Welcome note

It’s hard to believe that only 12 months have passed since the last European Film Festival in South Africa, given the amount of news that have been streaming in from South Africa, Europe and many other parts of the world since then.

I find it all the more reassuring that European filmmaking has seen another year of highly creative output and filmmakers continue to produce works that challenge, uproot and allow audiences to take on new perspectives.

Let us invite you to see some of the most outstanding cinematic productions from Europe at the fourth edition of the European Film Festival in South Africa. We are happy that Katarina Hedrén is again on board as Festival Director – her 2017 film selection features once more the best of current cinema from 12 European countries.

We hope you enjoy the European Film Festival 2017!

on behalf of the European partners
Norbert Spitz, Regional Director of the Goethe-Institut

The European Film Festival 2017 is coordinated by the Goethe-Institut South Africa, hosted by Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau, and organised in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa and 12 other European cultural agencies or embassies in South Africa: the General Representation of the Government of Flanders, the French Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Camões Institute, the British Council, and the Embassies of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
The European Film Festival is part of the EuropeFest, presenting in South Africa in May 2017 a diverse range of EU Member States cultural events.

Director’s note

With a diverse and exciting programme, spanning topics from animal and eco-rights to activism, family dynamics, displacement and experiences of war, it is with the greatest pleasure that we invite you to indulge in cinematic treats from 12 European countries, including Croatia and Ireland, who join the line-up for the first time.

Festival visitors can expect a variety of moods and genres: comedies are sided with stories of grief, tension and confusion. A children’s adventure is included the selection alongside dramas and two documentaries.

The films are new, but the commitment remains the same; offering entertainment as well as opportunities for reflection, new discoveries and recognition via the captivating characters and their fates portrayed in our selection of recent acclaimed and award-winning films from Europe.

With sincere thanks to the audience and our partners for your valued support, we wish you a Happy European Film Festival!

Katarina Hedrén,
Festival Director