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Friday, Nov. 23, 2012
European cinema gets a show
By ERIKO ARITA
The Osaka European Film Festival is serving up some national premieres for movie fans this weekend at Hotel Elsereine in Kita Ward.
The annual event, which started in 1994, will run until Nov. 26.
One of the 10 films premiering is "Tous les soleils" ("Silence of Love"). The movie directed by Philippe Claudel, an award-winning French director, portrays the life of a widow named Alessandro (Stefano Accorsi) who teaches musicology at the University of Strasbourg in France and volunteers as a reader in hospitals.
Alessandro shares his apartment with his 15-year-old daughter, Irina, and his anarchist brother, Luigi, who refuses to sell his paintings to capitalist speculators while seeking political asylum in France.
Trying to be a model father to both his daughter and to his "adolescent" brother, Alessandro has too many things on his mind. One day, he encounters a beautiful young woman who can maybe change his and his family's lives.
According to the organizer of the Osaka European Film Festival, Claudel presents a funny and touching story that rejects the current cynical trend in film. Accorsi delivers a solid performance as a man struggling with the ghosts of his past and present.
Other films come from Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Serbia and the Netherlands. There's a variety of genres on hand and all 10 of the films have English subtitles.
In addition to the premiere movies, several more films of different themes, including six movies shot in London filmed by non-British directors, will be screened.
The Osaka European Film Festival takes place at Hotel Elsereine in Kita-ku, Osaka, until Nov. 26. Tickets for a reserved seat for one screening cost ¥1,500, and tickets at the doors cost ¥1,200. A ticket for three screenings (nonreserved seat) costs ¥3,000. For more information, including showtimes, visit www.oeff.jp.