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The programme of the 2014 European Film Weeks in Helsinki has been released! The event takes place between 28 March - 11 April in Eurooppasali (Malminkatu 16, Kamppi, Helsinki).
Following the year of the European Elections, the theme of the film weeks is "Act.React.Impact". The 29 films in the programme are provided by the European Commission Representation in Finland, the European Parliament Information Office in Finland as well as Embassies and Cultural Institutes of EU member states and candidate countries.

All the films will be screened in Eurooppasali free of charge. Eurooppasali fits 100 persons. Tickets to each screening will be available at the EU info 1 hour in advance. Doors to Eurooppasali will be opened ca. 15 minutes before the screenings.

Events in Eurooppasali

In the year of the European Elections, the 2014 European Film Weeks in Helsinki follows the theme "Act.React.Impact". The programme collects together 29 inspirational and courageous stories of collective and individual actions of people trying to make a difference.

Moving within a large scope of genres of cinematography we witness selfless actions of those who seek to help people in wars and humanitarian crises, we learn what makes people unite behind a democratic movement, we enjoy revolutionary moments through music, and we are challenged by the relationship to ourselves and towards the others.

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See below film descriptions and watch trailers!

28 March 5.30 p.m. SIX DAYS

Nikolina Gillgren (Sweden, 2013)
Document, drama, war; 56'
Languages: English, Georgian, Kurdish, Abkhazian
Presented by the European Commission Representation in Finland

Synopsis: Lanja is a journalist in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, fearlessly giving refuge and voice to women beaten, burnt and threatened by their own families. Maia runs an organization that works for women’s health and sexual rights in the breakaway region Abkhazia, Georgia. Nelly is the leader of women’s cooperative in the fields of Monrovia, Liberia, empowering women through education and hands-on ways to make money for their families. Six Days portrays the lives of three activists – fighting for change in the wake of war and conflict.

28 March 6.45 p.m. DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING? (Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa?)

Selma Vilhunen (Finland, 2013)
Comedy, shortfilm; 7'
Language: Finnish; subtitles: English
Presented by the European Parliament Information Office in Finland

Synopsis: Do I have to take care of everything? is a short film about a busy morning in a family, and a mother who seems to think that things work out better when you do take care of everything by yourself.



28 March 7.30 p.m. A STRANGER (Obrana i zaštita)

Bobo Jelčić (Croatia, 2013)
Languages: Croatian, Bosnian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Croatia

Synopsis: When Slavko’s old friend Đulaga dies, Slavko feels obliged to go to the funeral. But in his hometown of Mostar, in Bosnia & Herzegovina, this simple social obligation has the potential to get him into all kinds of trouble: with his neighbours or even with local political bigwigs. Yet if he does not go, his wife will think he’s a coward, the grieving family will never forgive him – and he might have trouble forgiving himself. This is a compelling tale of everyday life in a fractured society, and a world where paranoia, comedy and drama co-exist. It is also an astute psychological portrait of a man who is forced to cross the invisible line that divides two communities. Above all, it is the story of a man who lost everything that defined him, when his country disintegrated.


29 March 1 p.m. DISCO WORMS (Disco Ormene)

Thomas Borch Nielsen (Denmark, 2008)
Children, youth, family, animation; 78'
Language: English
Presented by the Embassy of Denmark

It's not easy to be Barry. An earthworm gets no respect. He lives at the bottom of the food chain. But one day, an old disco record turns his life upside down. Suddenly he sees before him his own destiny, the star of the world's greatest disco band: Sunshine Barry & The Disco Worms! Okay, he's got no arms, no rhythm and no band. But as Barry says: "We'll do it anyway"!

29 March 2.30 p.m. HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY (Eži un Lielpilsēta)

Ēvalds Lācis (Latvia, 2013)
Childrens' animation 10'
No dialogue
Presented by the Embassy of Latvia

Synopsis: One spring morning, the animals awake from their winter slumber and find themselves in a city that has been built where their forest once was. The hedgehog figures out a money making scheme to help them survive. But what does that entail? The hedgehog and other animals decide to get their forest back...

29 March 3 p.m. MOTHER I LOVE YOU  (Mammu, es tevi mīlu)

Jānis Nords (Latvia, 2013)
Crime, drama, 83'
Language: Latvian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Latvia

Synopsis: Raimonds is a 12-year-old kid and the only son of a strict mother. In order to please her, Raimonds plays saxophone (a gift of mother’s) and is required to visit her at work after the classes. Herself, mother is torn between raising Raimonds and finding time for her boyfriend, a fact she tries to hide by lying about a busy work schedule. While trying to reconcile with his mother, Raimonds delves into the world of trouble and petty crime.


29 March 5 p.m. LOVE BUILDING

Iulia Rugina (Romania, 2013)
Comedy, 85'
Language: Romanian, subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Romania

Synopsis: 'Love Building' is a comedy about a camp designed to mend broken relationships. 14 couples try to break the deadlock and rebuild their love, with the help of three psychotherapists and trainers. The program lasts for 7 days and the participants go through different stages of redesigning their love lives. But the three trainers meant to assist them have problems of their own and things gradually get out of hand. In an ongoing search for the "happily ever after”, one question pops up: "Can love be fixed in seven days?”


29 March 7 p.m. NARCISSUS (Narcizas)

Dovile Gasiunaite (Lithuania, 2012)
Drama, 95'
Language: Lithuanian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Lithuania

: “Narcissus (from Greek Narkissos) shares the root nark- with narcosis and narcotic. All these words have the same origin in the verb narkao - to intoxicate through a strong smell. In the modern interpretation of the ancient myth Teodore is a handsome and multiply gifted string quartet cello player who knows his own value. He draws people in, but ends up hurting them, yet he is impossible to resist. Teodore abandons his family, career, and friends in his quest for a true challenge. He has yet to find out that his greatest confrontation will be with himself.“



Felix van Groeningen (Belgium, 2012)
Romantic drama, music; 100'
Languages: Flemish, English; subtitles: English
Presented by the European Parliament Information Office in Finland

Synopsis:Elise has a tattoo shop; Didier plays the banjo in a band. It is love at first sight, in spite of major differences. He talks, she listens. He is a dedicated atheist, although at the same time a naïve romantic. She has a cross tattooed in her neck, even though she has both feet firmly on the ground. Their happiness is complete after their little girl Maybelle is born. Unfortunately, Maybelle, at six years old, becomes seriously ill. Didier and Elise respond in very different ways. But Maybelle does not leave them any choice. Didier and Elise will have to fight for her together. Will you get through something like that if you are so different? Or will love let you down when you need it most?


1 April 5.30 p.m. AUGUST FOOLS (Mieletön elokuu)

Taru Mäkelä (Finland, 2013)
Romantic comedy, 85'
Language: Finnish; subtitles: English
Presented by the European Parliament Information Office

Synopsis: August Fools is a romantic comedy set against the political backdrop of the Cold War. It is the story of ELSA, a middle-aged milliner and part-time clairvoyant in total control of her life-until the man she once loved and lost walks in through the door of her little hat shop, in Helsinki, in 1962. JAN a Czechoslovakian jazz musician, is in town to perform at the “International Festival of Peace and Friendship of the Youth of the World.” For more than two decades Elsa has believed the man to be dead.

Director Taru Mäkelä and Producer Jouko Seppälä will participate in the screening!


Simon Klose (Sweden, 2013)
Document, 85'
Languages: Swedish, English; subtitles: English
Presented by the Swedish Embassy

Synopsis: The film tells the story of The Pirate Bay, the file-sharing site, which was such a success that the White House threatened the Swedish government with trade sanctions. Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Fredrik Neij managed to scare the international music and film industry. In the film we follow the trials as they were sentenced to imprisonment and fines.

2 April 5.30 p.m.THE ORANGE SUN (Le Soleil Orange)

Piotr Jaxa & Ursula Lesiak (Poland, Switzerland, 2006)
Documentary, 52'
Languages: Ukrainian/Russian; subtitles: German, English
Presented by the Embassy of Poland

Synopsis: After the second round of the presidential elections in 21 November 2004 in Ukraine millions of people went out on the streets of Kiev and other cities in central and western Ukraine. The elections fight was between leading candidates Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych. During the Orange Revolution which took place from late November 2004 to January 2005 was a genuine solidarity between people from different levels of the society, from the cities and the countryside. Modest people from the countryside showed an extraordinary political awareness and maturity. Although these people were brought up in a Soviet society where every protest against the authorities was a danger to one's life, they were so disappointed by what came after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 that they went out to the streets, faced the authorities and made the orange revolution possible. The film explores motives for taking part in the Ukrainian revolution, their view of the world, living-condition and hope for the future.

When the society and political system changes the main hero of Le soleil orange, Svetlana Moskalenko continues to fight against what she considers unfair in the society. She is one of the active participants of the Ukrainian revolution, but she is not a revolutionary. Film shows the “evolutionary” way that she tries to change the world little by little every day.

Director Piotr Jaxa participates in the screening!

2 April 7 p.m. SHOOTER (Skytten)

Annette K. Olesen (Denmark, 2012)
Thriller, 90'
Language: Danish; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Denmark

Synopsis: During a TV debate, reporter and political commentator Mia Moesgaard is pressured into saying that she won’t be surprised if citizens will go far to stop the risky oil drillings in Greenland or even turn to violence. Her statement soon triggers Rasmus, a former Olympic marksman, who decides to make her words come alive. Before she knows it, Mia is drawn into his master plan.

3 April 5.30 p.m. NORMALIZATION (Kauza Cervanová)

Robert Kirchhoff (Slovakia, 2013)
Documentary, crime, drama; 100'
Language: Slovak; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Slovakia

Synopsis: Judicial manipulation, secret service games, physical and mental torture, blackmailing of witnesses, covering up the truth, massive propaganda, abuse of power, of law and justice… The film explores the shocking behind-the scenes events of the longest running case in the history Czechoslovak judiciary that began in 1976, when a body of a 19-year old student of medicine Ludmila Cervanova was found in the middle of a small village of Western Slovakia.

3 April 7.30 p.m. TROLLING (S/KIDANJE)

Kosta Djordjević (Serbia, 2013)
Black comedy, 90'
Language: Serbian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Serbia

The story follows three different characters who in the same night run towards their objects of obsession. Djura has finally decided to ask the stripper he's been in love with for some time, to marry him. Hana can’t face the fact that her older lover and a strip -club owner has left her. Relja is a high school student, a good boy and in love with his best friend. In this obsessive search, their paths cross and they all end up in a strip club - a place where they give final effort to fulfil their fantasies and end up alone with their own obsessions in the situation in which they can’t help but face the reality. Trolling is a film about growing up and a brutal set of values that push some people into the obsession as a way to protect one’s personal ideals and values, or what's left of them. At any cost.

4 April 6 p.m. THE LAST BLACK SEA PIRATES (Последните черноморски пирати)  

Svetoslav Stojanov (Bulgaria, 2013)
Documentary, 70'
Language: Bulgarian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Bulgaria 

Synopsis: The Last Black Sea Pirates swim in testosterone and rugged tenderness in a land of wilderness and legends, far from civilization. For 20 years, Captain Jack The Whale and his crew have been drinking, dreaming and hunting for a treasure buried in the gully of Karadere, the pristine beach they call home. But someone else has got wind of Karadere’s treasures. When news of imminent change begin to find its way to this remote oasis, the pirates' world begins to unravel. Doubts erode the foundations of trust, conflicts brew and tensions are on the rise. In this crisis, emerges a contemporary fairy tale about the treasures we hunt and those that we find.

4 April 7.30 p.m. FATHER'S ACRE (Apaföld)

Viktor Oszkár Nagy (Hungary, 2009)
Drama, 80'
Language: Hungarian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Hungarian Cultural and Scientific Centre and the Embassy of Hungary

Synopsis: Nagy's debut film is visually strong and psychologically sensitive. Minimalist shooting and the leading role character remind of Miklós Jancsón movies. A father, just released from the prison, buys a barren piece of land, hoping that he can start all over with his son and plant grapevine. The son, who has learned to cope by himself, finds it difficult to go along in the situation, where extra tension is brought by a new relationship of the father.


Frank van Mechelen (Belgium, 2011)
Drama, history; 110'
Language: Dutch; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Belgium

Synopsis: 1971 –  In the working class family of Jan and Clara Debruycker, life goes on as usual. A wild cat strike breaks out in the factory where Jan works. He has no choice but to join the strike and the family gets into financial problems when the 18-year old daughter loses her job in the local supermarket. The family survives on the pension of the grumpy grandfather, who is constantly complaining about everything. But Germaine gets pregnant from Luc, a university student who supports the strike. When the strike finally ends after nine weeks, the life of the Debruyckers will never be the same.


Joao Correa, Francisco Manso (Portugal, 2012)
Drama, 90'
Language: Portuguese; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Portugal

Synopsis: With the invasion of France by Nazi troops, tens of thousands of refugees began to look for the Portuguese Consulate in Bordeaux, hoping to obtain there a visa for Portugal. Following the instructions of Salazar, who determined the prohibition of the visa extension to any Jewish refugee, Sousa Mendes went through a terrible dilemma: if granting visas, he risked  his diplomatic career and the livelihood of his family; If not all those thousands of people would have as destination the Nazi concentration camps. The film revisits the extraordinary story of the Portuguese hero who saved more than 30,000 lives during the Second World War and reveals the conscience and courage of a man who dared to challenge Salazar, enlisting his name in the History of mankind.

5 April 8 p.m. LOUISE WIMMER

Cyril Mannegun (France, 2011)
Drama, 80'
Language: French; subtitles: English
Presented by Institut Français de Finlande and the Embassy of France

Synopsis: 50-year-old Louise Wimmer is adrift. Her comfortable life is turned upside down when a painful separation and an unexpected crisis leave her immersed in debt and homeless, forcing her to sleep in her car. Her job as a hotel maid is not enough for rent or for paying off her debts. However, Louise keeps fighting for a better future. Refusing even the help of friends and a man who truly loves her, she will nevertheless find the strength to build a new life for herself.

7 April 5.30 p.m. PERFECT DAYS (I zeny maji sve dny)

Alice Nellis (Czech Republic, 2011)
Tragi-comedy, 108'
Language: Czech; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Czech Republic

Synopsis: Perfct Days is a tragi-comedy about the strange phenomena of post-feminism whereby many women have already achieved all that they strived for, only for them to discover that what they really yearn has been denied them by that very process. It is a comedy about motherhood, about the disintegrated model of the traditional family, love of others who try to find themselves in this modern confusing world.


8 April 5.30 p.m. COLOUR OF THE OCEAN (Die Farbe des Ozeans)

Maggie Peren (Germany, 2011)
Drama, 91'
Languages: German, French, Spanifh; subtitles: English
Presented by Goethe Institute and the Embassy of Germany 

Synopsis: Disaster in holiday paradise: the German tourist Nathalie witnesses a tragedy involving refugees on the Canary Islands. A boat full of Africans is stranded. Among the survivors, she spots a man with his little son. Nathalie wants to help; a police officer sends her away; his work has made him unmerciful. But the refugee Zola and little Mamadou establish contact with the German. She decides to help these people in need - against the wishes of her husband. But the money she wants to use to help the Africans flee to the mainland leads to a catastrophe that Nathalie was unable to foresee. Colour of the Ocean is a cutting-edge film about Europe's humanitarian and political problems in dealing with the African immigration flow.

8 April 7.30 p.m. MILA TU

Charlotte Bruneau & Laurène Lepeytre (Luxembourg, 2009)
Document, 52'
Languages: Swahili; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Luxembourg

Synopsis: The documentary evokes the personal trajectory of a Tanzanian Massai woman refusing genital mutilation. Directed by two NGO volunteers from Luxemburg working on a development project in Tanzania.

9 April 5.30 p.m. CROSSING BOUNDARIES (Grenzgänger)

Florian Flicker (Austria, 2012)
Drama,thriller, 88'
Language: German; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Austria

Synopsis: Two men and one woman are involved in a dramatic triangle between love and passion, transgression and betrayal. Florian Flicker has set Karl Schönherr’s “Der Weibsteufel” in Austria’s borderland shortly after the turn of the last century. In the remote swamps next to the March River, Hans and Jana are living in a criminal idyll that comes tumbling down when a young soldier enters the picture.

9 April 7.30 p.m. THE WILD CHILDREN (Los Niños Salvajes)

Patricia Ferreira (Spain, 2012)
Drama, 100'
Language: Spanish; subtitles: English
Presented by the Embassy of Spain

Synopsis: Most parents love and care for their children, but also tend to forget how difficult the transition from childhood to adulthood can be. Alex, Gabi and Oki are three teenagers making their way through life in the city. Like any other teenagers, they like to spend their time pushing the limits that their parents and society enforce on them; drinking, fighting and painting graffiti… but nothing could lead us to believe the terrible consequences that these kids’ actions could end up having on those around them...

10 April 5.30 p.m. THE MARATHON (De Marathon)

Diederick Koopal (The Netherlands, 2012)
Comedy, drama, sport, 107'
Language: Dutch; subtitles: English
Presented by the Netherlands Embassy

Synopsis: Gerard, Leo, Kees and Nico are four best friends who work together in Gerard's garage. But the business isn't going all that well, so the four friends come up with the brilliant idea of finding a sponsor who will pay them to run the Rotterdam marathon. In this way they can save the garage from bankruptcy. For the four disillusioned friends however, there is a lot more at stake…

10 April 7:45 p.m. GOOD VIBRATIONS

Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Ireland, UK, 2013)
Drama, biography, music, 103'
Language: English
Presented by the Embassy of Ireland

Synopsis: Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast, when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an Alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life.

11 April 6 p.m. SUN INSIDE (Il Sole dentro)

Paolo Bianchini (Italy, 2012)
Drama, 100'
Language: Italian; subtitles: English
Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Italy

Synopsis:The film is a true story about Yaguine and Fodè - two Guinean adolescents who, in 1999, wrote on behalf of all African children a letter addressed to “The Excellences and heads of Europe”, in which they asked help to have schools, food, medicine – and address extremely current issues such as exploited baby football players versus to a healthy and clean football, a friendship that goes beyond all barriers, Africa and its difficulties, but also its beauty, its joy and values, emigration, tie right and possibility of children and young people to live in a ”better world”.

11 April 8 p.m. LOVE IS BLIND (Kertu)

Ilmar Raag (Estonia, 2013)
Romantic drama, 97'
Language: Estonian; subtitles: English
Presented by: the Embassy of Estonia

Synopsis: The drama takes place in a small village, telling the story of 30-year-old Kertu whose whole life has been controlled by her father. Local people consider Kertu mentally unbalanced because of her modesty. The young woman gives it a try to change something in her life and sends a postcard to Villu - a handsome yet degraded village drunkard. Their unpredicable love story won't be accepted by their close ones and the fellow villagers.


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. 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!

Eurooppasali, Malminkatu 16, 00100 Helsinki 
tel. +358 9 6226 5421, or +358 400 164 802

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