Take a borderless journey through modern European cinema with our new season Visions of Europe. Join us as we travel across 14 countries through 14 films, exploring the work of a new wave of female directors in a changing continent.
Beginning with Alice Rohrwacher’s inventive Italian parable Happy as Lazzaro and ending in October with Ilinca Calugareanu’s barnstorming Romanian doc Chuck Norris vs Communism, our Visions of Europe season explores a continent in flux, viewed through the work of a wide range of brilliant contemporary female directors.
Along the way, we travel to Finland for the remarkable story of Moomin’s creator Tove, witness the birth of modernism through the eyes of Hungarian sisters leading very different lives in My Twentieth Century and head to a French amusement park for a very, very unusual love story in Jumbo.
Three stunning debut features show us both beauty and darkness in Lithuania, Spain and Ireland. Take a road trip in Išgyventi Vasarą’s sharply observed Lithuanian drama Summer Survivors, explore a child’s-eye view of the Spanish countryside in Carla Simón's mesmerising Summer 1993 and prepare for a foreboding thriller that introduces a bold new directorial vision in Cathy Brady's Wildfire.
We're also exploring a poisonous family dynamic (the masterfully directed Danish drama Queen of Hearts) and an unflinching portrait of beauty following an acid attack in Dutch filmmaker Sacha Polack's Dirty God.
In documentary features, Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint uncovers the life of a pioneering Swedish abstract artist, an audacious Estonian human experiment sees a young woman experience A Year Full of Drama and Poland’s Lessons of Love shadows an older woman taking charge of her life after leaving an abusive marriage, aged 69. If you've ever wondered if vegetables taste better if they grow up listening to classical music (who hasn't?), then the uplifting Greek organic farming doc When Tomatoes Met Wagner may be for you.
Get yourself a ticket and come on board for a journey of discovery that promises to open your eyes to the wonders of modern European cinema….
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