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German movies feature at EFF

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

In the European Film Festival today, film buffs have the choice of films from Germany, France, The Netherlands and the UK at MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain. The EFF kicked off the Tobago programme yesterday and it will continue until May 28. 
Tickets are $30, with tickets for children and students in uniform or with student ID priced at $20. 
For more information, visit the EFF Facebook page at European Film Festival – Trinidad and Tobago or www.ttfilmfestival.com/eff.

 

 

TODAY’S SCHEDULE FOR THE EFF MOVIETOWNE, PORT-OF-SPAIN

 

 

11 am
Close to You
Director: Almut Getto 
2009/Germany/88 mins/Comedy/PG13
Phillip, a bank clerk, lives a solitary life. Lina is a blind cellist fed up with other people’s pity. When they meet, Phillip is thrown out of his well-ordered orbit. The two unstoppably draw closer, while at the same time moving away from the safe, predictable existence that they knew before.

 

 

1 pm
My Brother the Devil
Director: Sally El Hosaini 
2012/UK/111 mins/Drama/16+
Mo lives in a traditional Egyptian household on a London council estate. He idolises his older brother Rashid, a gang member, and wants to follow in his footsteps. However Rashid wants a different life for his brother and deals drugs hoping to put Mo through college. Events soon threaten to tear the siblings apart.

 

 

 

3.30 pm
2 Days in Paris
Director: Julie Delpy 
2007/France/96 mins/Comedy/16+
Marion, who is French, lives with her American boyfriend Jack in New York. On vacation to rekindle their romance, they stop in Paris. But the combination of Marion’s overbearing parents and flirtatious ex-boyfriends, and Jack’s obsession with photographing everything and conviction that French condoms are too small, threatens to make things worse.

 

 

5.30pm
The Gang of Oss
Director: Andre van Duren 
2011/The Netherlands/110 mins/Drama/16+
Based on historical events, this film tells the story of a crime gang from the south of Holland at war with the government in the north in the late 1930s. At the centre of things is Johanna, who runs a bar where the gang congregates, and who wishes to escape the conflict.

 

 

 

8 pm
Chinese Take-Away
Director: Sebastián Borensztein 
2011/Spain/93 mins/Comedy/13+
Roberto is the embittered owner of a hardware store in Buenos Aires. One day he meets a young Chinese man, Jun, who’s lost and doesn’t speak Spanish. Unable to decipher Jun’s story, Roberto lodges him at home, until a guy delivering Chinese food comes by and translates the dramatic story of Jun’s life.

 

 

 

TODAY’S SCHEDULE FOR THE EFF MOVIETOWNE, TOBAGO

 

 

3.30 pm
Kiymet + Turquaze
Director: Canan Turan 
2012/Germany/25 mins/Documentary/GA
Back in the late 1960s, Kiymet became the first member of her family to migrate from Turkey to Germany. Now an elderly woman living in her native village again, she recounts her remarkable life—as a mother, activist and immigrant worker—to her granddaughter, a filmmaker who lives in Berlin.

 

 

Turquaze
Director: Kadir Balci 
2010/Belgium/96 mins/Drama/14+
Exploring the lives of immigrants who find themselves torn between two lands and cultures, with roots in neither, this messy, moving and joyous romantic drama introduces a trio of Turkish brothers living in Belgium who redefine family dynamics after their father’s death.

 

 

5.30 pm
Cool Kids Don’t Cry
Director: Dennis Bots 
2012/The Netherlands/96 mins/Family drama/GA
Twelve-year-old Akkie loves football and lives to play in the school tournament. Confident and spirited, she stands up to her classmate, Joep, who doesn’t think girls should be allowed to play a “boys’” game. But Joep soon discovers how much he has underestimated Akkie when she is diagnosed with leukemia.

 

 

8 pm
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Director: Robert Guédiguian 
2011/France/90 mins/Drama/14+
Inspired by a Victor Hugo poem, this is the story of Michel, a dockworker. When his home is robbed, Michel finds out the identity of one robber, a former colleague, and gets him arrested. However, Michel’s revenge is soured by his discovery of the young man’s motives. 

 

 

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