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News, 4/27/2017 | Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles


The festival will take place MAY 9th – MAY 15th


The program includes:

Seven Los Angeles Premieres | Six films by women directors

Two Oscar winning directors | Two Student Oscar winning directors

The 4th Annual STARRING EUROPE: New Films from the EU Festival provides an opportunity to Angelinos to immerse in Award-Winning European Cinema, connect with European filmmakers and talent, network with industry professionals, explore cultural institutions from European countries in LA and to unite through the power of movies. Starring Europe is also the cultural event that unites expats and artists from all over Europe with language students from local colleges and universities and Angelinos.

The American Cinematheque will spotlight festival award winners from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain at the Egyptian Theatre and the Aero Theatre from May 9th through May 15th. The short and feature films screened at the festival embody the rich heritage and diversity of contemporary cinema from Europe.

This year’s Starring Europe Festival offers a golden opportunity to see some of international cinema’s rising stars in person. Director Renārs Vimba joins the festival on opening night for a discussion of the powerful film MELLOW MUD, one of four debut features. It’s a Los Angeles premiere, as is the closing-night feature, the award-winning family drama OUR LAST; director Ludovico Di Martino and actor Guglielmo Poggi, winner of the Best Actor Award at the Milan International Film Festival, will join for a post-screening Q&A. Jan Hřebejk, director of the Oscar-nominated DIVIDED WE FALL, appears with his new THE TEACHER, a powerful drama set in a 1980s middle school. Performers who will be joining in person include LITTLE WING star, Finish actress and singer Paula Vesala and MELLOW MUD actress Elīna Vaska (European Shooting Star at Berlinale- Berlin International Film Festival).

The seven nights include a broad range of styles and genres. Marina Seresesky’s THE OPEN DOOR (one of six films by female directors) is a domestic drama set among Madrid sex workers, while Christophe Wagner’s TOMORROW AFTER THE WAR is a mystery plumbing post-WWII divisions. On a lighter note, Los Angeles audiences will get their first looks at Justine Triet’s romantic comedy IN BED WITH VICTORIA and Rainer Sarnet’s NOVEMBER, a magical tale of farmers who co-exist with supernatural creatures.

Each feature has been paired with a complementary short film. Among the most noteworthy are SING, which took home this year’s Best Live-Action Short Oscar. The German short INVENTION OF TRUST was a 2016 Student Academy Award winner, while Croatia’s FLOWERS was a Student Oscar nominee. Christopher Rainer, the director and star of PITTER PATTER GOES MY HEART join us in person with their short.

The festival will kick-off on Tuesday, May 9th, which is The Day of the European Union, with an Opening Night Red Carpet Reception at the Egyptian Theatre. European and local Talent, filmmakers and dignitaries will attend the opening night event and Q & A’s throughout the festival.

The Starring Europe Film Festival is presented by Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain, and the American Cinematheque.

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Updated 4/27/2017

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