Panorama Europe 2017
May 5 — 21, 2017
The 2017 edition of the Panorama Europe Film Festival features seventeen vibrant works—including witty comedies, gritty thrillers, and timely documentaries—representing some of the finest and most riveting films coming out of Europe today. The Festival will be filled with New York premieres, with opening and closing night events featuring special guests in person. This is a great opportunity to discover some of the most exciting new international filmmakers.
The Opening Night Film, on Friday, May 5, is King of the Belgians (Flanders, Belgium, 2016), a delightful faux-documentary, in which the King of Belgium finds himself on a wayward comic road trip through the Balkans. Followed by a discussion with co-director Jessica Woodworth in person and a reception.
The Closing Night Film, on Sunday, May 21, is The European (Netherlands, 2016), a candid documentary that takes us behind the scenes of government during the period of the refugee crisis and until the Brexit vote. The film’s main subject, Frans Timmermans, First VicePresident of the European Commission, will be present for the screening, along with director Dirk Jan Roeleven. The screening will be followed by a discussion and a reception.
Between these two events, the festival films hail from countries as diverse as Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, and Spain. Among the highlights of this year’s festival are: Safari, a riveting new documentary about European hunters in Africa by the Austrian director Ulrich Seidl; Swagger, a vibrant new French documentary exploring the rich inner lives of eleven teenagers growing up in one of France’s most diverse neighborhoods; The Erlprince, a mindbending Polish science-fiction fairytale about a teenage physics genius and his overbearing mother; and 1945, by director Ferenc Török, a powerful and beautifully made film from Hungary about the arrival of two Orthodox Jews in a remote village just after the end of the war.
Programmed by David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator, and Eric Hynes, Associate Curator of Film, in collaboration with partner institutions, the festival offers New York audiences what may be their only chance to see these acclaimed films on the big screen.
Panorama Europe is coordinated by Gaelle Duchemin, European Union Delegation to the United Nations. The 2017 Panorama Europe Film Festival presenting partners are the Arts Council Malta in New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center New York, the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, the Consulate General of Portugal, the Consulate General of Slovakia, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Czech Center New York, the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A., the Goethe-Institut New York, Instituto Cervantes, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Consulate General of Greece in New York and the Onassis Foundation USA, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
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