The new edition of the event will be held until May 31 in four cities in the country: Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Manizales. These are some recommended by Diario Criterio.
eurocinema, the European Film Festival in Colombiareaches its 28th edition with a program of 38 films from 20 countries that can be seen in four cities: Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Manizales.
For the KulturVision Foundation and Theresa Hoppe, its director, who are the official organizers, this is a special edition. One about resilience and life after the harsh years of the Covid-19 pandemic, which filled the world with restrictions, masks, and quarantines. For this reason, they organized it with the slogan: ¡Eurocine pa’lante!
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“It’s like when we get out of a disease; literally convalescing: with their senses wide awake, with a sharpened conscience, with more sensitivity in body, soul and mind”Hoppe explains. “With more gratitude and more desire to live and appreciate the everyday, the simple, the sincere. We are more attentive to find placidity in these small, sweet and serene moments. To enjoy the very varied things that make us happy”.
For this year the festival (which was born in 1994 with the aim of bringing the Colombian public closer to a different cinematographic experience and which each year receives some 30,000 spectators) comes with documentaries, comedies, animated films, dramas and romances made in several of the European Union countries.
The films can be seen in different places. In Bogotá, the films will be available at the Bogotá Cinematheque, the Modern Gymnasium Cultural Center, the El Muro Cineclub and Cinemania. In Medellín, at the Centro Colombo Americano and in the Procinal de Las Américas room. In Cali, at the Cinematheque of the La Tertulia Museum. And in Manizales, at the Fundadores Theater.
These are eight movies recommended by Journal Criterion:
Ennio: the teacher (Italy)
This documentary by Giuseppe Tornatore attempts to portray the most popular and prolific film composer of the 20th century: Ennio Morricone. He does so through an interview with the man, winner of two Oscars and composer of the soundtrack for films such as For a bunch of dollars, the good, the bad and the ugly either cinema Paradisoand with testimonials from characters such as Bernardo Bertolucci, the Taviani brothers, Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino or Hans Zimmer.
Jose and Pilar (Portugal)
Another documentary. This time from 2010 and directed by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes. It closely follows the relationship between José Saramago, Nobel Prize winner for literature, and his wife, the Spanish journalist Pilar del Río. To achieve this, Gonçalves followed them and recorded his daily life since 2005 and for four years, the last of the life of the Portuguese writer. Thus he captured the day to day of the couple between Lanzarote, Lisbon, his house and trips around the world.
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Berlin Alexanderplatz (Germany)
It is an adaptation of alexanderplatz, the novel that Alfred Döblin wrote in 1928, adapted and directed by the German-Afghan Burhan Qurbani. In this case, the protagonist is not only an ex-combatant trying to live honestly, but an undocumented African immigrant who ends up dragged into the underworld of Berlin by a psychotic gangster.
This film, by Maria Sødahl, was nominated for an Oscar in the category of ‘best foreign language film’. It tells the story of a middle-aged couple with a marital crisis that is put to the test when the woman, Ana, is diagnosed (just one day before Christmas) with a terminal illness that only leaves her three months to live.
The girls (Spain)
This film by Pilar Palomero, winner of the ‘best film’ category at the 2020 Goya Awards, tells the story of Celia, an 11-year-old girl who lives with her mother and studies at a convent school in Zaragoza. Together with Brisa, a classmate who has just arrived from Barcelona, she begins to experience the most defining stage of her life: her entry into adolescence. She thus discovers that life is made of many truths and some lies.
The death of Hammarsjold (Denmark)
Dag Hammarskjöld, a Swedish diplomat and UN Secretary-General in the 1950s, died in 1961 when the plane he was traveling in crashed on his way to resolve a conflict in Zaire. It has always been believed that behind his death there was not a simple accident, but a plot and an assassination attempt. In this documentary, Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl try to solve the riddle of his accident. The result surprises.
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It will never snow again (Poland)
This comedy, directed by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, tells the story of a mysterious masseur who comes from the area of the Chenobyl nuclear tragedy and enters the lives of a community of wealthy families in Poland, who despite their wealth, live in the midst of what seems to be a permanent sadness. He, however, seems to hold the secret to healing their souls and changing their lives.
Bruno lives in a nursing home and falls in love with Dusa, another of the residents of the nursing home. Their love is fragmented and therefore they tend to forget about each other, but this allows them to constantly meet each other for the first time. This romantic drama, by Miroslav Mandic, was chosen to represent Slovenia at the Oscar Awards.
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