EURO TRIP

30 Apr

FIRST FEATURE
EURO TRIP
Explore Europe in all its variety at The 20th European Union Film Festival
April 30, 2010
 
 

Let’s face it. Most of us don’t have the time or budget for an epic European vacation.

But for those who still have an abiding fascination with this cultural and sophisticated continent, there’s another option.

The 20th European Union Film Festival is happening from May 6 to 16 at Golden Village VivoCity.

There, you will find cinematic treasures from countries as diverse as Ireland, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria.

From intense dramas to light-hearted comedies to political thrillers (visit http://www.euff.sg to see the full list of pictures), Euro enthusiast JASON JOHNSON endeavours to point you in the right direction.

Unless you’re looking for Spider-Man. Europe doesn’t have a Spider-Man.

SPAIN
FATALITY! JEALOUSY! PENELOPE!

BROKEN EMBRACES (2010)

Pedro Almodovar’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Broken Embraces opens the 20th European Union Film Festival.

The story of a blind screenwriter and former director who loses the love of his life Lena (Penelope Cruz) in a terrible car crash, the film delves into Almodovar’s multiple obsessions – family, femininity, jealousy, cinema and death.

A must-see tour de force.

May 6, 9pm

IRELAND
FARIES! MONKS! BLOODSHED!

THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009)

This Oscar-nominated animation tells the story of a young monk who is introduced to a new world of wonder by a beautiful forest fairy.

Meanwhile, the Vikings are coming!

With its exquisitely rendered 2-D artwork and haunting score, this is one you don’t want to miss. Take the kids.

May 15, 7pm

POLAND
FOOTBALL! HOMELESSNESS! HOPE!

THE OFFSIDERS (2008)

A former national football player winds up homeless. Taking refuge in Warsaw’s Central Station, he meets a motley crew of similar hard-luck cases and decides to start a football team.

The men progress rapidly, and soon find themselves representing Poland at the Homeless World Cup.

A truly inspirational tale.

May 10, 9pm

PORTUGAL
SEX! MONEY! CORRUPTION!

PORTUGAL INC (2003)

Check out the trailer for Portugal Inc on YouTubeand you won’t be able to resist.

Guys in expensive suits doing dirty deals. Sleek, snarly women doing naughty things.

With non-stop shouting, kissing, slapping, dancing and finger-pointing, this story about a man who must decide between his loyalty to his wife, his boss and his close friend looks like great fun.

May 16, 7pm

HUNGARY
SEDUCTION! DUPLICITY! BALLET!

CHAMELEON (2008)

Whatever preconceived notions you may have had about Hungary will be put aside once you experience Chameleon, a thoroughly modern tale about a master seducer who meets his match in a beautiful ballerina.

Employing every trick in his little black book to win her over, he ends up tangled in his own lies.

May 11, 9pm

FRANCE
FILM! FAMILY! COURAGE!

THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN (2009)

France is the birthplace of cinema and its century-long love affair with the medium continues with The Father Of My Children.

The story of an idealistic film producer who over-extends himself and suffers the consequences, this flick will be a delight for those who love and appreciate the country’s long-standing commitment to quality cinema.

May 7, 9.25pm

 

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