(24/05/07) – As the summmer starts and the holiday season kicks off, film events across Europe may offer a few destination suggestions to those who like to combine travelling with cinephilia. The often under-rated but utterly charming Portuguese capital Lisbon, which John Malkovich adopted as his European base and where he co-owns a club called Lux, will be hosting the Lisbon Village Festival (07-24 June), a cultural event with emphasis on digital cinema. Robert DeNiro will be attending the opening of the event on 07 June to support an exhibition of his father’s work – yes, apparently Robert de De Niro, Sr is an artist as well. Be sure to check out the student competition called Village Xpress.
Still in Portugal but in the city of Serpa, Doc Kingdom (19-24 June, [pictured) attracts documentarians and fans of the genre from all over the world. According to the organisers, the event "includes the exhibition of relevant titles produced in the latest years and it offers the opportunity of a closer contact with its authors". The theme of the 2007 edition is "the function and the power of the word".
Going from Europe’s westernmost country to the Eastern side of the continent, the Transylvanian International Film Festival (TIFF, 1-10 June, ) in the city of Cluj-Napoca is one of the highlights of the season. The event has been growing in importance over the last few years and, considering the increasing participation of Romanian festival in important venues like Cannes, it is definitely a place to watch out for in terms of new cinema.
The organisation says that this year’s edition includes 12 films from 12 countries. The Romanian entry to the offical competition is 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, by Cristian Mungiu, the same film that is currently representing the country in Cannes and has already attracted praise from the likes of the International Herald Tribune and Variety.
Up north in Hamburg, the 23rd Hamburg International Short Film Festival (6-11 June) offers an opportunity to catch up on the latest in this format. Germany has a formidable track record in short film festivals and it’s always worth attending them to sample the more experimental end of the genre.
And finally, for those who find themselves in London in June, Picture Europe! is coming into town for an European Cinema extravaganza at the Curzon Soho (8-14 June). The event is an initiative from European Film Promotion (EFP). Over seven days, Picture Europe! will be screening 11 titles from 11 countries, including Spain, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Luxembourg, Italy, Romania, Finland, Bulgaria and The Netherlands. This is what we could call travelling without moving.