EUFF Audience Choice Award 2016
The European Union Film Festival (EUFF), a not-for-profit organization, strives to reflect the excellence, innovation, and diversity of European cinema in Toronto, the world’s most multicultural city. Founded in 2004 as a salve to Hollywood monotony, this free festival has grown to now showcase dozens of contemporary films drawn from each of the EU’s member countries. The EUFF is a unique festival and the only one in the world to bring together disparate EU Consulates and local cultural institutes for collaboration. Represented countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
TORONTO - Following a very successful and very well attended 12th edition, Toronto’s European Union Film Festival (EUFF) announced the Festival’s Audience Choice film for 2016 during the Festival’s Closing Night on November 24. Germany’s Head Full of Honey, directed by Til Schweiger and Lars Gmehling, earned the title.
The film is a powerful bittersweet family drama on a grandfather, his unique bond with his granddaughter, and the family’s struggle to cope with his advancing Alzheimer’s. Italy’s Like Crazy and Denmark’s Silent Heart took first and second runner-up, respectively.
The Closing Night reception also marked the end of an extraordinary year for EUFF, during which, and for the first time, its programming included short films, a round-table discussion, and the co-presentation of two cinema-themed exhibitions.
EUFF’s programming expansion will continue in 2017 with the introduction of a new screening series that will showcase classic films from EU member countries. The Classic Series kicks off January 29, 2017 with legendary French comedic filmmaker and actor Jacques Tati’s 1949 Jour de fete. The film is the story of an easily-distracted French mailman bent on making his small community’s mail delivery service ultra efficient.
EUFF’s Classic Series will also be FREE, including Advance Reservations, which will be available online, free of charge. Screenings will take place at the Royal Cinema, 608 College St.