Experience the scope and diversity of new European cinema at the Europa! Europa Film Festival, a new film festival screening only in cinemas from February 16.
With programming spanning the breadth of the continent – from the UK to Ukraine, and everywhere in between – the festival celebrates the diversity of talent and experiences of European storytellers.
The highlights are manifold. The opening night film, French eco-thriller The Blaze, is both a road movie, and a humane and touching portrait of a taut father-son relationship. From Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski, the celebrated arthouse trilogy Three Colours, often upheld as a pinnacle of international arthouse cinema, screens for the first time in Australia in a new 4K restoration.
There’s plenty of offer for Francophiles. More Than Ever, starring Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), is a moving and intimate depiction of a couple’s relationship, and The Worst Ones offers a smart critique of the contemporary filmmaking trend of casting non-actors from lower socioeconomic communities.
JIFF favourites return to the big screen at Europa! Europa, as audiences will be inspired by the remarkable life and legacy of Simone Veil – Holocaust survivor, human rights advocate and politician – in Simone: Woman of the Century. Or settle in for the timely and conversation-starting drama The Accusation, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.
A must-see for documentary lovers, Aurora’s Sunrise offers a heartbreaking tale of survival, alongside a vivid re-examination of the early 20th-century Armenian genocide.
Offering a darkly amusing look at frontline healthcare, British film Allelujah is the closing night film. Boasting an all-star cast including Jennifer Saunders, Judi Dench and Derek Jacobi, the film screens in Melbourne and Sydney on March 7, heralding the close of a jam-packed three weeks of world-class cinema.
Europa! Europa Film Festival screens at Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick; Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn and Ritz Cinemas, Randwick from Thursday, February 16.
All tickets are now on sale at www.europafilmfestival.com.au