23rd European Union Film Festival – Suicide Room

The European Union Film Festival, Singapore 2nd longest running film festival, is back for the 23rd year. The Festival will run from 15 to 26 May 2013 at Shaw Lido. This year’s line up is the largest ever with 28 carefully handpicked European films that showcase the rich and cultural diversity of Europe.
I was invited to watch Suicide Room from Poland during the media preview. Suicide Room tells a story of a teenage school boy from a wealthy family who is accused of homosexuality. A series of humiliating events causes him to retreat into his room and fall into depression. During this time, he meets a suicidal girl online and eventually loses contact with reality and become engrossed in a virtual world.

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Jointly organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore (EU) and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the 23rd EUFF will feature acclaimed films which have never been released commercially here and films that have earned the praise of audiences worldwide. They include films by renowned directors Olivier Assayas from France, Italian Academy Award-winner Gabriele Salvatores, and Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke.
Since 2009, the EUFF has facilitated a cultural dialogue between European and local cinema by partnering with film schools to showcase student short films alongside European feature films. The EUFF’s film school partner this year is the distinguished Chapman University Singapore. The Festival will be screening 15 short films by Chapman students and alumni, and will also involve students in other areas such as marketing and the filming of a Festival teaser.
The 23rd European Union Film Festival is happening from 15 to 26 May 2013 at Shaw Lido. Tickets are priced at $11 and are available online at Shaw website. For more info, visit EUFF Facebook page.
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