The European Union Film Festival in Cambodia is back, in partnership with the French Institute!
Following the success of the EUFF’s return to Phnom Penh in 2023, another selection of unique and captivating European films are coming to the Cambodian capital. Starting on February 23, 2024, ten days of screenings at venues across the city will offer audiences a taste of Europe’s diverse cultural heritage and opportunities to take in the latest from the continent’s most talented filmmakers.
From drama and romance to comedy and documentaries, this year’s festival will have something for everyone, including family-friendly offerings suitable for all ages. Along with the 22 feature films from more than two dozen countries shown, there will be a host of other activities to enjoy. Short films, Q&A’s with featured directors and much more ensure that this year’s film festival will be an occasion to remember.
Friday, February 23rd at 6:40pm – Outdoor Screening
“Ride Above” by Christian Duguay (2022)
FRANCE – 122 minutes – French version with English subtitles
Growing up among horses at her parents’ stud farm, Zoé dreams of becoming a jockey and forms a deep bond with a young horse. A terrible accident threatens to end their racing careers, but they fight to reach victory together. Watch the trailer!
Saturday February 24
“Oskar & Lilli – Where No One Knows Us” by Arash T. Riahi (2020) – Not suitable for audiences under 16 years old
AUSTRIA – 96 minutes – German version with English subtitles
>> Followed by an online Q&A with the director after the screening
The Chechen refugee kids Oskar (8) and Lilli (13), who have been living in Austria for six years, are about to be deported along with their mother. When their mother attempts suicide, it results in the short-term suspension of the deportation – but also in the forced separation of the family. The children’s hope that they will be reunited with their mother is nourished by their love for each other and challenges all bureaucratic obstacles with passion and poetry. A bitter-sweet odyssey about the many ways of perceiving the world around you in order to survive. Watch the trailer!
“Lola and the Sea” by Laurent Micheli (2019)
BELGIUM, FRANCE – 90 minutes – French version with English subtitles
Lola, 18 years old, bleach blonde hair, lives in a foster home with Samir, her only friend. Impulsive and lonely, she is trying to get her diploma as a veterinary assistant. When her mother passes away, her father Phillip makes sure that Lola will miss the ceremony. Two years before that, Philip was throwing her out of the family home: at the time, Lola was still Lionel – Philippe is determined to fulfill Catherine’s last wish: to be dispersed to the North Sea, in the dunes of her childhood home. Lola on the other hand is furious against her father, but she will not leave her mother alone in this last journey. So they take off together, both unwilling to share a car but determined to take Catherine home. Watch the trailer!
Tuesday, February 27th at 6:45pm
“The Startup” by Alessandro D’Alatri (2017) – Not suitable for audiences under 16 years old
ITALY – 93 minutes – Italian version with English subtitles
A teenager, named Matteo, dreams of becoming a professional swimmer. When his coach prefers to him the son of the team’s sponsors, Matteo takes revenge by studying at the university Bocconi and inventing a social network. Watch the trailer!
Thursday, February 29th at 6:45pm
“Luzzu” by Alex Camilleri (2021) – Not suitable for audiences under 16 years old
MALTA – 95 minutes – Maltese version with English subtitles
A man risks everything to provide for his wife and newborn son by entering Malta’s black-market fishing industry. Watch the trailer!
Friday March 1st at 6:45 ppm
“Gentle” by Anna Eszter & Laszlo Csuja (2022) – Not suitable for audiences under 16 years old
HUNGARY/GERMANY – 138 minutes – Hungarian and German version with English subtitles
Edina, a female bodybuilder is ready to sacrifice everything for the dream she shares with her life partner and trainer Adam: to win the Miss Olympia. The odd love she finds on her way makes her see the difference between her dreams and her true self. Watch the trailer!