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31st European Film Festival Jordan



Date of Event: 12-September-2019 - 22-September-2019

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تحت رعاية سموّ الأميرة ريم علي

Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Rym Ali

The European Union in Jordan and the EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in cooperation with the

Royal Film Commission - Jordan

invite you to attend

The 31st European Film Festival

From Thursday 12th until Sunday 22nd of September

 The opening and closing ceremonies will be at the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (Jebel Amman)

Other film screenings at Al-Hussein Cultural Center (Ras Al-Ain)

Free Entry

Thursday 12th September

6:30 PM

At the Royal Film Commission

Opening Ceremony – Mosaica Performance

Thursday, 12th  September

 8:00 PM at The Royal Film Commission – Jordan

Bartók  Béla

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József Sípos, Documentary, 70 min, Hungary, 2017, Subtitled in English & Arabic

The position of Béla Bartók in the world’s universal musical history is for everyone well-known and clear. Do we know at the same time his personality, his attitude to his birthplace and to the world, his human character? This film tries to find an answer to what was the famous maestro as a private person, as a patriot, as a public figure and as a cosmopolitan like. It finds out the relation of the “society” to those geniuses, who try to create and form our world especially in the course of tragic historical times. In the film, Peter Bartók tells the extraordinary and sad story of his father.

Film Trailer

Thursday, 12th  September

 9:00 PM at The Royal Film Commission - Jordan

Dreaming Murakami

Nitesh Anjaan, Documentary, 58 min, Denmark, 2017, Danish, Japanese, English, Subtitled in English & Arabic

When Mette Holm begins to translate Haruki Murakami's debut novel "Kaze no uta o kike, Hear the Wind Sing", a two-meter-tall frog shows up at an underground station in Tokyo. The frog follows her, determined to engage the translator in its fight against the gigantic worm, which is slowly waking from a deep sleep, ready to destroy the world with hatred. 

The film was awarded - Audience Prize for Best Mid Length Documentary at Hot Docs 2018, Toronto

Film Trailer

Friday, 13th September

 6:30 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Dalida

Lisa Azuelos, Drama, Music, 127 min, France, 2016, French, Italian, English, Arabic, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Rated:18

The movie is based on the true story of acclaimed music icon "Dalida" who gained celebrity in the 50s. A touching and tragic portrait of an emotionally complex woman who was born to be a star. Despite her tragic death in 1987, Dalida’s stage presence and incredible talent continues to live on.

Film Trailer

Friday, 13th September

 9:00 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Tlmočník (The Interpreter)

Martin Sulík, Comedy, Drama, 113 min, Slovakia, 2018, Slovak, German. Russian, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Rated 16

80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realizes his parents were executed by him. He sets out to take revenge but finds instead his 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher. Georg, who had avoided his father all his life, decides to find out more about him and offers Ali to be his interpreter. A bittersweet journey to meet surviving witnesses of a wartime tragedy. 

The movie was granted Best Picture Award at Sun in a Net Awards, Slovakia

Film Trailer

Saturday, 14th September

 6:30 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Nika

 

Slobodan Maksimović, Drama, Sports, 90 min, Slovenia, 2016, Slovenia, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Nika, an irrepressible girl, has inherited her father's passion for speed after his tragic death. Her right to decide on her future, however, is a thorn in side of her uncompromising mother. The film's visually stimulating series of go-kart races serve as the background of a universal story about loss, love, growing up and finding one's path. The movie has won Best Supporting Actress at Slovene Film Festival

Film Trailer

Saturday, 14th September

 9:00 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Finding Your Feet

Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Comedy, Drama, 120 min, UK, 2017, English, Subtitled in English & Arabic

PG 13

When "Lady" Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif. The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet.

The movie has won Best Narrative Feature at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Film Trailer

Sunday, 15th September

6:30 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

The Giant - Handia

 Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño, Drama, History, 114 min, Spain, 2017, Spanish, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Rated 15

Having fought in the First Carlist War, Martin returns to his family farm in Gipuzkoa only to find that his younger brother, Joaquín, towers over him in height. Convinced that everyone will want to pay to see the tallest man on Earth, the siblings set out on a long trip all over Europe, during which ambition, money and fame will forever change the family's fate.

 The movie has received Best New Actor Award and Best Film at Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain

Film Trailer

Sunday, 15th September

 9:00 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Exterminator

 

Michal Rogalski, Comedy, 120 min, Poland, 2018, Polish, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Rated 16

A humorous story of modern men in their thirties and their youthful dreams of conquering the music world that unexpectedly may come true many years after their metal band ominously named “Exterminator” dissolved.   

The movie was nominated for  the Polish Feature Film Competition  at Netia OFF Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema.

Film Trailer

Monday, 16th September

 6:30 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

The Japanese Dog

Tudor Cristian, Drama, 90 min, Romania, 2013, Romanian, Japanese, Subtitled in English & Arabic

When a flood strikes Costache's village in Romania, his wife Maria and all of their possessions are swept away. Now in a village shelter, Costache refuses to sell his land and move onward. He has plans to re-build and refuses help and advice from his neighbors. The village is all he has left, except for an estranged son now living in Tokyo. But when his son, Ticu, hears of his mother's death and father's plight, he arrives unexpectedly with his Japanese wife and son to bring Costache back home with him. This will not be simple. Ticu fled Romania with many issues left unresolved, the biggest being his relationship with his father. Now there is a whole new family for Costache to deal with, old scores to settle, and painful goodbyes to say.

Film Trailer

Monday,16th September

 9:00 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Fly Away Home

 

Mirjam Unger, Drama, 100 minute, Austria, 2016, German,Russian, Subtitled in English & Arabic

RATED 16

Vienna 1945: The powder keg of war and the Russian occupation as seen through the innocent eyes of nine-year-old Christine. She knows as little about peace as children today know about war. Bombed out and penniless, she and her family are put up in a fancy villa on the outskirts of Vienna. They now have a roof over their heads, nothing more. After the German soldiers capitulate, the Russians take over the house. Everybody is scared of the Russians, who are believed to be a capricious lot. Everybody, except Christine. 

The film has won Best Costume Design Award at the Austrian Film Award and Favorite Actress Award at Romy Gala, Austria.

Film Trailer

Tuesday, 17th September

6:30 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Dogman

Matteo Garrone, Crime, Thriller, 103, Italy, 2018, Italian, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Rated 16

Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.   

The film has received BIFEST Bari International Film Festival award for Best Director and Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival

Film Trailer

Tuesday 17th September

 9:00 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Lada Kamenski

Sara Hribar, Marko Santic, Comedy, Drama, 71 min, Croatia, 2018, Croatian, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Frano, a film director, is preparing his debut feature, which will focus on women affected by the collapse of the textile industry in the region. The topic, as well as the main character, is inspired by his aunt who used to work in the industry. In order to find the star of the film, he invites three esteemed actresses to his apartment for an informal reading rehearsal. However, as soon as they realize they are competing against each other for the lead role, things take an unexpected turn.   

The movie has won Best Croatian Feature Fiction Film Award  at Paula Film Festival

Film Trailer

Wednesday, 18th September

6:30 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Olavi Virta

Timo Koivusalo, Biography, Drama, 125 min, Finland, 2018, Finnish, Subtitled in English & Arabic

“Olavi Virta” is a film about the all-time favorite singer in Finland. A man whose dreams were interrupted by war, a man who rose from poverty all the way to the top and became an artist that was dearly loved by the Finnish people. A man who performed both on stage and in films and who finally lost everything but his unique voice. After the war, the Finnish people wanted eagerly to forget about the bad times; they wanted to dance, party, dream, and love. “Olavi Virta” responded to this demand, and hundreds of recordings and evergreen songs were born.

Film Trailer

Wednesday, 18th September

9:00 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Alentejo, Alentejo

Sérgio Tréfaut, Documentary, 98 min, Portugal, 2014, Portugeese, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Alentejo, Southern Portugal: Dozens of amateur groups meet regularly to rehearse old polyphonic chants and improvise traditions in the present tense. This is the “cante”. Born in taverns and fields, among peasants and miners, this “cante” has passed down over generations. In recent decades, with the Alentejo diaspora, new groups have appeared on the outskirts of Lisbon and in several emigration countries – proving that singing is an identity trait of the people of Alentejo, wherever they are. 

 The film was selected as Best Portuguese Feature Film at IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival

Film Trailer

Thursday 19th September

 6:30 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

The Infinite Garden

Galin Stoev, Drama, Romance, 90 min, Bulgaria, 2017, Bulgarian, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Philip has it all: a successful career and a beautiful girlfriend. However, he is still taking care of Victor, his brother, years after the death of their parents. Emma is slightly autistic, fallen out of time. She crafts a miniature model in the back of her flower shop, where Victor works. Through her garden, Philip's life is transforming - until Victor confesses that he, too, is in love with Emma.

Film Trailer

Thursday, 19th September

 9:00 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

The Camino Voyage

Dónal Ó Céilleachair, Documentary, 97 min, Ireland, 2018, Irish, Subtitled in English & Arabic

A crew of explorers takes to the beloved sacred Camino de Santiago – not by land but by sea – in this evocative, immersive documentary. The adventurers, including a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason take to the waters in a traditional boat, a Naomhóg, which they built themselves.     There are dangers and challenges in their 2,500 km modern-day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to France and on to Northern Spain, but joys and inspiration too, as viewers are invited to join them on their remarkable, surprising journey.

The film has won The Documentary Award at Irish Screen America Film Festival, New York as well as the Audience Award at British & Irish Film Season, Luxembourg

Film Trailer

Friday, 20th September

 6:30 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

In the Family

 Ozan Açıktan, Comedy, 124 min, Turkey, 2017, Turkish, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Rated 18

The neurotic Fikret and tavern singer Solmaz, whose 21-year-long relationships end on the same day, meet through a funny coincidence. When Solmaz's daughter, Zeynep, decides to marry her lover from Adana, the ever-fearful Fikret ends up having to play the role of his life. Intended at first to be kept in the family, the wedding becomes a much bigger event upon the insistence of the groom's relatives. Can they come to terms with the traditional Adana family,  who carries guns and own a kebab restaurant chain, and see the wedding through without mishaps? 

The movie has won  Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture at the Dadri Alisik Theatre and Cinema Awards as well as Best Supporting Actress at SIYAD Turkish Film Critics Association Award

Film Trailer

Friday, 20th September

9:00 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Jan Palach

 Robert Sedlácek, Biography, History, 124 min, Czech Republic, 2018, Czech, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Rated 16

The film follows the last six months of the life of Jan Palach, who self-immolated to protest against the invasion of Czechoslovakia to crush Prague Spring.      

The movie was granted Best Film Award at Czech Film Critics’ Award  And Best Actor at Czech Lions

Film Trailer

Saturday,21st September

 6:30 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Marina

Stijn Coninx, Romance, Drama, Music, 118 minutes, Belgium, 2013, Italian,French,Dutch, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Raised in a picturesque but poor village in Italy, young boy Rocco Granata, sees his father, Salvatore, leave the family in high hopes of creating a better future for them as a coal worker in Belgium. As the rest of the family reunites with him one year later, they soon discover the life of an immigrant worker. Rocco starts taking accordion lessons and summons up the courage to follow his passion against his father's wishes and social barriers.    

The movie has received Best Film Award at Film Festival Oostende as well as  Best Production Design Award at Magritte Awards, Belgium

Film Trailer

Saturday, 21st September

 9:00 PM at Al Hussein Cultural Centre

Homo Novus

Anna Viduleja, Comedy, Romance, 90 min, Latvia, 2019, Latvian, Subtitled in English & Arabic

Rated 16

Riga in the thirties: wild bohemian lifestyle is the name of the game for every artist worth his salt. A young man from the countryside, poor but ambitious, arrives in the capital. His name is Juris Upenajs, and he hopes to make his mark in the artistic circles. On the very first night at a bohemian party, he meets his love. What follows is a string of events, fraught with confusion and misunderstanding, hilarious and heart-warming at the same time. 

The movie was awarded Best Costume Design at the Latvian National Film Festival

Film Trailer

Sunday 22nd September

6:00 PM

At the Royal Film Commission

Short Film Competitions Awards and Closing Ceremony

Sunday, 22nd September

 8:00 PM at The Royal Film Commission - Jordan

Berlin

Symphonie einer Großstadt, Walter Ruttmann, Documentary, 65 min, Germany, 1927, Silent Film, Subtitled in English & Arabic

A train speeds through the country on its way to Berlin, then gradually slows down as it pulls into the station. It is very early in the morning, about 5:00 AM, and the city is mostly quiet. But before long, there are some signs of activity, and a few early risers are to be seen on the streets. Soon the new day is well underway - it's just a typical day in Berlin, but a day full of life and energy.

Film Trailer

Sunday, 22nd September

 9:00 PM at The Royal Film Commission - Jordan

Nice People

Anders Helgeson and Karin af Klintberg, Documentary, 100 min, Sweden, 2015, Swedish, Somali and English, Subtitled in English and Arabic

A group of young men who fled the war in Somalia end up in a rural town in Sweden. Integration there is tough and something needs to be done! Local entrepreneur Patrik Andersson has an idea, why not use sport as a bridge to get people closer to each other?  And so guys who have never known temperatures below 20 degrees become the first ever Somali national team for Bandy ice hockey and make it to the World Championship in Siberia. Bravely doing something that hasn't been done before, they are determined to make it all the way to Siberia. The road there will be bumpy, but knowing that they will be standing on the ice, singing along to their national anthem, playing for their country, gives them the strength to carry on. A story on racism and fear, but also on overcoming them sometimes with a smile, an extra punch and a lot of training.

The film has won the Audience Award at Budapest International Documentary Festival and the Audience Award at Hamburg Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Audience Award at Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.


Film Trailer