In two weeks, 18 highly acclaimed films from 14 EU countries will be showcased in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen at the European Union Film Festival. Denmark, Finland and Sweden present four of the films.
The festival is initiated by the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, in cooperation with the Embassies and cultural institutes of the EU Member States. All films are screened in their original languages with Thai and English subtitles.
Finland presents the drama ‘Concrete Night’ (2013). Director: Pirjo Honkasalo. Concrete Night opens in a cramped, concrete-jungle home. The elder of the two brothers is getting ready to go and serve his prison sentence. During his last 24 hours of freedom, his little brother follows the brother he admires through the fateful sights of that night.
From Sweden we have the documentary ‘Trespassing Bergman’ (2013). Director: Jane Magnusson, Hynek Pallas. Ingmar Bergman’s home on Fårö island occupies something of a mythical status among filmmakers. Some call it Mecca, others are intimidated by the long, narrow house at Hammars, near the Persona beach. In Trespassing Bergman, some of the world’s leading directors and actors, several on site at the house, talk about their relationship with the demon director, his films and legacy.
Denmark presents not only one but two films at the European Union Film Festival.
‘Northwest’ (2013) is an action/crime film set in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Casper, 18, the oldest of three siblings, survives life on the streets by committing burglaries for the neighborhood boss, Jamal. When Casper gets an offer to work for Jamal’s rival Björn, he jumps at the chance for a better life, making his way into a world of drugs and prostitution. As things escalate between Björn and Jamal, Casper finds himself and his family dead center of a conflict that threatens to destroy them. Director: Michael Noer.
‘The Hour of the Lynx’ (2013) also a crime film about 45 year-old priest Helen, who is approached by the scientist Lisbeth with a desperate plea for help. A young man who has been sent to a high security psychiatric ward after having killed an old couple has attempted suicide while rambling about God. Having been part of an experiment attempting to humanize inmates by assigning them pets, the young man has suddenly gone ballistic. Fearing that he will attempt suicide again, priest and scientist must now confront their mutual animosities while trying to grasp the truth. In a race against time, the two women begin a shocking journey deeper and deeper into the sick mind of a young man’s soul. What they are about to realize will change them forever.
10-19 July @ SF World Cinema, CentralWorld
24 July-2 August @ SFX Cinema, MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center
7-9 August @ SF Cinema City, Central Plaza Khon Kaen
For the full list of films, synopses, trailers, screening programmes in three provinces, click here