The European Union Film Festival Toronto 2014

Source: Consulate General of France in Toronto

The  European Union Film Festival Toronto “is a unique cultural collaboration of EU Consulates and Cultural Institutes in Toronto” with the goal of finding and showcasing films that best reflect the European culture. While celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival  showcased 28 films over 15 days from November 15 – 30, 2014. The Major winners were:

The Best of EUFF 2014 award went to A Place Called Home (Greece), a drama making it’s Toronto Premiere. Directed by Maria Douza, it tells the story of Eleni, a professor of Cardiology in London, whose move from Greece ruined her relationship with her Father Kyriakos. Before relocating again to China, Eleni returns home to mend fences and receives some unexpected surprises.

The Audience Choice Award went to The Gilded Cage (Cyprus), a comedy: Directed by Ruben Alves, it tells the story of Maria and José Ribeiro, Portuguese immigrants working as live in care takers of a building in an upper class Pairs neighborhood. They have been in the neighborhood for 30 years and are loved by everyone. So when a dream opportunity allows them to return to Portugal, the couple encounters a lot of resistance.

Esther Simera