Saturday, November 15, 2014

European Union Film Festival (EUFF) Movie Marathon

Yesterday, I kick-started my European Union Film Festival movie fest with The Best Offer from Italy. Loved that one! Today, the movie fest continued with a marathon of three movies, two of which I selected using the movie passes I won from the Embassy of Italy in Kuala Lumpur (see the first two below). Each movie is unique and special in its own way! So today I had the opportunity to savor a few foreign languages such as Danish, Swedish, Czech and German. There's a little bit of French too (in Divided We Fall).

The one that impacted me the most today is The Hunt. How one small, random lie can change one man's life overnight. Actor Mads Mikkelsen (on the poster) is awesome. And cute too. There were several blacked-out moments on the screen in the cinema and those were the censured scenes. The sexy adult scene (only one) was still audible though. I supposed the anatomy of a nude male was also censured because there was a skinny dipping scene right at the beginning. Oh well.


THE HUNT (Denmark)

Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of reestablishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. Not a lot. Just a passing remark. A random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like an invisible virus. The shock and mistrust gets out of hand. Soon the small community finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

Language: Danish

THE ICE DRAGON (Sweden)
The Ice Dragon is an adventure about Mik, aged 11 and his quest for a new home. Mik runs away on an ice dragon, befriends brothers Bengt and Bertil, falls in love for the first time and eventually finds his way home.

Language: Swedish
DIVIDED WE FALL (Czech Republic)

Czechoslovakia, a summer's day, 1937: three friends travel a deserted road and share a joke. Several years later, their relationship is incontrovertibly altered and their lives reveal in microcosm thedestructiveness of war. David, a Jew, escapes from a concentration camp and is sheltered by Josef and his wife Marie in their pantry - while Horst, now a Nazi collaborator, is a dangerously regular visitor. Events take a bizarre turn when the only way of saving themselves is for David to father Marie's child.

Language: Czech



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