Europa! Europa Film Festival Is Back for 2024 with 47 Movies — Including a Yorgos Lanthimos Retrospective

The Sydney and Melbourne cinema showcase will feature six of the Greek 'Poor Things' filmmaker's movies, such as 'Dogtooth', 'The Lobster', 'The Favourite' and 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.
Sarah Ward
Published on January 18, 2024

It won Emma Stone her second Golden Globe. It just might nab the actor her second Oscar, too. And it was the best film of 2023. Poor Things is also the inspiration behind a key part of this year's Europa! Europa Film Festival in Sydney and Melbourne: a retrospective dedicated to Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos featuring six of his prior flicks. Three of his movies in his homeland are covered, including the Oscar-nominated Dogtooth, earlier psychological drama Kinetta and 2011's Alps. So are his trio of English-language titles before riffing on Frankenstein, aka The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Favourite.

2024 marks two years since Europa! Europa first debuted, giving film fans a new excuse to pretend they're on the other side of the world while settled into three Aussie cinemas, and taking place at the Ritz Cinemas Randwick in Sydney, and Melbourne's Classic Cinemas Elsternwick and Lido Cinemas Hawthorn. The event's third annual fest runs from Thursday, February 15–Sunday, March 10 in the New South Wales capital and from Thursday, February 15–Monday, March 11 in Victoria, both with a lineup of 47 movies from 28 countries.

Accordingly, while diving into the bulk of Lanthimos' filmography is a major drawcard, that's just one part of the just-unveiled full program. It all starts with the Mads Mikkelsen (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny)-led The Promised Land, which is also Denmark's shortlisted submission for Best International Feature category at the 2024 Academy Awards. And still on movies with awards ties, the centrepiece gala will screen conversation-driven play-to-film drama Freud's Last Session, which features The Father Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins as an elderly Sigmund Freud.

Io Capitano is also a 2024 contender for Best International Feature, for Italy. Hailing from Gomorrah and Dogman's Matteo Garrone, it follows two teens leaving Senegal for Europe. While it didn't make the Academy's shortlist, Poland's The Peasants was the country's submission in the category, with Loving Vincent's DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman behind the animated drama that this time is styled to resemble Polish artworks.

From there, other highlights include the futuristic The Beast from Nocturama's Bertrand Bonello, which adapts a Henry James novel, and stars Léa Seydoux (Crimes of the Future) and George Mackay (1917); Les Indésirables, the latest by Les Misérables director Ladj Ly; BPM (Beats Per Minute) filmmaker Robin Campillo returning with the Madagascar-set Red Island; and The Mauritanian helmer Kevin Macdonald's fashion documentary High & Low: John Galliano.

Or, there's Spanish comedy Co-Husbands, with Paco León (Staring at Strangers) and Ernesto Alterio (You Shall Not Lie) playing men who learn they've wed the same woman; A Chef for Dali, also from Spain, as inspired by restaurant El Bulli's origins; Greece's The Summer with Carmen, about writing a film script one summer; Men of Deeds, focusing on a Romanian cop; and Germany's Stella. A Life starring Paula Beer (Afire).

The Lanthimos retrospective isn't the only way that Europa! Europa is looking backwards, either, thanks to 4K restorations of 1963's Contempt by late, great French directing icon Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye to Language) and 1970's The Conformist from Bernardo Bertolucci (Stealing Beauty).

"This year's Europa! Europa line-up is a testament to the power of diverse storytelling, offering a rich tapestry of narratives that speak to a wide array of experiences and emotions," said Artistic Director Spiro Economopoulos, announcing the program.

"Each film, carefully selected, is not just a viewing experience but an invitation to engage with stories that resonate universally, truly exemplifying the essence of European cinema."


Thursday, February 15–Sunday, March 10 — Ritz Cinemas Randwick, Sydney
Thursday, February 15–Monday, March 11 — Classic Cinemas Elsternwick and Lido Cinemas Hawthorn, Melbourne

Europa! Europa will screen in Sydney and Melbourne between in February and March. For more information or to buy tickets, head to the festival's website.

Published on January 18, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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