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STARRING EUROPE:
NEW FILMS FROM THE EU

May 12-19, 2016 • Egyptian and Aero Theatres

Presented by the American Cinematheque and the consulates of EU members: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, and Spain.

Sponsored by Bank of the West, with additional support from Otto Nemenz International Inc.

Experience these European delicacies that embody the rich heritage and diversity of cinema from Europe.

EGYPTIAN THEATRE

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028 - BUY TICKETS

Thursday, May 12 - 7:30 PM - Egyptian Theatre

OPENING NIGHT!

Los Angeles Premiere!

"Just A Name"

2015, Finland, 18 min, Dir. Tiina Lymi.

When a couple invites a militant feminist friend over for dinner, things escalate into an all-out verbal brawl in this hysterical farce.

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pass: nightlife

Los Angeles Premiere!

BELGICA

2016, Belgium, Kinepolis Film, 127 min. Dir. Felix Van Groeningen.

Director Felix Van Groeningen’s follow-up to THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is this tumultuous tale of sibling rivalry. Two brothers (Stef Aerts and Tom Vermeir) who have nothing in common open a bar that quickly becomes a regular hangout for nighthawks - but their newfound success doesn’t make running a family business any less complicated. Illuminated by vibrant nightlife sequences, BELGICA won the World Cinema – Dramatic directing award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In Dutch with English subtitles.

Reception in the courtyard starting at 6:00 PM.

 
 
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AERO THEATRE

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 - BUY TICKETS

Friday, May 13 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre

Los Angeles Premiere!

"The Light Eater"

2015, Luxembourg, 12 min. Dir. Sean McCormack

Cursed with depression, Al sucks the light out of a room whenever he opens his mouth; to cure his loneliness and his mother’s unhappiness, he must learn to create his own light. Winner for Best Animated Short Film at the Luxembourg Film Festival.

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pass: grandmother

Los Angeles Premiere!

THOSE WHO FALL HAVE WINGS

(JEDER DER FÄLLT HAT FLÜGEL)

2015, Austria, 93 min. Dir. Peter Brunner.

Writer-director Peter Brunner’s calm meditation on loss and grief won the Special Prize of the Jury at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Asthmatic adolescent Kati (Jana McKinnon) cannot imagine a life without her beloved grandmother (Renate Hild), but their time together is drawing short. Kati’s struggle to bid farewell to the dying woman while holding on to her memories becomes all the more poignant given Brunner’s gorgeous visual aesthetic. In German with English subtitles.

 
 
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Saturday, May 14 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre

Los Angeles Premiere!

"Sunday Lunch"

2015, France, 14 min. Dir. Céline Devaux

In this hilarious animated Palme d’Or nominee and winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2016 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival Sunday lunch with the family always follows a similar pattern for James - subtle jabs at his homosexuality, invasive questions, drinking, bickering and unsolicited life advice.

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pass: summer

Los Angeles Premiere!

SUNTAN

2016, Greece, Visit Films, 104 min. Dir. Argyris Papadimitropoulos.

Stationed on a small Greek island, 40-something doctor Kostis (Makis Papadimitriou) is functioning on autopilot, bored to death by the daily routine during the winter. Then the summer tourist season hits, bringing the beautiful Anna (Elli Tringou) into his clinic and opening the door to a world of youthful abandon. Kostis spends an increasing amount of time partying with Anna and her friends, but eventually someone’s bound to get burned in this sun-soaked dramedy filled with gorgeous imagery, compelling characters and a touch of Greek tragedy. In Greek and English with English subtitles.

 
 
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Sunday, May 15 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre

Los Angeles Premiere!

"The Runner"

2015, Spain, 12 min. Dir. José Luis Montesinos.

Economic crisis gets personal in this year’s Goya winner for Best Fictional Short. Five years after downsizing his company, a boss literally runs into a former employee; heated conversation and revelations about the men’s lives ensue, culminating in an intense foot race.

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pass: revelations

World Premiere!

ALL THE BEST

(SVE NAJBOLJE)

2016, Croatia, 98 min. Dir. Snjezana Tribuson.

It’s a Christmas tale with poisoning in writer-director Snjezana Tribuson’s charming feature. An opera singer, a handyman, a pastry shop worker and a farmer are all looking for love and coming up empty until a strange series of events – driven by cockroaches, beet root soup and an opera aria – brings these lonely lives together. Ksenija Marinković, Renata Pokupić and Ozren Grabarić lead an outstanding cast in this feel-good film. In Croatian with English subtitles.

 
 
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Monday, May 16 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre

DOCUMENTARY DOUBLE FEATURE!

Los Angeles Premiere!

LAND OF SONGS

2015, Lithuania, 60 min. Dir. Aldona Watts.

Driven by an interest in oral history and financed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, newcomer Aldona Watts’ documentary is personal by nature, but with broader historical resonance. In the Lithuanian region of Dainava, a small group of elderly women are determined to keep their village’s ancient folk singing traditions alive; within the lyrics of their songs and memories are tales of happiness, loss, war and occupation, all revealing themselves through a simple, observational filming style. In Lithuanian with English subtitles.

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pass: crew

Los Angeles Premiere!

THE LAST BLACK SEA PIRATES

2013, Bulgaria, 72 min. Dir. Svetoslav Stoyanov.

Finding pirate treasure is the dream of countless boys around the world – and a small group of men living off the grid on the beaches of Bulgaria. The motley crew hopes to dig up gold buried since the days of the Ottoman Empire, but their country’s booming tourist business threatens to sweep them off the shore. By turns hysterical and profound, this documentary won the Best Film Audience Award at the Sofia International Film Festival. In Bulgarian with English subtitles.

Discussion between films with LAND OF SONGS director Aldona Watts.

 
 
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Tuesday, May 17 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre

Los Angeles Premiere!

"Papa"

2015, Latvia, 25 min. Dir. Valerijs Olehno.

Paternal love and responsibilities are put to the test when a father is released from prison and attempts to spend a night rekindling his relationship with his son.

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pass: audition

11 MINUTES

(11 MINUT)

2015, Poland, 81 min. Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski.

Following a 5-year hiatus from filmmaking, renowned director Jerzy Skolimowski returns with 11 MINUTES, which was a Golden Lion nominee at the Venice Film Festival and Poland’s submission for this year’s Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. This fast-paced, high-energy look at modern-day Warsaw pieces together seemingly unrelated 11-minute vignettes - a filmmaker inviting an actress to audition in his house, a teen caught up in a failed heist, a pedophile hotdog vendor looking for drugs - to assemble a poetic puzzle of life. In Polish and English with English subtitles.

 
 
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Wednesday, May 18 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre

Los Angeles Premiere!

"Take Off"

2015, Estonia, 20 min. Dir. Carlos Eduardo Lesmes López.

After his spaceship takes off without him, a lone astronaut is left on the desolate tundra of an alien planet when he discovers a portal that allows him to communicate with a little girl back on Earth.

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pass: youths

Los Angeles Premiere!

AS WE WERE DREAMING

(ALS WIR TRÄUMTEN)

2015, Germany, The Match Factory, 117 min. Dir. Andreas Dresen.

Director Andreas Dresen’s adaptation of Clemens Meyer’s novel follows a rowdy group of East German youths shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Realizing that yesterday’s rules no longer apply, Rico, Daniel, Paul and Mark (Julius Nitschkoff, Merlin Rose, Frederic Haselon and Joel Basman, respectively) live in the moment, stealing cars, taking drugs and opening a disco that is soon besieged by neo-Nazi skinheads. A captivating study of a period that’s rarely explored through the lens of verité, AS WE WERE DREAMING was a Golden Bear nominee at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. In German with English subtitles.

 
 
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Thursday, May 19 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre

Los Angeles Premiere!

"Peacock"

2015, Czech Republic, 27 min. Dir. Ondrej Hudecek.

A twisted gay romance set in 19th-century Bohemia tells the true story of the birth of one of the nation's most influential writers. With this instant classic, Hudecek earned a Short Film Special Jury Prize for Best Director at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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pass: ghostly

LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY

(LIZA, A RÓKATÜNDÉR)

2015, Hungary, 98 min. Dir. Károly Ujj Mészáros.

This Hungarian hit offers a distinctive blend of black comedy and fairy tale. While working as a caregiver, Liza (Mónika Balsai) becomes obsessed with Japanese romance novels and begins looking for love in earnest after her patient dies. A ghostly pop singer serves as a companion in Liza’s daydreams, but her more earthly potential love interests all seem to have fatal accidents – could it be that Liza is a fox-fairy from Japanese mythology? With awards from several festivals worldwide for its fantastic premise and bold cinematography, this quirky, humorous film should not to be missed. "An impressive, special effects-laden genre mashup." - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter. In Hungarian and Japanese with English subtitles.

Actor David Sakurai (LIZA, THE FOX- FAIRY) will appear for a discussion following the feature.

 
 
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Created in the aftermath of World War II, the EU 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. Now in its third year, the EU Film Festival provides an opportunity for international cinema enthusiasts in Los Angeles to celebrate and discover contemporary films from across the European Union.

Series programmed by Gwen Deglise, Louisa Cone, Maelle Legagnoux, Sergio Zaciu and the EU members. Program notes by John Hagelston, Louisa Cone and Sergio Zaciu.

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STARRING EUROPE: NEW FILMS FROM THE EU

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