European films have been gaining more recognition in Singapore. Just this month, the Lion City’s first Ingmar Bergman Retrospective was held over four days at The Projector to celebrate the iconic director’s centenary. The festival screened eight of his films during the festival, curated by local film director Kirsten Tan to showcase Bergman’s best works.
Next month, the European Union Film Festival returns for its 28th edition. Taking place from 10 to 20 May, the festival will introduce a diverse selection of independent films from the other side of the globe to movie buffs in Singapore.
The festival kicks off with award-winning film Fly Away Home directed by Austrian film director Mirjam Unger, who has received numerous awards for her short films (including Vienna’s Lost Daughters, More or Less and Speak Easy) at international festivals. The film is a screen adaptation of a novel of the same name, and documents the events during the Russian occupation as seen from the unprejudiced perspective of a 9-year-old girl. The film has received accolades and was highly appraised by German daily newspapers Kurier and Die Presse.
If you’re looking forward to immersing yourself in the cinematic world of Unger (who will be present during the opening night screening) and other independent European filmmakers, check out these films at this year’s European Union Film Festival. You might just be hooked.