Spotlight Media Productions

EFP screenings of Oscar® FL entries from Europe, By Adrienne Papp

By Adrienne Papp

We are delighted to present 25 European Oscar® entries and the talent behind it. We will screen at the Dick Clark and the Laemmle Monica in Santa Monica.

 

25 Films from Europe submitted in the Foreign Language Film Award Category

4 of those also competing for Best Documentary Features

Schedule:

The screenings will take place on November 7 – 13 at the

Dick Clark Screening Room

2900 Olympic Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90404 

 

and on November  14 – 20 at the

Laemmle  Monica Film Center

1332 2nd St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

We are happy to present the following films:

Wednesday NOV 7: Dick Clark Screening Room

5:00 P.M. I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS (139 mins) Romania

A young female theatre director wants to stage, in a public square, an historical reenactment of a 1941 massacre committed by the Romanian army, an often ignored ethnic cleansing of Ukrainian Jews. The film examines how barbarism is not only defined by its perpetrators but by those insistent on pushing it to the sidelines of history as well.

Directed by: Radu Jude

 

8:00 P.M. CHAMPIONS (119 mins) Spain — Q&A

Marco, a coach in Spain’s top basketball league, is involved in a drunken foray that leads to a traffic accident. He loses his job, his girlfriend and is sentenced to the worst punishment for his ego: coaching a group of intellectually-disabled players who have never touched a ball in their lives. Through them, he learns what really counts in life.

Directed by: Javier Fesser

 

Thursday NOV 8: Dick Clark Screening Room

2:00 P.M. ELDORADO (92 mins) Switzerland — Q&A

Markus Imhoof tells a personal story which reflects a global phenomenon, the struggle of refugees fleeing from Africa to Europe. His questions on humanity and social responsibility in today’s world lead him back to his love for the refugee girl Giovanna during World War II.
Directed by: Markus Imhoof

 

4:00 P.M. I AM NOT A WITCH (93 mins) United Kingdom — Q&A

After a minor incident in her rural Zambian village, nine-year-old Shula is exiled to a witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape, she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates her new life, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the con-sequences of seeking freedom

Directed by: Rungano Nyoni

 

6:00 P.M. THE RESISTANCE BANKER (123 mins) The Netherlands — Q&A

Set in occupied Netherlands during World War II, the film is based on the extraordinary, true story of banker Walraven van Hall who financed the Dutch Resistance by defrauding the German-controlled Central Bank out of tens of millions of guilders – right under Nazis’ noses.

Directed by: Joram Lürsen

 

8:00 P.M. NEVER LEAVE ME (97 mins) Bosnia & Herzegovina

After his mother dies, 14 year-old Isa is sent to an orphanage for Syrian refugees in the mythical city of ?anl?urfa, Turkey where he makes uneasy friendships with two other young boys, Ahmad and Motaz. Although very different in temperament and not particularly fond of each other, they have one thing in common: to leave the orphans’ home and start a new life.

Directed by: Aida Begi?

 

Friday NOV 9: Dick Clark Screening Room

2:00 P.M. THE MARRIAGE (97 mins) Kosovo — Q&A

Bekim and Anita are happily get-ting married, despite the troubles of their families. However, the situation becomes complicated when a man named Nol, Bekim’s secret exlover, returns. Soon the unusual love triangle will begin to unravel.

Directed by: Blerta Zeqiri

 

4:00 P.M. ISKRA (80 mins) Montenegro

Petar is a retired detective and all he has left is his daughter Iskra, an ambitious young journalist, who mysteriously disappears while researching a politically sensitive story about the breakup of former Yugoslavia. Weaving together various timelines and storylines in true mystery-crime fashion, the pursuit to find Iskra takes Petar back to his past.

Directed by: Gojko Berkuljan

 

6:00 P.M. BORDER (101 mins) Sweden

Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell – she can sniff out fear on anyone. But when Vore walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can’t identify. Worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. This fateful encounter calls into question her entire existence.

Directed by: Ali Abbasi

 

8:00 P.M. OMNIPRESENT (120 mins) Bulgaria — Q&A

The story centers around Emil, the writer and owner of an advertising agency who gradually becomes obsessed with spying on his family, friends and employees via hidden spy cameras. In the process he comes to realise that some secrets should be left uncovered.

Directed by: Ilian Djevelekov

 

Saturday NOV 10: Dick Clark Screening Room

2:00 P.M. DOGMAN (103 mins) Italy 

Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugtion with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Directed by: Matteo Garrone

 

4:00 P.M. WOMAN AT WAR (101 mins) 

Iceland

Halla declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves… Until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

Directed by: Matteo Garrone

 

6:00 P.M. WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD (71 mins) Lithuania — Q&A

Wonderful Losers – they are called water carriers, domestiques, gregarios, who sacrifice their careers and forego personal victories so their team leaders can win. The untold world of the true warriors, knights and monks of professional sport.

Directed by: Ar?nas Matelis

 

8:00 P.M. MEMOIR OF WAR (127 mins) France 

Paris, 1944. In this haunting adaptation of her autobiographical novel, author Marguerite Duras shrewdly navigates the French Resistance and the Gestapo to uncover the whereabouts of her imprisoned husband.

Directed by:  Ar?nas Matelis

 

Sunday NOV 11: Dick Clark Screening Room

2:00 P.M. POLYXENI (99 mins) 

  Greece 

In 1955, a prominent Greek couple from Istanbul adopt an orphaned Greek girl, Katia, from their home-town. They offer her a powerful family name and ensure her devotion. Although separated from her younger brother, 12-year-old Polyxeni embarks on a new life with a bright future, unaware of the devious plan that others are weaving behind her back.

Directed by:

Dora Masklavanou

 

4:00 P.M. EUTHANIZER (87 mins) Finland 

  — Q&A

This violent summer noir tells the story of Veijo, a 50-year-old mechanic, whose second job is to put sick pets to sleep. The themes revolve around animal rights, suffering and death. But the real story is not about good or evil – it’s about intolerance and the stupidity of absolute men.

Directed by: Teemu Nikki

 

6:00 P.M. NAMME (91 mins) Georgia — Q&A

Ali is the guardian of the local spring water, which is said to have healing properties. His three sons are skeptical, and his young daughter, Namme, takes over the family tradition from her father. As a new hydro power station is being built, the spring water starts to disappear and old traditions take root – the water will not return unless a sacrifice is made.

Directed by: Zaza Khalvashi

 

8:00 P.M. THE WALDHEIM WALTZ (93 mins) 

Austria

The film analyses the uncovering of former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past by the World Jewish Congress. Created from archival material THE WALD-HEIM WALTZ reveals a turning point in Austrian political culture via the successful use of anti-Semitism and populist propaganda.

Directed by: Ruth Beckermann

 

Monday NOV 12: Dick Clark Screening Room

2:00 P.M. PILGRAMAGE (109 mins) 

Portugal 

Bekim and Anita are happily get-ting married, despite the troubles of their families. However, the situation becomes complicated when a man named Nol, Bekim’s secret exlover, returns. Soon the unusual love triangle will begin to unravel.

Directed by: Blerta Zeqiri

 

4:00 P.M. COLD WAR (88 mins) Poland — Q&A

Cold War is a love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 50’s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love.

Directed by: Pawe? Pawlikowski

 

6:00 P.M. GUTLAND (117 mins) Luxembourg 

In this surrealist rural noir, a thief from a distant German city finds refuge in a small village in Luxembourg. As he is gradually integrated into the community, it emerges that he’s not the only one with a past to hide. Something sinister is lurking under the immaculate surface of this picturesque little world – and it is slowly drawing him in.

Directed by: Govinda Van Maele

 

8:00 P.M. WINTER FLIES (85 mins) 

Czech Republic — Q&A

Two imaginative boys – a teenage rebel and his nerdy sidekick – embark on a journey of misadventure through the Czech countryside in a stolen Audi. Their escapade comes to an abrupt halt when they are taken into custody at a police station and begin to explain what really happened on the trip.

Directed by: Olmo Omerzu

 

Tuesday NOV 13: Dick Clark Screening Room

3:00 P.M. THE EIGHTH COMMISSIONER (139 mins) 

  Croatia — Q&A

An ambitious politician finds him-self framed for a scandal. In order to keep him out of the public eye, the government sends him to the farthest inhabited island in Croatia as its commissioner, to organise legal elections. Seven previous commissioners failed at the task. As he seeks a way to fulfill his mission he will find much more.

Directed by Ivan Salaj

 

6:00 P.M. TO BE CONTINUED (101 mins) Latvia — Q&A

Ivars Seleckis, takes a look at five children and their families from throughout Latvia. Shot over a period of two years, the film explores how choices made by adults are reflected in a child’s thinking.

Directed by: Ivars Seleckis

 

8:00 P.M. WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (85 mins) 

  Norway — Q&A

Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. When out with her friends, she’s a normal Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. But when her father catches her alone with her boyfriend in her room, Nisha’s two worlds brutally collide.

Directed by: Iram Haq

 

Wednesday NOV 14: Laemmle Monica Film Center

5:00 P.M.

  I AM NOT A WITCH (93 mins) United Kingdom — Q&A

After a minor incident in her rural Zambian village, nine-year-old Shula is exiled to a witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape, she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates her new life, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the con-sequences of seeking freedom.

Directed by: Rungano Nyoni

 

7:30 P.M. ELDORADO (92 mins) Switzerland — Q&A

Markus Imhoof tells a personal story which reflects a global phenomenon, the struggle of refugees fleeing from Africa to Europe. His questions on humanity and social responsibility in today’s world lead him back to his love for the refugee girl Giovanna during World War II.

Directed by: Markus Imhoof

 

Thursday NOV 15: Laemmle Monica Film Center

5:00 P.M.

  NAMME (91 mins) Georgia 

Ali is the guardian of the local spring water, which is said to have healing properties. His three sons are skeptical, and his young daughter, Namme, takes over the family tradition from her father. As a new hydro power station is being built, the spring water starts to disappear and old traditions take root – the water will not return unless a sacrifice is made.

Directed by: Zaza Khalvashi

 

7:00 P.M. EUTHANIZER (87 mins) Finland — Q&A

This violent summer noir tells the story of Veijo, a 50-year-old mechanic, whose second job is to put sick pets to sleep. The themes revolve around animal rights, suffering and death. But the real story is not about good or evil – it’s about intolerance and the stupidity of absolute men.

Directed by: Teemu Nikki

 

Friday NOV 16: Laemmle Monica Film Center

1:00 P.M.

 I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS (139 mins) Romania — Q&A

A young female theatre director wants to stage, in a public square, an historical reenactment of a 1941 massacre committed by the Romanian army, an often ignored ethnic cleansing of Ukrainian Jews. The film examines how barbarism is not only defined by its perpetrators but by those insistent on pushing it to the sidelines of history as well.

Directed by: Radu Jude

 

4:00 P.M.   

WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (85 mins) 

  Norway — Q&A 

Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. When out with her friends, she’s a normal Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. But when her father catches her alone with her boyfriend in her room, Nisha’s two worlds brutally collide.

Directed by: Iram Haq

 

6:30 P.M. ISKRA (80 mins) Montenegro — Q&A

Petar is a retired detective and all he has left is his daughter Iskra, an ambitious young journalist, who mysteriously disappears while researching a politically sensitive story about the breakup of former Yugoslavia. Weaving together various timelines and storylines in true mystery-crime fashion, the pursuit to find Iskra takes Petar back to his past.

Directed by: Gojko Berkuljan

 

8:30 P.M. MEMOIR OF WAR (127 mins) France 

Paris, 1944. In this haunting adaptation of her autobiographical novel, author Marguerite Duras shrewdly navigates the French Resistance and the Gestapo to uncover the whereabouts of her imprisoned husband.

Directed by:  Ar?nas Matelis

 

Saturday NOV 17: Laemmle Monica Film Center

1:00 P.M.

WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD (71 mins) Lithuania

Wonderful Losers – they are called water carriers, domestiques, gregarios, who sacrifice their careers and forego personal victories so their team leaders can win. The untold world of the true warriors, knights and monks of professional sport.

Directed by: Ar?nas Matelis

 

3:00 P.M. TO BE CONTINUED (101 mins) Latvia — Q&A 

Ivars Seleckis, takes a look at five children and their families from throughout Latvia. Shot over a period of two years, the film explores how choices made by adults are reflected in a child’s thinking.

Directed by: Ivars Seleckis

 

5:30 P.M. THE MARRIAGE (97 mins) Kosovo — Q&A

Bekim and Anita are happily get-ting married, despite the troubles of their families. However, the situation becomes complicated when a man named Nol, Bekim’s secret exlover, returns. Soon the unusual love triangle will begin to unravel.

Directed by: Blerta Zeqiri

 

8:00 P.M.   

THE WALDHEIM WALTZ (93 mins) 

  Austria

The film analyses the uncovering of former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past by the World Jewish Congress. Created from archival material THE WALD-HEIM WALTZ reveals a turning point in Austrian political culture via the successful use of anti-Semitism and populist propaganda.

Directed by: Ruth Beckermann

 

10:00 P.M. BORDER (101 mins) Sweden

Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell – she can sniff out fear on anyone. But when Vore walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can’t identify. Worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. This fateful encounter calls into question her entire existence.

Directed by: Ali Abbasi

 

Sunday NOV 18: Laemmle Monica Film Center

1:00 P.M.

OMNIPRESENT (120 mins) Bulgaria

The story centers around Emil, the writer and owner of an advertising agency who gradually becomes obsessed with spying on his family, friends and employees via hidden spy cameras. In the process he comes to realise that some secrets should be left uncovered.

Directed by: Ilian Djevelekov

 

3:30 P.M.   

POLYXENI (99 mins) 

Greece 

In 1955, a prominent Greek couple from Istanbul adopt an orphaned Greek girl, Katia, from their home-town. They offer her a powerful family name and ensure her devotion. Although separated from her younger brother, 12-year-old Polyxeni embarks on a new life with a bright future, unaware of the devious plan that others are weaving behind her back.

Directed by:

Dora Masklavanou

 

5:45 P.M.   

WOMAN AT WAR (101 mins) 

   

Iceland

Halla declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves… Until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

Directed by: Matteo Garrone

 

8:00 P.M.   

PILGRAMAGE (109 mins) 

Portugal 

Bekim and Anita are happily get-ting married, despite the troubles of their families. However, the situation becomes complicated when a man named Nol, Bekim’s secret exlover, returns. Soon the unusual love triangle will begin to unravel.

Directed by: Blerta Zeqiri

 

Monday NOV 19: Laemmle Monica Film Center

1:30 P.M.

CHAMPIONS (119 mins) Spain 

Marco, a coach in Spain’s top basketball league, is involved in a drunken foray that leads to a traffic accident. He loses his job, his girlfriend and is sentenced to the worst punishment for his ego: coaching a group of intellectually-disabled players who have never touched a ball in their lives. Through them, he learns what really counts in life.

Directed by: Javier Fesser

 

4:00 P.M. THE RESISTANCE BANKER (123 mins) The Netherlands

Set in occupied Netherlands during World War II, the film is based on the extraordinary, true story of banker Walraven van Hall who financed the Dutch Resistance by defrauding the German-controlled Central Bank out of tens of millions of guilders – right under Nazis’ noses.

Directed by: Joram Lürsen

 

6:30 P.M. COLD WAR (88 mins) Poland — Q&A

Cold War is a love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 50’s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love.

Directed by: Pawe? Pawlikowski

 

8:45 P.M.   

THE EIGHTH COMMISSIONER (139 mins) 

Croatia 

An ambitious politician finds him-self framed for a scandal. In order to keep him out of the public eye, the government sends him to the farthest inhabited island in Croatia as its commissioner, to organise legal elections. Seven previous commissioners failed at the task. As he seeks a way to fulfill his mission he will find much more.

Directed by Ivan Salaj

 

Tuesday NOV 20: Laemmle Monica Film Center

1:30 P.M.

GUTLAND (117 mins) Luxembourg 

In this surrealist rural noir, a thief from a distant German city finds refuge in a small village in Luxembourg. As he is gradually integrated into the community, it emerges that he’s not the only one with a past to hide. Something sinister is lurking under the immaculate surface of this picturesque little world – and it is slowly drawing him in.

Directed by: Govinda Van Maele

 

4:00 P.M. NEVER LEAVE ME (97 mins) Bosnia & Herzegovina

After his mother dies, 14 year-old Isa is sent to an orphanage for Syrian refugees in the mythical city of ?anl?urfa, Turkey where he makes uneasy friendships with two other young boys, Ahmad and Motaz. Although very different in temperament and not particularly fond of each other, they have one thing in common: to leave the orphans’ home and start a new life.

Directed by: Aida Begi?

 

6:00 P.M.   

WINTER FLIES (85 mins) 

Czech Republic

Two imaginative boys – a teenage rebel and his nerdy sidekick – embark on a journey of misadventure through the Czech countryside in a stolen Audi. Their escapade comes to an abrupt halt when they are taken into custody at a police station and begin to explain what really happened on the trip.

Directed by: Olmo Omerzu

 

8:00 P.M.  DOGMAN (103 mins) Italy 

Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugtion with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Directed by: Matteo Garrone

 

About the Author of This Article:  Adrienne Papp is a recognized journalist, economist and feature writer, who has written for many publications including SavoirThe Westside Today Publications ; such as Beverly Hills 90210Malibu BeachSanta Monica SunThe Beverly Hills TimesBrentwood NewsBel-Air View ; Celebrity Society ; Celeb Staff It Magazine;  Chic Today;  LA2DAY;  West Side Today among many others. She is the President and CEO of Los Angeles / New York-based publicity company, Atlantic Publicity and publishing house, Atlantic Publisher. Adrienne writes about world trends, Quantum Physics, entertainment and interviews celebrities, world leaders, inventors, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. She also owns Atlantic United Films that produces and finances true stories made for theatrical release or the silver screen. Spotlight News Magazine is owned by Atlantic Publicity that just opened a new extension to it : PublicityLosAngelesAdrienne Papp is a member of the International Press Academy.She is the Founder, CEO and President  of Youthful & Ageless ™, Bringing Information to Billions™, An Honorable Cause™  www.LatestAgeless.com. www.OurMediaVenuesAndCompanies.comAtlantic Publicity ArticlesLatest Ageless, Events Photo Collection, Linked In Profile, Movie Data Base  Profile, Twitter, InstagramYouthful and Ageless Google+, Atlantic Publicity Google+, Atlantic Publisher Google+Adrienne Papp Google+, Adrienne Papp Personal Google+Spotlight News Magazine, Atlantic Publicity Productions, Atlantic Altitude, Altitude Pacific, Atlantic Publicity Photography and Filming, About Adrienne Papp   What Others Say  AtlanticPublicitySEOBrilliantMarketing365An Honorable CauseAcademic ResearchKnighthood Today,    Youthful and Ageless™. She was knighted and became a Dame in 2010. Her official name is Lady Adrienne Papp and Dame Adrienne Papp. Voting Member of The International Press Academy and The Oscars: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the Managing Editorial Director of The Beverly Hills Times Magazine, and Hollywood Weekly. She has a Master of Science in Economics majoring Logistics; an MBA Degree; An International Law, Trade and Finance Postgraduate: Marketing and Advertising Postgraduate from NYU and UCLA. Guest Professor at Oxford University; Director and Producer of TV and Airline On Camera Editorials; Adrienne Papp Enterprises 

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