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European Film Festival in South Africa

24.04.2017 - Press release

The European Film Festival is back for the 4th time at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban from May 5 - 14. Each European film reflects the skills and take on the world of filmmakers who are not limited by national borders. The line-up of films represents 12 countries, including Germany's official entry into the category Best Foreign Film 2017.

The European Film Festival is back for the 4th time at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban from May 5 - 14. Each European film reflects the skills and take on the world of filmmakers who are not limited by national borders. The line-up of films represents 12 countries, including Germany's official entry into the category Best Foreign Film 2017.

Film scene from ''Toni Erdmann''
Film scene from ''Toni Erdmann''© picture alliance / Komplizen Fil

Germany’s contribution to this year’s festival is the much acclaimed Toni Erdmann - an outlandish tale of how the passing of a family dog sets off a series of events with a major impact on a father-daughter relationship.

Touted as an academy award nominee for best foreign film in 2017, this is a must see, by all accounts.

The European Film Festival is coordinated by the Goethe-Institut South Africa, hosted by Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau, and organised in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa and 12 other European cultural agencies or embassies in South Africa: the General Representation of the Government of Flanders, the French Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Camões Institute, the British Council, and the Embassies of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The European Film Festival is part of the EuropeFest, presenting in South Africa in May 2017 a diverse range of EU Member States cultural events.

“European filmmaking has seen another year of highly creative output, and filmmakers continue to produce works that challenge and uproot. We are happy that Festival Director Katarina Hedrén’s 2017 film selection has given even more variety to the European Film Festival.”, says Norbert Spitz, Director of the Goethe-Institut, on behalf of the European partners.

Venues: Cinema Nouveau in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban

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