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European Film Weeks in Eurooppasali 17 - 29 April 2015



European Film Weeks in Eurooppasali 17 - 29 April 2015

European Film Weeks in Eurooppasali 17 April – 29 April 2015

It’s time for the European Film Weeks again! This year’s program highlights different dimensions of the European Year for Development 2015. The Week comprises of 23 films on themes such as immigration, education, the situation of women and girls as well as peace and security. Along these big themes we see stories about growing, love and the strive for a better future. These films bring their stories from different parts of the world close to the viewer by means of drama, documentary, music and humor. Their aim is to impact and engage. After all, it is about our World, our Dignity and our Future, as the motto for the European Year for Development reads.

The event is organized by the European Commission Representation in Finland and the European Parliament Information Office in Finland, in cooperation with Embassies and cultural institutes of EU member states and candidate countries. The event is free of charge. Eurooppasali fits 100 persons. Tickets to each screening will be available 1 hour in advance. Doors to Eurooppasali will be opened 10 minutes before the screenings.

You can download the program here   [3 MB] .


17 April at 5.30 p.m.

Escaping Riga

Latvia, 2014Director: Davis SimanisDocumentary, biography69 min.Language: EnglishPresented by the Embassy of Latvia

Escaping Riga is a tale based on documentary events about two prominent personalities of the 20th century – Sergei Eisenstein and Isaiah Berlin. Both men were born and spent their childhoods in Riga but left the city soon after. Following the stories of both heroes on the dramatic backdrop of the first half of the 20th century, the fi lm tells how one of them became “the best film director of his generation” in the totalitarian Soviet Union, while the other became “the best thinker of his generation” in liberal Great Britain.

Click here to watch the trailer.


17 April at 7 p.m.


Poland, 2013Director: Pawel PawlikowskiDrama80 min.Languages: Polish, French, Latin;subtitles: EnglishPresented by the Embassy of Poland

Poland in the 60s. Anna is a novice, an orphan brought up in a sisterhood. Anna can only live under the vows of a nun upon fulfilling one condition set by the abbess: Anna must pay a visit to her only living relative, aunt Wanda. Aunt Wanda and Anna set out for a journey which helps them to face the tragic history of the family and to find their true identity. A touching, unpretentious and visually appealing drama in which the director returns to his home country. The film also provides for a sensitive recital of the story of a young woman in a historical and political context.

Click here to watch the trailer.


18 April at 1 p.m.

Those were the days (Toen was geluck heel gewoon)


The Netherlands, 2014Director: Ineke HoutmanComedy90 min.Languages: Dutch; subtitles: EnglishPresented by the Embassy of the Netherlands

Summer 1974. Rotterdam. After The Netherlands lose the World Cup final, Jaap Kooiman throws his television out of the window and crushes his mother in law’s dog. At which point all hell is let loose. Jaap is arrested and things get so far out of control that he is admitted for observation to a psychiatric clinic by court order. Will wife Nel and best friend Simon manage to save Jaap from this perilous situation?

Click here to watch the trailer.


18 April at 3 p.m.


Director: Kadir BalciDrama96 min.Language: Flemish, Turkish; subtitles: EnglishPresented by Embassy of Belgium

Having buried their father in Istanbul, 28-year-old Timur and his two brothers, Ediz (36) and Bora (16), return to Ghent. The three brothers resume their lives but need to find a new balance. While Ediz plays the dominant father and Bora does silly things with the wrong friends, Timur tries to fulfil his father’s dream of playing the trumpet in a brass band. Sarah, Timur’s girlfriend, thinks it’s cool, until she realizes how little he seems to notice her now…

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18 April at 5 p.m.


Austria, 2014Director: Sudabeh MortezaiDrama98 min.Languages: German / Chechen; subtitles: EnglishPresented by the Embassy of Austria

Ramasan is an 11-year-old Chechen refugee, living in Macondo, a tough ethnic neighborhood in the industrial suburbs of Vienna. In traditional Chechen society after the death of his father he is now considered the man in charge of his mother Aminat and two younger sisters. Ramasan’s confined world is disrupted when Isa, his father’s war buddy, moves into the housing complex. This encounter awakens Ramasan’s interest in his father and over time a bond evolves between them. But when his mother begins to warm up to Isa, conflicted Ramasan feels the need to protect the image of his dead father…

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20 April at 5 pm.


Cyprus, 2003Directors: Adonis Florides, Theodoros NikolaidesDrama, Comedy90 min.Language: Greek, English; subtitles: EnglishPresented by the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus

No work, no money, no love.  An immigrant who thinks that he has reached his destination, an old man who finds out that he is dead, an ostrich that will not lay eggs and a jacket that changes hands. Kalabush is a film about belonging and running away.



20 April 7 p.m.

The Budapest Angel (El Ángel de Budapest)


Spain, 2011Director: Luis OliverosDrama109 min.Language: Spanish; subtitles EnglishPresented by the Embassy of Spain

Budapest, 1944. A year before the end of World War II, the capital of Hungary, like most of Europe, was under the yoke of the Third Reich. During the war, over half a million Hungarian Jews were sent by the Nazis to be exterminated in several concentration camps. The lives of about 5.000 Budapest residents were saved thanks to the work of a young diplomat from Spain, Ángel Sanz Briz, known thereafter as The Angel of Budapest. This movie portrays his actions while posted as Charge d’Affaires at the Spanish diplomatic Legation. With aid from the Embassy’s Hungarian employees and other collaborators from neutral countries, he fought against Nazi barbarism in Hungary.

Click here to watch the trailer.


21 April at 5.30 p.m.

The Agreement (Forhandleren)

Denmark, 2014Director: Karen Stokkendal PoulsenDocumentary58 min.Language: EnglishPresented by the Embassy of Denmark

World history is in the making when EU chief negotiator Robert Cooper has to settle an agreement on stable co-existence between Kosovo and Serbia. Danish documentary by Karen Stokkendal Poulsen brings its audience right into the core of these intense negotiations. Stakes are high but in spite of the seriousness of the negotiations, they turn out to be surprisingly funny and carried out with style and charm by the three characters at the table. It’s the last territorial conflict of Europe and crucial for the EU to prove its ability to make peace in its own backyard.

Click here to watch the trailer.


21 April at 7 p.m.

Advanced Style

USA, 2014Director: Lina Plioplyte (Lithuania)Documentary, Biography, Comedy72 min.Language: English; subtitles: EnglishPresented by the Embassy of Lithuania

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth. Lina Plioplyte is a Lithuanian born filmmaker, living and working in New York.

Click here to watch the trailer.


22 April at 5 p.m.

The Healing

Serbia, 2014Director: Ivan JovićDrama90 min.Language: Serbian; subtitles: EnglishPresented by the Embassy of Serbia

A cinematic story of drama after the drama and war that rages on in people’s hearts even after the war. The hero, an Orthodox Christian monk, finds himself on a road to spiritual healing through circumstances he could never have dreamed of. The story follows the path to spiritual uplifting, metaphorically introduced at the very beginning in the hero’s walk to the secluded hermitage. The leitmotif of watering a dry, dead tree, repeated throughout the film, illustrates the absurdity of the monk’s faith. The film raises a question about the boundaries of love given in Christ’s commandment to „love your enemy“, thematizing the problem of forgiveness as prerequisite for a life of love and victory over death and meaninglessness. The permanent paralysis of the characters after the torment of war invokes forgiveness as the only means to ultimate healing.

Click here to watch the trailer. 


22 April at 7 p.m.

Seven Acts of Mercy (Sette opere di misericordia)

Italy, Romania, 2011Directors: Massimiliano De Serio,Gianluca De SerioDrama100 min.Languages: Italy; subtitles: EnglishPresented by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Italy

Luminita, a young illegal immigrant from Romania, lives in a shantytown and seeks a way to escape her misery. To get food, she steals from hospital patients. One day she meets Antonio, a very old and sick widower. He seems easy prey. Luminita invades his home and wants to stay there with a kidnapped baby she plans to trade for work papers. The clash between the two is inevitable and violent, with unexpected consequences.

Click here to watch the trailer.


23 April 6 p.m.

In the Crosswind (Risttuules)

Estonia, 2014Director: Martti HeldeDrama87 min.Languages: Estonian; subtitles:


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