Never Die Young, dir. Pol Cruchten (Luxembourg)
The best thing about the European Union Film Festival is having access to films from countries you wouldn’t consider in the global film culture. Yes, there are plenty of films from the UK, France, Germany and Italy that play each year, but it is an equal stage for the Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, Cyprus and Croatia. Unlike the major film-producing countries, the festival is able to secure the very best from these burgeoning film markets. Since I started attending the festival in 2011, I’ve seen my first films from Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal, and now the tiny nation of Luxembourg.