European Union Film Festival to Screen Films at National Gallery Singapore

Yue Jie

Singapore’s longest running foreign film festival, the EUFF returns for its 27th edition with a slate of 27 films from 27 participating countries in the EU.

In what is set to be a new direction for the European Union Film Festival (EUFF), arts venue National Gallery Singapore will partner and screen films of the EUFF for the first time.

It is hoped that the new partnership will foster deeper ties between Singapore and the European Union (EU).

27th EUFF Logo

Serving as a cultural bridge between Europe and Singapore, the EUFF aims to present and promote Europe’s cultural diversity through cinema. This is made even more significant as 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the European Union.

As an iconic institution of visual arts, the Gallery will provide important cultural context especially for the EUFF. With a range of films from dramas to thrillers, comedies to animation, there will be something for audiences in Singapore to watch.

Furthermore, most of the films rarely receive commercial screenings outside of Europe, so this presents an excellent opportunity to enjoy such films.

Germany is the featured country of EUFF 2017, and the festival will open May 11th with German comedy drama Goodbye Berlin (Tschick). Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin, Tschick is a big screen adaptation of Wolfgang Herrndorf’s cult novel “Why we took the Car’.

Another of Herrndorf’s literary works, the Belgium book-to-film adaptation Problemski Hotel, will also be featured in the EUFF.

Swiss art collector Uli Sigg and German filmmaker Michael Schindhelm will also be in town for the screening of Swiss film The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, a documentary set against the backdrop of the socio-political context of China’s transformation since the 1970s. The film will be shown on May 16th, with a post-screening dialogue on the same day.

Alongside feature films, the EUFF will partner with local film institution Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film & Media Studies for the third time. It will screen short films by its current and former students, and these will go together with the official film selection.

For now, here’s a look at Goodbye Berlin (Tschick), the opening film presented by Germany

The 27th European Union Film Festival will run from 11 – 21 May 2017.
Tickets are priced at S$12 and are available for purchase through SISTIC from April 11.

More information can be found on the website here.

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