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10th European Filom Festival starts on 16 May
The 10th European Film Festival #EFF10Barbados runs from 16-29 May at the Olympus Theatres VIP Sheraton and once again the extravaganza is free. This year 22 films are scheduled for screening from 11 European Union Member States, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Malta, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Screening of all of the movies takes place at both VIP cinemas simultaneously so as to give patrons a greater viewing choice. To further enhance the viewing options of Film Festival fans many of the movies have been scheduled for more than one showing. Along with the festival being extended by one week, this year patrons also have additional choices of two screenings each night in both VIP cinemas, at 6 pm and 8 pm. Weekend screenings are at 3, 5 and 7 pm.
The European Film Festival coincides with the celebration on 9 May of Europe Day by the European Union. In exposing the public to European films, the aim is to provide Barbadians and other nationals residing in the country a wider variety of cinema, while at the same time exposing them to more European cultural experiences.
The genre of films for this year's Festival range from comedy, drama, crime, family, and biography which explore various themes that reflect the diverse cultures of Europe.
The British film The Darest Hour, which won Gary Oldman best actor at this year's Academy Awards is a must see. Another highly acclaimed movie for film officionados is the Spanish film Truman, which won five Goya awards.
Following the death earlier this year of reknown British theorhetical physicist Stephen Hawkin patrons will get a chance to see the ward winning movie which detailed his life, The Theory of Everything.
There are three children's movies to be screened on both weekends of the Film Festival, Labyrinthus (Belgium), The Girl Without Hands (French –Animation) and Hordur Zwischen den Welten (German)
All of the movies have been vetted by the local film censorship board and each movie, with the exception of the British and Irish, will have English sub-titles.