Pittsburgh EU Film Festival 2022

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EUROPE'S MOVING IMAGES
January 28 - February 3, 2022

A HYBRID FILM FESTIVAL

  • In-person theatrical screenings at the Harris Theater (Pittsburgh Cultural Trust), 809 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • Not in Pittsburgh? No problem!  Most of the films are also available during the week to stream on-line at your own convenience (U.S. only)!

Films made in the EU by EU filmmakers, with workshops, filmmakers panels, highlights from the 2021-22 MEET EU Short Film Competition, and more! Featuring the 2021-22 MEET EU Emerging EU Filmmaker, Simon Elvås. For more on Simon and his work, see our current Newsletter#PghEUFilmFest

 

 

QUESTIONS? Email us at eufilmfest@pitt.edu

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

HARRIS THEATER FILMS (in person)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28

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Diamantino
5:30 pm

COUNTRY: Portugal, France, Brazil (2018)
DIRECTOR: Daniel Schmidt / Gabriel Abrantes

Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer star, loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets out on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.

 

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Les Parfums
8:00 pm

COUNTRY:  France (2019)
DIRECTOR: Grégory Magne

Anne Walberg is a master in perfumes. She creates fragrances and sells her incredible gift to many companies. She is a diva, selfish and temperamental. Guillaume is her new driver and the only one who dares facing her. This is probably why she does not fire him. A Q&A with director, Grégroy Magne, will take place Sunday, 30 January at 4:00 pm EST. Pre-register here.

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29

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Charlatan (Šarlatán)
3:00 pm

COUNTRY:  Czech (2020)
DIRECTOR: Agnieszka Holland

The film is inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolasek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolasek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. Already a local institution in Czechoslovakia before World War II, the healer gains in reputation and wealth, whether during the Nazi occupation or under the Communist rule. One after the other, every regime will want to use his skills and in return gives him protection. But how high shall be the costs to maintain this status as the tide turns?
 

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Hammamet
5:30 pm

COUNTRY:  Italy (2020)
DIRECTOR: Gianni Amelio

The last year in the life of Bettino Craxi, as told by Gianni Amelio. An undisputed protagonist of international politics and, until recently, revered in Italy, Bettino Craxi is now in Hammamet, far from his homeland. Overwhelmed by the populist surge that toppled the formerly governing democratic parties which rose to power during the first fifty years of the Italian Republic, and caught up in a series of judicial inquiries, President Craxi can no longer return to his homeland as a free man. A master at commanding respect in the political arena, Craxi is also surrounded by opportunists; he is down but not out; and he is left to fend for himself in a home on a hill, where he lives out his final months like a caged beast. HAMMAMET is also the touching story of a father and a daughter, Anita, who stands by his side after everyone else has fled. Craxi is ill and in dire need of life-saving treatment. Anita goes to lengths that only the greatest love can justify as she struggles to make her father relent and set aside his ideas at least at this crucial time in his life; he must agree to return to Italy to be treated, at the cost of losing a freedom he believes he deserves. The conflict between his ideas and his familial love – between political motivations and those of the man – will be fierce and, eventually, fatal.

 

A picture containing textDescription automatically generatedBad Luck Banging or Looney Porn
8:00 pm

COUNTRY:  Romania (2020)
DIRECTOR: Radu Jude

Emi, a school teacher, finds her career and reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is leaked on the Internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender to their pressure.

 

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30

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5:30 pm

COUNTRY: France (2019)
DIRECTOR. Grégory Magne

Anne Walberg is a master in perfumes. She creates fragrances and sells her incredible gift to many companies. She is a diva, selfish and temperamental. Guillaume is her new driver and the only one who dares facing her. This is probably why she does not fire him. A Q&A with director, Grégroy Magne, will take place virtually before this screening (4:00 pm EST). Pre-register here

 

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Diamantino
8:00 pm

COUNTRY: Portugal, France, Brazil (2018)
DIRECTOR: Daniel Schmidt / Gabriel Abrantes         

Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer star, loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets out on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 31

A picture containing textDescription automatically generatedBorderland (Grenzland)
8:00 pm

COUNTRY: Germany/Austria (2020)
DIRECTOR: Andreas Voigt

Three decades after making his first film about the region, one of the pivotal East German documentarians returns to the borderlands where the outer limits of Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic intersect. Voigt once again encounters a people with a porous cultural identity, where family histories are intertwined with an array of dialects and legacies. To register for a virtual Q&A with filmmaker Andreas Voigt at 4:00 pm. Monday 31 January, click here.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

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A Swedish Defense (short)
8:00 pm

COUNTRY: Sweden (2021)
DIRECTOR: Simon Elvås, MEET EU Emerging Filmmaker in Residence

An international arms deal is interrupted by teenage protestors. A Swedish engineer tries to prevent his activist daughter from embarassing him at work and ruining Sweden's relations with Turkey. Tickets for the theatrical screening are included with tickets purchased for Corpus Cristi.

A virtual Q&A with Simon Elvås will take place at 11:00 a.m. EST on February 1st.  To register and receive the Zoom link click here.

 

A picture containing textDescription automatically generatedCorpus Cristi (Boże Ciało) 
8:20 pm

COUNTRY: Poland (2019)
DIRECTOR: Jan Komasa   

Corpus Christi is the story of 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention center. He wants to become a priest, but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter’s workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes over the local parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic preacher is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

A picture containing textDescription automatically generatedHammamet
8:00 pm

COUNTRY:  Italy (2020)
DIRECTOR: Gianni Amelio

The last year in the life of Bettino Craxi, as told by Gianni Amelio. An undisputed protagonist of international politics and, until recently, revered in Italy, Bettino Craxi is now in Hammamet, far from his homeland. Overwhelmed by the populist surge that toppled the formerly governing democratic parties which rose to power during the first fifty years of the Italian Republic, and caught up in a series of judicial inquiries, President Craxi can no longer return to his homeland as a free man. A master at commanding respect in the political arena, Craxi is also surrounded by opportunists; he is down but not out; and he is left to fend for himself in a home on a hill, where he lives out his final months like a caged beast. HAMMAMET is also the touching story of a father and a daughter, Anita, who stands by his side after everyone else has fled. Craxi is ill and in dire need of life-saving treatment. Anita goes to lengths that only the greatest love can justify as she struggles to make her father relent and set aside his ideas at least at this crucial time in his life; he must agree to return to Italy to be treated, at the cost of losing a freedom he believes he deserves. The conflict between his ideas and his familial love – between political motivations and those of the man – will be fierce and, eventually, fatal.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3

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Charlatan (Šarlatán)
8:00 pm

COUNTRY:  Czech (2020)
DIRECTOR: Agnieszka Holland

The film is inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolasek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolasek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. Already a local institution in Czechoslovakia before World War II, the healer gains in reputation and wealth, whether during the Nazi occupation or under the Communist rule. One after the other, every regime will want to use his skills and in return gives him protection. But how high shall be the costs to maintain this status as the tide turns?

 

STREAMING FILMS (all days)

A picture containing textDescription automatically generatedMy Brother Chases Dinosaurs (Mio fratello rincorre i dinosauri)
*A special virtual showing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 2 Feb for K-12 classrooms

COUNTRY: Italy, Spain (2019)
DIRECTOR: Stefano Cipani

Jack has always wanted a little brother to play with, and when Gio is born, his parents tell him his brother is a "special" child. That's when Gio turns into a superhero with amazing powers in his big brother's imagination, like the ones in his comic books. Over time, however, Jack learns the truth: his brother has Down syndrome, a condition Jack decides to keep secret. When he goes to high school and falls in love with Arianna, he hides Gio's very existence from her and his new friends. But how can you expect someone to love you if you conceal such an important part of yourself? In no time, the truth comes out, and Jack realizes that Gio's energy and vitality are contagious. Gio's original outlook does indeed change the world, just like a superhero.

 

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Hammamet

COUNTRY:  Italy (2020)
DIRECTOR: Gianni Amelio

The last year in the life of Bettino Craxi, as told by Gianni Amelio. An undisputed protagonist of international politics and, until recently, revered in Italy, Bettino Craxi is now in Hammamet, far from his homeland. Overwhelmed by the populist surge that toppled the formerly governing democratic parties which rose to power during the first fifty years of the Italian Republic, and caught up in a series of judicial inquiries, President Craxi can no longer return to his homeland as a free man. A master at commanding respect in the political arena, Craxi is also surrounded by opportunists; he is down but not out; and he is left to fend for himself in a home on a hill, where he lives out his final months like a caged beast. HAMMAMET is also the touching story of a father and a daughter, Anita, who stands by his side after everyone else has fled. Craxi is ill and in dire need of life-saving treatment. Anita goes to lengths that only the greatest love can justify as she struggles to make her father relent and set aside his ideas at least at this crucial time in his life; he must agree to return to Italy to be treated, at the cost of losing a freedom he believes he deserves. The conflict between his ideas and his familial love – between political motivations and those of the man – will be fierce and, eventually, fatal.

 

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Charlatan (Šarlatán)

COUNTRY:  Czech (2020)
DIRECTOR: Agnieszka Holland

The film is inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolasek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolasek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. Already a local institution in Czechoslovakia before World War II, the healer gains in reputation and wealth, whether during the Nazi occupation or under the Communist rule. One after the other, every regime will want to use his skills and in return gives him protection. But how high shall be the costs to maintain this status as the tide turns?

 

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Borderland (Grenzland)

COUNTRY: Austria (2020)
DIRECTOR: Andreas Voigt

Three decades after making his first film about the region, one of the pivotal East German documentarians returns to the borderlands where the outer limits of Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic intersect. Voigt once again encounters a people with a porous cultural identity, where family histories are intertwined with an array of dialects and legacies. To register for a virtual Q&A with filmmaker Andreas Voigt, click here.

 

 

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Boże Ciało (Corpus Christi)   **Streaming available only in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Florida**

COUNTRY: Poland (2019)
DIRECTOR: Jan Komasa   

Corpus Christi is the story of 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention center. He wants to become a priest, but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter’s workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes over the local parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic preacher is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there.


 

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Diamantino

COUNTRY: Portugal, France, Brazil (2018)
DIRECTOR: Schmidt/Abrante

Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer star, loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets out on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.


 

A picture containing textDescription automatically generatedA Swedish Defense (Short)

YEAR: 2021
DIRECTOR: Simon Elvås

In this satirical drama, an international arms deal is interrupted by teenage protesters. A Swedish engineer tries to prevent his 16-year-old-activist-daughter from embarrassing him at work and ruining Sweden's relations with Turkey. A virtual Q&A with Simon Elvås will take place at 11:00 a.m. EST on February 1st.  To register and receive the Zoom link click here.

 

 

 
There's more!  Watch the Official Selections from the MEET EU Short Film Competition for U.S. Youth and Vote for your Favorite.  The Shorts will be available on demand throughout the festival and can be streamed for free anytime on our Pittsburgh EU Film Festival website, powered by Eventive.

QUESTIONS? Email us at eufilmfest@pitt.edu

 

SPONSORS:

European Studies Center
Film and Media Studies
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
University Center for International Studies