By The Nation
To mark the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Union and its Member States are hosting the 2018 edition of the European Union Film Festival as an open-air event.
The festival, which continues through December 17, see the residences of EU Member State Ambassadors and EU cultural institutes in Bangkok opening their doors for the screening of 19 premium quality European movies.
“This is a truly rare opportunity as seven EU ambassadors will open their residences to the public for film screenings, thus enabling the audience to enjoy a unique open-air film festival experience at European heritage venues right in the heart of the city,” said Pirkka Tapiola, the ambassador of the European Union to Thailand.
The film screening venues include the residences of the ambassadors of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK, the Alliance Francaise Bangkok, the Goethe-Institut Bangkok, and House No 1.
The festival kicked off last Thursday at House No 1, a historical house with European heritage located on Captain Bush Lane with the screening of “Mademoiselle Paradis”, an Austrian film by a new-generation director Barbara Albert, which was showcased at both the San Sebastian and Toronto film festivals.
Other highlights include “The Other Side of Hope”, a Finnish comedy-drama which won its veteran director, Aki Kaurismaki, the Silver Bear Award for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017; I Am Not a Witch”, a British drama which was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival; and “The Commune”, a Danish drama which won its actress Trine Dyrholm the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.
The European Union Open-Air Film Festival 2018 runs until December 17. All films will be screened in their original languages with Thai and English subtitles.
Admission to all film screenings is free, however, pre-registration is required for entry to each film screening.
For the list of films, synopses, trailers and screening programme, visit www.facebook.com/events/1126897370798882.