European Union Film Festival 2017
The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) is the longest-running foreign film festival in Singapore. Since its inception, the festival has been the EU’s flagship event on the ever vibrant cultural calendar of the city-state.
Each year, the festival brings the Singaporean and European communities together and opens up a space for intercultural dialogue. It is a unique opportunity for European embassies in Singapore to take their audience on a cinematographic journey to Europe to help them discover the people, landscapes and traditions of Europe. This year, the 27th edition of the film festival will be hosted at the iconic National Gallery Singapore from May 11 - May 21.
European member states and partner countries have once again provided an excellent selection. There are 27 submissions from 27 countries. Europe’s contemporary creativity, its diversity of cultural expressions and multifaceted artistic vision are reflected in this selection that ranges from dramas to thrillers; comedies to animation.
Germany is the featured country of EUFF 2017 and the festival will open with the coming-of-age German comedy drama Tschick (2016), directed by acclaimed award-winning filmmaker Fatih Akin. Tschick is a film adaptation of the cult novel 'Why We Took The Car' by the late German writer Wolfgang Herrndorf. The film stars Munich-born Anand Batbileg who is of Mongolian descent. He plays the title role of Andrej 'Tschick' Tschichatschow, a teenager from a German-speaking minority in Russia. Tschick tells the classic story of three youths trying to survive on their own and encountering plenty of misadventures and self-discovery in their wild road-trip across East Germany.
Problemski Hotel, draws on Belgian novelist Dimitri Verhulst's book of the same name and the Dutch film Beyond Sleep is based on the best-selling novel 'Nooit Meer Slapen' (1966) by Willem Frederik Hermans.
Some of the films shine the spotlight on art. Denmark’s Marie Krøyer is a film about an artist who was married to one of Denmark’s greatest painters. Art features prominently also in the film from Switzerland, The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg. This critically acclaimed documentary about the prominent Swiss art collector Uli Sigg is set against the backdrop of the socio-political context of China's transformation since the 1970s. Both, Uli Sigg and director Michael Schindhelm, will be present for the film's screening scheduled for May 16 th .
There are also several light-hearted, romantic and family friendly movies. Italy presents The Correspondence, an English language Italian romantic drama starring popular British actor Jeremy Irons and Ukraine has an animated feature film for families with young children titled The Dragon's Spell.
This year’s film festival continues EUFF’s long tradition of collaborating with a local film school. Partnering for the third time with Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, the EUFF will present short films by students and alumni of the school alongside the official selection. The EUFF not only celebrates Europe’s diversity, it also celebrates the passion for film-making and creativity in Singapore.