This section features the most interesting European films produced in the past two years. All films were recognized by both critics and viewers throughout Europe.
With an Irish musical comedy about growing up in the ‘80s, a documentary about the current alternative subculture in the Middle East, a film about the legendary band, Lucie, or one about jazzman Günter Baby Sommer, complete with his concert, this year’s DEF feels the beat.
Documentary Europe is a selection of exceptional EU documentary films which suit the big screen.
Speaking in flowery language, children are often said to be our future, a new hope. It is said that the world belongs to young people or that the youth is a country of unlimited possibilities. But is it still valid today? Who are those who will one day decide about the direction of our society? What do they think about what is happening around them? How are they living in today’s world which we have created with past generations? What is their world like and what do they expect from life? The section, prepared in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, presents stories of children and young people who have to overcome not only their own problems and insecurities but also the barriers imposed on them by society. They are often forced to take responsibility for the outside world before they fully understand themselves. Yet they don't forget to laugh and dream.
This section, devoted to the European Parliament LUX Film Prize - an award that promotes European cinematography, values and social issues, will present the 2016 winner and other finalists.
Animation has never been a genre “just for kids”, many films have come about purely for grown-ups. And even when created with children in mind, there is often something in there for parents too. It is an area of film with immense possibilities for originality and can cross the boundaries of reality. What is the state of European animation today? A section for adults (and) children.