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European Union Film Festival Toronto ( at the Royal Cinema November 14 to 28 )

European Union Film Festival
November 14 - 28, 2015
The Royal – 608 College St.

EUFF screenings are FREE
A number of paid advance reservations are available online

FREE festival happening at the Royal Cinema November 14 to 28, where each of the EU member countries showcases a film, this year, the ROMANIAN FILM is:
A LOVE STORY, LINDENFELD, directed by Radu Gabrea (ROMANIA)
In Frankfurt, year 2005, Ulrich (Ully) Winkler – the president of a large company – sees on TV a story about a former German village from Banat. This village is Lindenfeld, the place where Ulli was born and lived until 1945. After watching this show, six decades after he ran to Germany and earned a fortune, trying to erase his links with Romania, Ulli decides that together with Boris, his old servant and faithful friend, will go to Lindenfeld hoping to find Helga, his lover from his youth. What happens next is a bitter sweet story, filled with tragicomic moments.

The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) is very proud to announce the 28 extraordinary features being showcased at the 2015 edition of the Festival, one from each of the EU member countries.

Making their North American debut at the eleventh EUFF are: Robert Thalheim’s PARENTS (Germany), a modern, honest and humorous portrait of the contemporary family; and Simonas Askelavicius and Ricardas Marcinkus’ SAUL AND PAUL ROBBED THEM ALL (Lithuania), a heartwarming comedy on two average Joes whose lives are turned upside down by a wealthy girlfriend-stealing Georgian.

Among the nine features having their Canadian Premiere at the 2015 EUFF are: Stelana Kliris’ COMMITTED (Cyprus), a charming road-trip romcom on a man escaping the pressures of a marriage proposal, and a runaway bride in the same process; Elmo Nuganen‘s 1944 (Estonia), a thrilling war drama on the WWII Battle of Tannenberg Line, one of the bloodiest conflicts on the Eastern Front; and Laura Bispuri‘s SWORN VIRGIN (Italy), a critically acclaimed Berlin and Tribeca favourite, and a powerful, sensitive drama on transgender reversal in a traditional Albanian town.

Thirteen features are screening for the first time in Toronto at EUFF, including: Cedric Kahn’s WILD LIFE (France), a thought-provoking drama on a family on the run from the law, and winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 San Sebastian Film Festival; Rebecca Cremona’s SIMSHAR (Malta), the country’s first-ever Foreign Language submission to the Academy Awards, and a heartbreaking drama on the realities faced by immigrants and others down on their luck in the Mediterranean; Mikkel Norgaard’s THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (Denmark), a big-screen adaptation of the international best-seller by the same title, and a well-crafted thriller on a detective’s closed-case obsession; and Károly Ujj-Mészáros’ LIZA, THE FOX FAIRY (Hungary) a touching, playful comedy on a thirty-something’s belief that anyone who falls in love with her will immediately die.

Three compelling TIFF favourites will be back in Toronto for EUFF: Dome Karukoski’s THE GRUMP (Finland), Louise Osmond’s DARK HORSE (United Kingdom), and Malgorzata Szumowska ‘s BODY (Poland).

Full line-up:
Austria – FEVER, directed by Elfi Mikesch *Canadian Premiere*
Belgium – OFFLINE, directed by Peter Monsaert *Toronto Premiere*
Bulgaria – THE SINKING OF SOZOPOL, directed by Kostadin Bonev *Toronto Premiere*
Croatia – COWBOYS, directed by Tomislav Mršić *Toronto Premiere*
Cyprus – COMMITTED, directed by Stelana Kliris *Canadian Premiere *
Czech Republic – TO SEE THE SEA, directed by Jirří Mádl *Toronto Premiere*
Denmark – THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES, directed by Mikkel Nřrgaard *Toronto Premiere*
Estonia – 1944, directed by Elmo Nüganen *Canadian Premiere*
Finland – THE GRUMP, directed by Dome Karukoski
France – WILD LIFE, directed by Cédric Kahn *Toronto Premiere*
Germany – PARENTS, directed by Robert Thalheim *North American Premiere*
Greece - THE ENEMY WITHIN, directed by Yorgos Tsemberopoulos *Toronto Premiere*
Hungary – LIZA, THE FOX FAIRY, directed by Károly Ujj-Mészáros *Toronto Premiere*
Ireland – NOBLE, directed by Stephen Bradley *Toronto Premiere*
Italy – SWORN VIRGIN, directed by Laura Bispuri *Canadian Premiere*
Latvia – ALIAS LONER, written/directed by Normunds Pucis *Canadian Premiere* OPENING Night
Lithuania – SAUL AND PAUL ROBBED THEM ALL, directed by Simonas Askelavicius, Ricardas Marcinkus *North American Premiere*
Luxembourg – BABY(A)LONE, directed by Donato Rotunno *Toronto Premiere* CLOSING Night
Malta – SIMSHAR, directed by Rebecca Cremona *Toronto Premiere*
Netherlands – ADMIRAL, directed by Roel Reiné *Canadian Premiere*
Poland – BODY, directed by Malgorzata Szumowska
Portugal – CATS DON’T HAVE VERTIGO, directed by António-Pedro Vasconcelos *Canadian Premiere*
Romania – A LOVE STORY, LINDENFELD, directed by Radu Gabrea
Slovakia – HOSTAGE, directed by Juraj Nvota *Canadian Premiere*
Slovenia – CLASS ENEMY, directed by Rok Biček *Toronto Premiere*
Spain – BLACK DIAMONDS, directed by Miguel Alcantud *Toronto Premiere*
Sweden – HOME, directed by Maximilian Hult *Canadian Premiere*
United Kingdom – DARK HORSE, directed by Louise Osmond

About the European Union Film Festival
The European Union Film Festival (EUFF), a not-for-profit organization, strives to reflect the excellence, innovation, and diversity of European cinema in Toronto, the world's most multicultural city. Founded in 2004 as a salve to Hollywood monotony, this free festival has grown to now showcase 28 contemporary films drawn from each of the EU's member countries. The EUFF is a unique festival and the only one in the world to bring together disparate EU Consulates and local cultural institutes for collaboration. Represented countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. eutorontofilmfest.ca

Box office info.
General Admission to EUFF screenings is FREE
Seat availability on a first-come, first-served basis.
Seats to any screening can be secured by booking in advance
Advance Reservation: $10 (all service fees included)
Advance reservations for opening night: $40 (includes reception)

Daniela Ponce    10/29/2015


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