EUFF 14 Opening & Closing Nights

European Union Film Festival

November 15 – 30, 2014

Announces 10th Anniversary Opening and Closing Nights Film Presentations

EUFF opening closing

*Canadian Premiere*

Fasten Your Seatbelts  (ITALY)

Written and directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

will OPEN the 10th annual EUFF on November 15, 2014

*Toronto Premiere*

A Place Called Home (GREECE)

Written and directed by Maria Douza

will CLOSE the Festival on November 29, 2014

Celebrating 10 years of the greatest cinematic-diplomatic mash-up in existence, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) is proud to announce its Opening and Closing Nights Presentations: Italy’s Fasten Your Seatbelts will open the 15-day film “estravaganza”, while Greece’s A Place Called Home, will close the Festival.

The Italian and Greek Consulates of Toronto share Presidency of the 2014 edition of the Festival, which will run from November 15 to 30, 2014 at The Royal, 608 College St, for FREE.

Kicking things off is the Canadian Premiere of acclaimed Italian-Turkish filmmaker, Ferzan Ozpetek’s Fasten Your Seatbelts, a drama about polar opposites Elena and Antonio, who find themselves overwhelmed by a forbidden mutual attraction.  Not only are their personalities incompatible, but the two are also engaged to other partners, two relationships that will face the unthinkable when a storm of passion finally takes over.

Fasten Your Seatbelts is Ozpetek’s tenth feature, which -like all his previous films- was both written and directed by the Turkish-born, Rome-based filmmaker.  The screening will be co-presented with the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, and will be a ticket-only event, preceded by a special reception at the Mod Club. The film will have an encore screening later in the Festival.

Closing the 2014 edition is the Toronto Premiere of A Place Called Home, written and directed by Greek filmmaker Maria Douza. Winner of Best Feature Film at the 2014 San Francisco Greek Film Festival, this powerful character piece is the story of Eleni, a London-based cardiology professor who travels to Greece to visit her estranged father, yet finds nothing at home is the way she expected.

About the European Union Film Festival

Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, the official European Union Film Festival (EUFF), a not-for-profit organization, strives to reflect the excellence, innovation, and diversity of European cinema in Toronto, the world’s most multicultural city. Founded in 2004 as a salve to Hollywood monotony, this free festival has grown to now showcase 28 contemporary films drawn from each of the EU’s member countries. The EUFF is a unique festival and the only one in the world to bring together disparate EU Consulates and local cultural institutes for collaboration. Represented countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. http://www.eutorontofilmfest.ca/

Box office info.

General Admission to EUFF screenings is FREE

Availability works on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seats to any screening can be secured by booking in advance

Advance Reservation: $10 (all service fees included)

Opening Night Reception + Film: $25

Advance reservations and tickets to Opening Night will be available at eutorontofilmfest.ca