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5th Annual Starring Europe Festival: New Films from the EU

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13/04/2018


5th Annual Starring Europe Festival: New Films from the EU

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Presented by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, The European Union, the American Cinematheque, and Obica USA.

5th Annual STARRING EUROPE FESTIVAL: NEW FILMS FROM THE EU

EGYPTIAN and AERO THEATRES MAY 3rd– MAY 9th
ANNOUNCES PROGRAM LINE-UP

“Movie Making Magic with a European Flair”

 

The 5th Annual STARRING EUROPE: New Films from the EU Festival will kick off May 3rdtill May 9th, for a 6-day cinematic treat featuring some of the most charismatic & thought provoking films of the European Union! The silver screen smorgasbord, offers Angelinos the opportunity to experience award-winning films, connect with European filmmakers and talent, network with professionals, explore cultural institutions and unite through the undeniable power of film!

Starring Europe is a cultural and social event and serves as a vehicle to bring arts and culture from the EU to Los Angeles while simultaneously spotlighting festival award winners from 14 EU countries. The short and feature films embody the rich heritage and diversity of cinema of Europe, while presenting them in the film capital of the world: Los Angeles! The opening night will include red carpet arrivals and an opening night reception. With film talent invited to speak at screenings, panel discussions and a closing night fashion show, this is an ideal way for expats and Los Angeles residents alike to experience these European delicacies.

Eight of the festival’s film features make their international premieres at this year’s Starring Europe!

Leading the pack is, Barbara Albert’s biopic MADEMOISELLE PARADIS, one of three features by a female director. Set in 18th century Vienna, the acclaimed Austrian film stars Maria Dragus as a blind pianist caught between the men trying to exploit her talents and the controversial physician treating her. Hungarian film, KINCSEM is a similarly lavish period piece, though its title character is a record-breaking real-life racehorse.

Poland’s BREAKING THE LIMITS is also a spellbinding biopic, telling the true story of Jerzy Gorski, a former junkie turned athletic champion. Similarly, Romania provides drama in the form of POROROCA, which closes out this year’s EU series. The stunning thriller features a young father on a mission to find his missing daughter. The film offers audiences dramatic grit and suspense. Meanwhile MIRACLE looks at Lithuania shortly after the fall of communism through the prism of a struggling livestock farmer.

Economic struggles are given a comedic spin in Croatia’s QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE, as a 24-year old woman (Pula Film Festival Best Actress Mia Petricevic) spreads her wings after becoming the breadwinner for her poverty-stricken family. The female protagonists of Belgium’s CHARLIE AND HANNAH’S GRAND NIGHT OUT discover new horizons … and travel across the galaxy after consuming “magical candy” during a night on the town. Similarly, light-hearted but more grounded in reality, is WELCOME TO GERMANY; the German social comedy looks at a family that takes in a Nigerian refugee.

Most programs in this series include an opening short. Among the highlights is Italy’s “Ghetto PSA,” a look at immigration peppered with hip-hop; director Rossella Schillaci will appear in person with the film. Bulgaria supplies one of three shorts directed by women, Sarah Kruchowski ‘s “Audition,” about an aspiring actress dealing with the demands of motherhood; lead actress Maria Bobeva and producer Petro Dushkov will appear with the film. From the Czech Republic,“Who’s Who in Mycology” was a 2017 Student Academy Award winner for Best Narrative Short. Latvian national film festival Best Student Film winner “Converts,” dealing with a journalist’s dangerous involvement with radical Islam, is one of four shorts making its Los Angeles premiere here. Rounding up the short film line-up are “Helen’s Birthday”from Estonia, winner Best Short at 2Annas International Film Festival in Riga, and “Sur Le Fil” from Luxembourg, winner Best Short at Oldenburg Film Festival.

Tickets to all screenings will be available starting April 13th, 2018.
Opening and Closing Night Tickets at Egyptian Theatre: https://www.fandango.com/egyptiantheatre_aaofx/theaterpage 

May 4 -May 8 Screenings at The Aero Theatre:
https://www.fandango.com/american-cinematheque-at-the-aero-theatre-aacpd/theater-page 

On May 5thStarring Europe will host an insightful conversation with Caroline Vicini EU, Deputy Ambassador, Rosella Schillaci, Director “Ghetto PSA”, Mary Mucha, Directing Attorney of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project, and Dr. Jian Wang, Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. This panel discussion is presented by the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP) with the support of USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

In addition to the main festival, Starring Europe will also hold events at UCLA and Cal State Long Beach in order to bring films from the EU to SoCal colleges and universities. The university events will include screenings of European feature and short films as well as panels on relevant European policies and themes.

Presented and supported by some of the most talented countries producing projects on the big screen, Starring Europe is proud to feature films from the following European nations: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, and Romania. The European Union, the American Cinematheque and Obica USA serve as leading presenters of the annual event.

About the European Union
The European Union is a unique economic and political partnership of 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas and promoting cultural ties. Now in its fifth year, the EU Film Festival provides an opportunity for international cinema enthusiasts in Los Angeles to celebrate and discover contemporary films from across the European Union.

About American Cinematheque
The American Cinematheque is the only public alternative screening organization in Los Angeles that offers the widest variety of film and video programming from all over the world on a weekly basis. Members have an opportunity to enjoy discounted tickets for
foreign films, classic films, American Independents, documentaries, experimental work, in-person tributes to directors and actors, rare films, “lost” films, and more. The American Cinematheque is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. www.americancinematheque.com

Ghetto PSA  (ITALY)
Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403)
Saturday, May 5 – 6:00 PM

Free Panel Discussion, 60 min.
Join for an insightful conversation with Caroline Vicini EU, Deputy Ambassador, Rosella Schillaci, Director “Ghetto PSA”, Mary Mucha, Directing Attorney of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project, and Dr. Jian Wang, Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

This panel discussion is presented by the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP) with the support of USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

Followed by a reception

Saturday, May 5 – 8:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
Ghetto PSA

2016, Italy, 15 min. Dir. Rossella Schillaci.
On the outskirts of Turin in Italy, Jacob lives and breathes hip-hop with his band Ghetto PSA, though his job as an educator in a center for asylum seekers is a constant reminder of his identity as an immigrant from French Guinea.

Discussion following short film Ghetto PSA with director Rosella Schillaci.


FOR THE FULL PROGRAM LINE-UP AND TICKETS VISIT: www.starringeurope.com 

 


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