The European Union Film Festival returns for its 29th edition this year. The annual event showcases a selection of European films, highlighting to local audiences the diversity of perspectives, histories, and cultures from across Europe.

The 29th European Union Film Festival presents 27 films across Europe, with Romania as the featured country this year. The opening film, Beside Me by Tedy Necula, is Romania’s first inspirational story. The film revolves around several passengers who are locked in a subway station, exploring the idea of human connectivity. Other highlights of the festival include Austrian film Mademoiselle Paradis, which has garnered accolades at the Austrian Film Award, as well as Greece’s Kazantzakis, which won awards at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and 2012 European Film Awards.

The European Union Film Festival will run from 10 to 19 May 2019 at the National Gallery Singapore. For now, here’s a selection of films you shouldn’t miss at the European Union Film Festival this year.

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1. Romania: Beside me

This year's opening film features some of the biggest names of Romanian cinema. Beside Me marks Tedy Necula's directorial debut, telling the story of several passengers whose lives intersect when they find themselves locked in a subway station. The film is a telling reminder that we are strangers until something brings us together.

Language: Romanian with English subtitles

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Romania: Beside me
Location
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957
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Dates
May 10, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Price
S$12
2. Hungary: The Whiskey Bandit

Nimród Antal's film, The Whiskey Bandit, tells the story of a man who robbed 29 financial institutions in Budapest between 1993 and 1999. The thriller follows a Transylvanian immigrant, who also happened to be a goalie for one of Budapest's largest hockey teams, but was finally identified as The Whiskey Bandit. The film won accolades at the 2018 Hungarian Film Awards and 2018 Liege Festival International du Film Policier.

Language: Hungarian with English subtitles

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Hungary: The Whiskey Bandit
Location
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957
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Dates
May 12, 2019 - May 12, 2019
Price
S$12
3. Spain: The Bride (La Novia)

La Novia is based on Federico García Lorca's classic and widely revered Spanish play Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding), penned in 1933. The film follows the story of a bride who escapes on horseback with her secret lover on the day of her wedding. Present your EUFF ticket to this film to join the pre-screening reception by the Spanish embassy of Singapore.

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

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Spain: The Bride (La Novia)
Location
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957
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Dates
May 18, 2019 - May 18, 2019
Price
S$12
4. France: Remi Sans Famille (Remi, Nobody's Boy)

Hector Malot's 1848 classic is adapted by Antoine Blossier. The story tracks the endearing adventures and misadventures of Remi. Raised by a kindly peasant mother after being found as a baby, ten-year-old Remi is brutally taken from his adopted mother and sold by her husband to Signore Vitalis, an old travelling street musician with a shadowy past. Present your EUFF ticket to this film to join the pre-screening reception hosted by the French embassy of Singapore.

Language: French with English subtitles

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France: Remi Sans Famille (Remi, Nobody's Boy)
Location
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957
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Dates
May 19, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Price
S$12
5. Greece: Kazantzakis

This award-winning biopic by Yannis Smaragdis reconstructs the life and journeys of the titular author, who has been nominated several times for the Nobel Literature Prize. The film is based on Kazantzakis' unfinished autobiographical novel, Report to Greco. This Greek-French co-production follows the writer's soul-searching journeys through the places he loved, the personalities he admired, and the ideologies he embraced.

Language: Greek with English subtitles

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Greece: Kazantzakis
Location
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957
More Info
Website here
Dates
May 11, 2019 - May 11, 2019
Price
S$12