Our European Cinema section serves up highlights from large film festivals. THE WORST ONES won the main prize in Cannes in the “Un Certain Regard” section. The magnificent documentary MUSIC FOR BLACK PIGEONS, about Danish jazz composer Jakob Bro, comes to us straight from Venice. We brought a trio of films from the Berlinale: mafia drama UNA FEMMINA, quirky proletarian drama WORKING CLASS HEROES and the Czech conspiracy theorists of SOMEWHERE OVER THE CHEMTRAILS. On top of that, from Karlovy Vary there’s THE UNCLE, in which a nasty relative from Germany visits family in Yugoslavia. Things also end badly for the protagonist of MEN OF DEEDS (Sarajevo Film Festival) – and the employees in Belgium’s EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH. Belgian doc FOR A FISTFUL OF FRIES tackles true crime, while that’s also how animal rights activists see the whale hunt of the Faroe islanders, as A TASTE OF WHALE demonstrates. Lastly, Spain’s MY EMPTINESS AND I accompanies a transwoman in the process of transitioning.

Shorts as openers