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American Film Institute AFI presents the 22nd annual AFI European Union Film Showcase, a selection of top films from EU member states, including film festival award winners, box office hits and US premieres.
A. A TOWN CALLED PANIC
This surreal adventure in stop-motion animation and oddball comedy is the feature film spin-off of the Belgian TV series, which enjoys an international cult following. Three Plasticine characters, Cowboy, Indian and the sensible but temperamental Horse, navigate a series of manic adventures, from Cowboy and Indian’s Internet birthday barbecue that wrecks their house, to the trio’s travels to the center of the earth, the arctic tundra, and an underwater realm populated by perfidious pointyheads. Co-directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar supply most of the manic voice talent, with guest spots given to Jeanne Jeanne Balibar (VA SAVOIR) and Benoît Poelvoorde.
Paprika Steen gives a bravura performance as an alcoholic actress navigating personal crises in this debut film from Martin Zandvliet. Footage from Steen’s real-life performance as Martha in a recent Copenhagen production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is intercut with scenes of Steen as Thea, a hard bitten diva whose personality blends an agile-minded charisma with caustic sarcasm, the self-centeredness of a grand dame undercut by a desperate self-loathing. Recently divorced from her now-remarried husband and denied custody of their two children, Thea has supposedly given up drinking and is working on regaining visitation rights. Painfully, Thea must face the fact that motherhood may not be a role she is cut out to play.
C. DELIVER US FROM EVIL
The latest film from Ole Bornedal continues the Danish director’s knack for exploiting genre conventions to thought-provoking effect. Luckless truck driver Lars, angry at the world and normally drunk, causes a fatality in a hit-and-run accident, but plants evidence to implicate the town’s Bosnian refugee handyman, Alain. After Lars’s citified, liberal older brother Johannes comes to Alain’s defense and takes him into his home, the local louts plot a pitchforks-and-torches nighttime assault, egged on by the deceased’s unhinged, right-wing widower. With nods to timeless American films like RIO BRAVO and STRAW DOGS, Bornedal’s film provocatively examines class and ethnic differences in today’s Europe.
D. DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR
Estonian filmmaker Jaak Kilmi examines the most important factor in how the Communists lost the Cold War: the West’s one-two punch of disco music and Dallas episodes. Western pop culture, banned in countries like Estonia but easily picked up from Finnish broadcasts with the help of homemade antennas, played a major role in winning the hearts and minds of the then-Soviet citizenry for democracy, in textbook “soft power” fashion. Blending wonderful archival footage, academic interviews and deliriously funny recreations Kilmi’s eye-opening and entertaining documentary hits just the right tone between the serious and the surreal.
E. POLICE, ADJECTIVE
Stuck in a provincial backwater, police officer Cristi spends his days trailing a teenager suspected of dealing pot. Although his absurd “investigation” reveals nothing, his superiors push for an arrest, leading to a crisis of conscience for the cop and a vigorous debate about the meaning of the Law. A masterpiece of real-time long takes, dry wit, and deep intellectual engagement, this film is a new high-water mark for Romanian cinema.
F. MADE IN HUNGARIA
Returning to 1963 Communist Hungary after a lengthy sojourn in the States with his diplomat parents, 18-year-old Miki (Tamas Szabo Kimmel) reunites with his musician friends and proceeds to show his countrymen and women what rock’n’roll is all about in this high-spirited, comedic musical. Based on the smash hit stage musical inspired by real-life 1960s-era Magyar rocker Miklos Fenyõ, the film delivers both historical nostalgia and entertainingly subversive counter history in charting Miki and company’s youthful reproach to Communist-era bureaucratic dullness. Perfect period detail, a winning soundtrack and a dynamite cast of young actors make this East-meets-West, fact-based rock’n’roll fantasy a real charmer.
1. For each of the following statements, write the letter corresponding to the film that is being referred to. The items are not in the same order as in the text.
|0. There are plasticine characters in this film.||0||A||✓|
|1. This film shows the influence of television in the downfall of a political system.||1|
|2. This film derives from a very popular show.||2|
|3. The acting crew in this film is outstanding.||3|
|4. Some hilarious scenes stand out in this film.||4|
|5. This film includes some reflections on a moral issue.||5|
|6. This film has some classic movie reminiscences.||6|
|7. An alleged drug peddler is one of the characters in this film.||7|
|8. This is a story of revenge and alcohol.||8|
|9. This film is a story of self-destruction.||9|
|10. This film shows how American rock wakes up political consciences.||10|
|11. This is the director’s first film.||11|
|12. It is not the first time that the film director has had this working perspective.||12|
2. Vocabulary: Find words/ expression (which are in the same order as they appear in the text) that match the following definitions / synonyms.
|0. the first public performance of a film, play.||premiere||✓|
|2. extreme hatred towards oneself|
|4. plan secretly|
|5. chasing, tracking|
|6. stay (n)|
CLAVES PARA LA CORRECCIÓN
|0. the first public performance of a film, play.||premiere|
|2. extreme hatred towards oneself||self-loathing|
|4. plan secretly||plot|
|5. chasing, tracking||trailing|
|6. stay (n)||sojourn|
Como ves, una de las preguntas requiere comprender el significado global de lo que se está leyendo, no solo de las palabras escritas; mientras que la otra necesita de un amplio conocimiento de vocabulario del nivel avanzado, B2.
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