Taste of Europe Competition
Many European films that are successful in their own respective countries never make it to Belgian cinemas. FFO hopes this will change with Taste of Europe. We show a nice selection of European films that absolutely deserve to be seen by Belgian audiences which is why they are awarded our Taste of Europe label.
Ten films will compete for the award of Best Taste of Europe film.
The selection is programmed by Peter Craeymeersch, artistic director, and Ilse Schooneknaep, expert in European cinema, distribution channels and festival circuits.
The jury consists of 10 film fans across all age groups.
The winner of this competition wins a cash prize (7.500 euros) and a Belgian VOD-deal.
Last year's Taste of Europe selection (2016)
Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti)
- 11/09/2016 (17:00), 14/09/2016 (16:30)
- 97 min.
- Drama, Komedie
- Taal: Italiaans, Ondertitels: Nederlands
- Paolo Genovese
- Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini, Edoardo Leo, Valerio Mastandrea, Alba Rohrwacher, Kasia Smutniak
Taste of Europe 2016 Winner
WELCOME TO NORWAY
BY RUNE DENSTAD LANGLO
The audience, under the chairmanship of actor Sebastien Dewaele (CAFARD), chose ‘Welcome to Norway’, directed by Rune Denstad Langlo as Best Movie.
Rune Denstad Langlo brings some welcome levity to the highly topical subject of Europe’s migration crisis in this acerbic and insightful black comedy that pokes fun at the behaviour of Norwegians when pushed outside their comfort zones.
The star of all three of Denstad Langlo’s previous features, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, plays Petter Primus, a jovial racist and failed entrepreneur who turns his dilapidated mountain hotel into a state-funded refugee asylum centre to remain financially afloat. Not surprisingly, the cultural rub causes more than a little friction, especially his relationship with the overly optimistic arrival Abedi (a standout performance by newcomer Olivier Mukata). Fifty freezing refugees, a nosy Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, a depressed wife and a restless teenage daughter prove far more than Petter Primus can bear!
Sharp, witty and unpredictable, Welcome to Norway! juggles its themes with acute skill; never patronising for the sake of laughs, never too serious for the sake of political correctness. This is a film that will put a smile on your face in ways you may not expect.