European Union Film Festival: Breaking social taboo, strange aggression of a dad

Esra Vandenbussche (far left) and Sara Vertongen in the 2017 film Le Ciel Flamand, or Flemish Heaven.
Esra Vandenbussche (left) and Sara Vertongen in the 2017 film Le Ciel Flamand, or Flemish Heaven.PHOTO: EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

Why so gloomy? That is the question on Romanian film-maker Tedy Necula's mind when it comes to European films.

On the film-festival circuit, works with grim themes offering little hope seem to be taken more seriously. The other side is being overlooked, he believes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2019, with the headline 'Breaking social taboo, strange aggression of a dad '. Print Edition | Subscribe