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EFP takes women filmmakers to the Sydney Film Festival

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- Ten films by European women storytellers will be screened at the Australian gathering, taking place from 8-19 June

EFP takes women filmmakers to the Sydney Film Festival
Thank You For Bombing by Barbara Eder

European Film Promotion has launched a new initiative. For the first time, European Cinema: 10 Women Filmmakers to Watch will present ten exceptional European women storytellers at the Sydney Film Festival (8-19 June). The initiative, organised in collaboration with Variety, will show a selection of films which come fresh from their premieres at A-list festivals around the globe, them having been in competition and won awards.

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The films in the showcase are Austrian filmmaker Barbara Eder’s Thank You For Bombing [+see also:
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, Bosnian director Ines Tanovic’s Our Everyday Life [+see also:
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interview: Ines Tanović
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, Danish filmmaker Frederikke Aspöck’s Rosita [+see also:
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, German filmmaker Nicolette Krebitz’s Wild [+see also:
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, Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier [+see also:
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, Dutch filmmaking duo Ester Gould and Reijer Zwan’s Strike a Pose [+see also:
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, Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure [+see also:
film review
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interview: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
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, Serbian director Mirjana Karanovic’s A Good Wife [+see also:
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, Spanish filmmaker Iciar Bollaín’s The Olive Tree [+see also:
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interview: Icíar Bollaín
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]
and Swedish director Sara Jordenö’s Kiki [+see also:
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]
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Following the suggestions of EFP’s member organisations, the Sydney Film Festival in cooperation with Variety chose the ten most interesting films to be presented in the programme.

Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley states, “European Cinema: 10 Women Filmmakers to Watch is an important new Festival initiative that provides a platform for showcasing women’s voices and storytelling. Audiences will discover a range of exciting and diverse films from these emerging filmmakers including stirring documentaries, sensitive character portraits, moving family dramas, and even a mermaid-vampire musical.”

Australian producer Jan Chapman, ambassador of the project, underlines the importance of the project, “Having been involved in a number of films directed by gifted Australian women such as Jane Campion, Gillian Armstrong, Shirley Barrett, Cate Shortland and Jennifer Kent I am well aware of the different voices and subject matter women explore in comparison to their male counterparts. Yet, we are increasingly aware that the huge gender imbalance in the numbers of female to male filmmakers in the world means that we are unable to fully experience this variety”.

Find more information on the initiative here.

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