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European Forum is one of the main programmes of Tbilisi International Film Festival, where the audience will see the best European films of the last two years.

In the section audience will see following movies:

A Paris Education (France, 2018) by Jean-Paul Civeyrac

At War (France, 2018) by Stéphane Brizé

Cobain (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, 2018) by Nanouk Leopold Cold War (Poland, United Kingdom, France 2018) by Pawel Pawlikowski

Genesis (Hungary, 2018) by Árpád Bogdán

High Life (France, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, United States, 2018) by Claire Denis

I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany, 2018) by Radu Jude

Mug (Poland, 2018) by - Małgorzata Szumowska

Shock Waves - First Name: Mathieu (Switzerland, 2017) by Lionel Baier

Sibel (Turkey, France, Germany, Luxembourg, 2018) by Guillaume Giovanetti, Cagla Zencirci

Sorry Angel (France, 2018) by Christophe Honoré

Spitak (Armenia, Russian Federation, 2018) by Aleksandr Kott

The Favourite (Ireland, United Kingdom, United States 2018) by Yorgos Lanthimos

The Interpreter (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, 2018) by Martin Šulík

The Prayer (France, Belgium, 2018) by Cédric Kahn

Thirty Souls (Spain, 2018) by Diana Toucedo

Touch Me Not (Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, 2018) by Adina Pintilie

The information about these films will be found on our website when the full programme is provided, but until then, we offer the list of some films of special attention at the festival this year.

At War (En guerre, France 2018)

Two years ago, the Perrin Industry Factory, 1100 employees, automotive supplier well known, affiliate to the German group Schäfer, signed an agreement asking to senior-managers and workers to accept a pay cut, in order to save the company in exchange of the promise to protect their jobs on at least the next five years. Today, the company takes the decision to close. The workers, conducted by their spokesperson Eric Laurent, refuse the inevitable and try to save their jobs.

StéphaneBrizé was born on 18 October 1966 in Rennes, France. He moved to Paris, where he started his career in theater and television, before moving on to short films and feature films. His 2015 film The Measure of a Man was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Cold War (Zimna wojna, Poland, United Kingdom, France 2018)

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched, set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris. Film won prize for Best Directing at the Cannes International Film Festival and was chose for the Oscars Best Foreign Language Film nomination from Poland.

Polish-born Pawel Pawlikowski started as a documentary filmmaker in British television. His second feature, Last Resort (2000), earned him international critical acclaim at numerous festivals, including Toronto and Sundance, and won the 2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for "Most Promising Newcomer in British Film."His next film, My Summer of Love (2004), won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards in 2005.

The Favourite (Ireland, United Kingdom, United States 2018)

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion.

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos was nominated for an Oscar for the original screenplay to 2016's The Lobster. It was his first English language film, and the first of his films to use well- known actors, including Colin Farrell and Léa Seydoux. His second feature, 2009's Dogtooth, was a hit at Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar as the best foreign film. His other films include Kinetta (2005) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017, with Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone).

Mug (Twarz, Poland 2018)

Jacek loves heavy metal and his dog. He enjoys his existence as a cool misfit in an otherwise stuffy environment, and keeps his muscles toned working on a building site close to the Polish-German border where the world's largest statue of Jesus is being constructed. But then his life is thrown badly off course by a terrible accident at work that completely disfigures him. Eagerly followed by the Polish media, Jacek becomes the first person in the country to receive a face transplant. He may be celebrated as a national hero and martyr, but he no longer recognizes himself in the mirror. Meanwhile, the statue of Jesus grows taller and taller.

Małgorzata Szumowska (born 26 February 1973) is a Polish film director, screenwriter and producer, born in Kraków. Her 2013 film In the Name Of received the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, and received the Grand Prix at the 32nd annual Istanbul Film Festival. Her film Body was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Szumowska won the Silver Bear for Best Director for Body. In 2018, she received Jury Grand Prix at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival for her film Mug.

Shock Waves - First Name: Mathieu (Ondes de choc - Prénom: Mathieu, Switzerland 2018)

Mathieu, 17, is the only survivor of an infamous serial killer making the headlines. Injured and traumatized, he tries to get on with his life within his family and his village. But despite everyone's support, Mathieu is unable to find peace in his everyday life. The teenager will gradually be able to create a composite sketch of his attacker, but for Mathieu that's not the end of it.

Lionel Baier was born in 1975 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 1995-98 Studies Arts at the University of Lausanne. Since 1996 assistant director for various films and commercials. Since 2002 Head of Cinema department at the ECAL (École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne). 2009 Cofounds Bande à part Films.

The Prayer (La Prière, France, Belgium 2018)

Thomas, 22, is a drug addict. In an effort to put an end to his habit, he joins a community of former addicts who live isolated in the mountains and use prayer as a way to cure themselves. At first reluctant, Thomas gradually accepts to submit himself to a Spartan life of discipline, abstinence, hard work and frequent prayer. He discovers faith, but also love. And a new kind of torment.

Cédric Kahn was born in Crest, France in 1966, he started working in the film industry as a film editor, then as a screenwriter. In 1991 he directed his first feature film Bar des rails which screened at the Venice International Film Festival. His second feature Trop de bonheur was selected for the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes and won the Jean Vigo Award. Roberto Succo was selected to screen in competition at Cannes in 2001; Red Lights competed at the Berlinale.

Thirty Souls (Trinta lumes, Spain 2018)

Alba is twelve years old and wants to discover the mysterious, fascinating and unknown reality of death. With her best friend Samuel, she enters abandoned houses, travels through forgotten villages and explores remote mountains that hide another parallel world. Hers is a journey to reveal the unexplainable conflict between the living and the dead.

Diana Toucedo is an editor and director, known for Thirty Souls (2017), Júlia ist (2017) and En todas as mans (2015).





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