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Published on: Thursday, December 05, 2013

Kota Kinabalu: The 14th European Union Film Festival will see the screening of award winning movies and documentaries from 20 European countries at GSC (Golden Screen Cinemas) Suria Sabah from Dec. 5 to 11.

Three of them will be screened for free. They are "Kryptonite!", "Sleep Tight" and "London: The Modern Babylon". The rest require payment of RM6 per person but 100 lucky viewers stand to win free tickets if they produce this Daily Express report at the counter.

The movies to be screened today (Thursday) are "Made In Hungaria", "A Christmas Story" and "This Life" at 5pm, 7.20pm and 9.10pm, respectively.

"Made In Hungaria" is about a family who leave behind the American dream and return to their country in 1963 but are not accepted by their former friends. They then try to win them back. It won the 2009 Granada International Festival of Young Filmmakers Award for Best Feature Film.

It is in Hungarian with English subtitles.

"A Christmas Story" is a Finish tale about a little boy who loses his family in an accident and is adopted by the villagers. He moves to a new home every Christmas and as gratitude decides to make toys for the children of the families as goodbye presents. But when he is sent to live with a grumpy old carpenter, the latter forbids him from making anymore Christmas presents.

In English, it won awards at the Sarasota Film Festival and the Jussi Awards.

"This Life" is a true story about a family's quest for individual freedom during World War Two. It is about how a few people can make a huge difference although with serious consequences. This Danish film with English subtitles won the Audience Prize at the 2012 Hamburg FilmFest.

The 14th European Union Film Festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia, in collaboration with the embassies and cultural institutions of 18 European Union member States, Norway and Switzerland.

It is supported by GSC, Air France, TNT Express Worldwide, Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu, KK French Friendship Association of Sabah, Capital. Fm, Red.fm, Total Film Malaysia, Expatriate Lifestyle, Time Out Kuala Lumpur and Penang and Newskaki.com

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj Aman thanked the Delegation of the European Union and the 20 participating European countries for staging the Film Festival.

"I am pleased to welcome the European Union Film Festival to the shores of Sabah once again, after its successful run here last year."

"Films are not just for pure entertainment. In just under two hours, they also have the innate ability to unite people from all walks of life on a journey through different realities like the European Union Film Festival, which shares with Malaysian audiences a unique window to different European countries and cultures."

"This 14th edition of the European Union Film Festival, as well as the first EU-Sabah Day this year, further widens the European Union's cooperation with Sabah, some of which focuses on forestry, sustainable development as well as migration and human rights."

"I look forward to more cultural exchanges and bilateral cooperation in all areas between the state of Sabah and the European Union."