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Windows on Europe Film Festival 2012

This festival showcases the best in European cinema with its rich diversity and talent. The program includes gems from Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia.



With a diverse range of drama, thrillers, comedies, romance, fantasy and documentaries you will find there is something for everyone!

Here are some highlights of the festival:


Coriolanus
Ralph Fiennes’s directorial debut of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus (originally set in pre-imperial Rome) is an updated study of modern warfare reconfigured into a fictional Balkan-type contemporary Rome. Our hero, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people and his extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-manoeuvred by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius. Coriolanus and Aufidius march on Rome intending to destroy the city. Volumnia appeals to her son who he tries to reject but eventually breaks. Aufidius, feeling bitterly betrayed, brutally murders Coriolanus.





The Wedding Photographer

Robin is from a remote town in Sweden, Värmland. He’s a country bumpkin with a passion for leather trousers, chains and photography. Following a chance encounter with an over-the hill television personality and the closure of the local factory, Robin moves from his beloved home town to Stockholm. Having arrived in Stockholm, he is desperate to make it as a professional photographer and despite some initial setbacks and his rural background, he is commissioned to photograph an upper class wedding in Djursholm, the ritziest district in Stockholm. He promptly falls in love with the bride’s sister and is willing to change everything about himself, from his outlook on life to his hairstyle, in order to win her heart. What follows is a comical clash of cultures and class as the down-at-home Robin tries to woo the girl of his dreams.





Garbo, the Man Who Saved the World

A compelling account of Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history. The director could easily have sat back and let this ripping yarn tell itself, instead, he creates a dazzling mixture of feature film and archival footage, interviews and music, which beautifully underscores the theme of the shifting border between truth and falsehood. In 1940, Juan Pujol offered his services to the British as a spy against the Nazis but was rejected. Instead, he set himself up as a German agent, operating out of Lisbon but pretending to the Nazis that he was based in London. The peak of his career came in 1944, when he succeeded in diverting German defence forces to Calais while the Allied landings were taking place in Normandy, thus averting considerable bloodshed.





Forbidden Fruit

Two 18-year-olds from apostolic Lutheran families (a sect that takes the Bible literally and prohibits contraceptives, television, alcohol, rhythmic dancing and premarital sex), wind up sampling “Forbidden Fruit” in this melodramatic coming-of-age movie. Sassy brunette Maria leaves her repressive home in Northern Ostrobothnia to experience the pleasures of the flesh in Helsinki. She figures she can always repent and be welcomed back to the fold (“All your sins forgiven in the name and blood of Christ”) per Laestadian liturgy. When community elders dispatch Maria’s prissy blonde best friend Raakel to save her from eternal damnation, they fail to consider Raakel’s own vulnerabilities.




Windows on Europe Film Festival 2012
Dates and Venues:

Canberra
10-16/02/12 Dendy Canberra City
Brisbane 23-26/02/12 Brisbane Dendy Portside
Sydney 02-06/03/12 Dendy Opera Quays

Official Site:
www.delaus.ec.europa.eu
















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