WHAT’S to love about European cinema? Judging from the keen selection at the 21st edition of the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) beginning on May 5 in Singapore, plenty.
Let’s be honest: The misconception of contemporary European cinema has long spanned the narrow generalisation of it being either purposefully undecipherable art house or purposefully untenable sexually explicit works. Not that there’s anything wrong with either, of course.
But, really, look closer and you’ll find far more substance in European cinema than simply culturally alienating stories with subtitles and abundant sexual content.
The history of European cinema – which has inspired and spawned many an auteur in genres such as French New Wave, German Expressionism and Dogme 95 – has traditionally been identified by its diverse cultural legacy.
Now, in the age of globalisation, this very diversity is being celebrated and embraced by film fans worldwide.