Belgium) | @Belgian Residence
Two Belgian brass bands compete for the European title. One is Flemish (Sint-Cecilia), the other Walloon (En Avant). Sint Cecilia loses their soloist in dramatic circumstances and to ensure their participation in the contest they try to steal the very talented soloist from En Avant. The ball starts rolling and not everything will happen as planned.
10. 8th December | L’Opera (France) | @Alliance Française Bangkok
A behind-the-scenes look at the Paris Opera, under the direction of Stephane Lissner.
11. 9th December | The Bar (Spain) | @Alliance Française Bangkok
In bustling downtown Madrid, a loud gunshot and two mysterious deaths trap a motley assortment of common urbanites in a decrepit central bar, while paranoia and suspicion force the terrified regulars to turn on each other.
12. 10th December | Swing (Hungary) | @Austrian Residence
Three women from three generations are forced together, mentored by an old diva and a transvestite, to form a band. They are successful on stage, but off of it they are not getting along at all.
13. 11th December | Loving Vincent (Poland) | @Austrian Residence
In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
14. 12th December | Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle (The Netherlands) | @Dutch Residence
After losing his farm during the floods of 1953, a romantic Dutch farmer is tired of getting his socks wet. He cycles to Italy and decides to grow tulips in the sweltering heat of Puglia.
15. 13th December | The Other Side of Hope (Finland) | @Dutch Residence
Khaled, Syrian refugee stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a traveling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikström finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head and, for a while, they form a Utopian union with the restaurant’s waitress, the chef and his dog.
16. 14th December | Call Me By Your Name (Italy) | @Italian Residence
It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
17. 15th December | Two Lottery Tickets (Romania) | @Italian Residence
Three men from a provincial town are in urgent need of money and decide to buy a lottery ticket. They win the lottery, but soon after their ticket gets stolen. The three desperate men go on a journey to find their lost lottery ticket and experience all kinds of adventures.
18. 16th December | I Am Not a Witch (UK) | @British Residence
Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches on a large truck. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she’ll be cursed and transformed into a goat.
19. 17th December | Sanctuary (Ireland) | @British Residence
Larry has Down’s, Sophie has epilepsy, in a world that conspires to keep them apart, will love triumph?