Museum of the Moving Image's First PANORAMA EUROPE Festival Set for 4/4-13
Museum of the Moving Image and The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) will present Panorama Europe, from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 13, a showcase of 17 contemporary European feature films and one program of short films. Known as Disappearing Act for its first five years, the newly re-named festival continues the mission of showcasing vital European filmmaking as distribution remains challenging for foreign language films in the United States. Panorama Europe gives New York audiences access to what may be their only chance to see these acclaimed films from the festival circuit on the big screen or at all. This year's festival will take place at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria and at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan. It was programmed by David Schwartz, Chief Curator at Museum of the Moving Image.
The opening night film Unit 7, a riveting Spanish thriller, will be shown on Friday, April 4 at Museum of the Moving Image. Director Alberto Rodríguez will appear in person at the screening of his gripping cop thriller set on the mean streets of late-1980s Seville. The film earned 16 Goya nominations.
"European cinema was once viewed by American audiences as the center of film culture," said Schwartz. "But today, it has become harder for foreign-language films to open theatrically in New York. Panorama Europe shows that European cinema is vibrant and varied. If there is a central theme underlying many of the films, it is a fascination with secrets and revelations, on many levels-personal, social, and political."
The full line-up for Panorama Europe is:
• Opening Night: Unit 7 (Grupo 7), Spain, 2012, directed by Alberto Rodríguez
• Balancing Act (Gli Equilibristi), Italy, 2012, directed by Fabio Troisi - U.S. Premiere
• Blood Type, Estonia, 2013, directed by Leeni Linna
• The Bucaresti Experiment, Romania, 2013, screening with Before the Fall, Romania, 2011, directed by Tom Wilson
• Cinematic Inclusions, Lithuania, (seven shorts directed by Robertas Verba, Almantas Grikevi?ius, Henrika Sablevi?ius, Ar?nas Matelis, Audrius Stonye, Algimantas Maceina)