Don’t be afraid, choose adventure. This could be the slogan of the Made in Europe film festival, which will take place in the Lumière cinema from 24–28 March.
Most of the movies are small films by young European directors, says festival director David Deprez. They tell the stories of ordinary people who want to make the best of life. “You won’t find Single Man or Das Weisse Band on the programme. These art house films don’t need extra attention.” Deprez has arranged for small films that did well on the international festival circuit but “that you usually don’t get to see in the cinema”.
At least 18 movies are suitable for an international audience; they are either in English or subtitled in English. One of them is the opening movie Eastern Plays, made by the Bulgarian director Kamen Kalev. It’s about two brothers who have lost contact, but are reunited when they take opposite roles in a racist beating. Another is Nothing Personal from the Dutch filmmaker Urszula Antoniak, a film about a young girl and an older man who close a deal: food in exchange for work. There is one condition: no personal questions. The film received four Golden Calf awards, the most prestigious awards within Dutch cinema.