The 2020 UC European Film Festival: Brexit and (Bad) Exits, sponsored by the UC Center for Film & Media Studies and The Esquire Theatre!
The festival begins February 9. Within the recurring theme of the “Limits of European Cinema” we will focus on a lineup of films with “Brexit” as a loose organizing principal. A selection of the latest works from European festivals and carefully chosen classics from the UK, Germany, Italy, and Croatia tell stories about Britain’s past in Europe and engage with the theme of (bad) exits in a wider sense. Each film is selected and presented by a UC film scholar or a special guest.
(Andrea Segre, 2018, Italy) Introduced by Valerio Ferme, UC Corrado, an Italian working European task force in charge of immigration control, is on a field assignment in Libya. There he meets Swada, a young Somaliwoman who left her war-ravaged country in order to attempt to get to Europe. Their destinies now linked, Corrado finds himself faced with a choice: respect his orders and the law, or save Swada’s life.
(Agnès Varda, 1985, France) Introduced by Evan Torner, UC Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona, found frozen to death in a ditch at the start of the film. Agnès Varda innovatively reverts the road movie trajectory, piecing together Mona’s story through flashbacks told by those who encountered her (played by a largely nonprofessional cast). The result is a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman traveling through and beyond the limits of society.
(2018, Barbara Vekaric, Croatia) Introduced by Etami Borjan, University of Zagreb Aleksi is a troubled 28-year-old who returns home in the countryside to live under her parents' roof after having failed to find a job as a photographer after graduating from college. With few options to stave off her boredom, Aleksi ignores her pressing responsibilities by following her impulses with various men: Christian, an American photographer who she bonds with due to the similar interests; Goran, a local musician who she can't stand because of his traditional values, but with whom she has an intense physical chemistry; and Toni, an older, richer, charming Slovenian playboy who tries to lure her with the extravagance of yachts, parties and expensive drugs.
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