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STARRING EUROPE: NEW FILMS FROM THE EU LOS ANGELES EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

STARRING EUROPE: NEW FILMS FROM THE EU

LOS ANGELES EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

 

Presented by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Romania,

the European Union and the American Cinematheque.

 

Sponsored by Obica’, Consulate General of Romania in Los Angeles, Bank Of The West

 

Thursday May 9 Egyptian Theatre (Opening Night)

May 10 – 13 Aero Theatre

Tickets available NOW.

 

LOS ANGELES (April 12,, 2019) – The American Cinematheque and the European Union announced today the lineup selected for its sixth annual Starring Europe, New Films from the EU, film festival born to celebrate and discover contemporary films from across the European Union.

 

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Spotlighting festival award winners from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Romania, the short and feature films here embody the rich heritage and diversity of cinema from Europe. With talent from the films invited to speak at screenings and an opening-night reception, this is an ideal way for expats and Los Angeles residents alike to experience these European delicacies.

 

Our opening night kicks off with a red carpet event and cocktail reception, followed by the Los Angeles premiere of Bonifacio Angius’ WHEREVER YOU ARE, a feature from Italy that follows an unexpected road trip between an aged musician and some unlikely companions. The film is accompanied by the award-winning “Simbiosis Carnal,” a Belgian animated short about human sexuality directed by Rocío Álvarez. This short is one of seven films directed by female filmmakers, many of which deal with such modern social issues as gender equality and the #MeToo movement. Greece’s POLYXENI, by director Dora Masklavanou, charts the life of an orphan girl who is adopted by a Greek Istanbulite family and faces constant persecution by bourgeoisie society.

 

A total of five features make their Los Angeles premieres here, including Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo’s Estonian film TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, which follows a father’s reluctant attempts to raise his newborn child. The difficulty of keeping a family together is also the subject of the new film from Romania, Stere Gulea’s long-awaited sequel MOROMETE FAMILY: ON THE EDGE OF TIME. Representing the Czech Republic, MILADA profiles revolutionary Czech politician Milada Horáková, who fought both the Nazis and the Communists for her country’s freedom. Latvia and Luxembourg deliver two hilarious box office hits: the Latvian caper film THE FOUNDATION OF CRIMINAL EXCELLENCE from first-time director Oskars Rupenheits, and Félix Koch’s delightful SUPERJHEMP RETÖRNS, in which the Luxembourgish superhero overcomes a midlife crisis to save his small country from cosmic annihilation.

 

Each program includes an opening short from other countries in the European Union. Among the highlights is Austria’s “Heaven’s Meadow,” a devastating account of a young woman’s sexual assault; director Magdalena Chmielewska will appear in person with the film. Lithuania supplies yet another short film directed by a woman, Birutė Sodeikaitė’s“ Last Stop is the Moon,” a stop-motion film about a young girl’s gradual acceptance of her illness. In Croatia’s “In the Name of the Strawberry, the Chocolate, and the Holy Spirit” a priest's appetite for ice cream on a Sunday afternoon leads to mysterious encounters and hilarious trouble. From Germany, directors André Hörmann and Anna Samo animate the story of one of the last remaining survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with their award-winning “Obon.” Poland’s stranger-than-fiction documentary from Klaudia Kęska, “Casting,” follows a group of orphans’ reimagining of a famous scene from THE GODFATHER, while Bulgaria offers the world premiere of Stefan Apostolov’s time-bending adventure “Life in Four Seasons.”

 

Series programmed by EU members, with the assistance of Gwen Deglise and Chris LeMaire. Program notes by Chris LeMaire.

 

ABOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION

Created in the aftermath of World War II, the European Union is a unique economic and political partnership of 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas and promoting cultural ties.

 

ABOUT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit viewer-supported public film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the historic Egyptian and Aero Theatres, the Cinematheque presents regular film and digital programming, which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema, to sneak previews of new independent and studio films, pop culture gems and cult cinema in all genres. Fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. Exhibition of rarities, archival 35mm prints and special formats such as 70mm and nitrate highlight the programming.

 

The American Cinematheque's membership program provides additional benefits for film lovers.

 

The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on December 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922.

 

In early 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the Westside with the January 5th re-opening of the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

 

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

 

Thursday, May 9 – 7:30 PM                                                     STARRING EUROPE

EGYPTIAN THEATRE

Tickets available here: https://www.fandango.com/egyptian-theatre-hollywood-aaofx/theater-page?date=2019-05-09

Opening Night! Los Angeles Premiere! “Simbiosis Carnal” (2017, Belgium, 10 min. Dir. Rocío Álvarez) Winner of Best Short Film at the Soria International Film Festival 2018, this colorful animated film explores the evolution of human sexuality through a distinctly feminist lens. Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere! WHEREVER YOU ARE (OVUNQUE PROTEGGIMI), 2018, Italy, 110 min. Dir. Bonifacio Angius. Alessandro (Alessandro Gazale), a failing musician who assuages his frustrations with heavy drinking and compulsive gambling, hits rock bottom one Saturday night after a drunken rampage that sends him to a mental hospital. But to his great surprise, it is here that he meets Francesca (Francesca Niedda), a woman whose vibrant spirit gives him a renewed sense of purpose. This moving romantic drama from Bonifacio Angius explores the unlikely companionship of two lost souls searching for a new start. In Italian with English subtitles. Reception in the courtyard starting at 6:00 PM. Discussion following WHEREVER YOU ARE with director Bonifacio Angius and actor Alessandro Gazale. Special Ticket Prices: $15 General, $13 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers.

 

Friday, May 10 – 7:30 PM - AERO THEATRE                                                       STARRING EUROPE

Tickets available here: https://www.fandango.com/american-cinematheque-at-the-aero-theatre-aacpd/theater-page?date=2019-05-10

Obon” (2018, Germany, 15 min. Dir. André Hörmann and Anna Samo) With vibrant animation and stunning imagery, this short film brings to life the emotional oral history of Akiko Takura, one of the last survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Followed by:

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT (VÕTA VÕI JÄTA), 2018, Estonia, 100 min. Dir. Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo. In this compelling social drama from director Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo, blue-collar worker Erik (Reimo Sagor) faces a difficult decision when his ex-girlfriend Moonika (Liis Lass) reenters his life with shocking news. Though his lifestyle is hardly appropriate for raising a child, Erik is the father of a newborn – who is about to be put up for adoption unless he intervenes. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, winner of the Jury’s Special Mention and Critics’ Award at the Arras Film Festival 2018, delivers a nuanced and touching portrait of fatherhood. In Estonian with English subtitles. Discussion following “Obon” with director André Hörmann.

 

Saturday, May 11 – 4:00 PM - AERO THEATRE                                      STARRING EUROPE

Tickets available here: https://www.fandango.com/american-cinematheque-at-the-aero-theatre-aacpd/theater-page?date=2019-05-11

Los Angeles Premiere! “Heaven’s Meadow” (Am Himmel), (2018, Austria, 30 min. Dir. Magdalena Chmielewska) In this heartbreaking story of sexual assault, a young woman wakes up in a meadow outside of Vienna, desperate to forget the horrifying events of the previous evening. Followed by:

POLYXENI, 2017, Greece, 106 min. Dir. Dora Masklavanou. A lavish period drama set in 1950s Greece, POLYXENI follows its titular character (Katia Goulioni) from her childhood as an orphan through her adoption by a rich Greek Istanbulite family and her eventual rise to prominence as the heir to a fortune. Told through a series of flashbacks, Polyxeni’s life is riddled with obstacles as she struggles to navigate bourgeoisie society, where loyalties are always in question. Her true concern, however, is neither power nor money, but finding the long-lost brother from whom she was separated as a child. Winner of Best Feature Film and Best Performance (for Goulioni) at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2017. In Greek and Turkish with English subtitles. Discussion following “Heaven’s Meadow” with director Magdalena Chmielewska.

 

Saturday, May 11 - 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM - AERO THEATRE

EU Panel Discussion

 

Saturday, May 11 – 8:00 PM - AERO THEATRE                                      STARRING EUROPE

Tickets available here: https://www.fandango.com/american-cinematheque-at-the-aero-theatre-aacpd/theater-page?date=2019-05-11

Los Angeles Premiere! Last Stop is the Moon” (2017, Lithuania, 9 min. Dir. Birutė Sodeikaitė) Creating an imaginative world with innovative stop-motion animation, director Birutė Sodeikaitė follows a girl’s gradual acceptance of her illness. Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere! THE FOUNDATION OF CRIMINAL EXCELLENCE (KRIMINALAS EKSELENCES FONDS), 2018, Latvia, 126 min. Dir. Oskars Rupenheits. The first Latvian feature partially financed by a local crowdfunding campaign, THE FOUNDATION OF CRIMINAL EXCELLENCE follows a man’s hilarious search for inspiration for his screenplay about the criminal underworld. What begins as a few harmless scams turns into an elaborate heist, as the wannabe con artist and his reluctant companion find themselves more entangled in crime than they ever imagined. With an entirely non-professional cast, this irreverent buddy comedy from first-time director Oskars Rupenheits was a surprise hit at the Latvian box office, becoming the No. 1 film of 2018. In Latvian with English subtitles.

 

Sunday, May 12 – 4:00 PM - AERO THEATRE                                        STARRING EUROPE

Tickets available here: https://www.fandango.com/american-cinematheque-at-the-aero-theatre-aacpd/theater-page?date=2019-05-12

Los Angeles Premiere! Casting” (2018, Poland, 18 min. Dir. Klaudia Kęska) A film school student is tasked with recreating the final scene from THE GODFATHER. Instead of hiring professional actors, he sets up a casting call at the local orphanage in Katowice. Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere! SUPERJHEMP RETÖRNS, 2018, Luxembourg, 110 min. Dir. Félix Koch. Luxembourgish comic-book superhero "De Superjhemp" is brought to life in this hilarious box office hit. With the country in mortal danger, the retired superhero (André Jung) has little time to rediscover his powers, don his old cape, and save the day. But fitting into his old tights is only half the problem, as he finds that family matters can be just as difficult. With its impressive special effects and signature Luxembourgish humor, SUPERJHEMP RETÖRNS is the biggest hit of all time in its native country. In Luxembourgish with English subtitles.

 

Sunday, May 12 – 7:30 PM - AERO THEATRE                                                     STARRING EUROPE

https://www.fandango.com/american-cinematheque-at-the-aero-theatre-aacpd/theater-page?date=2019-05-12

“Life in Four Seasons” (2019, Bulgaria, 24 min. Dir. Stefan Apostolov) Faced with a life-or-death situation, a young boy embarks on an adventure through time, searching within himself for the courage to conquer his fears. Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere! MOROMETE FAMILY: ON THE EDGE OF TIME(MOROMETII 2), 2018, Romania, 110 min. Dir. Stere Gulea. 31 years after the release of the Romanian classic THE MOROMETE FAMILY, director Stere Gulea returns to the family and its small community of peasant neighbors with this long-awaited sequel. The film finds Ilie (Horatiu Malaele) and his clan struggling to survive after WWII, as the Iron Curtain begins to descend upon Romania and villages across the country are collectivized. Faced with rapid change, Ilie tries to defend his land and keep his family together. In Romanian with English subtitles. Discussion following “Life in Four Seasons” with director Stefan Apostolov. Discussion following MOROMETE FAMILY: ON THE EDGE OF TIME with director Stere Gulea.

 

Monday, May 13 – 7:30 PM - AERO THEATRE                                                    STARRING EUROPE

https://www.fandango.com/american-cinematheque-at-the-aero-theatre-aacpd/theater-page?date=2019-05-13

“In the Name of the Strawberry, the Chocolate, and the Holy Spirit”(2018, Croatia, 20 min. Dir. Karla Lulić) A priest's appetite for ice cream on a Sunday afternoon leads to some mysterious encounters and unexpected, hilarious trouble. Followed by:

MILADA, 2017, Czech Republic, 124 min. Dir. David Mrnka. This stunning biopic of revolutionary Czech politician Milada Horáková’s (Ayelet Zurer) fight for her country’s freedom was nominated for Best Film at the Czech Lion awards. While her story is not commonly known in the western part of the world, Horáková’s fight for gender equality is as timely as ever. Zurer gives a passionate, memorable performance in the title role, while Robert Gant provides a moving depiction of her supportive and defiant husband. With its award-winning costumes and makeup, MILADA is a film as beautiful as it is tragic. Join us at 6:30pm for a reception in the lobby. Discussion following “In the Name of the Strawberry, the Chocolate, and the Holy Spirit” with director Karla Lulić, schedule permitting. Discussion following MILADA with director David Mrnka and actresses Ayelet Zurer and Hana Vagnerova.

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