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A state of change: 22nd European Union Film Festival

By Patrick BenjaminMovies - 26 April 2012 3:22 PM

A state of change: 22nd European Union Film Festival

Freida Pinto plays the titular role in Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'.

Curious about how the turmoil and uncertainty is affecting Europe but tired of clichéd newsreels. Then the 22nd edition of this popular annual film fest gives you cinematic glimpses of this vast continent.

From 11 to 20 May, GV VivoCity plays host to 23 feature length films spanning various genres like drama, thriller, comedy and documentary in one of its largest line-up in its vibrant history.  

As H.E. Marc Ungeheuer, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Singapore reiterates, “The selection of films this year contemplates the nature of change, and is very significant now as Europe is at a time of change.”

He adds, “Economies and societies are changing, and you’ll find the powerful stories and characters in these films negotiating changes in a way that will touch your heart, make you laugh or keep you at the edge of your seat.” 

'Trishna' trailer

Amongst the highlights this year includes the premiere of critically acclaimed British director Michael Winterbottom’s latest drama ‘Trishna(19 May), an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, set in Jaipur and Mumbai.

With Freida Pinto (‘Slumdog Millionaire’) and Riz Ahmed (‘Four Lions’) as the mismatched romantic leads, the narrative evocatively delves into the issues behind class, social and cultural chasms in present day India.

Also on inSing: EUFF & Puttnam School of Film: Transcending language and culture

Besides immaculate cinematography, the film also boasts a soundtrack featuring the talents of renowned Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi (who has worked with the likes of Wong Kar-wai and Zhang Yimou) and Bollywood composer -- lyricist Amit Trivedi, who rose into the limelight with his fusion drenched tunes in Anurag Kashyap’s film ‘Dev. D’.  

'Second Chance' trailer

If dramas aren’t your thing and you have an inclination for guffawing, there is an array of films to pick from including the premieres of French rom­­-com lark ‘Second Chance(12 May), based on the catastrophic courtship dalliances of a successful marriage counselor and crowd pleasing, hilarious Irish crime caper ‘The Guard(15 May), which exploits the chemistry of one of the oddest cop pairings on screen in quirky Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) and uptight FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle).

Be it the life of Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess in World War II or a junkie’s destruction, there are documentaries like ‘Charlotte: A Royal at War(17 May) and ‘Katka(18 May), to satisfy the aficionados of this marvelous medium.   

For more details and an extended screening schedule, click here. Tickets available from 26 Apr 2012 at Golden Village box offices nationwide and on www.gv.com.sg