One of EUFF'14 movies, "The Best Offer".
European Union Film Festival (EUFF) once again makes its appearance in Malaysia. A festival that not only strengthens the bond between Malaysia and Europe, it also nurtures one's mind through its critically acclaimed films.
EUFF is just the right platform for European filmmakers to showcase their creativity. The films presented to Malaysian audiences make the perfect vessel for showcasing the beauty and value of European cultures and traditions, along with its purpose of entertaining the audience as well as enriching their minds.
This year's European Union Film Festival offers 21 great films specially selected from 17 European countries. If you are a fan of European films but one without the luxury of time, watching all the offered movies will be a bit of a stretch.
So here we have cherry-picked for you the 5 must watch movies from the festival, read on to know our selection:
The Best Offer (Italy)
Fans of mystery crime thrillers will be thrilled to know "The Best Offer" is certainly one of the best offers from EUFF this year. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, it features the acting talents of Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks and Donald Sutherland. The film tells the story of Vigil Oldman, played by Rush, an eccentric art auctioner who is hired by young heiress Claire Ibbetson to auction off the large collection of valuables inherited from her parents. The extremely reclusive heiress refuses to be seen. By and by, Oldman learns more about her and tries to befriend her.
Awards won / nominated for: Won Best Director at the 67th Silver Ribbon Awards. Won Best Film and Best Director at the 58th David di Donatello Awards.
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, this film is based on a true story of a commoner who succeeds in winning the heart of the ruling queen. However, it turns into a royal mess of an affair when a Danish king is added into the equation. The king invites Count Johann into their life, not expecting it would lead to his wife getting involved with the count and ending up carrying the count's child. To protect themselves, the lovers trick the king into believing the child is his. Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen and Mikkel Folsgaard portray Queen Caroline Mathilda, Count Johann Friedrich Struensee and King Christian VII, respectively.
Awards won / nominated for: Won two Silver Bears at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards and the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 70th Golden Globe Awards.
Divided We Fall (Czech Republic)
A film by Jan Hrebejk, which in its Czech title translates literally as "We Must Help Each Other". Fittingly named, as the movie is about a Czechoslovakian husband and wife who help hide a Jewish man from the Nazi even though it means great risk for them. Bolek Polívka and Anna Sisková play Josef Cízek and Marie Cizková, while Csongor Kassai plays Jewish David Wiener. Jaroslav Dusek portrays Horst Prohaska, a Czech-German Nazi collaborator who is attracted to Marie and suspects the couple is hiding something. He later proves himself to be a valuable ally.
Awards won / nominated for: The film is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 73rd Academy Awards.
The Hunt (Denmark)
Mads Mikkelsen makes an appearance again, this time as Lucas, a divorced kindergarten teacher accused as a pedophile. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, the story follows Lucas as he is shunned by his close-knit Danish community when one of the little girls in his kindergarten class, who happens to be the daughter of his own best friend, makes comments that lead the community to believe Lucas has indecently exposed himself to the child. He has to suffer mentally and physically as the hatred escalates to violence, with people throwing stones at him and beating up him up for his supposed crime.
Awards won / nominated for: Won the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards and for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.
Your Beauty is Worth Nothing (Austria
Directed by Hüseyin Tabak, it tells the story of a twelve-year-old Turkish-Kurdish boy named Veysel living in Austria. His mother is Turkish while his father is a Kurdish man who has left home to join the guerillas fighting against the Turkish government. Life at home is strained especially with the threat of deportation constantly looming over the family's heads. Veysel falls for Ana, a Yugoslavian immigrant. The boy recites a poem titled "Your Beauty is Worth Nothing" to express his feelings for her. Abdulkadir Tuncer, Lale Yavas and Yüsa Durak all won awards for their outstanding portrayals of their characters.
Awards won / nominated for: Won six awards at 2012 Turkish Film Award including Best Screenplay and Best Editing. Won four awards at 2014 Austrian Film Award including Best Feature Film, Best Directing and Best Screenplay.
Cinema Online, 05 November 2014