CFI Presents: 2012 European Union Film Festival

Eva Mendes and Denis Lavant in Holy Motors.
Courtesy of Mongrel Media

The Canadian Film Institute has announced the films and screening schedule for the 2012 European Union Film Festival. EUFF ranks among the most popular festivals/screening series at the CFI. Ottawa moviegoers can see all sorts of festival fare, from bleak neo-realism to underdog crowd-pleasers like last year’s selection The Artist. EUFF 2012 unfortunately doesn’t have any submissions for Best Foreign Language Film from the European Union (last year saw Bulgaria’s entry Tilt and Austria’s pick Breathing play at the fest.) However, Oscar’s lack of presence at the festival makes it even more imperative to see these films when they screen at the CFI, since they probably won’t make it back to town. One film that is particularly worth noting is Léos Carax’s Cannes hit Holy Motors, which looks like a hot ticket for anyone in search of a crazy Eurotrip. (Naturally that’s the one night of the festival when I have plans, so I’ll cross my fingers that it comes to the Mayfair!) EUFF 2012 runs from November 15 to December 2. That date’s coming up soon, so please make sure that your passport is in order. See you at the festival!

Films screening at the 2012 European Union Film Festival are:

Dir. Christos Georgiou, Cyprus  
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Pat Collins, Ireland 
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 9:00 pm

Dir. Eduard Cortés, Spain  
Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Antonis Aggelopoulos, Greece  
Friday, November 16, 2012, 9:30 pm

[Trailer not available]

Dir. Léos Carax, France 
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Niki Iliev,  Bulgaria
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Donatas Ulvydas, Lithuania
Monday, November 19, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Massimo Venier, Italy 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Ain Mäeots, Estonia
Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Marie Kreutzer, Austria 
Thursday, November 22, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Bence Miklauzic, Hungary 
Thursday, November 22, 2012, 9:15 pm

Dir. Richard Hobert, Sweden 
Friday, November 23, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Beryl Koltz, Luxembourg
Friday, November 23, 2012, 9:30 pm

Dir. Lucian Georgescu, Romania
Saturday, November 24, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe, United Kingdom  
Saturday, November 24, 2012, 9:00 pm

Dir. Klemna Dvornika, Slovenia  
Sunday, November 25, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Jakub Kroner, Slovakia 
Monday, November 26, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Bartosz Konopka, Poland 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen, Finland
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Manoel de Oliviera, Portugal 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 9:00 pm

Dir. Caroline Strubbe, Belgium
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Andis Mizišs, Latvia 
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9:15 pm

[Trailer not available]

Dir. Pernille Fischer Christensen, Denmark
Friday, November 30, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Tomás Rehorek, Czech Republic
Friday, November 30, 2012, 9:15 pm

Dir. Hans-Christian Schmid, Germany
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7:00 pm

Dir. Maria Peter, Netherlands
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 7:00 pm

All screenings take place in the Auditorium at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for members, students, and seniors.

For more information, please visit the CFI's EUFF webpage.