The 87 Most Interesting Movies of the 2012 European Film Market (or 87 Movies You Probably Haven’t Heard of But Need On Your Radar)

Take This Waltz

The Pitch: “Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful, Take This Waltz leads us, breathlessly, through the familiar but uncharted question of what long-term relationships to do love, sex and our images of ourselves.”

The Point: Sarah Polley‘s new work is another well-known entry featuring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman going tastefully nude. The recent trailer speaks to the marital drama boiling beneath the surface of a great life.

Tey (Aujourd’hui)

The Pitch: “It happens the day before, like a certitude that descends upon the bodies and minds of the one who has been chosen and the people close to him. No doubting it, no fighting it. Today will be Satché’s last day.”

The Point: Death just isn’t usually tackled as calmly and colorfully as this. It’s a celebration of life that dances across the screen while waving away the funeral dirges.

Top Cat 3D

The Pitch: “Top Cat and his gang face a new police chief and their old nemesis Officer Dibble, who will stop at nothing to prevent Top Cat’s scams and evict the crew from their beloved alleyway. The gang will do anything to outsmart the cops.”

The Point: So this one is the black sheep of the list. No profound statements, no deep filmmaking or poignant boldness. It’s still crazy though. There’s a Top Cat movie? From Mexico? Why? And why is the logline written like it’s going to be hellacious and intense? They’ll “do anything”? Will it finally deliver the desperate crime story Hanna-Barbera originally intended?

A Trip To The Moon & The Extraordinary Voyage

The Pitch: The Extraordinary Trip by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange. A documentary about Georges Melies and A Trip to the Moon restoration. Followed by A Trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès , restored in HD!”

The Point: Hugo has done a ton for Georges Méliès and his most famous film. Word on this flick is that it’s not constructed all that well, but that its subject matter and the stuff it uncovers are nothing short of incredible. It’s apparently going to be a big surprise for those curious as to just how exact Scorsese was when crafting his latest film. The answer? Excruciatingly accurate.


The Pitch: “Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Trishna tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances.”

The Point: A classic story told by Michael Winterbottom with Frieda Pinto and Riz Ahmed starring.

Two Days In New York

The Pitch: Julie Delpy strikes back with the sequel of Two Days in Paris. This time, her family will travel to New York for two unforgettable days. Will her relationship with radio host superstar Mingus survive this test?”

The Point: Delpy made a sequel to Two Days in Paris, so it should probably be seen immediately.


The Pitch: “Stacy and Goody have been living the good “night-life” in New York City as two young, beautiful vampires until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality and much more.”

The Point: This is new work from Amy Heckerling, who directed Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless. Essentially, she helped shape the perception of high school in movies for millions. Here she re-teams with Alicia Silverstone to mess around in the faddish vampire sandbox, but it won’t be surprising if she comes up with something more than the average storyline. Or maybe it’ll be a refreshing return to the brutal, beautiful world that vampires used to represent.

The Virgin, The Copts, and Me

The Pitch: “After watching a videotape of the virgin’s apparition in Egypt with his mother, who sees the virgin like millions of other Copts, Namir travels back to Egypt to make a film about the bizarre occurrence of these apparitions.”

The Point: A niche religion’s mythology being explored by an insider that lists itself both as a documentary and a comedy. Plus an opportunity to learn a different side of Egypt.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

The Pitch: “Set in 1930’s Formosa, Warriors of the Rainbow tells the true story of the Wushe Incident in which the aboriginal Seediq tribe warrior Mouna Rudo led his people to rebel against Japan, then occupying the island.”

The Point: This didn’t make the cut for Best Foreign Film nominees, but it made the short list, and it looks really fantastic.

Welcome to Pine Hill

The Pitch: “Born from a chance encounter between director Keith Miller and star Shannon Harper (as himself), Pine Hill blends reality and fiction to follow a former drug dealer, seeking peace with his past and freedom beyond the concrete.”

The Point: That chance encounter came because Harper approached Miller while he was walking his dog and demanded that the dog actually belonged to him. And he was right. The pair looked into it, and the dog was one that Harper had lost previously. From that , this intriguing movie about the streets.

The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears

The Pitch: “Two mothers from different cultures struggle to avoid falling into their predetermined roles in society. One (Victoria Abril) has lost her son while the other searches for her lost husband and worries she may lose her son as well.”

The Point: Misleading arthouse title aside, this is a movie that’s more revenge drama than overt exploration of feminism. And that’s a great thing.

Would You Rather?

The Pitch: “Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather?” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.”

The Point: An awesome party game turned into a thriller? Sounds great. It stars Brittney Snow, horror legend Jeffrey Combs and non-actress Sasha Grey.


The Pitch: “Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul…In his journey to find Paul, Dolph may lose something even more vital – his mind.”

The Point: From the director of Rubber, which means you’re either immediately on board or anxious to get to the next entry.

Your Sister’s Sister

The Pitch: Your Sister’s Sister is a heartwarming comedy focusing on the relationship between sisters, where affection and rivalry compete for attention. The film stars Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass.”

The Point: It was also directed by Lynn Shelton.


The Pitch: Zarafa recounts the magical adventure of an orphaned giraffe given by the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, her friend Maki and Hassan, Prince of the Desert, in their epic journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris.”

The Point: It’s an animated adventure about a giraffe, and the visuals look vibrant and impressively detailed in an anime-like style.

Phew. That’s a ton of movies to look out for. Which ones are going on your Watch List? Which ones were already on it?

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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