Rupert Everett directs and stars in the Oscar Wilde biopic, 'The Happy Prince.' (JG Screenshot)

5 Must-Watch Films at Europe on Screen


APRIL 13, 2019

Jakarta. The annual Europe on Screen festival this year will offer you a whopping 101 films—from a Cold War romance to an Oscar Wilde biopic—to be screened in eight cities. 

The festival will visit Jakarta (18-30 April), Bekasi (19-28 April), Tangerang (20-25, 27-29 April), Bandung (24-29 April), Medan (22-28 April), Denpasar (26-27 April), Yogyakarta (22-27 April) and Surabaya (19-29 April).

With so many great films on offer, deciding on which one(s) to see might be difficult. So, here's a list of five movies we think you can't miss out during the festival to help you get going with that itinerary!

5. Champions (Campeones – Spain)

It won't be a European film festival without a black comedy. "Champions" tells the story of an arrogant basketball coach who gets fired and arrested for drink-driving and then sentenced to 90 days of community service. His new quest is to coach a basketball team of mentally disabled players, Los Amigos. At the same time, he tries to fix his failing marriage.

The movie was nominated for the Cine Latino Award and Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was also won nominations at the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival and won Best Film at the 2019 Goya Awards. Champions was Spain's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards.

Champions will be screened on April 21 at 7.30 p.m. at GoetheHaus and on April 28 at 5 p.m. at Erasmus Huis Auditorium.

4. The Happy Prince (Germany)

This Oscar Wilde biopic will also give you an exciting glimpse of 17th century London. It captures Wilde's final days as he recalls his past with irony, detachment and humor, from when he was one of the most popular playwrights and debonairs in London to the dark days of his criminal conviction and imprisonment for homosexuality. 

The German-Belgian-Italian co-production marks Rupert Everett's directorial debut. He also plays Wilde in the movie, which was nominated for Best Film at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, won Best Costumes in Film at the 2018 Premio Berenice and was nominated for a slew of awards at the 2019 London Critics Circle Film Awards.

"The Happy Prince" will be screened on April 21 at 5 p.m. at IFI Jakarta and on April 27 at 5 p.m. at GoetheHaus.

3. Another Day in Life (Poland)

This is another biopic, but an animated one. It tells the life story of Ryszard Kapuscinski, the legendary gonzo journalist from the Polish Press Agency. Among his many death-defying adventures, Kapuscinski once convinced his boss to send him to Angola where a bloody civil war had just broken out. 

The citically-acclaimed film was nominated for the Golden Eye Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, won the Best European Animated Feature Film award at the 2018 European Film Awards and the Best Animation Film award at the 2019 Goya Awards.

"Another Day in Life" will be screened on April 19 at 2.30 p.m. at IFI Jakarta, April 25 at 5 p.m. at GoetheHaus and April 27 at 2.30 p.m. at Kineforum.

2. The Guilty (Den Skyldige – Denmark)

This Danish crime thriller is guaranteed to put you on the edge of your seat from the opening credits. It's about a police officer called Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren), recently demoted to emergency line operator duty, who receives a call from a woman who claims she is being kidnapped. As Holm searches for the woman, he soon realizes he's dealing with a far greater crime.

"The Guilty" will be the opening film of the 2019 Europe on Screen. It has won awards at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, 2018 Rotterdam International Film Festival and 2018 Valladolid International Film Festival and was Denmark’s entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards

The Guilty will be screened on April 22 and 27 at 7.30 p.m. at IFI Jakarta.

1. Cold War (Zimna Wojna – Poland)

This Cold War romance will sweep you off your feet with a 20-year love story between Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a pianist and composer in Poland, and Zula (Joanna Kulig), a young singer. The film shows the strains of living under communist Poland and also the lovers' disillusionment with the freedom that the West offered. 

Director Pawel Pawlikowski is one of the most respected in Europe at the moment. "Cold War" was nominated in several categories at the 91st Academy Awards (including Best Director), won Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenwriter at the 2018 European Film Awards and won Best Director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Cold War will be showing on April 21 at 7.30 p.m. at Erasmus Huis Auditorium and on April 26 at 7.30 p.m. at GoetheHaus.

Other films that might strike your fancy include Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" (Germany) which will get two open air screenings on April 20 at 6.30 p.m. at Erasmus Huis and on April 27 at 7 p.m. at Bintaro Xchange.

Politics and history buffs might also be interested in "Utøya: July 22," a fictionalized account of the 2011 Utøya summer camp massacre in Norway that looks like it's shot in one single take in real time. This will be screened on April 20 at 2.30 p.m. at Erasmus Huis Auditorium, April 23 at 7.30 p.m. at GoetheHaus and on April 26 at 7.30 p.m. at IFI Jakarta.

Get the full schedule at Europe on Screen's website or Instagram.