European Film Festival at Eden Cinemas shines light beyond the mainstream

Tying in with Eden’s Side Street initiative, the festival showcases independent movies that demonstrate quality, innovation and creativity in both form and content

The Polar Boy
The Polar Boy

Cinema is an art-form that is continuously evolving but often, the spotlight shines on commercial, blockbuster movies, leaving the more artistic ones in the shade. Through their European Film Festival, Eden Cinemas will provide a unique platform for more avant-garde storytellers to showcase their creative content. Focusing on six main stories, the festival will run until December 15, allowing patrons the opportunity to watch one or all.

Tying in with Eden’s Side Street initiative, the festival showcases independent movies that demonstrate quality, innovation and creativity in both form and content. Eden Leisure Director of Operations, Simon De Cesare, said, “Our aim is to offer the public a wider variety of great films including less mainstream, high quality, cultural cinema.”  Thousands of films are released every year and cinemas in Malta see less than 1% of its films coming from outside the US and UK.

What’s on at the European Film Festival

Billion Star Hotel

Every day, we’re faced with the following exercise: to give the world around us a certain cue. To smile, to take everything as a joke, to laugh out loud, or to allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by reality. Some choose to escape, to build their own world, with its own rules, with the memories of fairy tales and dreams that really come to be. It all depends on how you choose to see things. In black, in white, or in sync with the beat. Billion Star Hotel, for each viewer, a different story.

Kolekcja Sukienek

Eight women of different ages. Love and loneliness. Fear. The vestures that we all wear. This movie makes you realise that when we choose to live a ‘half-life’, we begin to rot. Women depicted in ‘Women Collection’ are subjects of a life strange experiment.

Son of Saul

Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it.

Sve Najbolje

A Croatian Christmas tale, with singing and poisoning. Winner for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, National Competition: best Visual Effects, and best supporting actor in Pula Film Festival 2016.

The Here After

On returning home to his father and younger brother after serving time in prison, teenager John is looking forward to starting new life again. However, members of the local community can’t forgive him killing his ex-girlfriend.

The Polar Boy

Mattias is a young talented photographer in his final year of secondary school, who has a dream to become a student of the Berlin Arts Academy. He unexpectedly falls in love with a wild red-haired beauty Hanna, who doesn’t seem to take him seriously unless he proves to be just as adventurous and unpredictable as she is. Mattias risks his whole future by breaking the law together with Hanna, but ends up destroying the girl he loves.


A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

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