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The ninth edition of the festival of new and vital European cinema
Panorama Europe 2017
will include the New York premiere of

The Earlprince (Krolewicz Olch)
by Kuba Czekaj

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Followed by discussion with director Kuba Czekaj

The Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue (at 37th Street), Astoria, NY 11106

Tickets: $15
($11 seniors and students / free for Museum members) 

The Erlprince, directed by Kuba Czekaj, starring Staszek Cywka, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Sebastian Lach. A dark, science-fiction fairy tale plays out in a rush of moody, mind-scrambling images in this dizzyingly ambitious coming-of-age psychodrama. It charts the complex bond between a misfit teenage physics genius and his overbearing mother, a codependent relationship that's disrupted by the reappearance of the boy's father. Parallel universes, apocalyptic warnings, and mythic wolves: The Erlprince takes viewers down a surreal rabbit hole to evoke the turbulent psyche of a troubled young man reckoning with adulthood.

Panorama Europe 2017, the ninth edition of the essential festival of new and vital European cinema, co-presented by Museum of the Moving Image and the members of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), returns to the Museum and the Bohemian National Hall from May 5 through May 21 with a slate of seventeen exceptional new feature films. With a mix of fiction and documentary works, the films largely present a portrait of contemporary Europe during a period of tremendous flux.

This year, Europeans celebrate an important milestone - the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome - signed on March 25, 1957, in order to establish a common market allowing people, goods, services, and capital to move freely. From the ravages of WWII, these treaties brought peace, prosperity, and security to millions of people in Europe. Panorama Europe Film Festival is part of this important celebration, the EU60 campaign, in New York City.

The festival films hail from countries as diverse as Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, and Spain. Among the highlights of this years festival are: King of the Belgians, a delightful faux-documentary, in which the King of Belgium finds himself on a wayward comic road trip through the Balkans; The Erlprince, a mind-bending Polish science-fiction fairytale about a teenage physics genius and his overbearing mother; Safari, a riveting new documentary about European hunters in Africa by the Austrian director Ulrich Seidl; Swagger, a vibrant new French documentary exploring the rich inner lives of eleven teenagers growing up in one of France's most diverse neighborhoods; and 1945, by director Ferenc Török, a powerful and beautifully made film from Hungary about the arrival of two Orthodox Jews in a remote village just after the end of the war.

Programmed by David Schwartz, the Museums Chief Curator, and Eric Hynes, Associate Curator of Film, in collaboration with partner institutions.



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