30 years of European Film Academy (6)

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Δανία/Denmark, Σουηδία/Sweden, Γαλλία/France, Γερμανία/Germany, 2011, εγχρ./col.

Σκην./Dir.: Lars von Trier | Σεν./Scr.: Lars von Trier | Φωτ./Cin.: Manuel Alberto Claro | Μοντ./Ed.: Molly Marlene Stensgaard | Hθ./Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte
Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland | Παρ./Prod.: Zentropa Entertainments, Memfis film, Zentropa Internationa l Sweden, Slot Machine, Liberator Productions, Zentropa International Köln | Διάρκεια/Dur.:135'

On her wedding’s night, Justine is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. The wedding is extravagant and the expenses are covered by her sister and brother-in-law, who try to keep the bride and the guests in line. At the same time, a blue planet named “Melancholia” approaches the earth as a menace, while Claire, Justine’s sister, is experiencing a
fear of an impending disaster.

The film won the European Film Award in European Film Awards, while it was honored in multiple festivals, such as Cannes Film Festival and Goya Awards.

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Gomorra

Ιταλία/Italy, 2008, εγχρ./col.

Σκην./Dir.: Matteo Garrone | Σεν./Scr.: Roberto Saviano, Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso | Φωτ./Cin.: Marco Onorato | Μοντ./Ed.: Marco Spoletini | Μουσ./Mus.: Giovanni Guardi | Hθ./Cast: Toni Servillo, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale, Salvatore Cantalupo | Παρ./Prod.: Fandago, Rai Cinema, Sky | Διάρκεια/Dur.: 137’

The film revolves around the feud that bursts between clans of the Di Lauro Camorra syndicate. The feud is triggered by the murder
of gangsters relaxing in a tanning salon and erupts between members of the Di Lauro syndicate and the separatists, who are led by Rafaele Amato, brother of two of the men killed in the salon. The film interwines five separate stories of people whose lives are
touched by organized crime.

The film won four awards of the European Film Academy (among them best European film 2008), plus the Grand Jury Award of the Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award in the Foreign Language Film Category.

AMOUR

Αυστρία/Austria, Γαλλία/France, Γερμανία/Germany, 2012, εγχρ./col.

Σκην./Dir.: Michael Haneke | Σεν./Scr.: Michael Haneke | Φωτ./Cin.: Darius Khondji | Μοντ./Ed.: Nadine Muse, Monika Willi| Μουσ./Mus.: Cecile Lenoir | Hθ./Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert | Παρ./ Prod.: Les Films du Losange, X-Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film | Διάρκεια/Dur.:127'

George and Anne are a couple of retired music teachers, who enjoy their lives in their eighties. When Anne suffers a stroke, their life will never be the same again. The incident puts Anne’s physical and mental health in decline, while George’s attempts to take care of her in their home are vain. Despite their bright life and career, their desire for dignity proves an unexpected struggle, when George needs to make decisions that are vital for the rest or their lives.

The film won multiple awards in major festivals, such as European Film Awards and Oscar Awards.

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Landscape in the Mist

Ελλάδα/Greece, Γαλλία/France, Ιταλία/Italy, 1988, εγχρ./col.

Σκην./Dir.: Θόδωρος Αγγελόπουλος/Thodoros Angelopoulos | Σεν./Scr.: Θόδωρος Αγγελόπουλος, Tonino Guerra, Θανάσης Βαλτινός/Thodoros Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Thanassis Valtinos | Φωτ./Cin.: Γιώργος Αρβανίτης/Giorgos Arvanitis | Μοντ./Ed.: Γιάννης Τσιτσόπουλος/Yannis Tsitsopoulos | Μουσ./Mus.: Ελένη Καραϊνδρου/Eleni Karaindrou | Hθ./Cast: Μιχάλης Ζέκε, Τάνια Παλαιολόγου, Στράτος Τζώρτζογλου/Michalis Zeke, Tania Palaiologou, Stratos Tzortzoglou |Παρ./Prod.: Th. Angelopoulos Productions, Paradis Films, ET-1| Διάρκεια/Dur.: 127'

The story of two children, Voula and Alexandros, who don’t know the identity of their father and decide to search for him. During their wandering, they find help in the face of some wandering actors and a truck driver. After getting away from the police that hunts them down, they get tickets for the train to Germany, where they believe their immigrant father lives. During their journey, places always change into an empty, misty scenery.

The film won the EFA (European Film Academy Award for Best European Film of 1989) and multiple awards in festivals such as those of Berlin International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival (Silver Lion for best direction as well as the FIPRESCI Award) and SESC Film Festival in Brazil.

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Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο/United Kingdom, 1991, εγχρ./col.

Σκην./Dir.: Ken Loach | Σεν./Scr.: Bill Jesse | Φωτ./Cin.: Barry Ackroyd | Μοντ./Ed.: Jonathan Morris / Μουσ./Mus.: Stewart Copeland | Hθ./Cast: Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt, Ricky Tomlinson | Παρ./Prod.: Parallax Pictures, Channel Four Films | Διάρκεια/Dur.: 95’

Scottish ex-con Stevie finds work in constructions, converting a hospital into luxury condos. Like most of his coworkers, Stevie is homeless and finds a place to live by squatting in an abandoned building. The crew is exploited by its supervisors and endures unsafe conditions, while their wages are extremely low. Stevie discovers a lost handbag, and when he returns it to the owner, a spacey hopeful singer named Susan, he falls in love. He and Susan are soon living together, but their happiness won’t last for long.

The film won the European Film Academy Award for Best European Film 1991, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Todo sobre mi madre

Ισπανία/Spain, Γαλλία/France, 1999, εγχρ./col.

Σκην./Dir.: Pedro Almodóvar | Σεν./Scr.: Pedro Almodóvar | Φωτ./Cin.: Affonso Beato | Μοντ./Ed.: José Salcedo| Μουσ./Mus.: Alberto Inglesias | Hθ./Cast: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penélope Cruz | Παρ./Prod.: Deceo, El, Renn Productions, France 2 Cinéma | Διάρκεια/Dur.:101’

Manuela is a hard working single mom, who has raised her son by herself. On his 17th birthday, they go to the theater, but, after the show, Esteban is run down by a car and killed while chasing the main actress for an autograph. Manuela is dipped in sorrow, quits her job and decides to look for the boy’s transgender father in Barcelona, although he doesn’t even know his son existence. During her search, she will meet an old friend and bond with him and his group of friends- until tragedy strikes again.

The film won multiple awards in major festivals, such as European Film Awards and Oscar Awards.