Europe on Screen 2019 to screen 101 European films in 8 Indonesian cities (April 18-30)

A still from ‘Cold War’, which represented Poland at this year’s Academy Awards. The period drama film will be screened at Europe on Screen 2019. Photo: Youtube/Amazon Studios
A still from ‘Cold War’, which represented Poland at this year’s Academy Awards. The period drama film will be screened at Europe on Screen 2019. Photo: Youtube/Amazon Studios

One of the most anticipated film festivals in Indonesia, Europe on Screen (EoS), is returning for its 19th edition this year. Cinephiles in eight cities — Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Denpasar, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, with the new additions of Bekasi and Tangerang — will be spoilt for choice with a selection of 101 European films across various genres on offer.

This year’s EoS will be slightly different from the previous editions as they don’t have a specific theme for the lineup. The festival will screen films from various European countries including Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and France — the four of which are contributing most of the films in the lineup —  as well as movies from smaller markets such as Poland, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, and Norway, among others.

EoS will open with a Danish thriller, The Guilty by Gustav Möller; and closed with the Austrian comedy, What Have We Done To Deserve This? by Eva Spreitzhofer.

The festival is organized this year around various sections: Festivities, for feature fiction films; Realities, for full-length documentaries and #OurLand, a sub-category which highlights land issues in various places; Retrospective: #Bauhaus100, which celebrates the centenary founding of Bauhaus, the German school of art and design; Retrospective: Bertolucci which screens selected films by the late legendary Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci; and Specialties, which include, among others, open air cinema and short animated films.

Watch out for some of the most anticipated films in the Festivities section, such as period drama Cold War by Paweł Pawlikowski, which represented Poland in the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography at this year’s Academy Awards, and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Adam Driver. There will also be a surprise film on April 26, the title of which will only be revealed at the time of the screening.

In the Realities section, you may see They Shall Not Grow Old, directed by Peter Jackson, which shows restored and colorized never-before-seen footage from World War I, or Of Fathers and Sons, which involved director Talal Berki spending two years of living with a Syrian family that had embraced radical beliefs.

In addition to the European films, Indonesian feature films The Gift by Hanung Bramantyo and Arini by Ismail Basbeth will be screened as part of the Specialties: On Location section. Both films were shot in various locations in Europe, such as Germany and Italy.

As always, EoS is open for the public and free of charge, but you’ll have to register to each film screening of your choice. Keep an eye for updates from EoS on their Twitter, Instagram, and website, and you may find the festival program book here.

Watch the trailer for Europe on Screen 2019 below:

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