European Union Film Festival organized by Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation in association with Cinema d’Europe @ The Alliance Francaise of Madras & Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai
Scouting for Zebras/Les rayures du zèbre /2014/Belgium/80 min/Director: Benoît Mariage
José is a football agent. He is in Ivory Coast to spot young talent in football . José Brussels is a braggart , who willingly sleeps with Gigi , a beautiful African woman who loves above all the luxury he offers her … One day, José spots Yaya, a street boy with the potential of a champion , and brings him to Belgium . Will Yaya be José’s reward? Between the poor neighborhoods of Abidjan and Sporting Club of Charleroi, the cultural “gap” is brutal …
Awards:1 win & 6 nominations
Three Brothers /Tri bratri/2014/90min /Czech Republic/Director: Jan Sverák
Three brothers leave their home to see the world. During their journey, by a miracle they enter into famous fairy tales (Little Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Twelve Months) and face traps, unexpected moments and even love in a story full of humor and songs. Script and music of new fairy tales are based on popular musical theatre play Miniopers by famous duo of screenwriter Zdenek Sverák and composer Jaroslav Uhlír.
Awards:4 wins & 8 nominations
Silent Heart/Stille hjerte /2014/97min/Denmark/Director: Bille August
Three generations of a family coming together over a weekend. A sick mother’s wish to die before her disease worsens gets harder to handle as old conflicts come to the surface.
Awards:6 wins & 15 nominations.
Jack /Jack/2014/103min/Germany/Director: Edward Berger
For Jack (10), having a family is the most important thing in the world. Then, one day, his mother disappears. Together with his younger brother Manuel (6), he embarks on a journey to find her… the journey of a boy who has learnt from an early age to take responsibility. In the end, his brave and startling decision holds up a mirror to all of us.
Awards:6 wins & 7 nominations
1916: The Irish Rebellion /2016/Documentary/80min/Ireland/Director : Pat Collins, Ruan Magan
The documentary – narrated by Liam Neeson, featuring a combination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts – also uncovers the untold story of the central role Irish Americans played in the lead-up to the rebellion. Although defeated militarily, the men and women of the Easter Rising would wring a moral victory from the jaws of defeat and inspire countless freedom struggles throughout the world – from Ireland to India.
Wild Duck /2013/88min /Greece/Director: Yannis Sakaridis
A bankrupt telecoms engineer, employed by his ex-boss to investigate a phone-hacking operation, gets trapped into paying off either his economic or his moral debts.
Flamenco from the roots/Flamenco de raiz/2011/ 85 min/Spain/Director: Vicente Perez Herrero
A documentary about the anthropological roots of flamenco. A documentary on flamenco arising in the streets and private parties. An approach to the living flamenco cante and singing to live; of dancers and those who dance.The true flamenco narrated with two protagonist: a hidden flamenco singer, street cleaner in streets of Malaga. Flamenco from the Roots, reveals the spirit of the true flamenco behavior. Flamenco is more than a music, is a way of life.
The Illusionist/L’illusionniste/2010/90min/animation/France/Director: Sylvain Chomet
Magic tricks can’t compete with rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s, so a French illusionist finds himself touring Scotland’s shabby pubs and run-down restaurants. But things brighten for him when he meets Alice, a girl who believes his powers are real. Together they travel to Edinburgh for a performance, but he doesn’t have the heart to reveal that his feats are merely tricks, and risks financial ruin by giving her gifts supplied by his “magic.”
Awards : 6 wins & 29 nominations.-Nominated for Oscar
My Name Is Maya/Mi chiamo Maya/2015/95min/Italy/Director: Tommaso Agnese
Two young sisters, one a teen ager, the younger only 8, have always lived a sheltered life with an affectionate and caring mother. When mom dies in an road accident, the young girls, daughters of two different fathers, are put in charge of social services while waiting to be sent each to her own parent, who live an ocean apart. Determined as they are not to be separated, they run away. The town where they have always lived, becomes of a sudden an unknown and dangerous place.
Block 12 /O??????? 12/2013/125min/Cyprus/Director: Kyriakos Tofaridis
English satellites who conduct research from space discover large oil deposit in the area of tho Old Mines in Cyprus. A big part of the area belongs to C… who has retired there with his wife. The outbreak of a big economic crisis leads the two sons of the family to bankruptcy forcing them to move their families to the house. This whole situation is made worse when the Cyprus government keeps asking to buy the house, and our protagonist character stubbornly refuses. The house is in a state of internal and external siege.
Awards: 2 Wins
Mother, I Love You /Mammu, es Tevi milu /2013/83min/Latvia/Director: Janis Nords
Raimonds lives in an ordinary Riga high-rise apartment with his mother Silvia, a doctor specializing in obstetrics and midwifery. She works long hours, and in the absence of a father or any male parent-surrogate Raimonds has become an independent kid who spends most of his free time zooming around the capital on his kick-scooter or hanging out with best buddy Peteris. A minor deception involving disciplinary procedures steadily snowballs into something more serious, as Raimonds’ web of deceit propels him into the enticingly mysterious but unpredictable world of adults.
Awards:7 wins & 4 nominations.-Latvian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards
Garden of Eden /Edeno Sodas /2015/93min /Director: Algimantas Puipa
Lithuania in the near future. The land is full of rich immigrants. Rich Lithuanians that were scattered throughout the world return to Lithuania to spend their golden years in luxurious nursing homes; and the laws that govern life and death provide a feeling of security… The residents of the Garden of Eden look upon this “global theatre of life” with tearful smiles and great wisdom.
Dead Man Talking/2012/101min/Belgium/Director: Patrick Ridremont
Forty-year-old William Lamers, an anonymous criminal sentenced to death for murder, is soon to be executed. The procedure is about to take place in an atmosphere of general indifference and neither the condemned man’s family nor the relatives of his victims have bothered to come to witness the execution. Only a journalist from local rag has turned up to watch the “show.” However, what was supposed to be a mere formality rapidly becomes a nightmare for Karl Raven, the prison director. When William is asked if he wishes to say something before he dies, William starts telling the story of his life and recounts an incredible, moving tale.
Awards :1 win & 9 nominations
Afterlife/Utóélet / 2014/93min/Hungary/Director: Virág Zomborácz
A heavily neurotic young man starts to see his father’s ghost, and while he helps the spirit cross to the otherworld, something happens that they could never achieve in their common life: they finally understand each other.
Awards:1 win & 2 nominations
Simshar/2014/101min /Malta/Director: Rebecca Cremona
Young Theo is sent on his first trip with his Maltese sea faring family, but things go terribly wrong when the ‘Simshar’ sinks, leaving the crew stranded in the Mediterranean… Alex – a medic, is reluctantly dispatched onto a Turkish Merchant vessel which has rescued a group of stranded African boat people between Malta and Italy – gets stuck on the boat as the countries wage a bureaucratic war over who should take in the migrants…….
Awards:11 wins & 2 nominations
Admiral /Michiel de Ruyter /2015/151min /Netherlands/Director: Roel Reiné
When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by England, France and Germany and the country itself is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the county’s strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter. Highly respected by his sailors and soldiers, who used the term of endearment Bestevaêr (“Granddad”) for him, both because of his disregard for hierarchy and his refusal to back away from risky and bold undertakings, despite his usually cautious nature.
Jack/ Jack/2015/97min / Switzerland/ Director: Elisabeth Scharang
Jack Unterweger, a murderer manages to captivate Vienna’s high society from behind bars while serving out a fifteen-year sentence for his crimes. When he begins devoting his prison time to write, Jack sees his notoriety attracting publishers and female fans alike. Embracing his rising celebrity status, he gives himself over to the spotlight and to his “guardian angels”: pen-pal lover Susanne and literary agent Marlies. Yet his troubled past is not far behind.
Awards: 3 wins & 3 nominations
Gods/Bogowie /2014/120min/Poland/Director: Lukasz Palkowski
The early career of cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa. Despite harsh reality of the 1980s Poland, he successfully leads a team of doctors to the country’s first human heart transplantation.
Awards:1 win & 10 nominations
Cats Don’t Have Vertigo /Os Gatos não Têm Vertigens /2014/124min/Portugal/Director:António-Pedro Vasconcelos
Rosa’s life has lost all meaning and purpose after the death of her husband Joaquim; she spends her days alone, talking to his “ghost.” Her solitude is disrupted when she discovers 18-year-old Jó asleep on the rooftop of her building. Jó has been kicked out of his house by his alcoholic father and has nowhere else to go. Rosa takes him under her wing, raising eyebrows among her family and his friends.
Awards:14 wins & 13 nominations
Sailing to Paradise/Pot v raj /2014/83min /Slovenia/Director: Blaz Zavrsnik
A young man struggling with the death of his parents meets an extroverted girl who joins him on his sailing trip. While spending time together, the dark secrets they are both running away from start to show.
Awards:2 wins & 6 nominations.
RYTMUS A Dream from the Block /2015/90min/Slovakia/Director: Miro Drobný
This movie is neither a memorial to Rytmus (Slovak rapper) nor a flashback over his musical career. Viewers are introduced to complicated relations within the family – different surnames, members using the prefixes step-, half-, biological or foster. A family that has been facing racism for 38 years while searching for love in its core. After eight years passed in making this documentary, the “Gypsy” raised by “Whites” became a self-made icon among youth and a music celebrity. Despite all that, he has not yet fulfilled his dream – the dream of understanding his own roots, accepting his father and conciliating with his closest relatives.
Urban Family /Ollaan vapaita /2015/105min/Finland/Director: Oskari Sipola
Selja is in her thirties and lives in a shared flat with her friends. One day a boy appears at her door; a boy she gave up for adoption sixteen years earlier. Selja has a chance to get to know her son, but at the same time, makes a complete mess of her and her best friends’ lives. Urban Family is a new kind of music film set in the modern-day world.
The Reunion /Återträffen/2013/ 90min /Sweden/Director: Anna Odell
Anna Odell, a famous artist, doesn’t get an invitation to her class reunion. She then makes a film about what could have happened if she had gone to the reunion and confronted her former bullies. Later she shows the made-up filmed confrontation to her former classmates, and documents their reactions.
Awards:10 wins & 6 nominations
A contemporary version of Shakespeare’s dangerous political thriller. Coriolanus, a brave soldier of inflexible self belief despises the citizens of Rome who seek to prevent him from taking political office. Bloody riots engulf the city. Coriolanus vows to destroy Rome but finally yields to his mother’s will and is brutally murdered by his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius
Awards:10 wins & 16 nominations.