Vincent O’Neill opens European Film Festival with award winning Irish movie

European Film Festival 2018 Kenya
Irish Ambassador Vincent O'Neill introduces "Sanctuary", the first movie being shown at this year's European Film Festival. Photo: Twitter/EUinKenya

Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Dr Vincent O’Neill has introduced the first movie of the European Film Festival which opened tonight at the Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi.

The first film being shown is Irish movie Sanctuary by Len Collin. It tells the story of two people with intellectual disabilities who long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart. The film won the 2017 Dublin Film Critics Circle award for Best Irish Film beating amongst others The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Maudie.

The film festival which showcases European and Kenyan cinema is now in its 27th year, as it continues to provide a window into the diversity of people’s lives in Europe. The wide variety of movies on offer at this year’s festival means there’s something to appeal to all tastes and ages.

This year, the festival’s curator Nyambura M. Waruingi has broadened the festival beyond the film screenings themselves by organising related side-events to run alongside the movies.

For example, on Europe Day (9 May) the Goethe Institute will screen “Losers & Winners”, “Europe At Sea”, and “The Wait”. These films examine different aspects of migration in Europe, and there will also be a panel discussion about the theme. The festival programme also includes events aimed at participants in Kenya’s film industry including workshops with the Script-Writers’ Guild and master-classes on various challenges facing the industry.

During May, around fifty films originating from twenty European countries and Kenya will be screened. Dialogue will be in the original languages of the films, with English subtitles for the non-English-language films. Almost all of the festival will be open to the general public. The main exceptions will be the opening and closing nights, on Friday 4 May and Saturday 26 May. For public screenings, entry will be completely free of charge.

The festival is organised jointly by the Embassies of the participant European countries and the EU Delegation to Kenya and has benefited hugely from the support of stakeholders from across Kenya’s film industry, including both the official national authorities (the Kenya Film Classification Board and the Kenya Film Commission) and leading film-makers.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE, 4-27 MAY 2018

Friday 4 May – Michael Joseph Centre

  • Opening – Private Event

Sunday 6 May – Michael Joseph Centre

  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 14:00 The Ice Dragon (Martin Hogdahl, 2012, 80mins, Sweden)
  • 15:30 T.I.M. (Rolf van Eijk, 2014, 90mins, Netherlands)
  • 17:15 Smartphone short films (Kenya)
  • 18:30 Kidnapped (Nick Njache, 2017, 83mins, Kenya)

Monday 7 May – Metta

  • 16:00 Short and Sweet: Here and There (2010, 85mins, Germany)

Tuesday 8 May – The Alchemist

  • Daytime Animation showcase (Kenya)
  • 19:00 Short and Sweet: Worldly and Otherworldly (2010, 84mins, Germany)
  • 20:30 Alois Nebel (Tomas Lunak, 2011, 84 mins, Czech Republic)

Wednesday 9 May – Goethe Institut

  • 14:15 Smartphone short films (Kenya)
  • 16:00 Short films (2012, 60mins, Netherlands)
  • 17:00 Losers and Winners (U.Franke/M. Loeken, 2006, 96mins, Germany)
  • 18:45 Europe at Sea (Annalisa Piras, 2018, 60mins)
  • 20:20 The Wait (Emil Langballe, 2016, 58mins, Denmark)

Thursday 10 May – August 7th Memorial Park

  • 15:00 Smartphone short films (Kenya)
  • 16:15 Wazi FM (Vincenzo Cavallo, 2014, 62mins, Italy/Kenya)
  • 19:00 Kati Kati (Mbithi Masya, 2016, 75mins, Germany/Kenya)

Friday 11 May – National Museum

  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 15:00 The Best of All Worlds (A. Goinginger, 2017, 103mins, Austria)
  • 19:00 I am not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni, 2017, 93mins, UK)
  • 17:00 A Girl, the Mother and the Demons (S. Osten, 2016, 93mins, Sweden)

Saturday 12 May – National Museum

  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 15:00 Great Grandad’s Tall Tales (T.M. Rostboll/L. Glob, 2016, 10mins, Denmark)
  • 15:45 Obaba (Montxo Armendariz, 2005, 112mins, Spain)
  • 17:45 Ma Vie de Courgette (C. Barras, 2016, 66mins, Switzerland)
  • 19:00 Love Likes Coincidences (O. F. Sarok, 2011, 118mins, Turkey)

Sunday 13 May – National Museum

  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 14:00 Sputnik (Markus Dietrich, 2013, 130mins, Germany)
  • 17:30 Anniversary (Dan Chisu, 2017, 86mins, Romania)
  • 19:00 Kati Kati (Mbithi Masya, 2016, 75mins, Germany/Kenya)

Monday 14 May – Goethe Institut

  • Virtual reality screenings with Q&A (tbc)
  • 13:00 Let This Be A Warning (Jim Chuchu, 2017, Kenya)
  • Nairobi Berries (Ng’endo Mukii, Kenya)
  • British Council Hackathon
  • 16:00 We will be World Champions (D. Bajic, 2015, 70mins, Serbia)
  • 18:20 A Separation (Karin Ekberg, 2014, 70mins, Sweden)
  • 19:45 On the way to School (O. Dogan/O. Eskikoy, 2009, 81min, Turkey)

Tuesday 15 May – The Alchemist

  • 19:00 Northbound (J. N. Ranum, 2015, 11mins, Norway)
  • 19:15 In Order of Disappearance (HP. Moland, 2014, 118min, Norway)

Wednesday 16 May – Alliance Française

  • 17:00 Dom (Zuzanna Liova, 2011, 97mins, Slovakia)
  • 19:00 Cine Café – The Cut (Peter Wangugi Gitau, 63mins, Kenya)
  • 20:00 Chocolate City (Samuel Karanja, 20mins, Kenya)

Thursday 17 May – The Alchemist

  • 19:00 Short and Sweet: Dreams and Demons (2010, 74mins, Germany)
  • 20:30 O Apostolo (Fernando Cortizo, 2012, 80mins, Spain)

Friday 18 May – Alliance Française

  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 14:00 Fair Play (Andrea Sediackova, 100mins, Slovakia)
  • 16:00 18 Hours (Kevin Njue, 2017, Kenya)
  • 19:00 Cine Concert with Omutibo (Gonzalo Guajardo, 2018, Spain)

Saturday 19 May – Alliance Française

  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 14:00 In the Name of Peace (M. Fitzpatrick, 2017, 80mins, Ireland)
  • 15:30 Operacao Angola (Diana Andringa, 2015, 116mins, Portugal)
  • 18:30 Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016, 160mins, Germany)

Sunday 20 May – Alliance Française

  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 15:00 My Auntie’s Tales (T Mygind Rostboll, 2017, 10mins, Denmark)
  • 17:00 The Best of All Worlds (A. Goinginger, 2017, 103mins, Austria)
  • 19:00 The Corporate (Nicolas Silhol, 2017, 95mins, France)

Monday 21 May – The Bus

  • Virtual reality screenings with Q&A (tbc)
  • 13:00 Let This Be A Warning (Jim Chuchu, 2017, Kenya)
  • Nairobi Berries (Ng’endo Mukii, 2017, Kenya)
  • British Council Hackathon
  • 19:00 Northbound (J. N. Ranum, 2015, 11mins, Norway)
  • 19:15 Animation showcase (Kenya)
  • 20:15 Smartphone short films (Kenya)

Tuesday 22 May – The Alchemist

  • 19:00 Ma Vie de Courgette (C. Barras, 2016, 66mins, Switzerland)
  • 20:15 The Other Side of Hope (A. Kaurismaki, 2017, 100mins, Finland)
  • 22:00 The Corporate (Nicolas Silhol, 2017, France)

Wednesday 23 May – Goethe Institut

  • 13:00 Hell of ’63 (Steven de Jong, 2009, 108mins, Netherlands)
  • 15:00 Short films (UK)
  • 18:00 Rozyczka (Jan Kidawa-Bolonski, 118mins, Poland)
  • 20:00 Train Driver’s Diary (Milos Radovic, 90mins, Serbia)

Thursday 24 May – The Alchemist

  • 19:00 Animation showcase (Kenya)
  • 19:45 Smartphone short films (Kenya)
  • 21:00 Perfect Strangers (dir. Paolo Genovese, 2016, 97mins, Italy)

Friday 25 May – National Theatre

  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 15:00 Short & Sweet: He and She (2010, 88mins, Germany)
  • 17:00 Wazi FM (Vincezno Cavallo, 62mins, Italy/Kenya)
  • 19:00 Una Pistola en Cada Mano (Cesc gay, 2012, 95mins, Spain)

Saturday 26 May – National Theatre

  • 14:00 Sanctuary (Len Collin, 2017, 97mins, Ireland)

Sunday 27 May – National Theatre

  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 15:00 Iqbal Farooq (T. Harkamp, 2015, 90mins, Denmark)
  • 17:00 Jose and Pilar (M. G. Mendes, 117mins, Portugal)
  • 19:00 New Moon (Philippa Ndisi-ermann, 2018, Kenya)

For the latest timings and information, please refer to the event’s website.

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