European Cinema Selection

Ahram Online, Thursday 6 Nov 2014

European Cinema

A listing of the European cinema selection at the seventh edition of the Panorama of the European Film

The Dark Valley (Das finstere Tal)

A stranger arrives in a European high mountain village where he is allowed to stay before the harsh winter. He introduces himself as a photographer from America, but nobody suspects that the foreigner is here to take revenge.

Country: Austria, Germany
Year: 2014
Director: Andreas Prochaska
Starring: Sam Riley, Paula Beer, TobiasMoretti
Genre: Western
Running time: 104 min
Ssubtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Austrian Submission – Academy Awards 2014
Silver LOLAfor Best Film– German FilmAwards 2014
Best Director, Best Actor - Bavarian Film Awards 2014

The Dark Valley -- Tailer


Frank is an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the enigmatic Frank, a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head.

Country: Ireland, United Kingdom
Year: 2014
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhall, ScootMcnairy
Genre: Comedy
Running time: 95 min
Language: English
Subtitles: Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
Official Selection – Sundance IFF 2014

Frank -- Trailer

Hippocrates (Hippocrate)

Benjamin is meant to be a great doctor, he’s sure of it. But his first experience as a junior doctor in the hospital ward where his father works doesn’t turn out the way he hoped it would. This internship will force Benjamin to confront his limits…and start his way to adulthood.

Country: France
Year: 2014
Director: Thomas Lilti
Starring:Vincent Lacoste, RedaKateb, Félix Moati, Jacques Gamblin
Genre:Comedy, Drama
Running time:
Language: French
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Closing Film of the Critics’ Week – Cannes IFF 2014

Hippocrates -- Trailer

Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision
(Die Andere Heimat - Chronik Einer Sehnsucht)

Die AndereHeimat is a beautifully-shot epic family-drama, which focuses with utmost authenticity on the story of ordinary people and their lives. Against the background of rural Germany in the mid-19th century, whole villages suffer from famine and poverty.

Country: Germany
Year: 2013
Director: Edgar Reitz
Starring: Antonia Theresa Bill, Eva Zeidler, Jan Schneider
Genre: Drama
Running time: 230 min
Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
World Premiere – Venice IFF 2013
Masters – Toronto IFF 2013
Golden LOLA for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay– German Film Awards 2014

Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision -- Trailer

Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano)        

Near Lake Como in Italy, two families are linked by the same obsession: money. The rich Bernaschis and the broke real estate agent Dino Robelli, will make a dangerous deal. The day before Christmas, a terrible accident will change their fates.

Country: Italy, France
Year: 2014
Director: Paolo Virzi
Starring: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Valeria Golino
Genre: Drama
Running time: 110 min
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
7 Awards (included Best Film) and 19 Nominations – David Di Donatello 2014
Best Film – Italian Golden Globes 2014
Best Actress – Tribeca IFF 2014

Human Capital -- Trailer

The Hunt (Jagten)

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. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, a random lie spreads like a virus. The shock and mistrust gets out of hand, and the small community finds itself in a collective state of hysteria.

Country: Denmark
Year: 2012
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, SusseWold, Thomas Bo Larse
Genre: Drama
Running time: 111 min
Language: Danish
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Danish Entry – Academy Awards 2014
Best Screenwriter – European Film Awards 2014
Best Actor and Ecumenical Jury Award – Cannes IFF 2012

The Hunt -- Trailer


Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

Country: Poland, Denmark
Year: 2013
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Joanna Kulig
Genre: Drama
Running time: 80min
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
FIPRESCI Award – Toronto IFF 2013
Ecumenical Jury Award – Warsaw IFF 2013
Best Film -London IFF 2013
Eagle for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress - Polish Film Awards 2014

Ida -- Trailer

In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)

Nils snow ploughs the wild winter mountains of Norway, and is recently awarded Citizen of the Year. When his son is murdered for something he did not do, Nils wants revenge and justice. His actions ignite a war between the vegan gangster the Count and the Serbian mafia boss Papa.

Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Year: 2014
Director: Hans Peter Moland
Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Kristofer Hivju
Genre: Action, Comedy
Running time:116 min
Language: Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, Serbian, German
Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
Nominated for the Golden Bear – Berlin IFF 2014
Best International Film – Fantasia IFF 2014
Best Director and Best Actor – Austin Fantastic Fest 2014

In Order of Disappearance -- Trailer

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
(Vivir Es Facil Con Los OjosCerrados)

In 1966 John Lennon comes to Almeria to shoot a movie, "How I Won the War". Paco, who works as an English Teacher, decides to meet him. In his travel he is joined by two young ones, Juanjo and Belén. Almería in 1966 will be for the three an unforgettable season at their destinations.

Country: Spain
Year: 2013
Director: David Trueba
Starring: Ariadna Gil, Francesc Colomer, Javier Camara, JorgeSanz
Genre: Comedy
Running time: 108min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
6 Awards (included Best Film) – Goya Awards 2014
Spanish Submission – Academy Awards 2015
Cine Latino Award - Palm Springs IFF 2014

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed -- Trailer

Winter Sleep (Kis Uykusu)

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities...

Country: Turkish
Year: 2014
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag
Genre: Drama
Running time: 196 min
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
Golden Palm and FRIPESCI Award – Cannes IFF 2014
Turkish Entry – Academy Awards 2015

Winter Sleep -- Trailer

Tangerines (Mandariinid)

In the 1990s, an Estonian village Abkhazia. As the war approaches, two villagers – Ivo and Markus – are the only ones who haven’t left. Markus wants to harvest his tangerine plantation, although Ivo is against cropping during wartime. After rescuing survivors, they must resolve their own war, happening under their roof with enemies from both sides.


Country: Estonia, Georgia
Year: 2013
Director: Zaza Urushadze

Starring: Misha Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze, Elmo Nüganen
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 87 min
Language: Russian, Estonian

Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Estonian Entry – Academy Awards 2015
Best Director, Audience Award – Warsaw IFF 2013
Estonian Film Award, International Film Clubs Award – Tallinn Black Nights FF 2013

Tangerines -- Trailer

All data is provided by the Panorama of the European Film


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