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The European Film Festival is back!

By Rachelle  /  22 Apr 2021 (Thursday)

After a year’s hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Film Festival (EUFF) returns to Singapore!

Presented by the European Union (EU) Delegation to Singapore, EUFF celebrates its 30th edition from 6 to 23 May 2021. With its return to Singapore, the festival goes to The Projector, bringing the best of contemporary European cinema to the heart of Singapore’s community of film lovers. 

This year’s festival presents 23 films over a longer festival period, reflecting on the diversity of perspectives, histories, languages and cultures from across the European continent. While the films showcased in the festival may belong to a specific country, they are all representative of Europe’s common cultural heritage.

Barbara Plinkert, the European Union Ambassador to Singapore said:

The European Film Festival’s landmark 30th edition takes place at an unprecedented moment in time as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. In these truly trying times, many of us have reached out to the arts in its many forms — be it literature, music, or films. In the current context, when travel remains a challenge, cinema offers us just the lens we need to experience and understand the many complexities and cultures that shape and define our world and make it what it is.

Portugal is this year's featured country and will open the festival with its film Parque Mayer on 6 May 2021. The comedy-drama set in 1933 Lisbon, is a roller coaster of emotions, amusement and entertainment as it tells the story of a theatre in Parque Mayer, Lisbon’s theatre and entertainment district. All kinds of goings-on take place during rehearsals for a new variety show — unrequited love, personal dramas and a constant battle against censorship, accompanied by skillful attempts to circumvent it. 

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, EUFF will present a free public screening of the film on 12 May at 8pm. Members of the public can book their complimentary tickets online here. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Audiences can look forward to festival films of various genres from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

Films in the drama genre include Belgium’s Young Ahmed, Denmark’s The Good Traitor, Italy’s All My Crazy Love, The Netherlands’ The Conductor, Norway’s Before Snowfall, Portugal’s Parque Mayer, Spain’s The Innocence, Sweden’s And Then We Dance, Switzerland’s Paradise WarThe Story Of Bruno Manser and Turkey’s The Butterfly’s Dream.

For historical drama, audiences can look forward to Austria’s Angelo, Czech Republic’s The Devil’s Mistress, Hungary’s The Troupe – Relish Your Life! and Romania’s Marie, Queen of Romania while appealing to animation lovers are France’s The Bears’ Famous Invasion Of Sicily, Ireland’s Oscar-nominated Wolfwalkers and Luxembourg’s Funan

Biopics in the line-up include Germany’s Gundermann and Poland’s Jack Strong and for European comedy, the festival includes Estonia’s Chasing Unicorn, Finland’s Master Cheng, Greece’s Mythopathy and Ukraine’s The Infernal Khorugv

Festival tickets are priced at $13.50 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and are available for sale at here from 21 April. Concessions are extended to The Projector Fan Club, The Projector Senior/Student Club, NSFs and Singapore Film Society members. 

Visit here for more information and updates on the 30th European Union Film Festival.
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