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The Euro Film Festival will be hybrid in SA

The European Film Festival in South Africa will hit theaters next month but will still cater to viewers and followers who have become accustomed to watching films from the comfort of their own homes.

the 9th The 2nd edition of the festival will take place on October 13-23 in a hybrid format.

“This is our transitional approach to gradually returning to cinemas,” says festival co-director Magdalene Reddy. “The online screenings are free, while the theatrical screenings charge a ticket price. Each film will be screened once at both The Zone by Ster-Kinekor in Johannesburg and The Labia in Cape Town.”

16 award-winning films will be shown, eight of them by women directors. This year’s theme innocence and beyond examines innocence not only as a legal concept, but as a human quality. These include two outstanding perspectives through the eyes of children in Little mom and playground. Little mom is a tender tale of memory, friendship and family by the gifted and often unpredictable French filmmaker Céline Sciamma playground Belgian director Laura Wandel uses cameras manipulated at the child level to effectively portray the emotions and experiences of school bullying from a child’s perspective.

There is no set age at which the loss of innocence can occur, and a number of films focus on adolescence while navigating the often turbulent process of growing up.

From the Netherlands, Shariff Korver’s slow-burning psychological thriller Do not hesitate depicts unprepared Dutch youth thrown into the crucible of war, a situation complicated by their naivety in encountering other cultures. Swiss film Olga, by Elie Grappe, is a tense but sensitively handled exile story that reflects the personal and political clash as a young Ukrainian gymnast searches for her identity against the backdrop of the revolution in her home country.

The captivating women’s film small body is an adventure story with a wonderful mythological sensibility that earned Laura Samani the Best New Director award at Italy’s David d’Donatello Awards.

How much does innocence affect a young woman’s search for love and meaning as she enters her 30s with no idea of ​​her identity and purpose in life? That is the question with Joachim Trier The worst person in the worlda Norwegian/French/Danish/Swedish co-production that received two Oscar nominations this year.

Stefan Arsenijević’s Serbian/ French/ Luxembourgish/ Bulgarian/ Lithuanian co-production As far as I can walk stresses that it is not only about securing a roof over your head, but also about the challenges of emotional and intellectual deprivation that young migrants in Europe face today.

Is innocence all about what is right and what is wrong? Sometimes it’s about what we don’t do. Sometimes it’s about making decisions that affect both ourselves and those around us and in some cases society and the world at large? silent country, by the Polish woman Aga Woszczyńska is about what the protagonists didn’t do and how that leads to the failure of a relationship. The film is also about the collapse of value systems in the modern world, a general indifference to reality and social lethargy.

The Swedish film by Erik Poppe The emigrants is an epic historical drama about a poverty-stricken family who emigrated to the United States from Sweden in the 18th century. Told from a woman’s point of view Their search for a second chance in life, like the migration stories of our time, is a journey of hope.

Comedian Levan Koguashvili from the Republic of Georgia brighton 4th is a portrait of parental sacrifice and a father’s love for his son, while also offering an authentic look at the immigrant experience and the elusiveness of the American dream.

wrapped in music and humor, Ali and AvaWritten and directed by one of Britain’s most distinctive cinematic voices, Clio Barnard, follows a cross-cultural couple who begin a relationship with a mixture of nervous excitement, openness and innocence. The good bossdirected by Fernando León de Aranoa, is the Spanish film at this year’s festival – it’s a hilarious satirical comedy about the humiliations of working life, with the questionable innocence of Javier Bardem in the spotlight.

Turning conventional definitions of innocence on their head, Cannes winner by Austrian Sebastian Meise Lot of freedom explores tenderness, love, lost time and the tenacity of the human spirit while chronicling a shameful chapter in queer history. Unorthodox film by Portuguese director Catarina Vasconcelos The Metamorphosis of the Birds sifts through the memories and dreams of her ancestors in an extraordinary tribute that shows how something deeply personal can be deeply universal.

Is a humanoid robot innocent? That’s one of the questions in the funny and wonderfully entertaining German film i am your man by Maria Schrader. It’s a spunky sci-fi dramedy that also questions what humans want in relationships and whether AI beings should have rights.

After all, the world is once again witnessing and affected by a terrible war, and innocence is an unfortunate casualty at every level during war. Along with the aforementioned war drama Do not hesitate, There is the Ukrainian drama by director/writer/editor Maryna Er Gorbach Klondike. About the struggles of parents-to-be living near the Russian border, this film could not be more timely as it exposes the absurdity of war and how it affects those not directly involved as easily as those who are.

EU Ambassador to South Africa Sandra Kramer said: “This year’s European Film Festival was inspired by innocence as a human trait. The festival’s theme – Innocence & Beyond – seeks to capture our loss of innocence on multiple levels as we confront the present and lay the foundations for the future. I invite you to experience with us the best of European cinema: award-winning films that offer not only a temporary escape, but also a space to pause and reflect.”

eSwatini and Lesotho

This year’s festival extends its reach to neighboring countries eSwatini and Lesotho with three-day programs of screenings and discussions taking place at the Alliance Française in Mbabane (21-23 October) and the Alliance Française in Maseru (28-30 October). .

side events

Real-time zoom panel discussions and Q&A with film directors will enrich experience and understanding of filmmaking processes and motivations, as well as the issues addressed in the films, while formulating a program of filmmaker engagements to inspire young filmmakers at film schools in the South Africa. In addition, with a focus on youth, the festival will again offer a range of screening and discussion programs at selected secondary schools and community centers in different parts of the country.

For film synopses, trailers and how to watch see www.eurofilmfest.co.za

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