Before Snowfall - Photo:“Before Snowfall” directed by Hisham Zaman
“Before Snowfall” directed by Hisham Zaman

EUFF2021 – an inspiring journey through Europe

After a hiatus last year, EUFF in its 30th edition again featured a wide gamut of European films. In a true partnership, the Festival also showcased ten short films by local film students. “Before snowfall" took the viewers from Northern-Iraq to Norway in a story of danger and devotion.

| Event Summary: Art & Culture

In May, the European Film Festival (EUFF) resumed after a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic. EUFF offers a diversity of perspective, histories, and rich cultural heritage from across Europe. The festival brings Singaporean and European communities together, and offers a unique blend of cultures, language, and people. Featuring the best of contemporary European films, EUFF in its 30th edition returned to the historic movie theatre The Projector.  

 

Kenneth Tan, Chairman of Singapore Film Society, “the Godfather of the European Film Festival” said that by returning to the Projector, EUFF had “come home”. He lauded EUFF as an important part of the cultural scene in Singapore, and said the festival has inspired countless young Singaporeans through a generation. It has offered a gamut of stories and experiences to its audience.  

 

EUFF's partnership with Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film & Media Studies offered the audience the chance to see ten short films by students. This greatly added to the cultural experience - the local film scene clearly has a lot to look forward to! 
 

Norway featured "Before Snowfall", a film about 16-year-old Siyar who lives in a small village in Northern-Iraq. After his father's death, he is now the family's elder and head. When his 18-year-old sister Nermin escapes from her own wedding, Siyar is given the responsibility of finding her and restoring the family's good name and reputation. He goes in search of his sister on a dangerous journey of discovery through Europe and to Norway. Produced by Kurdish-Norwegian director Hisham Zaman, the movie won the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at Sweden’s 36th Göteborg International Film Festival.