A look at the films of the fourth week of European film week (part one)
From the winners of prestigious film awards to a challenging journey
Art and Experience: The fourth European Film Week will be held online from November 7 to 16, 2020 with the screening of 16 films online.
According to the public relations of Art and Experience Institute, the fourth European Film Week will be organized online by Art and Experience Institute of Iranian Cinema, EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) and the Hashure platform for the first time.Films from 14 countries, including Italy, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and France, will be screened in this film week.
The film ‘The Conductor‘ is based on the true story of the Dutch born Antonia Brico. In the late 1920’s she was the world’s first woman who successfully conducted a large symphony orchestra. Until recent, women barely succeeded to reach the world’s top ranking conductors. Christanne de Bruijn won for an award on Friday, for her first major film role in the new Dutch feature film ‘The Conductor‘. The actress and musical star received the ‘Best Acting Talent Award‘ at the Grand Gala Event of the SCENECS Film Festival in Hilversum.
Alone Through Iran – 1144 Miles Of Trust: The 45-year old Swedish woman, Kristina Paltén, ran across Iran to challenge her own prejudices against a culture and people she knew little about. She felt the very human need to trust in people.
Sister is a 2012 Swiss drama film directed by Ursula Meier. The film competed in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Special Award, the Silver Bear. The film was selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist.
Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a “certified fresh” approval rating of 96%, based on 67 reviews, with an average score of 7.8/10. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating using reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 81 out of 100, based on 19 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.
Jaques Mandelbaum of The Guardian wrote “Meier explores the cruel physical and atmospheric contrasts between the two worlds, high and low, dwelling on the cloudy skies, grimy slush and the shadow cast by the peaks, which brings semi-darkness to the valley bottom.” The film was awarded The Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Foreign Feature Film at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival. The award’s jury made this statement about the film: “A well crafted narrative that explores the highs and lows of a complicated familial relationship with authentic performances, supported by grand cinematography, pulls you into the unfamiliar world of a childhood thief whose only constant is the love shared between him and his sister.”
Truman is a 2015 comedy-drama film directed by Cesc Gay and co-written by Gay and Tomàs Aragay. The film stars Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, and Dolores Fonzi. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and in the Official Section of the 2015 San Sebastián International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Silver Shell for Best Actor for Darín and Cámara. It won five Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Darín), and Best Supporting Actor (Cámara).
Transit is a 2018 German drama film written and directed by Christian Petzold. It is based on Anna Seghers’s 1944 novel of the same name and adapted to be set in the present. The film follows a refugee (Franz Rogowski) who impersonates a dead writer in an attempt to flee a fascist state. The film was a critical success and was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 94%, based on 151 reviews. The consensus reads “Transit lives up to its title with a challenging drama that captures characters – and puts the audience – in a state of flux and exerts an unsettling pull.”
Little Joe is a 2019 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Jessica Hausner. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Emily Beecham won the award for Best Actress. Beecham stars as Alice Woodard, a plant breeder and single mother who creates “Little Joe”, a plant that gives its caretakers joy. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 68% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 113 reviews, with an average rating of 6.46/10. The site’s critics consensus reads: “Little Joe‘s unorthodox approach may baffle horror fans lured in by its premise – but like its title character, the end result exerts a creepy thrall.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.
Saint George is a 2016 Portuguese drama film directed by Marco Martins. It was selected as the Portuguese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.