The EU Film Festival — Interesting, but of Oscillating Quality
A review article about the
films presented in a »travelling festival« of European
Union films, Zagreb November 7-17 1997.
During ten days in November, the film audience of Zagreb,
the Croatian capital (and later of other Croatian cities,
e. g. Split) had the opportunity to attend a travelling selection
of recent EU films from Austria, Belgium, Great Britain,
Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands,
Sweden. The presented films were: Toto le heros by
Jaco Van Dormael, Zusje by Robert Jan Westdijk, Beautiful
Thing by Hattie McDonald, Nikolaikirche by Frank
Beyer, Ap’to hioni by Sotiris Goritsas, Morfars
resa by Staffan Lamm, Comment je me suis dispute...
(ma vie seyuelle) by Arnaud Desplechin, Retrato de
mujer con hombre al fondo by Marie Del Carmen Rodrigez-Laretta, Indien by
Paul Harather, Onnen maa by Mrkku Polonen, Tangotango by
Some of the films were of excellent quality
and with interesting topics and approaches (Toto le Heros, Zusje),
but some were of a low quality, not better than average
Croatian productions. Though the selection did not seem
to be either selective or exhaustive enough, it gave an
interesting insight into present-day European production.
The Zagreb screenings were well attended, proving that
such festivals do have promotional value, and that there
is hope that they will continue next year. In addition
to a general assessment of the festival, the reviewer reviewed
each presented film individually and supplied encyclopaedic
items on some of the directors in addenda to the article.