The European Film Festival begins its 10th edition in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; this year’s Festival will showcase a selection of 16 new award-winning and thought-provoking films from several European countries like Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ukraine. The Festival runs from 12 to 22 October with a unique limited program in Durban.
A Sudanese drama film, ‘Goodbye Julia’, also features on the lineup. It was presented at Cannes and won an award. It tells the story of two women, representing the differences between the northern and Southern Sudan Communities.
Magdalene Reddy, co-director of the European Film Festival and Director of Durban FilmMart, said, “This is also the first time the festival will feature animations; one such film is ‘Mavka – The Forest Song’ from Ukraine, which concentrates on themes of love, trust, conviction and a co-existence between worlds.
The film is about individuals and woodland creatures coming together in music’s remarkably transformative power and emphasis. Instead of looking at the war, this film goes beyond that and constructs directions of peace in a beautifully laid-out animation tale of love and music.”