Free film screenings across Europe this week


This week, you can catch a free cinema screening of one of 21 European films being shown in 34 cities across the EU, in the first ever European Cinema Night.

Confusingly, the night isn’t one night at all, but one of five nights stretching from 3 to 7 December depending on where you live.

The 20 films being shown in the event all received funding from the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme. They include Woman At War, the winner of this year’s EU Lux Prize for films that “go to the heart of European public debate”.

Also being shown are Utøya, which tells the story of the 2011 attack on the Norwegian island of the same name, from the point of view of the victims, and two films by the ever-interesting Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos: The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Favourite.

“European films are part of our cultural heritage,” said EU culture commissioner Tibor Navrascsics. “The European cinema nights will show citizens how European policy is linked to their lives, to the emotions they feel at cinemas, and how by attending a local event they can be part of an experience shared across Europe.”

Find out what film is showing nearest you, and when, by using this interactive map.

Words: Craig Nicholson
Photo: Basil Jradeh

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