From March 4 through 31, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 14th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of European Union nations. This year’s festival, our largest yet, boasts 64 films representing 24 nations, highlighted by new films from major directors including Michael Winterbottom (THE TRIP), Catherine Breillat (THE SLEEPING BEAUTY), Tony Gatlif (KORKORO), Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS), Nicholas Philibert (NÉNETTE), Manoel de Oliveira (THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA), Christi Puiu (AURORA), Pedro Costa (CHANGE NOTHING), Pantelis Voulgaris (WITH HEART AND SOUL), and Jan Hrebejk (KAWASAKI’S ROSE).
Opening night film!
Filmmakers in person!
2010, Szabolcs Hajdu,
Hungary/Denmark/UK, 111 min.
With Orsolya Török-Illyés, Oana Pellea
Hungary’s official Academy Award submission is characterized by a delicate balancing act, presenting the harrowing story of a woman sold into sex slavery by her father in the fantastical style of a bizarre fairytale studded with dream sequences and animation. Mona, a single mother, attempts to regain custody of her small daughter by spinning a wild yarn of Gypsy lovers, gangsters, and fortune-tellers, culminating in her surreal sojourn in the literary-themed brothel Bibliothèque Pascal. Director Hajdu (WHITE PALMS) graces his resilient heroine with an extravagant imagination as a weapon against the trauma of memory. In Hungarian and English with English subtitles. 35mm print courtesy of Magyar Filmunió. (BS)