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European Union Film Festival rings in 25th year, the Silver Jubilee edition, digitally; unveils a line-up of over 40 award-winning movies from 27 European countries

29/10/2020 - 07:53
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~ This year as EUFF goes virtual for the first time; viewers have the opportunity to explore the best of European cinema from the comfort of their homes ~ ~ 42 films, 6 genres, 38 languages, 50+ awards & selections; 15 remarkable female directors will feature in the Festival line-up, offering trailblazing and evocative perspectives ~ ~ Curated by Veronica Flora, the festival will also host a series of workshops, masterclasses, artist talks, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with the most prominent contemporary film directors, actors, and cinematographers ~ ~ The festival begins from 5 November 2020! Audiences can register through the Delegation’s website and social media channels ~

New Delhi, 28 October 2020: Instilling a renewed sense of togetherness, the pandemic of 2020 saw all of us stand united by being apart. It has made us realize our similarities through our shared hopes, aspirations, fears and failings. Today, more than ever, the importance of cinema for our societies is evident, helping us to make sense of this pandemic. This year, defying the pandemic, the much-awaited European Union Film Festival announces its first-ever virtual edition – featuring outstanding, award-winning European cinema that bring forth inspiring stories, all from the comfort and safety of our homes. Marking its 25th year – the Silver Jubilee edition in India - the festival celebrates EU-India cultural ties, by bringing the best of European cinema and classics to Indian audiences. Curated by Veronica Flora, with Valerio Caruso, Director of Cineuropa, the Festival will host 42 critically acclaimed films that explore unique stories, experiences, and histories with artistic storytelling from across 27 Member States and Partner Countries, celebrating the most recent cinematic triumphs at Cannes, Locarno, Venice, Berlin and San Sebastian, amongst others. The virtual Festival will be available to stream on Festival Scope from 5 November 2020 onwards!

Bringing a slice of Europe to India, the Festival will showcase movies from 27 European countries, including 26 Member States, comprising Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Switzerland will be also represented at the Festival. Bifurcated in 4 sections comprising contemporary European cinema, European masterpieces, shorts on climate change, and a tribute to Indian cinema, each will carry a selection of award-winning films and critically acclaimed performances for every type of cinephile to enjoy. Furthermore, highlighting the cultural diversity of Europe and triggering conversations, it will also host a series of workshops, masterclasses, artist talks, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with prominent film directors, actors, and cinematographers of the European film fraternity.

The Festival is a joint event hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to India, its Member States and Partner Countries. It celebrates and bolsters the EU-India cultural partnership.

Commenting on the 25th edition, H.E. Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India, said “I am delighted to announce the launch of the 25th edition of the European Union Film Festival in India, in collaboration with our Member States. It will take viewers through a journey across Europe as retold by our storytellers. This landmark anniversary is also a testament to our long-standing cultural ties with India. Highlighting individual stories yet reflecting universal experiences, this year’s special anniversary edition will offer a window into the heart of Europe and the power of cinema to negotiate both everyday and extraordinary circumstances.”

Adding to the above, Veronica Flora,  the Festival curator, said, “Thanks to the popular nature of cinema, which is one of the most immediate and democratic art forms we can enjoy, the European Union Film Festival in India aims to be a magic mirror we can use to jointly get through the current challenging times we are witnessing. This year the virtual European Union Film Festival in India will be showcasing the variety and the complexity of the European Union's culture through innovative film programming, opening paths for further people-to-people and cultural relationships with India and the extraordinary wealth of its millennial culture. We hope this virtual Festival will contribute to make the film sector a key driver for dialogue, especially in the current situation where culture and creativity have become more important than ever.”

Beyond Contemporary European Cinema:

Recognizing that excellence in European cinema has been forged by legends across the continent, the Festival also presents a distinctive look at Europe’s rich and enviable cinematic history through its section on European Masterpieces. From Agnès Varda’s seminal Cléo From 5 to 7 and Kieslowski’s Three Colours: Blue, to Bergman’s Persona, and Bunuel’s surrealist masterpiece The Exterminating Angel, from Antonio Pietrangeli’s iconic I Knew Her Well to the classic of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman’s Loves of a Blonde, up to the dramatically current Ali: Fear Eats the Soul by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the Festival will take viewers through an unparalleled journey across Europe as retold by its most inventive and ground-breaking storytellers.

As a tribute to the rich and indelible imprint of Indian cinema, the Festival will offer viewers a look into the classic and the contemporary, through the section Poetry on Screen: Satyajit Ray and Chaitanya Tamhane, featuring the iconic Aparajito and the award-winning Court. Viewers will get an exclusive insight into the artistic underpinnings of director and screenwriter Chaitanya Tamhane, who will also feature in a special Festival side-event with a European counterpart.

Given the urgency around Climate Change, six outstanding short movies from across the world, including India, are part of this year’s Festival. They will provide a means to assess how climate change is being felt in different parts of the world. Nila Madhab Panda’s Megha’s Divorce is a particular highlight, among an anthology of six that form part of the film Interdependence.

Access to the Film Festival

Tickets for viewing and access for the Film Festival and the activities will be free for audiences. Audiences can register through the Delegation’s website and social media channels.  The Film Festival will run till 30th November. Once registered, viewers can log in at their convenience and watch the movies at their own pace.

To know more, visit euffindia.com

The festival line-up:

EURORAMA: EUROPEAN CINEMA TODAY

 

Genre

Movies

Directors

Country

Drama

The Ground Beneath My Feet

Marie Kreutzer

Austria

Drama

Alone at My Wedding

Marta Bergman

Belgium

Drama

Rounds

Stephan Komandarev

Bulgaria

Drama

Mare

Andrea Staka

Croatia

Comedy

Smuggling Hendrix

Marios Piperides

Cyprus

 Documentary

Forman vs. Forman 

Jakub Hejna, Helena Trestikova

Czechia

 Documentary

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Mads Brügger

Denmark

Drama

The Little Comrade

Moonika Siimets

Estonia

Comedy

Aurora

Miia Tervo

Finland

Comedy

Arab Blues

Manele Labidi

France

Drama

Exile

Visar Morina

Germany

Drama

Pari

Siamak Etemadi

Greece

Drama

Genesis

Árpád Bogdán

Hungary

Comedy

Extra Ordinary

Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

Ireland

Drama

Martin Eden

Pietro Marcello

Italy

Drama

Mellow Mud

Renārs Vimba

Latvia

Drama

Invisible

Ignas Jonyas

Lithuania

Comedy

Tel Aviv On Fire

Sameh Zoabi

Luxembourg

Drama

Instinct

Halina Reijn

Netherlands

Drama

Corpus Christi

Jan Komasa

Poland

Drama

Listen

Ana Rocha de Sousa

Portugal

Drama

One Step Behind the Seraphim

Daniel Sandu

Romania

Comedy

Summer Rebels

Martina Saková

Slovakia

Drama

Don't Forget to Breathe

Martin Turk

Slovenia

Animation

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Salvador Simó

Spain

Drama

And Then We Danced

Levan Atkin

Sweden

Drama

Beyond the Horizon

Delphine Leherice

Switzerland

MASTERPIECES OF EUROPEAN CINEMA (7 films)

Drama

Persona

Ingmar Bergman

Sweden

Drama

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

West Germany

Drama

Cléo From 5 to 7

Agnès Varda

France

Drama

I Knew Her Well

Antonio Pietrangeli

Italy

Drama

The Exterminating Angel

Luis Buñuel

Mexico

Drama

Three Colours: Blue

Krzysztof Kieślowski

France 

Drama

Loves of a Blonde

Milos Forman

Czechoslovakia

POETRY ON SCREEN: SATYAJIT RAY & CHAITANYA TAMHANE (2 films)

 

Drama

Court

Chaitanya Tamhane

India

Drama

Aparajito

Satyajit Ray 

India

CLIMATE CHANGE: 6 SHORTS

 

Short film Fiction

Megha’s Divorce

Nila Madhab Panda

India

Short film Documentary

Qurut

Shahrbanoo Sadat

Afghanistan 

Short film Documentary

Tuã Ingugu

Daniela Thomas

Brazil

Short film Fiction

Olmo

Silvio Soldini

Italy 

Short film Documentary

Hungry Seagull

Leon Wang

China

Short film Fiction

A Sunny Day

FAOUZI  BENSAÏDI

Morocco 

 

About the EU and EU-India Ties

The EU, which consists of 27 countries, has the world's second largest economy and its third largest population, after China and India. Though richly diverse, the countries that make up the EU (its 'Member States') are all committed to the same basic values: peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. By creating a frontier-free single market and a single currency (the euro) which has been adopted by 19 Member States, the EU has given a significant boost to trade and employment.

EU-India relations: For over 55 years, the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, prevent disasters, expand trade, secure global public goods, enhance security around the world and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest. More information at: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india

 

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