19th Annual European Union Film Festival


EUROPE WITHOUT THE JETLAG | The Cinematheque’s annual celebration of new cinema from the European Union is proudly presented with the Vancouver consulates and the Ottawa embassies of the member states of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada. This year’s festival showcases entries from 23 EU members.

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Acknowledgements: For assistance in making Vancouver’s European Union Film Festival possible, The Cinematheque is grateful to Diodora Bucur, Press Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Canada (Ottawa); Tom McSorley, Executive Director, and Jerrett Zaroski, Director, Cinema Programs, Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa); and the Embassies and Consulates of all European Union member states.

Opening Night sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.


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Current Showings

SLOVAKIA • Writer-director Marko Škop’s intimate psychological drama features an astounding performance from Emília Vášáryová.
BELGIUM • The mean streets of Brussels are the setting for this timely, fast-paced drama about media ethics, immigration, and ethnic minorities.
FRANCE • French star François Cluzet plays an “irreplaceable” country doctor in this gentle, winning, well-judged drama.
PORTUGAL • Pan’s Labyrinth's Ivana Baquero returns to the realm of fantasy in Gonçalo and Luís Galvão Teles’s heady debut feature.
DENMARK • Danish veteran Bille August's latest is a moving domestic drama that addresses the issue of assisted suicide.
ITALY • The directorial debut of award-winning Italian screen actor Claudio Amendola is an affable, underdog sports dramedy.
LATVIA • This high-profile, fiction-feature debut from Dāvis Sīmanis Jr. is based on historical events that befell Courland in WWI.
CROATIA • A single mother accidentally shoots and kills a stranger in writer-director Robert Orhel’s psychological crime drama.
CYPRUS • Humour and pathos mark this comedy-drama rooted in a family’s wily scheme to make ends meet.
SWEDEN • The feature debut of novelist-turned-director Ronnie Sandahl is a doomed amour story set against Sweden’s economic crisis.
ESTONIA • Writer-director-virtuoso Martti Helde’s astonishing first feature recalls the haunting history of Stalin’s “ethnic cleansing” of Estonia.
BULGARIA • A seven-year-old daughter has a leading role to play in the recovery of her father's dignity in this prize-winning film.
GERMANY • A family get-together becomes a festival of dark farce in German director Lars Kraume’s spirited ensemble dramedy.
CZECH REPUBLIC • Something strange is afoot in this delicate, decidedly offbeat comedy-mystery from feature-debut director Stepan Altrichter.
NETHERLANDS • Joram Lürsen’s lavish, period-perfect costume drama is based on the eponymous bestselling Dutch novel.
HUNGARY • Ibolya Fekete returns to feature-filmmaking with a personal work tracing a chaotic century of Hungarian history.
LITHUANIA • Lithuanian writer-director Marius Ivaškevičius graduated from shorts to feature with this affecting, Yuletide-themed family drama.
FINLAND • Sámi filmmaker Katja Gauriloff’s sublime documentary, “set in the interface of truth and fiction,” spins an enchanting tale.
IRELAND • This intelligent, uplifting, coming-of-age road movie is the acclaimed debut feature from best-selling Irish author Simon Fitzmaurice.
LUXEMBOURG • Director Christophe Wagner returns to EUFF with an intense wartime thriller set in the twilight of WWII.
ROMANIA • Veteran Romanian producer Vlad Păunescu proves his aptitude for the director’s chair with this polished, moody thriller.
AUSTRIA • The sleeping dogs of family history awake in the latest from Austrian writer-director Andreas Gruber.
SLOVENIA • Slovene director Nejc Gazvoda deftly sidesteps any sophomore slumps with this playful, sensitively-shot lesbian love story.