20th Annual European Union Film Festival


EUROPE WITHOUT THE JETLAG! Now celebrating its 20th year, The Cinematheque’s annual showcase of new cinema from the European Union is proudly presented with the Vancouver consulates and the Ottawa embassies of the member states of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada. This year’s festival features entries from 25 EU members.

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Acknowledgements: For assistance in making Vancouver’s European Union Film Festival possible, The Cinematheque is grateful to Diodora Bucur, Press Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Canada (Ottawa); Tom McSorley, Executive Director, Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa); and the Embassies and Consulates of all European Union member states.

Program subject to change

Opening Night sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.


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Recent Showings

ESTONIA • This '80s-set action comedy follows three Estonian dreamers who flee the Soviet Union in search of the suave “free world."
POLAND • The courageous, controversy-courting life of trailblazing physicist and chemist Marie Curie is poetically explored in this lavish biopic.
ROMANIA • The heightened realism of Romania’s New Wave is masterfully deployed in Adrian Sitaru’s understated moral drama.
FRANCE • A freewheeling, intergenerational theatre troupe tours Chekhov and emotional minefields in director Léa Fehner’s sophomore film.
LUXEMBOURG • The unhealthy relationship between an adult son and his mother is explored in Jacques Molitor’s fiction-feature debut.
SWEDEN • The fourth feature from Swedish phenom Andreas Öhman is an amour-intoxicated, lovers-on-the-lam tale.
LITHUANIA • Life for an artist behind the Iron Curtain is portrayed in Donatas Ulvydas’s searing, politically-charged period drama.
BULGARIA • A competitive dancer tests her mettle as a high-school teacher in Michaela Komitova’s comedic, crowd-pleasing first feature.
PORTUGAL • The third feature from Marco Martins is a brooding, bare-knuckled drama that holds a sobering mirror to Portugal’s recent hardships.
HUNGARY • This domestic blockbuster is based on the true story of the legendary thoroughbred — to this day, the most decorated racehorse ever.
AUSTRIA • This second career feature from Virgil Widrich is a fantastical blend of historical fiction, whodunit thriller, and beyond-the-grave horror.
CYPRUS • A country kid finds himself at the centre of a murder investigation in Petros Charalambous’s much-praised debut feature.
FINLAND • The fiction-feature debut of Selma Vilhunen is a smart coming-of-age tale about an adolescent girl in search of her birth father.
NETHERLANDS • Hannah Hoekstra was fêted for her role as an acerbic-tongued germophobe in this smart adaptation of the eponymous 2013 novel.
SLOVENIA • Acclaimed Slovenian auteur Damjan Kozole was awarded Best Director at Karlovy Vary for this taut, chilling, noir-minded thriller.
ITALY • A multiple prize winner at Venice, the latest from Mario Martone is a prestigious film biography on the great 19th century Italian poet.
MALTA • A tour of the archipelago of Malta ignites passion between an American backpacker and a local artist in this steamy two-hander.
BELGIUM • The astonishing full-length debut of Rachel Lang wowed critics with its droll, nuanced observations on quarter-life aches and pains.
GERMANY • This pulsating, techno-scored drama from prolific director Andreas Dresen has been dubbed the East German Trainspotting.
IRELAND • A documentary profile on Nobel Prize-winner John Hume and his efforts to secure peace in Ireland.
LATVIA • The feature debut of Latvian writer-director Renārs Vimba is an intimate and absorbing portrait of adolescent angst.
CROATIA • Cockroaches, gingerbread cookies, and an opera aria all factor into this festival favourite set during the Christmas holidays.
SPAIN • Amor is in the frosty air in director Dani de la Orden’s Yuletide reprise of his 2012 romantic-comedy hit, Barcelona Summer Night.
DENMARK • The latest acerbic work from Thomas Vinterberg is a biting and bittersweet “family” drama about a commune in 1970s Copenhagen.
SLOVAKIA • Zuzana Mauréry garnered heaps of praise for her performance as a shady grade-school educator in this Communist-era drama.