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21st European Union Film Festival

Film aficionados rejoice.

Singapore’s second oldest film festival, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF), is back with a vengeance this coming May. Organised by the rotating presidency of the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore, the 21st EUFF will feature critically acclaimed films from some of the EU’s member states, including award winners and nominees from the Cannes Film Festival, Warsaw International Film Festival, Golden Globes Italy and even the Oscars.

War, friendship, religion and love are a few of the themes that are explored by the 18 films on showcase. Spoilt for choice, you say? Allow us to pick out the films that should more than adequately pique your interests:

Team Building

Team Building looks at the curious development of capitalist Hungary through the twisted logic of Western team building techniques. Staffs of a multinational company come together for a team building exercise with unexpected results. The colourful events of the weekend – memorable and humiliating – are recorded through the lens of Péter, the cameraman, and are played back at the end.

The film is based on a story director Réka Almási heard from a friend about a strange team building exercise where employees were encouraged to destroy an old coffee machine; an event that became a collective smashing ritual, metaphoric of frustrations not only in them but within Hungarian society.

View the trailer here: http://bit.ly/fJevwI

Mount St. Elias

Set against the backdrop of Alaska’s dangerous beauty, three of the world’s greatest ski mountaineers attempt to climb and also attempt the world’s longest ski descent on Mount St. Elias.  Austrian ski-mountaineers, Axel Naglich and Peter Ressmann, and American free ski-mountaineer, Jon Johnston, realise their passion and above all strive to survive this breathtaking challenge.

View the trailer here: http://bit.ly/gT2Ghq

Of Gods And Men

Inspired by a true story from the Algerian civil war, an order of Trappist monks living in a hillside community outside Algiers, which is almost exclusively Muslim, have worked to foster understanding between themselves and their neighbours by observing Muslim traditions, becoming well versed in the Koran, and providing medical and charitable assistance to the people.  The monks do not wish to take sides in the conflict that finds them but their efforts to remain outside the war have ugly consequences when they are taken hostage by Muslim extremists.

View the trailer here: http://bit.ly/eYJMBi

Scheduled for single screenings only, the films will definitely prove to be a unique experience that you would not want to miss. Tickets are available at S$10 from 21st April 2011 at any GV Box office and online at www.gv.com.sg.

– Toke

For additional information, click HERE to go to EUFF’s official Facebook page.

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