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This year’s European Union Film Festival starts next week

Written by
Douglas Parkes

Been disappointed by all the big-name films that have been scooping up awards recently? Then forget the Oscars next Sunday and discover some real cinematic gems over at the the European Union Film Festival instead.

The event, which begins on March 1st and takes place across the city, brings to Hong Kong 16 award-winning films from Europe previously unreleased here. Things kick off with The Divine Order, a film set in 1971 in Switzerland when women still didn’t have the right to vote. After housewife Nora is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Other highlights include the highly topical Welcome to Germany, about a wealthy family in Munich who decide to take in a Nigerian refugee, and Polish medical drama Gods (pictured), a look at the life of Zbigniew Religa, the man who performed the first successful heart transplant in Poland.

If you’re interested, the event lasts until March 18 and tickets are available online now over on the Broadway website.

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