#InTheLoop | A Festival of New European Films
BY QEDC It's In Queens
What’s new on the other side of the pond?
The Museum of the Moving Image co-presents Panorama Europe: A Festival of New European Films from Friday, May 4, through Thursday, May 31.
Now in its tenth year, this annual smorgasbord features 21 fiction and documentary works that paint a contemporary portrait of a fast-changing continent. The lineup includes a shorts program, Q&A sessions, and a few free screenings at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The festival has the following schedule:
- Case for the New Hangman (May 5, 2 pm). This is the New York premiere of the restored version of this Czech New Wave film that follows the misadventures of a modern-day Lemuel Gulliver who, after crashing his car, embarks on foot on an odyssey that lands him in a strange land where citizens adhere to nonsensical laws and its rulers block out the sun.
- Miracle (May 5, 4:30 pm). Introduced by film critic Lukas Brasiskis, this Lithuanian/Russian film is a dryly comic look back at the Wild West post-Soviet years of the early 1990s.
- November (May 5, 6:30 pm). This fable unfolds in a 19th century pagan Estonia where werewolves, ghosts, and the plague run rampant and thieving is the primary means of survival.
- Lots of Kids, a Monkey, and a Castle (May 6, 3 pm). In Spanish with English subtitles, this film’s curious title refers to the three things actor-turned-director Gustavo Salmerón’s wonderfully one-of-a-kind mother Julita always wanted. Incredibly, she got them all, raising six kids, adopting a monkey, and eventually purchasing her very own castle thanks to a tidy inheritance.
- 5 October (May 6, 5 pm). In Slovak with English subtitles, the date October 5 is the date the director’s brother Jan will undergo surgery to remove an enormous facial tumor, an operation that even if successful leaves him with a 50-50 chance of survival. Facing his mortality, Jan embarks on a cross-continental bike trip to find peace amid nature.
- A Woman Captured (May 6, 6:30 pm). In Hungarian with English subtitles, this intense true-life shocker is an intimate portrait of Marish, who has endured for the past 10 years as an indentured servant for the abusive matriarch of a wealthy family, performing backbreaking labor 20 hours a day in exchange for food, lodging, and cigarettes.
- Before Summer Ends (May 11, 7:30 pm). In French and Persian with English subtitles, this quasi-documentary follows three 30-something Iranian friends on a road trip through the South of France.
- Taste of Cement (May 12, 2 pm). In Arabic with English subtitles, this documentary explores Syrian refugees employed as construction workers in post-Civil War Beirut. Laboring to erect a towering skyscraper by day, they spend their nights in curfew, relegated to the site’s cavernous basement, haunted by memories of a homeland in ruins, hoping for a chance to rebuild.
- Silent Night (May 12, 4 pm). In Polish with English subtitles, this feature takes place on Christmas Eve in a small village. Adam, a young economic migrant who works in the Netherlands, unexpectedly returns home for his large family’s holiday gathering. He has an ulterior motive.
- Correspondences (May 13, 2 pm). In Portuguese, French, English, Greek, and Italian with English subtitles, this correspondence between influential Portuguese poets Sophia de Mello Breyner and Jorge de Sena forms the basis of this layered cinematic essay.
- The Illiac Passion (May 13, 5 pm). This spectacle of passion and creation in which Aeschylus’ text mixes with the music of Bartok and underground luminaries Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Taylor Mead, Beverly Grant, Gregory Battcock, and Gerard Malanga are cast as the titans of Greek mythology.
- The Dreamed Ones (May 13, 7 pm). In German with English subtitles, this passionate, doomed literary love affair is brought to life in this inventive, one-of-a-kind meta-romance.
- Rabot (May 18, 7:30 pm). In Dutch with English subtitles, this documentary chronicles the last months of life in a dilapidated Ghent high-rise slated for demolition. A 1970s prestige project designed as a utopian solution to low cost housing, the modernist Rabot towers instead became a symbol of urban blight.
- Maltese Shorts: The Maltese Fighter, Bajtra tax-Xewk (Prickly Pear), Arcadia, Lejliet (Eve) (May 19, 2 pm).
- The Steel Mill Caffé (May 19, 4 pm). In Croatian with English subtitles, business is slow at the bus stop bar in Sisak, Croatia, near the entrance to what was once one of the largest ironworks in Eastern Europe. This film documents the bar’s last week, eavesdropping on the conversations between the few regulars and the stray passers-by who wander in. The topics they discuss—the scarcity of work, the influx of migrants, the promise of a better life in Germany—offer insight into the state of a country struggling to pull itself out of recession.
- Beyond the One (May 20, 2 pm). Italian with English subtitles, artist filmmaker Anna Marziano offers a poetic, generously human meditation on the many and varied forms love can take.
- Silent Night (May 22, 7 pm, Bohemian National Hall).
- A Woman Captured (May 24, 7 pm, Bohemian National Hall).
- 5 October (May 29, 7 pm, Bohemian National Hall).
- Case for the New Hangman (May 31, 7 pm, Bohemian National Hall).
Tickets are $15 with discounts for seniors and students.
The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District. The Bohemian National Hall is located at 321 East 73rd St. in Manhattan (aka Queens West).
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