European film fest for movie fans

The guests enjoying themselves at a cocktail reception before the festival’s opening ceremony at GSC Gurney Plaza in Penang.

THE 17th European Union Film Festival (EUFF) 2016 has opened in Penang, giving movie buffs a selection of 20 movies at GSC Gurney Plaza until Wednesday.

The movies include César 2016 Award winner Standing Tall from France, German Film Award winner Who Am I — No System is Safe and Living is Easy with Eyes Closed from Spain which won six Goya Awards.

Ambassador of Hungary to Malaysia His Excellency Attila Kali said that since its first edition in 2000, EUFF had been bringing together film enthusiasts, students, expatriates, families and others to enjoy their very first European film experience.

“Covering genres such as drama, romance, comedy, horror, history, adventure and documen-tary, the programme reflects the region’s enduring status as a hotbed of cultural diversity and creativity.

“I’m happy to see that the festival keeps returning to Penang, a state with such rich cultural traditions and a magical vibrancy of its own,” he said at the festival’s recent opening at GSC Gurney Plaza.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said EUFF was a wonderful experience for Penangites.

“It not only brings award-winning European movies to Malaysian audiences but it also provides locals the chance to experience European culture and gain a broader world view without having to hop on a plane,” he said.

Guests at the opening ceremony were treated to 114-minute Hungarian movie Children of Glory directed by Krisztina Goda.

Other films screening in Penang are Brides (Greece), The Sunfish (Denmark), Heidi (Switzerland), Young Sophie Bell (Sweden), Tale of a Lake (Finland), Have You Ever Been on the Moon? (Italy), Brothers of the Wind (Austria), Windstorm (Germany), Finn (the Netherlands), Carte Blanche (Poland), Violet (Belgium), The Treasure (Romania), Dreams of a Life (Britain), Silence (Ireland), Pioneer (Norway) and Empties (Czech Republic).

All the movies are screened in their original language, with English subtitles.

Tickets for the EUFF 2016 are priced at RM8 each (normal seats inclusive of GST) except for Children of Glory, Have You Ever Been on the Moon?, Living is Easy with Eyes Closed and Dreams of a Life which are screened for free, subject to availability.

Visit for free ticket redemption details and the movie schedule.

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