Fresh from the Japanese Film Festival and the Emirates British Film Festival comes the 9th annual Windows on Europe Film Festival. Presented by the Delegation of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand (EUDEL) and run by The Festivalists, this year's line up includes the best new films from the 28 member states of the European Union. Here are some of the highlights to keep you glued to the cinema seat.
Nordvest (Northwest) - This fast-paced crime thriller from Denmark premieres in Canberra and Sydney. Set in the Northwest, one of the most impoverished areas of Copenhagen, the movie revolves around 18-year-old Casper and his involvement with rival gangs that grow increasingly violent.
Violet - Director Bas Devos' visually impressive movie arrives from Belgium. 'Violet' revolves around 15-year-old Jesse and his emotional struggles with guilt and to explain his witness of the senseless stabbing of his friend Jonas in suburbia. This film with stunning narrative and imagery debuts in Australia.
The Irish Pub - The Irish pub may be a common sight in many international cities but few may be aware of its importance in Irish society. Through his documentary, Director Alex Fegan offers viewers a window into the warm, witty, musical and vanishing world of this traditional institution, handed down through generations. Enjoy the heart and soul of Irish culture with a FREE pint of Guinness on arrival.
Macht Energie (Energized) - From Austria comes this documentary about the global energy crisis, the pioneers who help shape solutions and the rebels who clash with the corporations and profit motives which stand in the way of a solution. Enjoy this cinematic world tour which addresses climate change, clean energy, wars over oil and gas and nuclear meltdowns.
Fair Play - From Czech Republic comes a drama about life behind the Iron Curtain. Directed by Andrea Sedlackova, 'Fair Play' revolves around young sprinter Anna who is fed anabolic steroids as part of a a State-sponsored medical programme in preparation for the 1984 Olympics. Anna's attempt to fight for her rights is exemplary of ordinary folk who take a stand against totalitarianism in Czechoslovakia.
Check out the website for the movie schedule and tickets at Dendy Canberra.