Dec 04 2014

Luxembourg WW2 film in European Union showcase

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(CS) Luxembourg World War Two drama “Heemwéi” is set to travel to the US, where it will be screened as part of the European Union Film Showcase at the American Film Institute in Maryland.

The film, which tells the story of two young Luxembourgers trying to escape from the German army in the final stages of the war, joins high-profile European productions from The Imitation Game to Mr Turner and Two Days, One Night.

Over 50 films from 27 of the EU’s member states will be shown, plus a programme of short films.

The showcase is in its 27th year and aims to introduce European film to US audiences, combining popular, award-winning fair, with local gems and emerging talents.

The selection is compiled by representatives of the American Film Institute, the European Union and EU cultural counsellors in Washington, DC.

“Heemwéi” was a surprise hit in Luxembourg at the start of the year. The independent project was produced by amateur filmmakers with the help of industry professionals, but without the involvement of one of the country’s better known production studios.

Made on a shoe-string budget of just 25,000 euros, the film was on limited release at Utopolis in January, but slowly expanded to more screens. The same month, the “Heemwéi” was nominated for a best feature film Luxembourg Film Prize. The award eventually went to thriller “Doudege Wénkel”.

Screened in the US under the title Homesick, “Heemwéi” was widely praised in Luxembourg for its examination of Luxembourg’s WW2 past. The film complicates the story of good versus bad by presenting one of the lead characters as a volunteer, while the other struggles with his family’s German heritage.

The European Union Film Showcase runs at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Centre from December 3 to 21, with “Heemwéi” screened on December 6.

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

(CS) Luxembourg World War Two drama “Heemwéi” is set to travel to the US, where it will be screened as part of the European Union Film Showcase at the American Film Institute in Maryland.

The film, which tells the story of two young Luxembourgers trying to escape from the German army in the final stages of the war, joins high-profile European productions from The Imitation Game to Mr Turner and Two Days, One Night.

Over 50 films from 27 of the EU’s member states will be shown, plus a programme of short films.

The showcase is in its 27th year and aims to introduce European film to US audiences, combining popular, award-winning fair, with local gems and emerging talents.

The selection is compiled by representatives of the American Film Institute, the European Union and EU cultural counsellors in Washington, DC.

“Heemwéi” was a surprise hit in Luxembourg at the start of the year. The independent project was produced by amateur filmmakers with the help of industry professionals, but without the involvement of one of the country’s better known production studios.

Made on a shoe-string budget of just 25,000 euros, the film was on limited release at Utopolis in January, but slowly expanded to more screens. The same month, the “Heemwéi” was nominated for a best feature film Luxembourg Film Prize. The award eventually went to thriller “Doudege Wénkel”.

Screened in the US under the title Homesick, “Heemwéi” was widely praised in Luxembourg for its examination of Luxembourg’s WW2 past. The film complicates the story of good versus bad by presenting one of the lead characters as a volunteer, while the other struggles with his family’s German heritage.

The European Union Film Showcase runs at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Centre from December 3 to 21, with “Heemwéi” screened on December 6.

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