Foreign films aren't for everybody. Well, that's the assumption at least. However, this year's lineup for the European Union Film Festival (EUFF), which runs from 13 to 24 May, might very well overturn any misconceptions.
Some go to the cinema for action, some to be entertained by a fast-paced plot, while others for the attraction of a slick protagonist. The Connection, starring Jean Dujardin, hits all of those marks. A classic mob movie with an intense protagonist looking to take down a crime ring, it spells suspense at every turn. Throw into the mix a gangster organisation that exports heroin worldwide, it's a safe bet for movie-goers craving raw action.
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On the other side of the coin, the EUFF has several inspirational and heart-warming films in its line-up. From animated features such as the Oscar-winning Mr Hublot to the Swiss-Italian tale of a family reunion in The Wonders, the EUFF has enough PG entertainment to keep the younger ones occupied. Of particular note, the latter tells the charming story of a bee-keeping family struggling to keep tradition alive in the face of progress and is set in beautiful rural surrounds.
For sports enthusiasts (think: Friday Night Lights, Coach Carter and Invictus) with a penchant for rough-and-tumble flicks about the fruits of perseverance and teamwork, be sure to check out See You in Montevideo about football in Serbia and Dream Team 1935 about basketball in Latvia. The same formula of impossible odds and improbable heroes is deployed, but in both cases, executed with panache.
These are just some of the gems showing at EUFF this year. Whether you're a fan of comedies, dramas or documentaries, the EUFF's diverse arsenal is sure to please and, hopefully, will dispel any lingering notion that foreign films are too niche or inaccessible.
The European Union Film Festival will be shown at GV Suntec City from 14 to 24 May. For ticketing and programme details, click here.