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Best European Independent Movies Of 2016 So Far
Connor Christopher


The BAFTAs and the Oscars have already been and gone. However, if you need a strong film fix, don't despair as the European Film Academy awards are still to come. This year it will feature in Wroclaw, Poland, in December. The ceremony is streamed live every year but if you really are a film fanatic and plan on heading over to Poland don't forget to ensure you get your E111 card and your passport sorted before you go. Every year, the European Film Academy celebrates a total of 22 categories which include European film, European director, European actress and actor, the biggest award supports the greatest achievements in European cinema. The nominations for the award will be announced in November but we have made a list of the best European independent movies of 2016, so far, which could feature on the nomination list - watch this space.

Vanitas
Oscar Spierenburg's drama has already won the best European independent dramatic feature at the ECU Film Festival and it has a good chance of winning other awards this year too. It is a gripping fiction film commenting on the modern art-world, and the film addresses how important it is to know what is authentic and what is fake, what is real or unreal. The film centres on a young woman, who has followed in her father's footsteps as an art-restorer and is then confronted with the forging of masterpieces. With her discovery she goes about finding the truth surrounding the world of art, something she once adored.

The Session
This short film is directed by Edouard de La Poeze, and it portrays Paris in 1988. It features Fanny Ardant as the Countess of Castiglione who requests her favourite photographer to create her last portrait. Throughout the session the two are closely watched by the aristocrat's servants, and the session then proves to be far more disturbing than ever expected.

Refugees
This gripping experimental film is directed by Eduardo Hernandez Perez and Hans Jaap Melissen. The film comments on the largest forced migration since the Second World War, and places it in a unique perspective. Real life drama is incorporated and portrayed in revolutionary and astonishing virtual reality images.

Dennis Rodman's Big Bang In Pyong Yang
This film directed by Colin Offland follows Dennis Rodman who is on a mission. He has an unlikely friendship with North Korean leader Kin Jong-un and wants to improve the relations between North Korea and the US. He does this by creating a historic basketball game between the two countries. It then follows the story of what happened when Dennis Rodman took a team of former NBA players to North Korea. It's a strange film but a strong contender.

The Chicken
Directed by Una Gunjak, this short fiction drama centres on a young girl who receives a live chicken for her sixth birthday. After realising the creature is going to be killed to feed her family, she sets it free. She then suffers dangerous consequences for her actions. Although this film was initially released in 2014, it will be released to a wider audience this year so still counts as 2016.


Vanitas

The Session

Refugees

Big Bang In Pyong Yang

The Chicken

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