Virtual edition of Europe on Screen 2020 kicks off today with 41 films

‘Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało)’ by Jan Komasa, which continued Poland’s streak in the Best International Feature Film category at this year’s Academy Awards, will be screened on Europe on Screen 2020. Screenshot from YouTube/KinoSwiatPL
‘Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało)’ by Jan Komasa, which continued Poland’s streak in the Best International Feature Film category at this year’s Academy Awards, will be screened on Europe on Screen 2020. Screenshot from YouTube/KinoSwiatPL

After having to postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 20th edition of Europe on Screen (EoS) is finally here with its virtual edition, featuring dozens of award-winning European features and short films.

The European film festival is usually held simultaneously in a number of major Indonesian cities around April or May. This year, it will screen 41 works encompassing various genres from European filmmakers, coming from Croatia, Denmark, Portugal, and Ukraine, as well as three Indonesian short films that won last year’s Short Film Pitching Project as part of the festival.

The festival is mainly divided into three sections: Festivities, for feature fiction films; Realities, for full-length documentaries; and Film Talks, the latter consisting of Q&A sessions via Zoom attended by directors of several films shown on the festival, details of which along with the registration links can be found here.

As usual, all screenings are free all you need to do is sign up on Festival Scope. After you’re logged in, click the “European Film Festival” option on the top menu, and choose “INDONESIA – Europe on Screen 2020 Online Edition.” Hover on any film of your choice, then click the rent button. The film will be available for five days on your account from its screening date, or 30 hours after you play it.

EoS will open this evening with the Swedish romantic drama Swoon (Eld & lågor) by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein and close with German comedy How About Adolf (Der Vorname) by Sönke Wortmann on Nov. 30.

Most of the films screened on EoS have been nominated or won awards in major film festivals, but we dare say that one of the highly anticipated films is Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało) by Jan Komasa, which continued Poland’s streak in the Best International Feature Film category at this year’s Academy Awards.

Over in the Realities section, you can watch documentaries such as Bulgaria’s Palace for The People, which revisits five of the most iconic buildings across Europe that were built during the communist era, and Varda by Agnès, the final work of pioneering French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda, who passed away last year.

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 2020 below:

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