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5th Annual STARRING EUROPE FESTIVAL: NEW FILMS FROM THE EU EGYPTIAN and AERO THEATRES MAY 3rd– MAY 9th ANNOUNCING PROGRAM LINE-UP OPENING NIGHT AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Thursday, May 3 – 7:30 PM

Written By: Marcelle - Apr• 30•18

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.

 

5thAnnual 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 5thAnnual 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. MeanwhileMIRACLE 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

For the full program line-up and tickets visit: www.starringeurope.com

Media folder with posters and movie stills: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s39iz7fmaau9nwr/AACt35NJ04kwYyS4YSV8Qy1ma?dl=0

Series programmed by EU members, with the assistance of Jordan Cronk, Will Morris and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by William Morris, Christopher LeMaire and John Hagelston.

AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Thursday, May 3 – 7:30 PM
Opening Night Red Carpet Premiere!
WHO’S WHO IN MYCOLOGY
2016, Czech Republic, 15 min. Dir. Marie Dvoráková.
This winner of the 2017 Student Academy Award for Best Narrative Short is a hilarious, touching tale about a young trombone player whose humdrum life takes an unexpected turn after helping a drunken dancer make it home, where her zany roommates are obsessed with fungi.

Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere!
MADEMOISELLE PARADIS (LICHT)
2017, Austria, 97 min. Dir. Barbara Albert.
Set in 18th century Vienna, this fresh feminist satire turns its eye on a blind pianist, the largely solipsistic men trying to exploit her talents and the controversial physician, Dr. Franz Mesmer, trying to restore her sight. Anchored by an incredible performance from Maria Dragus (THE WHITE RIBBON) and elegant and subtle direction from Barbara Albert, PARADIS is a prescient and sumptuous film that challenges our ideals of healing and perception at every turn. Winner of 5 Austrian Film Awards, including Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. In German and French with English subtitles.

Reception in the courtyard following.

All movies from May 4th – May 8th
AT THE AERO THEATRE
1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Friday, May 4 – 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere! Latvian National Holiday!
Converts
2016, Latvia, 35 min. Dir. Karlis Lesins.
Winner of the Lielais Kristaps Award for Best Student Film, this short follows Maija, a journalist whose focus on DAESH and Latvian involvement in radical Islam swells to such a level that she pretends to join a local extremist group, putting her life in very real danger.

Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere!
KINCSEM
2017, Hungary, 120 min. Dir. Gábor Herendi.
The most expensive Hungarian film ever made, this historical epic interlaces action and romance against the backdrop of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The film’s titular hero is a real-life horse that still holds the record for most wins of any thoroughbred, and acts as a beacon of hope in an otherwise dark world. Featuring lavish sets and costume design, beautiful landscape photography and exhilarating race sequences, KINCSEM is an impressive spectacle that has become Hungary’s biggest blockbuster of the last ten years. In Hungarian and English with English subtitles.

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

Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere!
WELCOME TO GERMANY (WILKOMMEN BEI DEN HARTMANNS)
2016, Germany, 116 min. Dir. Simon Verhoeven.
Taking a refreshingly optimistic stance on the refugee crisis, WELCOME TO GERMANY follows the travails of a wealthy Munich family which takes in a young Nigerian refugee. A box office success in Germany, this timely and insightful social comedy addresses the inherent difficulties that refugees face, particularly the racism that persists in German society, and was named Best Film at both the Bambi Awards and the Bavarian Film Awards. In German with English subtitles.

Sunday, May 6 – 5:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
MIRACLE (STEBUKLAS), 2017, Lithuania, 91 min.
Director Egle Vertelyte’s feature debut, which screened in the Discovery section at TIFF this year, tells of a pig farmer struggling to save her farm and navigate the new world of Lithuania shortly after the fall of communism. The titular miracle occurs as a seemingly random American shows up offering to save the farm, but his intentions come into question as the workers and townspeople discover things are far more complicated. A melancholy but hilarious film (much in the tradition of working-class-friendly filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki) about an incredibly strong and driven woman trying to navigate this strange new world, and the creeping, confusing darkness of impending capitalism. Gorgeously shot in 4×3 Academy ratio and jam-packed with wonderfully humanist, yet purposefully dry performances, MIRACLE is very nearly its namesake. In Lithuanian, English and Russian with English subtitles.

Sunday, May 6 – 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
Helen’s Birthday
2017, Estonia, 19 min. Dir. Tanno Mee.
Still reeling from her divorce, middle-aged Helen has to be dragged to a nightclub to celebrate her birthday, and ends the night as an intruder in her old home.

Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere!
CHARLIE AND HANNAH’S GRAND NIGHT OUT (CHARLIE EN HANNAH GAAN UIT)
2017, Belgium, 75 min. Dir. Bert Scholiers.
Charlie (Evelien Bosmans) is witty, inaccessible and, as she puts it, “fundamentally dialectic.” Hannah (Daphne Wellens) is chatty, high-strung and constantly love-struck. They are enjoying a night on the town when one of them discovers a magical candy, and suddenly body parts can talk, pineapples can fly, and the two young women can traverse the galaxy with ease. A playfully surreal look at the neuroses and intoxicating possibilities of life at 26. In Dutch with English subtitles.

Monday, May 7 – 7:30 PM
Audition
2017, Bulgaria, 18 min, Sarah Kruchowski.
An immigrant actress in her late 30s is determined to impart good values to her son while she makes the rounds of fruitless auditions.

Discussion following short film Audition with producer Petro Dushkov and actress Maria Bobeva.

Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere!
QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE (NE GLEDAJ MI U PIJAT)
2016, Croatia, 105 min. Dir. Hana Jusic.
Echoing early Todd Solondz and Aki Kaurismäki, this humanist character study never wallows in its depressive subject matter or misses a chance for mordant humor. Mia Petricevic stars as a 24 year old woman who becomes the sole-breadwinner for her poverty-stricken family after its patriarch has a stroke. Ultimately a tale of interdependence and our protagonist’s sexual awakening and new-found freedom from generational, psychological and physical abuse, PLATE serves up a uniquely non-judgemental and compelling story of how we’re all just trying to survive and find happiness as best we can. Winner of 6 awards at the Pula Film Festival, including Best Director and Best Actress. In Croatian with English subtitles.

Tuesday, May 8 – 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
Sur Le Fil
2017, Luxembourg 15 min. Dirs. Loïc Tanson, Thierry Besseling.
When his lion tamer father can no longer perform in the Bogaerts circus, 15-year-old Chal must confront Sara, a lioness with an erratic behavior – as well as some hard truths about life. The Best Short Film winner at the Oldenburg Film Festival.

Followed by:

Los Angeles Premiere!
BREAKING THE LIMITS (NAJLEPSZY)
2017, Poland, 108 min. Dir. Lukasz Palkowski.
Also known as THE FASTEST, this uplifting biopic about one man’s remarkable transformation tells the true story of Jerzy Gorski, former junkie turned athletic champion. After spending 13 years struggling with heroin addiction, Gorski underwent intense physical and mental rehabilitation to become Poland’s Double Ironman World Champion. Director Lukasz Palkowski spares none of the gritty details in this realistic yet inspiring account of Gorski’s journey. The film was a major blockbuster in its native Poland, as well as winning Best Production Design and Best Debut Actor (actress Kamila Kaminska) at the Polish Film Awards. In Polish with English subtitles.

AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Wednesday, May 9
Closing Night! Day of Europe! Romanian Independence Day in the Great Union Centennial Year!

6:30 PM
Fashion Show – Attendance by Invite only
In celebration of the Independence Day of Romania in the Great Union Centennial year, the Consulate General of Romania in Los Angeles will host a cultural reception and a fashion show in the courtyard of the Egyptian Theatre. Attendees will enjoy couture by the most prestigious Romanian designer brands who have been featured on the LA Red Carpet.

7:00 PM
Reception & Red Carpet Cocktail – Attendance by Invite only

7:30 PM
Red Carpet Meet & Greet – Open to the public

8:00 PM– Los Angeles Premiere! Open to the public
POROROCA
2017, Romania, 152 min. Dir. Constantin Popescu.
The kidnapping thriller gets a unique twist in this enthralling drama by up-and-coming Romanian director Constantin Popescu. With shades of the international classics M and BLOW-UP, POROROCA follows a young father (San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actor Bogdan Dumitrache) on a mission to find his missing daughter, whose mysterious disappearance turns suburban Bucharest into a labyrinth of sympathizers and potential suspects.

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