Last weekend I was a marathon runner. But I wasn’t running to finish 42 km around the city, instead I was running to attend as many European movie screenings as possible. It was the last weekend of the European Film Festival in KL, happening in cities all around Malaysia.
I can say that the movies were spectacular, better than I could imagine. A Romanian comedy about a gigolo pretending to be stockbroker who falls in love with the cake chef pretending to be a PR manager was our first viewing, followed by a film about the revival of a rock band from Serbia and the beauty of feeling young again by going on a comeback tour with old friends. The German movie Phoenix was strong and elegantly portrays the life of a woman who manages to miraculously survive a death camp for Jews and finds out that her husband was the one who betrayed her and sent her to her death.
Yesterday I saw my favourite film, a Norwegian production about believing in yourself, standing by your ideas and not giving up, a movie of adventures on the oceans and living on the edge of madness and courage.
I remember the opening night and the mingling with the guests from all around the world, seeing the ambassadors of the participating countries on the stage, proud of their culture and heritage; I saw then the polish drama that won the Oscar this year, Ida and was impressed and confused in the same time by the artistic genius of the director. I definitely can’t wait for next year’s screenings.
Have you seen any movies this year at the EUFF? Which one was your favourite?