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Disappearing Act V - European Film Festival in New York

The continuously expanding festival includes 24 contemporary films from 24 European countries. With opening night at the IFC Center and subsequent screenings at the Bohemian National Hall and Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), Disappearing Act V presents a unique selection of movies in prestigious venues drawing film aficionados from New York City and the broader metropolitan area.

Opening night will be at the IFC Center on Wednesday, April 10. Further special events include a second screening at the same venue on April 18; screenings at Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) between April 19-21. Regular screenings are held at the digital cinema at Bohemian National Hall between April 11-20.

April 10 & 18
IFC Center
, 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rdStreet, New York. Subway:  A, C, B, D, E, F & M to West 4thSt. Station
Tickets available at box office or online .
April 11-17 & 20
Bohemian National Hall
, 321 East 73rdStreet bet. 1stand 2ndAvenues, New York.  Subway: 6 to 68th Street Hunter College or 77thStreet
Free admission, on a first-come, first-served basis.
April 19-21
Museum of the Moving Image
, 36-01 35thAvenue, Astoria-Queens. Subway: M, R to Steinway Street, N, Q to 36thAvenue
Tickets available at museum. For info visit

Tue, Apr. 9
7:00 pm - Pre-festival event: Panel discussion - (BNH) Streaming as Source of European Cinema
Wed, Apr. 10
7:00 pm - Opening Night Film: Play (Sweden) - (IFC Center) Followed by Q&A with director Ruben Ostlund
9:30-11:00 pm - The Opening Night screening will be followed by a party for ticket holders at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building located at 5 East 3rd Street
Thr, Apr. 11
6:30 pm - 1395 Days Without Red (1395 dana bez crvene – UK, Bosnia and Herzegovina) – (BNH)
8:00 pm - Kuma (Austria) – (BNH) Followed by Q&A with actress Nihal Koldas
Fri, Apr. 12
6:30 pm - Stars Above (Tahtitaivas talon ylla – Finland, Iceland) - (BNH)
8:30 pm - Diamond Flash (Spain) – (BNH)
Sat, Apr. 13
3:30 pm - Small Crime (Mikro eglima – Cyprus, Germany, Greece) – (BNH)
5:30 pm - Made in Ash (Az do mesta As – Slovakia, Czech Republic) – (BNH)
7:15 pm - Tilva Rosh (Tilva Ros – Serbia) – (BNH) Followed by Q&A with director Nikola Lezaic
Sun, Apr. 14
3:30 pm - Attenberg (Greece) - (BNH)
5:30 pm - The Taste of Creme Brulee (O Sabor do Leite Creme – Portugal) – (BNH)
7:00 pm - Tuesday, After Christmas (Marti, dupa Craciun – Romania) – (BNH)
Mon, Apr. 15
7:00 pm - The Almost Man (Mer eller mindre mann – Norway) – (BNH) Followed by Q&A with director Martin Lund
Tue, Apr. 16
6:30 pm - Living Afterwards (De leur vivant – Belgium) – (BNH)
8:30 pm - Lena (The Netherlands, Belgium) - (BNH)
Wed, Apr. 17
6:30 pm - Feed Me With Your Words (Nahrani me z besedami – Slovenia) – (BNH)
8:15 pm - Flower Buds (Poupata – Czech Republic) – (BNH) Followed by Q&A with director Zdenek Jirasky
Thr, Apr. 18
6:30 pm - Dreileben, Part 1: Beats Being Dead (Etwas Besseres als den Tod – Germany) – (IFC Center)
8:15 pm - Dreileben, Part 2: Don’t Follow Me Around (Komm mir nicht nach – Germany) – (IFC Center)

10:00 pm - Dreileben, Part 3: One Minute of Darkness (Eine Minute Dunkel – Germany) – (IFC Center)
Fri, Apr. 19
7:00 pm - Rose (Roza – Poland) – (MoMI)
Sat, Apr. 20
3:00 pm - Corpo Celeste (Italy, Switzerland, France) – (MoMI)
6:00 pm - Mushrooming (Seenelkaik – Estonia) – (BNH)
8:00 pm - The Boy Who Was a King (Momcheto, koeto beshe tsar – Bulgaria, Germany) – (BNH)
Followed by Q&A with director Andrey Paounov
Sun, Apr. 21
2:00 pm - Summer Games (Giochi d’estate – Switzerland, Italy) – (MoMI)
4:30 pm - Tomboy (France) – (MoMI)
7:00 pm - The Exam (A vizsga - Hungary) – (MoMI) Followed by Q&A with screenwriter Norbert Kobli

Peter Bergendy, 2011, Hungary; 89min. In Hungarian.
Followed by Q&A with screenwriter Norbert Kobli
Presented by the Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center
Cast: Zsolt Nagy, Janos Kulka, Peter Scherer, Andras Balogh, Gabriella Hamori
Official Selection – Karlovy Vary International Festival, Montreal World Film Festival

With secret agents, it is never easy to know who is watching whom, who the hunter and the hunted really are. In 1950s Communist Hungary, secrets and enemies were many, and the stakes as high as they come. Loyalty to the state had to be proven and counter-revolutionaries uncovered, especially if they came in the form of a beautiful seductress. But no one can foretell who will remain the last man standing.

Tickets to opening night screening of Play are available for purchase at the box office or here. The Opening Night screening will be followed by a party for ticket holders. Admission to screenings at Museum of the Moving Image free with museum admission, ($12; seniors and students $9); tickets to Friday night screenings are $12 (seniors and students $9)
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations necessary.
Festival blog

Now in its fifth year, Disappearing Act was launched as an annual event in 2009 and instantly became a popular event in New York for its unique, carefully curated celebration of the vitality of contemporary European cinema. The program presents films that have gained acclaim on the festival circuit and with critics, yet remain largely unknown to American audiences. Though some of the films have secured U.S. theatrical distribution and a DVD release, the unbending financial demands of the current distribution system prevent them from reaching wider audiences. Disappearing Act brings these titles back to the attention of the media and the public, giving them another chance to be seen. Although the festival does not hunt for premieres and discoveries, the program includes a number of theatrical and festival New York and U.S. firsts.

For the third consecutive year, the festival presents films from South Eastern European countries. The presentation of three films, accompanied by their filmmakers, is provided this year by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, which supports cultural exchange between the United States and Central and Eastern Europe.

The Disappearing Act program includes a panel discussion, to be held on April 9 at the Bohemian National Hall as a pre-festival event. This year’s panel turns its attention to access to European cinema through various forms of streaming, from private viewing (such as Netflix and VOD) to streaming in cinemas and other cultural venues. Previously, panel discussions have been led by Richard Pena of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, A. O. Scott of The New York Times, John Vanco of IFC Films, journalist Eugene Hernandez and others who have explored industry topics such as access to foreign-language films by American audiences. For the second year in a row, the festival also opens itself as an educational resource to university students of cinema studies programs, providing an opportunity for them to introduce films and to post online reviews of festival films on the Disappearing Act festival blog.

Disappearing Act V is presented by the Disappearing Act Festival Board, chaired by the Czech Center New York, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut New York, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York, organized in partnership with the Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center, the Belgian Tourist Office – French Speaking Belgium – Brussels Wallonia, the Consulate General of Cyprus, the Consulate General of Estonia, the Consulate General of Finland, the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic, the Consulate General of Sweden, the Consulate General of Switzerland, the Embassy of Portugal together with Instituto Camoes, the Embassy of Slovenia, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the IFC Center, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Norwegian Consulate General, the Onassis Foundation (USA), together with the Consulate General of Greece, Pragda, and the Romanian Film Initiative, and with support from the +421 Foundation, Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association, the Cyprus Federation of America, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Slovak Film Institute, Slovenian Film Centre, Spain Culture New York, and Wallonie Bruxelles Images.
Disappearing Act V is an official project of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), sponsored in part by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the EU Delegation to the United Nations.
Curated and produced by Irena Kovarova. Production assistance by Sven Buehrer.


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