JAKARTA (4/19) – Annual European film festival held in Indonesia, Europe on Screen (EoS) is back again this year with more films and programs. Through a press conference that was held on Thursday, 19 April 2018 at IFI Thamrin, Jakarta the festival will be back from 3 – 12 May 2018. It aims to bring quality European movies to Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Denpasar, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. His Excellency Vincent Guérend, the European Union Ambassador for Indonesia also introduced a new program called #OurOcean , where EoS will put a spotlight on the shared responsibility for protecting the oceans as a resource for all mankind through selected documentaries. Mr. Guérend further hoped that #OurOcean will increase the awareness from the audience or visitors of EoS to start a movement to protect the ocean.
EoS this year will be more special with the addition of a special focus program dedicated to legendary Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman. The director behind classic movies like “Wild Strawberries”, “The Virgin Spring”, or “Scenes From A Marriage” will celebrate his 100th birthday this year. Achieving huge feat like winning Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and produced over 60 titles, it is only right to celebrate his legacy in European film. “This year marks the centennial birth of Ingmar Bergman. Special celebrations are held all around the world, including in Indonesia through EoS. We will screen three classic films that have been digitally restored, ‘Autumn Sonata’, ‘The Seventh Seal’ and ‘Wild Strawberries’. Archival interviews with Bergman, never-before-seen, will also be added in each film. We will also have an exhibition of Bergman’s timeline journey on display in the Goethe Institute throughout the festival,” said festival co-director Nauval Yazid.
There will be in total more than 200 film screenings from 93 titles, erected on cultural centers such as Erasmus Huis, Goethe Institute, Istituto Italiano di Cultura and Institut Francais Indonesia; in universities including Universitas Multimedia Nusantara and SAE Institute, and in new venues including the Ke:Kini communal working space, Tugu Kuntskring Paleis and the Hotel Tugu Bali. For outdoor screenings, EoS have appointed shopping malls such as Bintaro Xchange Mall and Gandaria City as the hosts. A short film competition called “Short Film Pitch Project” will see 10 finalists battle it out to realize their films in by pitching their ideas in front of a panel of professional filmmakers. It is projected that the winner’s film will be screened next year and fully funded by EoS.
Opened by “The Breadwinner” as the first film selection, EoS 2018 will be closed with the screening of “My Big Night”. Two new features which are “Submergence” by German director Wim Wenders, and “Based on a True Story”, directed by Roman Polanski will be screened for the first time before they hit the theaters worldwide. The festival also invites filmmakers from Europe like Weronika Mliczewska (director, Long Way, Poland), Deirdre Barry (producer for animated films and series, Ireland), Jean-Pascal Elbaz (subtitling expert, France), Aliakbar Campwala (director, The Invisible Subtitler, UK) and Andreas Johnsen (director, Bugs, Denmark) to attend the event.
EoS co-director Meninaputri Wismurti points out another special program, ‘Film Talk: The Art of Subtitling’, to be held at Universitas Multimedia Nusantara on May 7. “For any foreign-language film, subtitling is important as it helps the film reach out to a wider audience, and the audience to understand the film better. Such a program is being held for the first time in Indonesia. We have invited subtitling experts from France and Indonesia and a researcher who made a documentary on subtitling from the UK.” Find more information about EoS program this year through their Instagram @europeonscreen or head to the official website.