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Film festival coming to town

Forty movies from all over Europe, twenty of them spoken or dubbed in English. The Made in Europe Festival 2011 – from 5 to 10 April – is definitely also intended for non-Dutch speakers.

Some of the films are by young European filmmakers, others are previews of new movies by established directors. The Serbian Tilva Roš is an example of the first, explains festival director David Deprez. It’s a story about friends in an old mining area in Serbia. Their childhoods, full of hanging around, skating and performing silly jackass-style stunts, is coming to an end. After summer Stefan is going to study in Belgrade, while Toda will stay behind in their hometown. Will their friendship last? “A film can’t get more Serbian, but the theme is still universal.”

Adem, a Flemish debut (only in Maastricht with English subtitles) by Hans van Nuffel, portrays a sixteen-year-old boy who has a deadly disease. “Even though he’s suffering from cystic fybrosis, his motto is ‘seize the day’. The filmmaker will be in Maastricht during the festival and will be interviewed, in English.”

Draqulia – L’Italia Che Trema is a festival preview and documentary about the aftermath of the earthquake in the Italian city L’Aquila. Director Sabina Guzzanti investigates Silvio Berlusconi’s self-serving exploitation of the events. Made in Dagenham is also a festival preview. This film by Nigel Cole is a British comedy for a big audience: “Airy and accessible.”

The opening film of the festival in Maastricht (other cities like Genk in Belgium, Roermond and Heerlen are also participating) is a Flemish thriller about a beef farmer: Rundskop. The special festival guest is the French actress Hafsia Herzi (La Graine et le Mulet). She will receive the Made in Europe Award.

 

Riki Janssen

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