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Wednesday, May 6, 2015


The 2015 European Film Festival (EUFF) celebrates the role of women in film with 12 internationally-acclaimed films representing the best of European Cinema which have one screening each at Gateway’s Cinema Nouveau in Durban over two consecutive weekends: May 8 to 10 and May 15 to 17.

Following the success of the first European Film Festival (EUFF) staged last year, it returns to Cinema Nouveau , this year celebrating the role of women in film. The festival’s theme of A Woman’s World is explored in a selection of films that feature female directors, strong female characters or women-related stories. Of the 12 chosen internationally-acclaimed films, 11 are being screened for the first time in South Africa.

The EUFF is hosted by Cinema Nouveau, co-ordinated by the French Institute of South Africa, and organised in partnership with the European Union and 12 other European cultural agencies or embassies in South Africa: the British Council, the Camões Institute, the Goethe-Institut, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Embassy of Belgium and Wallonie-Bruxelles International, and the Embassies of Austria, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.

May 8:
17h30: Human Capital: Valeria Golina and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, two of Italy’s leading actresses, in a film that twists love, class and ambition; Tribeca Film Festival 2014
20h00 3 Hearts: a French romantic drama starring film legend Catherine Deneuve; Venice International Film Festival 2014

May 9:
17h30: Frailer: with great humour and sincerity, Dutch female director Mijke de Jong draws an intimate portrait to capture the way we face death; Toronto International Film Festival 2014
20h00: Ida: Pawel Pawlikowski’s film is the first Polish feature to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (2015) amidst rave reviews from around the world

May 10:
17h30: A Second Chance. Directed by Academy Award-winning Susanne Bier, the film features Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones); San Sebastian Festival 2014
20h00: My Brother the Devil: a masterful debut from female director Sally El Hosaini, one of the brightest new talents of the UK cinema; Berlin International Film Festival 2012

May 15:
17h30: Concrete Night: Finnish female director Pirjo Honkasalo’s film is a dream-like odyssey through beautiful Helsinki over the course of one night; Toronto International Film Festival 2014
20:00 Two Days, One Night: the latest project taken on by the multi-award winning Dardenne brothers features French actress Marion Cotillard, nominated for the 2015 Best Actress Oscar

May 16:
17h30 Amour Fou: an Austrian tragi-comedy, inspired by the life and death of the historic poet Heinrich von Kleist (Christian Friedel); Cannes Film Festival 2014
20h00 Blood of my Blood: from Portugal, this film focuses on unconditional love – and the lengths two women are prepared to go to protect those they love; San Sebastian Festival 2011

May 17;
17h30 Blancanieves: from Spanish director, Pablo Berger, Snow White is recast as a talented bullfighter in an eerie and erotic silent film treat; Toronto International Film Festival 2012
20h00 Beloved Sisters: German Romanticism at its most expressively romantic, a cinematic tour de force from director Dominik Graf; Berlin International Film Festival 2014

All the details regarding the festival schedule and bookings can be found on the Cinema Nouveau website ( Follow on Twitter @nouveaubuzz or Facebook – Cinema Nouveau. Download the Ster-Kinekor App on your smart phone for updates, news and to book from your mobile. For more info, call Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (668 437