Taking seats in 14 different locations sprawled around Lima this week, the annual Festival de Cine Europeo is back. Presenting 48 films from more than 15 European countries, the festival will be held in the city of Lima until November 2 and elsewhere in Peru until November 7.
A collaboration of the Delegation of the European Union, the Film PUCP, and the Member States of the European Union, this collection of films gives the Peruvian public a unique opportunity to experience works of cinema and cultural exchange from a world otherwise distant from Peru.
This edition differs from the make-up of last year’s 81 feature length films and 255 short films program, only featuring 48 films in total. Although a dramatic drop in quantity, this year’s 48 films manifest in quality. They exhibit a range of diverse experiences, languages, themes, and genres. They will be presenting their program in three categories: fiction films, documentaries, and films by Konrad Wolf.
The festival is dedicating this year’s “retrospectiva” or retrospective theme to German artist Konrad Wolf. Considered one of the fathers of German film, five of Wolf’s films are featured in the program. Outspoken and extremely talented in the arts, Wolf expressed his ideas and strong anti-Nazi regime sentiments throughout his life via his artistic mediums.
One of his featured films “Lissy” (1957), tells the story of charming young Lissy, a shop owner living in Berlin just before the invasion. The story illustrates the profound confusion and suffering experienced by all sides of the conflict during the regime. With her Communist brother Paul and Nazi husband Alfred, Lissy is left to question her beliefs and where she can find truth.
As demonstrated in the life of Konrad Wolf, art is a means to communicate, learn, and share ideas. The Festival de Cine Europeo gives insight into the many ways artists, writers, and European citizens alike interpret the world around us. This week in Lima, by means of flim, the public is participating in a mutual exchange of culture and perspective across seas.