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Eurooppasali, shared by the European Commission Representation in Finland and The European Parliament Information Office in Finland, is a public space dedicated for discussion on European Union policies and enjoyment of European culture.

Events in Eurooppasali

Our program includes seminars, debates, film evenings, art exhibitions, literature nights, theatre, music and a lot more. All events are free of charge.

Eurooppasali is located in Voimatalo (Malminkatu 16, Kampintori, Helsinki). Within Eurooppasali you can also visit our EU info-point to collect EU information for free. Welcome!

European Film Weeks in Eurooppasali 17 April – 29 April 2015

It’s time for the European Film Weeks again! This year’s programme highlights different dimensions of the European Year for Development 2015. The Week comprises of 23 films on themes such as immigration, education, the situation of women and girls as well as peace and security. Along these big themes we see stories about growing, love and the strive for a better future. These films bring their stories from different parts of the world close to the viewer by means of drama, documentary, music and humour. Their aim is to impact and engage. After all, it is about our World, our Dignity and our Future, as the motto for the European Year for Development reads.

The event is organized by the European Commission Representation in Finland and the European Parliament Information Offi ce in Finland, in cooperation with Embassies and cultural institutes of EU member states and candidate countries. The event is free of charge. Eurooppasali fits 100 persons. Tickets to each screening will be available 1 hour in advance. Doors to Eurooppasali will be opened 10 minutes before the screenings.

You can download the program here pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] .


17 April at 5.30 p.m.

Escaping Riga

Latvia, 2014
Director: Davis Simanis
Documentary, biography
69 min.
Language: English
Presented by the Embassy of Latvia

Escaping Riga is a tale based on documentary events about two prominent personalities of the 20th century – Sergei Eisenstein and Isaiah Berlin. Both men were born and spent their childhoods in Riga but left the city soon after. Following the stories of both heroes on the dramatic backdrop of the first half of the 20th century, the fi lm tells how one of them became “the best film director of his generation” in the totalitarian Soviet Union, while the other became “the best thinker of his generation” in liberal Great Britain.

Click here to watch the trailer.


17 April at 7 p.m.


Poland, 2013
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
80 min.
Languages: Polish, French, Latin;
subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Poland

Poland in the 60s. Anna is a novice, an orphan brought up in a sisterhood. Anna can only live under the vows of a nun upon fullfilling one condition set by the abbess: Anna must pay a visit to her only living relative, aunt Wanda. Aunt Wanda and Anna set out for a journey which helps them to face the tragic history of the family and to find their true identity. A touching, unpretentious and visually appealing drama in which the director returns to his home country. The film also provides for a sensitive recital of the story of a young woman in a historical and political context.

Click here to watch the trailer.


18 April at 1 p.m.

Those were the days (Toen was geluck heel gewoon)


The Netherlands, 2014
Director: Ineke Houtman
90 min.
Languages: Dutch; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of the Netherlands

Summer 1974. Rotterdam. After The Netherlands lose the World Cup final, Jaap Kooiman throws his television out of the window and crushes his mother in law’s dog. At which point all hell is let loose. Jaap is arrested and things get so far out of control that he is admitted for observation to a psychiatric clinic by court order. Will wife Nel and best friend Simon manage to save Jaap from this perilous situation?

Click here to watch the trailer.


18 April at 3 p.m.


Director: Kadir Balci
96 min.
Language: Flemish, Turkish; subtitles: English
Presented by Embassy of Belgium

Having buried their father in Istanbul, 28-year-old Timur and his two brothers, Ediz (36) and Bora (16), return to Ghent. The three brothers resume their lives but need to find a new balance. While Ediz plays the dominant father and Bora does silly things with the wrong friends, Timur tries to fulfil his father’s dream of playing the trumpet in a brass band. Sarah, Timur’s girlfriend, thinks it’s cool, until she realises how little he seems to notice her now…

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18 April at 5 p.m.


Austria, 2014
Director: Sudabeh Mortezai
98 min.
Languages: German / Chechen; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Austria

Ramasan is an 11-year-old Chechen refugee, living in Macondo, a tough ethnic neighborhood in the industrial suburbs of Vienna. In traditional Chechen society after the death of his father he is now considered the man in charge of his mother Aminat and two younger sisters. Ramasan’s confined world is disrupted when Isa, his father’s war buddy, moves into the housing complex. This encounter awakens Ramasan’s interest in his father and over time a bond evolves between them. But when his mother begins to warm up to Isa, conflicted Ramasan feels the need to protect the image of his dead father…

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20 April at 5 pm.


Cyprus, 2003
Directors: Adonis Florides, Theodoros Nikolaides
Drama, Comedy
90 min.
Language: Greek, English; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus

No work, no money, no love. An immigrant who thinks that he has reached his destination, an old man who finds out that he is dead, an ostrich that will not lay eggs and a jacket that changes hands. Kalabush is a film about belonging and running away.



20 April 7 p.m.

The Budapest Angel (El Ángel de Budapest)


Spain, 2011
Director: Luis Oliveros
109 min.
Language: Spanish; subtitles English
Presented by the Embassy of Spain

Budapest, 1944. A year before the end of World War II, the capital of Hungary, like most of Europe, was under the yoke of the Third Reich. During the war, over half a million Hungarian Jews were sent by the Nazis to be exterminated in several concentration camps. The lives of about 5.000 Budapest residents were saved thanks to the work of a young diplomat from Spain, Ángel Sanz Briz, known thereafter as The Angel of Budapest. This movie portrays his actions while posted as Charge d’Affaires at the Spanish diplomatic Legation. With aid from the Embassy’s Hungarian employees and other collaborators from neutral countries, he fought against Nazi barbarism in Hungary.

Click here to watch the trailer.


21 April at 5.30 p.m.

The Agreement (Forhandleren)

Denmark, 2014
Director: Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
58 min.
Language: English
Presented by the Embassy of Denmark

World history is in the making when EU chief negotiator Robert Cooper has to settle an agreement on stable co-existence between Kosovo and Serbia. Danish documentary by Karen Stokkendal Poulsen brings its audience right into the core of these intense negotiations. Stakes are high but in spite of the seriousness of the negotiations, they turn out to be surprisingly funny and carried out with style and charm by the three characters at the table. It’s the last territorial conflict of Europe and crucial for the EU to prove its ability to make peace in its own backyard.

Click here to watch the trailer.


21 April at 7 p.m.

Advanced Style

USA, 2014
Director: Lina Plioplyte (Lithuania)
Documentary, Biography, Comedy
72 min.
Language: English; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Lithuania

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth. Lina Plioplyte is a Lithuanian born filmmaker, living and working in New York.

Click here to watch the trailer.


22 April at 5 p.m.

The Healing

Serbia, 2014
Director: Ivan Jović
90 min.
Language: Serbian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Serbia

A cinematic story of drama after the drama and war that rages on in people’s hearts even after the war. The hero, an Orthodox Christian monk, finds himself on a road to spiritual healing through circumstances he could never have dreamed of. The story follows the path to spiritual uplifting, metaphorically introduced at the very beginning in the hero’s walk to the secluded hermitage. The leitmotif of watering a dry, dead tree, repeated throughout the film, illustrates the absurdity of the monk’s faith. The film raises a question about the boundaries of love given in Christ’s commandment to „love your enemy“, thematizing the problem of forgiveness as prerequisite for a life of love and victory over death and meaninglessness. The permanent paralysis of the characters after the torment of war invokes forgiveness as the only means to ultimate healing.

Click here to watch the trailer. 


22 April at 7 p.m.

Seven Acts of Mercy (Sette opere di misericordia)

Italy, Romania, 2011
Directors: Massimiliano De Serio,
Gianluca De Serio
100 min.
Languages: Italy; subtitles: English
Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Italy

Luminita, a young illegal immigrant from Romania, lives in a shantytown and seeks a way to escape her misery. To get food, she steals from hospital patients. One day she meets Antonio, a very old and sick widower. He seems easy prey. Luminita invades his home and wants to stay there with a kidnapped baby she plans to trade for work papers. The clash between the two is inevitable and violent, with unexpected consequences.

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23 April 6 p.m.

In the Crosswind (Risttuules)

Estonia, 2014
Director: Martti Helde
87 min.
Languages: Estonian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Estonia

June 14, 1941, 3 a.m. Over 40000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are deported by Soviets to Siberia. Among them is a philosophy student Erna, a happily married mother of a little girl. Separated from her husband Erna and her daughter are dispatched together with other women and children to remote Siberian territories. Despite hunger, fear and brutal humiliation Erna never in next fifteen years loses her sense of freedom and hope of returning to homeland. The story is inspired by real events.

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24 April at 5 p.m.

Dream Driven (Autolla Nepaliin)

Finland, 2014
Director: Timo Peltokangas
103 min.
Languages: Finnish, English; subtitles: English
Presented by the European Commission Representation in Finland and European Parliament Information Office in Finland

Juho has a dream of a more just and equitable world. Working in Asia he was touched especially by the poor situation of casteless people in Nepal. Juho wants to find a way to help them. The dream grows into reality when Juho’s friends join his project and start a van journey to Nepal with the aim of raising awareness of the living conditions among the outcaste and promoting a local shelter for women. The trip turns out to be more difficult than expected and they encounter nasty surprises including dangerous mountain roads and threat of terrorism. This story might inspire also others to do those small and bigger deeds that could make this world a better place for all of us.

Click here to watch the trailer.


24 April at 7 p.m.


France, 2013
Director: Katell Quillévéré
94 min.
Languages: French, subtitles: English
Presented by the Institut français de Finlande and the Embassy of France

The thrilling Nina Simone’s take on Leonard Cohen’s classic Suzanne ends this second film by Katell Quillévéré. Widely appraised and awarded, this is a story of a girl’s path to womanhood in a setting of troublesome family dynamics. Sara Forestier does a skillful appearance as the main character Suzanne. The story follows her during several years from childhood to teenage and up to the life of an adult, accompanied by her younger sister Maria. Their mother is dead and their father is a sweet taciturn lorry driver, who tries to keep the family together. But crazy love takes Suzanne and crime and drugs step into the picture. Director Quillévéré looks through a lense that does not judge, it only shows a life of an ordinary working class family from Southern France, with all its ups and downs.

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25 April at 3 p.m.

The Turkish Passport

Turkey, 2011
Director: Burak Cem Arlıer
91 min.
Languages: Turkish, French; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Turkey

The Turkish Passport tells the story of diplomats posted to Turkish Embassies and Consulates in several European countries, who saved numerous Jews during the Second World War. Whether they pulled them out of camps or took them off trains that were taking them to concentration camps, the diplomats ensured that the Jews could return to Turkey and thus be saved. The diplomats did not only save the lives of Turkish Jews. They also rescued foreign Jews condemned to a certain death by giving them Turkish passports. Through interviews conducted with surviving Jews and talks with the diplomats and their families who saved their lives, the film demonstrates that ‘as long as good people are ready to act, evil cannot overcome. The film was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

Click here to watch the trailer.


25 April at 5 p.m.


Portugal, 2012
Director: Vicente Alves do Ó
114 min.
Biography, drama
Language: Portuguese; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Portugal

The film is based on the life of the Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca (1894-1930), whose writings became symbols of love, eroticism and feminism. Florbela Espanca was an unusual woman of her time. The film follows her story in a period of literary crisis, in which she could no longer express herself through writing. Bored with life as a provincial housewife, she decides to go to Lisbon where she joins her brother – and lover – and embarks on a bohemian lifestyle in search of inspiration. When her brother dies Florbelas world collapses and only one thing can save her… writing!

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25 April at 7.30 p.m.

Handymen (Majstori)

Croatia, 2013
Director: Dalibor Matanić
Romantic comedy
75 min.
Language: Croatian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Croatia

Keka is a virtuoso housewife whose marriage to Baja, an anxious railway worker, is in the doldrums. To make things even worse, Keka is being seriously courted by Ilija, a handyman who is so clumsy that he causes disasters wherever he goes. Baja finally becomes aware of Ilija’s intentions and after the two of them demolish Keka’s home with their clumsy showdowns, Keka decides to leave both of them and to go on a trip to the only place where she once felt some happiness – a small coastal village where she and Baja spent their honeymoon. However, things start to get complicated because Keka attracts the attention of Lujo, an unusual lonely fisherman-flirter. Baja and Ilija decide to go on a trip, to embark on the biggest adventure in their lives and to prove their love to Keka.

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27 April at 5 p.m.

Kinshasa Symphony

Germany, 2010
Directors: Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer
90 min.
Languages: French, Lingala; subtitles; English
Presented by the Embassy of Germany and Goethe-Institut Finnland

Kinshasa Symphony” shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. It is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music. The musicians and vocalists of the “Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste” in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, describe themselves as the only “black” symphony orchestra. They are all amateurs who attend rehearsals after a hard day’s work and, finally, give a captivating concert in their capital.

Click here to watch the trailer.


27 April at 7 p.m.

Milky Way – ambient movie (Tejút - ambient movie)

Hungary, 2007
Director: Benedek Fliegauf
82 min.
No dialogue
Presented by the Hungarian Institute for Science and Culture and the Embassy of Hungary

Milky Way by Benedek Fliegauf is a slow motion picture. It’s picturesque scenery creates an ambience allowing the viewer to receive this piece of art on several levels without imposing any particular interpretation. Fliegauf has studied under Béla Tarr but has never taken any formal courses in the field of cinema. Both – the influence of Tarr and a non-academic stance – are clearly visible in his movies. His works are extraordinary both as regards themes and the narrative approach. Some, like the Milky Way, could be described even as uncinematic. His films give the audience space, time and an enjoyable experience.


28 April at 5 pm

Waking up Yesterday (Probudím se včera)

Czech Republic, 2012
Director: Miloslav Šmídmajer
120 min.
Languages: Czech; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Czech Republic

This quirky student comedy tells the story of Petr Kovář, who gets the chance to return to the past for a while and he meets the love of his life, his classmate Eliška, again in June 1989. There is one hook: physically he is seventeen again, but his mind remains that of a modern ”fortysomething”. He returns to a different reality, forgetting that he will be tested again and how the school system (and not only that) was different back then. Thus the plot throws him several comical and provocative twists and through a surprising romantic entanglement it lets the audience see and recall the absurdity of the pre-revolution era.

Click here to watch the trailer.


28 April at 7.30 p.m.

Blood Fruit

Ireland, 2014
Director: Sinéad O’Brien
80 min.
Language: English
Presented by the Embassy of Ireland

Feature-documentary award winner, Blood Fruit takes us to 1984, the height of apartheid in South Africa. Mary Manning, a 21-year-old supermarket checkout girl, refused to sell two Outspan grapefruits under direction from her union in support of the anti-apartheid struggle. She and ten other supporters were suspended and a strike ensued. The 11 knew little about apartheid and assumed they’d be back to work before long but the arrival on the picket line of activist Nimrod Sejake changed everything, setting the strikers on a path they could never have expected.

Click here to watch the trailer.


29 April at 5 p.m.

I am an old communist hag (Sunt o babă comunistă)

Romania, 2013
Director: Stere Gulea
Comedy, Drama
94 minutes
Languages: Romanian and English; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Romania

The story of Emilia, a 60-year old woman who lives peacefully with her husband Ţucu in a small Romanian town. The couple is overwhelmed with joy when they receive a phone call from Canada: their daughter, Alice will visit them together with her American fiancé Alan.

Click here to watch the trailer.


29 April at 7 p.m.


Sweden, 2013
Director: Lisa Langseth
97 min.
Language: Swedish; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Sweden

Erika has it all: a good job, lots of friends and a secure relationship. Until the days it all falls apart. Suddenly this perfect life means nothing, nd the feelings she once was able to control are no longer within reach. She starts going to group therapy and meets other people with different kinds of traumas. One day a question is raised within the group: Why shouldn’t we be allowd to feel good? The group decides to head for a place of complete anonymity. A place where you can reboot you persona and become whoever you want to be - they start checking into hotels.

Click here to watch the trailer. 


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