European Union Film Festival: Romanian work Beside Me inspires hope, Belgian film Le Ciel Flamand born out of first-time fatherhood

Beside Me is set in a subway carriage stuck between stations, deals with how, as minutes tick past, the passengers speak to each other, processing an event weighing on their minds - a catastrophic nightclub fire in which dozens have died.
Beside Me is set in a subway carriage stuck between stations, deals with how, as minutes tick past, the passengers speak to each other, processing an event weighing on their minds - a catastrophic nightclub fire in which dozens have died.PHOTO: EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

SINGAPORE - 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 and offering little hope seem to be taken more seriously. The other side is being overlooked, he believes.

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