European Union Film Festival 2009
The Canadian Film Institute is proud to present the 24th edition of its prestigious European Union Film Festival. Featuring 24 films from the European Union’s member states, the festival offers something for all lovers of European cinema. The 24th European Union Film Festival runs from November 19 to December 6 in the Auditorium of the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.
All films will be presented in their original languages, with English sub-titles.
“Every year this festival showcases the best of contemporary European cinema and we are proud of how this event has grown,” says Tom McSorley, Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute, which founded the festival in 1984. “Once again, the EUFF contains a broad range of film styles and subject matter: there are films about love, war, power, freedom, history and hope; there are films about the changing face of the European society and the collision of world cultures. The festival also offers films by emerging film talents as well as established masters of European cinema. Moveover, 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Wall, so the Festival takes place under, and in a sense is nourished by, that important historical transformation,” says McSorley.
The 24th European Union Film Festival takes place under the EU Presidency of Sweden. The Festival kicks off on Thursday, November 19, at 8:00pm with the Swedish drama, DARLING. All films in the European Union Film Festival are National Capital premieres.
This year French film :
Director Jacques Audiard (2009)
When : Saturday,
November 28th, 7:00 pm
Where : Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
UN PROPHETE is acclaimed director Audiard’s stunning film about a young French-Arab man who is sent to prison and must learn how to deal with the penal system in France. The title character, Malik El Djebena, becomes involved with a mob boss, who forces him to torture other prisoners, which leads him to becoming the head of one of the gangs within the prison walls. Throughout his time in prison, Malik learns who his allies are and who should not be trusted. Film critic Jonathan Romney writes, UN PROPHETE “works both as hard-edged, painstaking detailed social realism and as a compelling genre entertainment” (Screen International). The film has received praise at numerous prestigious film festivals, including the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 2009.
Speech by the Ambassador, Mr. François Delattre (November 28, 2009)
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