EUFF 2015 announces opening and closing films for their 11th edition

EUFF open close films

European Union Film Festival
November 14 – 28, 2015
Announces Opening and Closing Night Film Presentations

ALIAS LONER (Segvards Vientulis)
Written and Directed by Normunds Pucis
will OPEN the 11th annual EUFF on November 14, 2015, 8:30 pm

Directed by Donato Rotunno
will CLOSE the Festival on November 28, 2015, 6:00 pm

Now in its 11th year of guilt-free Europhile indulgence, Toronto’s European Union Film Festival (EUFF) is thrilled to announce its Opening and Closing Night Presentations: Latvia’s ALIAS LONER will open the 2015 edition of the Festival, while Luxembourg’s BABY(A)LONE will close the two-week cinematic celebration.

The Latvian and Luxembourger Consulates of Toronto share Presidency of the 2015 edition of the Festival, which will run from November 14 to 28, 2015 at The Royal, 608 College St, for FREE.

A unique black-and-white docudrama set in 1945, first-time writer/director Normunds Pucis’ ALIAS LONER will be making its Canadian debut at EUFF. This powerful feature tells the story of Antons Juhnevics, a rural Catholic priest, who in the wake of the second Soviet occupation, helps local men escape forced conscription in the red army.

The film’s score was written by internationally acclaimed Latvian sacred music composer Rihards Dubra, and was produced with support by the National Film Centre of Latvia, and the State Cultural Capital Foundation. Writer/Director Pucis will be in attendance for ALIAS LONER’s Canadian Premiere, his travel is sponsored by LOT Polish Airlines.

Closing the 2015 edition is the Toronto Premiere of Donato Rotunno’s BABY(A)LONE, Luxembourg’s official Best Foreign Language entry for the 88th Academy Awards.  Adapted from Tullio Forgiarini’s hit novel Amok, the film is the story of two affluent thirteen year olds, who unite to find hope and joy, while growing up surrounded by a culture of violence, drugs, and pornography.

In addition to FREE general admission, there will be paid advanced reservations for both screenings. Reservations for Opening Night will be $40 and include a reception at the Mod Club, Closing Night reservations will be $10.

About the European Union Film Festival
The 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.

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 for opening night: $40
Advance Reservation for regular screenings (including closing night): $10