EUFF: Spain | Hopelessly Devout
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

EUFF: Spain | Hopelessly Devout

Wednesday, Nov. 21 7pm

Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz, 2018 | 90mins

Featuring an exceptionally funny premise and a unique and colourful cast of characters, Hopelessly Devout delivers an irresistible and amusing tale of female empowerment. Carmen, a pious and enterprising senior woman is shocked when she is not chosen to be the first female leader of her local religious group. To make matters worse, her rival, a prickly and arrogant man named Ignacio is elected instead. Ignacio persistently attempts to get Carmen removed from her position within the group, until an ‘unfortunate accident’ occurs, one that will force Carmen to enlist the help of all of the women around her. Hopelessly Devout is a decidedly offbeat, off-kilter comedy, and is a big hit on the film festival circuit, most recently at Miami and San Sebastian.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Cyprus | Sunrise in Kimmeria
Nov
22
6:30 PM18:30

EUFF: Cyprus | Sunrise in Kimmeria

Thursday, Nov. 22 6:30pm

Simon Farmakas, 2017 | 100mins

Director Simon Farmakas concocts a unique blend of screwball comedy and drama in Sunrise in Kimmeria, a film that contrasts quaint village lifestyles with conceptual science fiction. The life of Skevos, an average young citizen in the small Cypriot village of Kimmeria, is drastically turned upside-down when a UFO crash lands in to a local potato field. Letting his curiosity get the best of him, Skevos attempts to investigate the crash site, setting off a series of events involving everything from a local town election to government intelligence agencies. Despite all of these happenings however, perhaps Skevos’ most important discovery will be his own identity. Sunrise in Kimmeria is charming and cheeky.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Slovakia | The Line
Nov
22
8:30 PM20:30

EUFF: Slovakia | The Line

Thursday, Nov. 22 8:30pm

Peter Bebjak, 2017 | 108mins

This dark, stylish crime thriller that deals with the heavily secured outer-border of the European Union takes place in 2007, prior to Slovakia’s admittance in to the Schengen Area of the European Union. Adam, a burly and hardened criminal, acts as the head of a professional gang which smuggles illegal cigarettes into the EU. The operation is steady and profitable, but tensions escalate when Krull, a Ukrainian crime boss, desires to up the ante by smuggling stronger drugs across the border. Featuring a strong cast of characters highlighted by performances from Tomas Mastiler and Emilia Vasaryova, The Line was nominated for the Best Feature Award at the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Denmark | Walk With Me
Nov
23
6:30 PM18:30

EUFF: Denmark | Walk With Me

Friday, Nov. 23 6:30pm

Lisa Ohlin, 2016 | 105mins

A heartfelt tale of overcoming adversity, WALK WITH ME melds themes of romance and the aftermath of war, all the while exploring the limits of the human spirit. When a 25 year-old soldier named Thomas is seriously injured by stepping on an active land mine while deployed in Afghanistan, he returns to Denmark to undergo rehabilitation. At the hospital, he is frustrated by the prospect of learning how to live with a prosthetic leg. His attitude changes when he is introduced to Sofie, an ambitious ballerina who is visiting a sick relative. Sofie offers to help rehabilitate Thomas, through a strict and rigorous regiment of physiotherapy. Unbeknownst to them, a special bond begins to form between them that will change their lives forever.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Croatia | Quit Staring At My Plate
Nov
23
8:30 PM20:30

EUFF: Croatia | Quit Staring At My Plate

Friday, Nov. 23 8:30pm

Hana Jušić, 2016 | 105mins

With a clever screenplay full of comical and energetic dialogue, Quit Staring at My Plate is a surprisingly powerful character study exploring the nuances of freedom and femininity. Marijana, a hard-working and tenacious young woman, is suddenly thrust in to the role of matriarch for her massive family when her father has a serious stroke. Burdened with the heavy responsibility of caring for her needy family, Marijana lashes out by indulging in sexual relationships with a variety of unscrupulous men. Initially, Marijana enjoys her newly found freedom, but tensions arise when this freedom perhaps becomes too much for her to handle. Uncompromising and finely observed, Quit Staring at My Plate has won over 18 awards in numerous international film festivals.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Latvia | The Pagan King
Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

EUFF: Latvia | The Pagan King

Saturday, Nov. 24 4pm

Aigars Grauba, 2018 | 114mins

Taking place in Northern Europe during the 13th Century, The Pagan King is a stimulating and awe-inspiring epic that deals with a conflict regarding the last pagan settlement near the Baltic Sea, in Semigallia, Lativa. When the elderly king Viesturs is mysteriously poisoned by an unknown assailant, he unexpectedly passes on the throne to Namejs, his young and inexperienced nephew. Tensions begin to fly however when the enigmatic Max, a warrior who wishes to end the tribes pagan beliefs through his own leadership, attempts to gain influence among the tribe’s members. If that wasn’t enough, Namejs also has to contend with Roman Catholic invaders, who wish to end his tribes existence entirely. Helmed by performances from notable actors Edvin Endre and James Bloor, The Pagan King features breathtaking scenery and exhilarating actions sequences, and was supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Poland | Cold War
Nov
24
6:30 PM18:30

EUFF: Poland | Cold War

Saturday, Nov. 24 6:30pm

Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018 | 88mins

Featuring the blossoming of an impossible romance set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Cold War is a provocative examination of everyday life during this troubled historical period. The film revolves around two protagonists; Wiktor, a composer and pianist looking for young performers to perform in a propaganda musical, and Zula, a beautiful and promising teenage vocalist who auditions for said musical. Before long, the two indulge in a passionate romance, and Wiktor makes Zula a star. Crisis strikes however, when Wiktor and Zula agree to do a performance in East Berlin, giving them the perfect opportunity to defect to the West. Cold War won director Pawel Pawlikowski the Best Director Award at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, and is the Polish selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Presented with English subtitles.

Online tickets are sold-out but some tickets are available for purchase at the CFI offices from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday or at the EU Film Festival Guest Services table 30min before each screening.

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EUFF: Italy | I Can Quit Whenever I Want
Nov
24
8:30 PM20:30

EUFF: Italy | I Can Quit Whenever I Want

Saturday, Nov. 24 8:30pm

Sydney Sibilia, 2015 | 110mins

Buckle up. This is a high-stakes caper film with a stimulating blend of slick action and side-splitting dark comedy. The plot follows Pietro, an intelligent but broke molecular research assistant who is desperately looking to find a steady source of income. Upon suddenly finding himself inside of a disco filled with young people, he realizes that “smart drugs” have become popular among the youth, and recruits his friends to help him in operating a drug manufacturing lab. Problems arise, however, when Pietro begins to garner the attention of Murena, a powerful and dangerous local drug dealer. Refreshingly witty, I Can Quit was a massive success in Italy, and was the recipient of numerous international festival awards, including the Golden Puffin Award for Best Film at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Sweden | A Serious Game
Nov
25
4:00 PM16:00

EUFF: Sweden | A Serious Game

Sunday, Nov. 25 4pm

Pernilla August, 2016 | 115mins

Based on the renowned 1912 novel of the same name, A Serious Game is an emotionally affecting period romance that deals with the popular themes of time, and clandestine love affairs. The film follows Lydia and Arvid, two youthful lovers who drastically decide to end their romance together, following a tragic incident. Ten years pass however, and Lydia and Arvid, now both married to other people, decide to rekindle the passionate romance they once had through an affair. Forced to reflect upon both their time spent together and time spent apart, Lydia and Arvid discover new things about themselves, and the nature of their relationship as a whole. With a brilliant script from popular Danish screenwriter Lone Scherfig, A Serious Game is a profoundly evocative depiction of forbidden romance, and was the recipient of two Guldbagge Awards in 2017, for Best Supporting Actor, and Best Costume Design.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Slovenia | Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow The World
Nov
25
6:30 PM18:30

EUFF: Slovenia | Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow The World

Sunday, Nov. 25 6:30pm

Marco Nabersnik, 2017 | 116mins

Featuring lifelike characters and a universally relatable narrative, Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow the World follows the story of Boris Jenko, a middle class family man who works as an electrician within a multi-level company. Jaded by the prospects of perpetually unadventurous family life, Boris begins to have dreams of greater success, dreams that come to fruition when he is tapped to work for Cosmica, a largely successful company providing door to door sales and counselling services. Problems arise however when Boris realizes that this lifestyle of wheeling and dealing and success within his business comes at the cost of his steady family life. Illuminatingly poignant and markedly funny at times, Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow the World contains a unique blend of drama and comedy, highlighted by performances by Slovenian stalwarts Jure Ivanusic and Aljosa Ternovsek, and was nominated for the Golden Sun Award at the 2017 Cinedays Skopje Film Festival.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Hungary | Aurora Borealis
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

EUFF: Hungary | Aurora Borealis

Monday, Nov. 26 7pm

Marta Meszaros, 2017 | 104mins

The latest feature by famed Hungarian director Marta Meszaros, Aurora Borealis is an intense, emotional film that deals with the themes of trauma, family history, and coming of age. Olga, a middle aged Hungarian woman working as a lawyer in Vienna is suddenly uprooted when she receives news that her elderly mother, Maria, has fallen in to a coma. Upon rushing back home to aid Maria, Olga gradually learns that the entire history of her family has been a lie, one staunchly guarded by Maria herself. To complicate matters further, Olga also begins to struggle with her own self-acceptance, and is forced to confront the nature of her mysterious identity. Packed with brilliantly executed flashbacks that tell both Olga and Maria’s life stories, Aurora Borealis is a poignant drama that delves into to unseen and unspoken personal histories.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Belgium | The Ardennes
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

EUFF: Belgium | The Ardennes

Thursday, Nov. 29 6:30pm

Robin Pront, 2015 | 93mins

Marking his feature film debut, Flemish film director Robin Pront constructs a powerfully affecting narrative of betrayal, organized crime and love in The Ardennes, which deals with troubled pasts and a dangerous love triangle. The plot centres around brothers Dave and Kenneth, two relatively successful Flemish criminals with an appetite for violence. When a brutal car-jacking goes awry however, Dave is forced to leave Kenneth behind, where he is apprehended by the police. Four years later, tensions fly when Kenneth is released from prison, only to find his brother leading a more wholesome life, albeit in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Sylvie. Featuring a distinctly cold visual style inspired by the mountain ranges it’s named after, The Ardennes was an official selection at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. “This is storytelling as lean and unpredictable as a fighting dog; it’s one of the strongest first features I’ve seen this year.” - Wendy Ide, The Guardian

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Malta | Gozo
Nov
29
8:30 PM20:30

EUFF: Malta | Gozo

Thursday, Nov. 29 8:30pm

Miranda Bowen, 2016 | 80mins

Lucille and Joe have moved to Gozo, a tiny island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Malta. They have a nice car, a steady income, a beautiful farmhouse with breathtaking views and a swimming pool. They seem to have it all. But when a young tourist goes missing on the island, Joe's troubled conscience begins to get the better of him. As the buried horrors of Lucille and Joe's past resurface, the cracks begin to show in their homespun paradise.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Luxembourg | Rusty Boys
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

EUFF: Luxembourg | Rusty Boys

Friday, Nov. 30 6:30pm

Andy Bausch, 2017 | 94mins

Youthful rebellion and senior retirement enjoyably collide in Rusty Boys, a side-splitting comedy surrounding the boisterous lives of four senior Luxembourgish men; Fons (70), Jean-Louis (82), Nicolas (65), and Jangi (84). Disillusioned with the expectations of their families and society as a whole, they decide to begin to live life by their own rules. When ultimately threatened with the prospects of living the rest of their lives in a mundane retirement home headed by an oppressive matriarch, the four men decide to establish their own retirement home, liberated by the redundant rules and restrictions they so desperately despise. Featuring laugh-out-loud performances from revered Luxembourg actors Fernando Fox (Jangi), and Paul Greisch (Jean-Louis), Rusty Boys provides a surprisingly touching portrayal of living as a senior citizen, and was partially funded through the Luxembourg Film Fund, a part of the Creative Europe initiative.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Ireland | The Drummer and The Keeper
Nov
30
8:30 PM20:30

EUFF: Ireland | The Drummer and The Keeper

Friday, Nov. 30 8:30pm

Nick Kelly, 2017 | 94mins

Featuring a touching plot highlighted by topical commentary on the nature of mental illness, The Drummer and the Keeper is the feature length debut for Irish musician-turned-director Nick Kelly. Gabriel, a teenage rock drummer with a rebellious and spunky streak, is frustrated when he is suddenly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Forced to seek treatment by his family and bandmates, Gabriel begins attending therapeutic soccer matches on the advice of his therapist. During one soccer match he strikes an unorthodox and tenuous friendship with Christopher, a neurotic but admirable goalkeeper with Asperger’s Syndrome. Although their relationship is antagonistic at first, before long, Gabriel and Christian form an unlikely bond that will change them forever.

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EUFF: Estonia | Rodeo
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

EUFF: Estonia | Rodeo

Saturday, Dec. 1 4pm

Kiur Aarma, Raimo Joerand, 2018 | 75mins

Directors Kiur Aarma and Raimo Joerand construct an absorbing portrait of one of the most unusual periods in Estonian history in Rodeo, a documentary which deals with the rapid ascent to high political office of 32-year old Mart Laar, the youngest prime minister in European history. In 1992, Estonia held its first free election since World War II, and elected the inexperienced Laar, who was tasked with providing order to the country, which was at that time in complete chaos. Closely chronicling the innumerable ups and downs of Laar’s time in public office, the film deals with the storied relationship between Estonia and the Soviet Union, both prior to and during Laar’s stint as Prime Minister of Estonia. Rodeo is full of twists and turns that seem unbelievable at times, but this engaging film is a testament to the adage that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Finland | Wonderland
Dec
1
6:30 PM18:30

EUFF: Finland | Wonderland

Saturday, Dec. 1 6:30pm

Inari Niemi, 2017 | 92mins

From Finnish director Inari Niemi comes Wonderland, a poignant and emotionally complex film that takes place during the familiar holiday of Christmas. The film centres on Helena, a middle-aged woman who quickly becomes disenchanted with her life when her husband leaves her for a much younger woman. Encouraged to experience a wholesome and cheerful Christmas by her optimistic and single friend Ulli, both women are whisked away to an innovative and secluded bed-and-breakfast in the Finnish countryside, ran by a couple named Unna and Tuure. Although on the surface everything seems jovial and familial, it isn’t long before the group of adults confide in each other, revealing their fatigued outlooks on life in general. Featuring enticing and Jussi Award nominated performances from Finnish actresses Milka Ahlroth (Helena) and Anna Paavilainen (Unna), Wonderland acts as a thought provoking multi-character study, providing a unique look in to the complex lives of Finnish adults.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: France | Life Beyond Me
Dec
1
8:30 PM20:30

EUFF: France | Life Beyond Me

Saturday, Dec. 1 8:30pm

Olivier Peyon, 2017 | 96mins

It's been four years since Sylvie's son Felipe was abducted by his father Pablo after their divorce. Having been let down by the French officials who had succeeded in tracking both them down, only to let them escape again, Sylvie has now decided to take matters into her own hands. Sylvie gains new information on the whereabouts of her son, via a private detective she hires. Aided by her friend and social worker Mehdi, Sylvie sets off to Uruguay, where Felipe is rumoured to be living. What she discovers will force her into a dramatic new set of life choices. The second feature film by promising director Olivier Peyon, Life Beyond Me is an intense personal drama of love, loss, and the possibilities of reconciliation.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Netherlands | Tonio
Dec
2
4:00 PM16:00

EUFF: Netherlands | Tonio

Sunday, Dec. 2 4pm

Paula van der Oest, 2016 | 105mins

Adapted from the critically acclaimed eponymous Dutch novel, Tonio is a powerful exploration of the nature of grief. The plot revolves around Adri and Mirjam, two middle-aged novelists with a 21 year-old son, Tonio. When they receive news that their son has been killed in an automobile accident, their lives are changed utterly. The film also focuses attention on the character of Tonio himself, as he struggles with the complexities of adult responsibility before his untimely death. Featuring a bold cinematic style, Tonio contains a brilliantly executed fragmented plot structure, with ample flashbacks that connect the family’s past to its present. Ambitious and stirring, Tonio was a runaway success in the Netherlands, and was the official Dutch selection for Best Foreign Language film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Presented with English subtitles.

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ANDREI RUBLEV: Special Presentation CFI Benefit
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

ANDREI RUBLEV: Special Presentation CFI Benefit

New digital restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1966 masterpiece! First Ottawa screening in 15 years!

Andrei Tarkovsky, U.S.S.R. 1966, 205 minutes

Tarkovsky’s extraordinary second feature is considered by many to be the finest Soviet film of the postwar era. Andrei Rublev presents several imaginary episodes in the life of its title character, a 15th-century Russian Orthodox monk and religious icon painter. While little is known about the historical Rublev; Tarkovsky renders him as a man clinging desperately to his faith in God and art in a world of overwhelming, often astonishing cruelty and barbarism.

The allegorical significance of the film was clearly not lost on the Soviet censors — Rublev’s artistic struggles could stand in for of any number of contemporary artists whose work was monitored by Soviet authorities — and, after stunning Moscow audiences at the end of 1966, the film was banned for five years. In 1969, however, even a substantially edited version still won the International Critics Prize at Cannes.

This presentation is of the original, full-length version intended by Tarkovsky. Essential viewing.

Presented in its original Russian with English subtitles.

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Café Ex: Kyle Whitehead
Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

Café Ex: Kyle Whitehead

Café EX: Strange Meetings: Films by Kyle Whitehead (2009-2018)

Kyle Whitehead in a Calgary-based  filmmaker, and a graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design. His work is based in traditional celluloid, making experimental, poetic, and personal cinema. Whitehead works extensively and expressively with Super 8 and 16mm celluloid. His expanded cinema work has also appeared in various museum installations across Canada, including spaces such as Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton, New Brunswick. According to fellow experimental film artist, Stephen Broomer, “Whitehead has been making films, moving image installations, and projection performances that trade in material self-consciousness, the artist’s labours, and elastic treatments of space and light.”

Kyle Whitehead will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his work. He will also give an unique onstage live performance with one of his works!

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EUFF: Germany | Transit
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

EUFF: Germany | Transit

Tuesday, Nov. 20 7pm

Christian Petzold, 2018 | 102mins

Brilliantly adapted from the popular 1942 novel by Anna Seghers, Transit is an inventive period film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Phoenix). Georg is a German refugee who escapes to Marseille, a port for migrants fleeing the dangers of an unspecified war. He carries the documents of a famous writer, Weidl: a manuscript, the promise of a travel pass from the Mexican embassy, and letters from the writer's wife, Marie. Discovering that Weidl has committed suicide, Georg decides to assume the dead author's identity. He also grows hesitant about leaving the continent, and, after reading her letters, develops an obsessive desire for the mysterious Marie — herself still stranded in the city. “Transit, evoking shades of Hitchcock and Casablanca, is an unlikely, wrenching love story as much as a sly, unsettling thriller and — like much of director Christian Petzold's oeuvre — a film about ghosts, memory, and historical trauma.” -2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Bulgaria | Omnipresent
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

EUFF: Bulgaria | Omnipresent

Monday, Nov. 19 7pm

Illia Djevelekov, 2017 | 120mins

Chillingly poetic and starkly realistic, Omnipresent is the visceral sophmore feature effort from talented Bulgarian director Illia Djevelekov. The film centres around Emil, an average family man who works as a writer and owner of an advertising agency. When Emil starts to become curious of his family, friends, and coworkers habits behind closed doors, he begins spying on them, through an intricate system of hidden spy cameras. What begins as a curiosity however slowly develops in to an obsession, and Emil begins to uncover dark secrets which should have remained hidden. Featuring unique cinematography and a breathless pace, Omnipresent is a an exhilarating and topical thriller, and was the recipient of numerous awards, including The Critics Guild Award for Best Film, and the Golden Rose Award for Best Film.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Romania | Octav
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

EUFF: Romania | Octav

Sunday, Nov. 18 6:30pm

Serge Ioan Celebidachi, 2017 | 100mins

With its intriguing narrative and extraordinary cinematography, Octav is an impressive debut feature film by Serge Ioan Celebidachi. This emotionally affecting tale focuses on an elderly man named Octav, who, upon visiting the region where he spent his childhood, encounters an apparition of his childhood friend, a young girl. With the young girl acting as his guide, Octav then takes a journey through the annals of his long personal history, uncovering more about himself and the people he loves than he ever thought possible. Lauded for its pace and storytelling, Octav is the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Best Film Award at the 2018 Prague International Film Festival, and at the 2018 Beijing Film Festival.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Lithuania | Master and Tatyana
Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

EUFF: Lithuania | Master and Tatyana

Sunday, Nov. 18 4pm

Giedre Zickyte, 2015 | 84mins

From the mind of award winning documentation Giedre Zickyte comes Master and Tatyana, a captivating and masterfully constructed look in to the confounding life of Vitas Luckus, a legendary pioneer of conceptual photography in Soviet-Era Lithuania. Consistently at odds with the rigid societal expectations of the Soviet Union, Luckus took an uncompromising approach to his art and lifestyle, encapsulating the energetic and Dionysian qualities of everyday life. Featuring extensive and emotionally challenging interviews from a wide array of Luckus’ surviving friends and lovers, most notably his former wife; Tatyana Luckiene, Zickyte admirably attempts to piece together an illustration of the life of the complicated artist, including his tragic and eerily mysterious death. Rife with themes of time and censorship, Master and Tatyana provides a stimulating glance in to the trials of controversial artistry, and was the recipient of four Silver Crane Awards, including Best Documentary, and Best Director.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Czech Republic | The Nagano Tapes
Nov
17
8:45 PM20:45

EUFF: Czech Republic | The Nagano Tapes

Saturday, Nov. 17 8:45pm

Ondrej Hudecek, 2018 | 73mins

The Nagano Tapes features the stirring underdog story of the Czech Republic men’s ice hockey team shocking victory at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, where professional players participated in the Games for the first time. Among the many “Dream Teams”, the underdog squad from the Czech Republic led by Jaromír Jágr and Dominik Hašek stunned the world on its way to a historic gold. Their triumph in Nagano is recognised as a defining moment and a source of national pride at a time of the country’s resurgence.
Directed by the Sundance award-winning Ondřej Hudeček from the Czech Republic, The Nagano Tapes features never-before-seen IMAX footage and exclusive International Olympic Committee (IOC) archive material. Bringing the story to life are interviews with some of the world’s best ice hockey players who relive their experience in precise detail including the Czech Republic’s Dominik Hašek, JaromÍr Jágr and Petr Svoboda, Canada’s Theoren Fleury, Eric Lindros and Marc Crawford (Coach), the USA’s Brett Hull and the Russian Federation’s Alexei Yashin.
The Nagano Tapes is the first film in the Olympic Channel’s signature documentary series, Five Rings Films, produced exclusively for the global media platform by Hollywood legend Frank Marshall and Mandalay Sports Media (MSM).

Presented with English subtitles.

Courtesy of the Olympic Channel

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EUFF: Greece | Success Story
Nov
17
6:30 PM18:30

EUFF: Greece | Success Story

Saturday, Nov. 17 6:30pm

Nicos Perakis, 2017 | 110mins

Talented filmmaker Nicos Perakis returns to the EUFF (his films Living Dangerously and Cool played at EUFFs 1991 and 2009, respectively) with Success Story, a quirky comedy that showcases a torrid romance set against the backdrop of a country in a state of economic crisis. The plot follows two offbeat, unforgettable characters: Panagis Pandoras, an affluent but unprincipled psychiatrist, and Tzortzina Tzelepi, a tenacious but unemployed actress. After they impetuously decide to get married following a fiery and fervent affair, Tzortzina gradually becomes dissatisfied with the staid nature of married life. Compounded by the radical shifts in the Greek economy and suicide of Panagis’ father over his debts, the relationship between Panagis and Tzortzina grows increasingly strained, venturing into darkly funny, dangerous new territory.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Portugal | Mother Knows Best
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

EUFF: Portugal | Mother Knows Best

Saturday, Nov. 17 4pm

Nuno Rocha, 2016 | 88mins

Heartfelt nostalgia and time travel collide enjoyably in Nuno Rocha’s bittersweet gem, Mother Knows Best. The film revolves around Ana Luisa, a demanding housewife who is dissatisfied with her place in the world. During her father’s 75th birthday party, her extended family all begin to reminisce about Josefa, Ana Luisa’s late mother. Through these stories, Ana Luisa begins to ponder on her own past and the repercussions of her life choices. Suddenly, a strange, wondrous, supernatural event enables certain individuals, including Ana Luisa, to have access to alternate timelines. Presented with this incredible, magical chance, Ana Luisa decides to boldly explore just what her life might have been if she had lived it differently. With its unique premise and amusing dialogue, Mother Knows Best is an entertaining ride, and it won two prizes at the Portuguese Film Academy’s 2017 Sophia Awards.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Austria | Mademoiselle Paradis
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

EUFF: Austria | Mademoiselle Paradis

Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:00pm

Barbara Albert, 2017 | 97mins

Stunningly detailed, acclaimed filmmaker Barbara Albert’s Mademoielle Paradis is an utterly gorgeous period film is set in 18th Century Vienna. The film centres on Maria Theresa “Resi” Paradis, a young and beautiful blind pianist who moves through the upper echelons of Viennese society.  Despite her status and musical talents, Resi is constantly viewed with disdain by her friends and family, and is discriminated against because of her blindness. Resi’s fortunes begin to change, however, when she is introduced to Dr. Franz Mesmer, an experimental and rather dubious ‘healer’ who is tasked with restoring Resi’s sight. Loosely based on the bestseller, “Mesmerized,” by Alissa Walser, Mademoielle Paradis captured five prizes at the 2018 Austrian Film Awards.

Presented with English subtitles.

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Canadian Masters: Theodore Ushev
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Canadian Masters: Theodore Ushev

The Program

Theodore Ushev in Person: Interview

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7pm

Arts Court Theatre

Canadian Film Institute Executive Director Tom McSorley will conduct an extensive, career-spanning onstage conversation with Theodore Ushev, looking at his film works, his ideas about animation, cinema and media, his artistic process, and his move from his native Bulgaria to Canada two decades ago. In English only.

Theodore Ushev in Person: Screening

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 8:30pm

Arts Court Theatre

RETROSPECTIVE: THEODORE USHEV 2006-2018 | 74 minutes

Theodore Ushev will introduce and participate in a discussion with the audience after the screening of this retrospective selection of ten of his short films, including his Oscar Nominated animation, Blind Vaysha, as well two new works never before screened in public.

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Japan Film Festival: A SPARKLE OF LIFE
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Japan Film Festival: A SPARKLE OF LIFE

Sunday, Oct. 28, 6:00pm

Bunji Sotoyama, 2013 | 81 minutes

Tae, a 77-year-old widow, attempts to inject a ‘spark’ into her life and signs up with a matchmaking service in pursuit of a last chance at love. Despite the impending bad dates and the unrelenting opposition from those around her, Tae stays in search of her silver-haired knight in shining armour. A Sparkle of Life is a wonderful romantic comedy by rookie filmmaker Bunji Sotoyama that will make you laugh and cry. Exploring the hopes and dreams of Japan’s aging population, the film was a huge hit in its native Japan and even received praise from Japan’s late theatre director Yukio Ninagawa, who described it as ‘a movie that makes getting old OK.’

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Polish Film Festival: BREAKING THE LIMITS (Najlepszy)
Oct
21
6:45 PM18:45

Polish Film Festival: BREAKING THE LIMITS (Najlepszy)

Sunday, Oct. 21, 6:45pm

Łukasz Palkowski, 2017 | 110 minutes

Breaking The Limits is based on the true story of Jerzy Gorski (Jakub Gierszal), a former drug addict who overcomes his demons to set a world record at the 1990 World Triathlon Championships Double Ironman competition. The film also explores his relationships with the women in his life, one of whom does not make it out alive.  Winner of the Audience Award at the 2017 Polish Film Festival in Gydnia.

Presented with English subtitles.

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Polish Film Festival: BLIND CHANCE (Przypadek)
Oct
21
4:00 PM16:00

Polish Film Festival: BLIND CHANCE (Przypadek)

Sunday, Oct. 21, 4:00pm

Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1987 | 122 minutes

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s classic Blind Chance is a meditation on the concept of fate. The film is divided into three vignettes surrounding Witek (Bogusław Linda).The film surrounds the differences in Witek’s life when he interacts with people on a Polish train. His life changes dramatically based on the differences in hisinteractions. The film was shot in 1981, but not released till 1987 due to suppression by the Polish authorities. A classic.

Presented with English subtitles.

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Polish Film Festival: BODY (Ciało)
Oct
20
8:45 PM20:45

Polish Film Festival: BODY (Ciało)

Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:45pm

Małgorzata  Szumowska, 2015 | 90 minutes

Body centres around Attorney Janusz Koprowicz (Janusz Gajos) worried about his daughter Olga (Justyna Suwala) and her battle with anorexia. Olga is sent to unconventional therapist Anna (Maja Ostaszewska) to help her with her issues as well as the recent death of Olga’s mother. The film was warmly received at several festivals, including a Golden Lion at the 2015 Polish Film Festival and a Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. The film’s dynamic editing also won recognition for the editor Jacek Drosio at the 2015 European Film Awards.

Presented with English subtitles.

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Polish Film Festival: THE LAST FAMILY (Ostatnia rodzina)
Oct
20
6:30 PM18:30

Polish Film Festival: THE LAST FAMILY (Ostatnia rodzina)

Saturday, Oct. 20, 6:30pm

Jan P. Matuszyński, 2016 | 122 minutes

The Last Family film explores the life of Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski (Andrzej Seweryn). A tumultuous family drama, Family explores the painter’s relationship with his wife Zofia (Aleksandra Konieczna), and his son Tomasz (Dawid Ogrodnik). The film explores the struggle to make art and life in the bleak environment of postwar Warsaw. This engaging film won the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 2016 Gdynia Film Festival.

Presented with English subtitles.

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Taiwan Film Special Presentation: 52Hz, I LOVE YOU
Oct
20
4:00 PM16:00

Taiwan Film Special Presentation: 52Hz, I LOVE YOU

Saturday, Oct. 20, 4:00pm

Wei Te-Sheng, 2017 | 110 minutes

“A raft of Taiwanese pop stars step in front of the camera for the country’s answer to La La Land, from director Wei Te-Sheng. Evidently, there is a lonely whale out there in the ocean somewhere whose song can be heard at 52 hertz. Similarly, some lonely souls in contemporary Taipei sing at a frequency they hope will connect them to the love of their lives in the fluffy romantic confection 52Hz, I Love You, the latest from budding Taiwanese superstar director Wei Te-Sheng. Wei made his way to the international stage when his musically inclined romance, Cape No. 7, became Taiwan’s all-time box-office champ in 2008 to that time (besting the likes of Titanic, The Dark Knight and The Return of the King), and then followed up with the ambitious, five-hour Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, a historical epic of… indigenous resistance.” Elizabeth Kerr (Hollywood Reporter)

Presented with English subtitles.

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Polish Film Festival: LIFE FEELS GOOD (Chce się żyć)
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Polish Film Festival: LIFE FEELS GOOD (Chce się żyć)

Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30pm

Maciej Pieprzyca, 2013 | 112 minutes

Life Feels Good tells the story of Mateusz Rosiński (played brilliantly by Dawid Ogrodnik), a man suffering with the effects of cerebral palsy. The condition has made it difficult for him to communicate, and to be accepted as a sentient individual by those around him. The film examines the challenges of romance and sexuality for the disabled. It also explores his mistreatment when placed in an institution. Through it all, Mateusz perseveres with strength, dignity, and even humour. The film was a hit on the festival circuit, having won the Public Award at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival as well as several acting awards at the 2014 Polish Film Awards.

Presented with English subtitles.

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Japan Film Festival: LET'S GO JETS!
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Japan Film Festival: LET'S GO JETS!

Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30pm

Hayoto Kawai, 2017 | 121 minutes

Hikari Tomonaga enrolls at Fukui Chuo High School, and joins its cheer dance club for the sole reason of cheering on a boy she has known from their junior high days. However, the club's coach, female teacher Kaoru Saotome, is a harsh and no-nonsense task master who suddenly declares: "Our aim is to become U.S. champions! No fringes or boyfriends allowed!" As older students quickly quit the club, the presence of Hikari's teammate Ayano encourages her to decide to stick with cheer dance for the time being. Will the club achieve their goal of becoming U.S. champions? These ordinary schoolgirls set off on a long journey toward making their dream a reality.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

ADMISSION IS FREE

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