European films coming to Screen Machine soon

Screen Machine audiences will soon be included in two exciting initiatives involving European cinema.

The first is the European Parliament’s LUX Film Prize and the second is North By Northwest: The Fringes of Europe involving Scotland, Finland, Iceland, Ireland and Norway.

LUX Film Prize : Audiences across Europe will get the chance to see the three feature films that have been shortlisted for this years LUX Film Prize and for the first time the Screen Machine is screening the LUX films. The prize was invented to create and share common understandings between all the citizens of Europe using the universal language of film to explore issues that affect everyone, whatever their nationality, race, age or origin.

This year the films cover the themes of immigration, integration, poverty and violence against women – and focus on youth.

While this may sound a bit downbeat! these are films made by filmmakers who are compelled to tell strong stories in powerful, interesting and often beautiful ways.

 All screenings are free so you have nothing to lose.

Girlhood (France)

Céline Sciamma’s triumphant third film is a beautifully observed examination of a young girl’s search for identity in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris and continues her exploration of the effects of social conventions on delicately forming female identities. Sixteen-year-old Marieme (Karidja Touré) must navigate not only the disruptive onset of womanhood, but also the inequalities of being black and living in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris. Excluded from school and in fear of her overbearing brother at home, Marieme escapes into the shielding environment of a girl gang. She renames herself ‘Vic’ for ‘Victory’ and gives up on asking for the things she wants and learns to just take them. Formally meticulous, the film is divided into four distinct segments in which Marieme changes her physical appearance to suit the different worlds she must navigate (school, home, street). Crystel Fournier’s stunning photography favours a distinctive blue palette that ensures that Marieme remains a defiantly vital presence on screen even while it appears she is disappearing from society’s view. The jubilant soundtrack infuses the film with vigour and passion, from the opening juddering electro-goth of Light Asylum’s ‘Dark Allies’ to a full length lip sync to Rhianna’s ‘Diamonds’. With Girlhood Sciamma flawlessly evokes the fragile resilience of youth.

Showing in Port Ellen on Thursday 6 November at 5.30 pm

Girlhood was selected for the London Film Festival 2014

Class enemy (Slovenia) is the debut film of the 28-year-old director Rok Biček. A group of teens blame their demanding new German teacher and his demeaning methods when one of their classmates commits suicide. As a colossal battle of wills unfolds at the high school, Slovenian director Rok Bicek demonstrates an impressive control of tension and suspense, making each encounter between class and instructor crackle with the possibility of violence. A convincingly performed, character-and-situation-driven drama.

Showing in Millport on Tuesday 11 November at 5.30pm

 Ida (Poland and Denmark), by the internationally acclaimed film-maker Pawel Pawlikowski, portrays a young Polish orphan at the beginning of the ’60s. Having grown up in a convent, she goes to visit her only living relative before taking her vows. They set off on a journey into both their pasts and one which causes her to question her faith.

Ida has been on selected release in cinemas throughout September to excellent reviews. Pawel Pawlikowski is a British – Polish filmmaker having won awards for his first feature films made in the UK.

These three films are the shortlist for the LUX Prize and you can vote for your favourite film here: http://www.luxprize.eu/public-mention

or here https://www.facebook.com/LUX.Cinema.Prize

MEPS will vote for their favourite film too – perhaps you can let your MEP know what you think.

The winner of the LUX Prize will be announced on 17 December in Strasbourg.   For more information: http://www.luxprize.eu/

 

North By Northwest: The Fringes of Europe

 Five countries on the fringes of Europe will be sharing five of their films – features, documentaries and shorts – with the others and these will all be screening in each country over the next 6 months.

This is a great way of crossing cultural borders; do we have a communal sense of humour, sense of romance, sense of humanity? With so many films on offer we can certainly find out.

The Screen Machine will be showing the films, exclusively, from January 2015 in a variety of locations. These will also be free screenings to make it easy for you to try something new.

This exciting initiative is unique to the Screen Machine in the UK.

 

We will publish more details soon after the official launch on Thursday 16 October which took place in Galway, with all of our partners.

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