For the fourth time, European Film Promotion will present WESTWIND, the special showcase to promote European films on the Russian market, using the artistic excellence and the commercial pull of the European Oscar submissions for Best Foreign Language Film to enthrall Russian audiences. By featuring the films in a theatrical showcase taking place at the Angleterre Cinema in St. Petersburg from October 19 – 23 and a parallel start of the online version on Russia’s largest VoD platform, WESTWIND will be able to reach out to a large audience. „The Westwind Collection”, which was successfully launched on ivi in 2015, presents a selection of European Oscar submissions from recent years. WESTWIND is financially supported by the Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union and the participating EFP member organisations.

The film programme for the five-day event at the Hotel Angleterre Cinema in St. Petersburg includes seven European Oscar submissions and two Russian premieres. From Iceland comes the multi-award-winning, dry humoured and heartbreaking drama Rams by the director Grímur Hákonarson. Germany presents the equally lauded political thriller Labyrinth of Lies which shines a light on the governmental cover up of Nazi crimes after World War II.

The Irish-Cuban film Viva tells the story of a young drag queen in Havana, who has to come to terms with an estranged father – a very straight ex-boxer. From Luxembourg, the tender love story Baby(a)lone, about two troubled teens at odds with the world. Radu Jude from Romania directs the acclaimed historical drama Aferim!, for which he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2015 Berlinale. Portugal submitted Arabian Nights: The Desolate One by Miguel Gomes into the Oscar race, and Slovenia has entered the family drama The Tree by the director Sonja Prosenc.

The two Russian premieres are Walk With Me by Lisa Ohlin, a Danish-Swedish co-production about a young war veteran and a ballerina, and the very original and award-winning comedy Adult Life Skills by British writer-director Rachel Tunnard. Many of the films will be presented by attending filmmakers and talent.

Starting on October 19, “The Westwind Collection“ on the ivi VoD platform will present an expanded programme which includes European Oscar submissions from past years and a selection of films presented at WESTWIND between 2013 and 2015. Among the titles are: The Brand New Testament, Mustang, Son of Saul, Wave, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Youth and Clouds of Sils Maria.

The following EFP member organisations supported WESTWIND and selected their national films: British Council, Danish Film Institute, Film Fund Luxembourg, German Films, Icelandic Film Centre, Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual I.P. / ICA (Portugal), Irish Film Board,
Romanian Film Promotion and Slovenian Film Centre.

Click here for WESTWIND films on ivi

Films screened at WESTWIND 2016 - EFP’s European Film Showcase in St. Petersburg

Adult Life Skills
Director: Rachel Tunnard

UK 2016
96 min.
Participating member: British Council
Screening date: October 19, 7.30 pm
Attending Talent: Michael Berliner (Producer)

Director: Grímur Hákonarson

Iceland, Denmark 2015
93 min.
Participating Member: Icelandic Film Centre
Screening date: October 20, 7 pm
Attending Talent: Grímur Hákonarson (Director)

Tree, The
Director: Sonja Prosenc

Slovenia 2014
90 min.
Participaing member: Slovenian Film Centre
Screening date: October 20, 9.15 pm
Attending Talent: Sonja Prosenc (Director)

Director: Donato Rotunno

Luxemburg 2015
98 min.
Participating member: Film Fund Luxembourg
Screening date: October 21, 7pm
Attending Talent: Donato Rotunno (Director) & Fabienne Hollwege (Actress)

Walk with Me
Director: Lisa Ohlin

Denmark, Sweden 2016
105 min.
Participating member: Danish Film Institute
Screening date: October 21, 9.15 pm

Director: Radu Jude

Romania 2014
108 min.
Participating member: Romanian Film Promotion
Screening date: October 22, 5 pm
Attending Talent: Mihaela Sîrbu (Actress)

Labyrinth of Lies
Director: Guilio Ricciarelli

Germany 2014
121 min.
Participating member: German Films
Screening date: October 22, 7.30 pm
Attending Talent: Likas Miko (Actor)

Arabian Nights - Volume 2, The Desolate One
Director: Miguel Gomes

Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland 2015
131 min.
Participating member: Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual I.P. / ICA
Screening date: October 23, 5 pm
Attending Talent: Teresa Madruga (actress)

Director: Paddy Breathnach

Ireland, Cuba 2015
100 min.
Participating member: Irish Film Board
Screening date: October 23, 7.50 pm
Attending Talent: Paddy Breathnac (Director)

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