Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 - Sun, Sep 27, 2015
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Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Consulates and Cultural Institutes of EU members: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany (Consulate and Goethe Institut), Greece, Italy (Consulate and Italian Cultural Institute), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania and Spain. Lead Sponsor: Bank of the West. Piper-Heidsieck is the official champagne sponsor of the American Cinematheque. Additional Sponsors: Caviar, Otto-Neman and Prime Web Placement.

Created in the aftermath of the Second World War, the EU is a unique economic and political partnership of 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas and promoting cultural ties. Now in its second year, the EU Film Festival provides an opportunity for international cinema enthusiasts in Los Angeles to celebrate and discover contemporary films from across the European Union.

Spotlighting festival award-winners from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania and Spain, the short and feature films here embody the rich heritage and diversity of cinema from Europe. With talent from the films invited to speak at screenings and an opening-night reception featuring food and beverages from participating nations, this is an ideal way for expats and Los Angeles residents alike to experience these European delicacies.

A short-film program offers a tour of the continent with drama, comedy and animation from seven countries. Among the features, MAMMEJONG looks at a mama’s boy seeking a life beyond his small hometown. High school teachers are the focus of two dramas titled THE LESSON. The Bulgarian film of that name follows an educator in financial straits driven to desperate measures, while the Latvian film profiles a teacher who falls in love with one of her students. Real-life events inspired GODS, a biopic of Poland’s most famous cardiac surgeon - which swept the Polish Film Awards - and IN THE CROSSWIND, a striking visualization of the Soviet Union’s postwar resettlement of the Baltic states. Love figures in a pair of features, though in very different ways, connecting the two young misfits of THEY HAVE ESCAPED and joining the coworker, wife and mother of a man in FLOWERS.

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American Cinematheque Members who belong to the Cinema Explorers Club can see these films for free! Click here for more information.

Series programmed by Gwen Deglise, Matt Hooker, Agathe Dubes and the EU members. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Filmmakers joining us in person with their films include Simone Borrelli, Jacob Frey, Nassos Vakalis and Jacques Molitor!
Both TheatresThu, Sep 24, 2015 - Sun, Sep 27, 2015
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Opening Night! Filmmakers In Person & Reception!
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre

Films in this Series at the Aero

Fri, Sep 25, 2015 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 - 4:00pm
Aero Theatre
Director Jacques Molitor In Person!
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre