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European Union Film Festival 2020



European Union Film Festival 2020

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The 2020 European Union Film Festival is moving online and it is going Canada-wide!

From November 13 to 29, all of Canada will be able to enjoy the best of European cinema.

Usually held in movie theatres in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, due to the realities of COVID-19, the EUFF arrives as a virtual online event featuring not only 27 films from 27 European Union Member States, but also filmmaker interviews and other special content for fans of contemporary European cinema.

The Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa, The Cinematheque in Vancouver, and the EU Film Festival of Toronto will organize and host the online festival, in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the 27 European Union Member States.

In this online edition of the EUFF, each film will be ‘live’ online for a 48-hour period, which gives patrons plenty of time to watch the films.

All films are presented in their original languages with English, and, in some cases, French subtitles.


NOTE: All films will be available for viewing for 48 hours from it's scheduled screening time. Please note that once you begin watching your film, you will have 24 hours to finish watching it.



Italy's presentation at the 16th edition of the European Union Film Festival is The Goddess of Fortune / La dea fortuna, by award-winning director, Ferzan Özpetek (Ignorant Fairies, Facing Windows, Naples in Veils), with Stefano Accorsi (The Last Kiss, Ignorant Fairies), Edoardo Leo (18 Presents) and Jasmine Trinca (The Son's Room).



The Goddess of Fortune (La dea fortuna)

Presented by

the Embassy of Italy in Canada

the Istituo Italiano di Cultura Toronto

with the

Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF)

Saturday, November 14 | 2AM EST / GMT-4


NOTE: The film will be available for screening for 48 hours as of Saturday, November 14 at 2AM EST / GMT-4. Please note that once you begin watching the film, you will have 24 hours to finish watching it.


Alessandro and Arturo have been together for over fifteen years. Despite the strong feelings they still have for each other, their relationship seems to have entered that dreaded middle-aged crisis stage as they both near the age of fifty. Into this already fraught and fragile situation bursts Alessandro’s best friend and former lover, Annamaria. She arrives unexpectedly and asks them to take care of her two kids for a few days, as she is being admitted to a hospital due to recurring headaches.

Suddenly Alessandro and Arturo have a lot more on their minds and on their agendas! With their lives already sliding in a state of flux, now this, and then what? Can they cope, just how long will this ‘parental period’ last, and what will be the fate of their dear friend, Annamaria? In the twists and turns of this new life, both Alessandro and Arturo are forced to look at things in a whole new light.


FERZAN ÖZPETEK was born in Istanbul in 1959.  He moved to Italy and studied the History of Cinema at the Unviersity of Rome "La Sapienza" and studied directing at the renowned Silvio D'Amico National Acaademy of Dramatic Art.  After performing with Julian Beck's Living Theatre, he went on to work as Assistant Director to Massimo Troisi, Ricky Tognazzi and Francesco Nuti, to name a few.

His directorial debut, Hamam was presented at the 50th edition of the Cannes Film Festival and had wordlwide distribution.

In 1999, he direct Harem Suare, which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2001, he directed The Ignorant Fairies / Le fati ignoranti (aka His Secret Life).  The film won a number of awards including Nastro d'Argento and Globo d'Oro awards.

Facing Windows / La finestra di fronte (2003) won a number of awards including five David di Donatello awards, for Ciak d'Oro and the Globo d'Oro awards.  After it's great success throughout Europe, it was distributed in North America by Sony Pictures.

In 2005, he directs Cuore Sacro.  The film received twelve Davide di Donatello nominations.

Saturn in Opposition / Saturno Contro (2007) received a Davide di Donatello award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ambra Angiolini), four Ciak d'Oro, five Globo d'Oro and four Nastro d'Argento awards.

Loose Cannons / Mine Vaganti (2010) was presented out of competition at the Berlinale and received special jury recognition at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Goddess of Fortune (2019) has been nominated and has won several awards, including two Davide di Donatello nominations (David of the Youth for Özpetek and Best Original Screenplay for Özpetek, Gianni Romoli, Silvia Ranfagni) and two wins (Best Song for Diodato and Best Actress for Jasmine Trinca)

Özpetek served on the jury of the 64th Venice International Film Festival.  In 2008, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) presented a retrospective of his movies, making him one of the few Italian film directors honored by the institution with a cinematic retrospective.  In 2011, the San Carlo Opera House in Naples, Italy commissioned him to direct Giusppe Verdi's "La Traviata".

In 2010, the city of Lecce (Puglia, Italy) bestowed Özpetek with an honorary citizenship. 



Date: Da Friday, November 13, 2020 a Sunday, November 29, 2020

Time: At 2:00 am

Entrance : With fee