European Union Film Festival Debuts in Delhi at Sirifort Auditorium
22 European Films from 22 European countries to be hosted at Sirifort auditorium in collaboration with Directorate of Film Festival, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
New Delhi, 9 June 2017: The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) premiered today in New Delhi with a screening of the Estonian film "Cherry Tobacco". In its 22nd edition this year, the European Union Film Festival features a bouquet of 22 latest and award winning European films from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. This year, the festival will screen movies from varied genres ranging from comedy to gripping family drama, romance and adventure.
Organized by the Delegation of the European Union and Embassies of EU Member States in collaboration with Directorate of Film Festival, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, the screening of the European films will run at Siri Fort Auditorium Complex, Audi 2 till 14th June. The festival will screen 22 recent award winning European movies from 22 European countries.
The 22nd edition of European Union Film Festival was inaugurated today by H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India in the presence of Mr C. Senthil Rajan, Director, Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and two young film directors from Estonia, Katrin Maimik and Andres Maimik, whose film Cherry Tobacco was the opening film at the festival this year.
H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India, said, "We are happy to provide an annual platform for the film enthusiasts to watch award winning European movies sitting right here. I believe that the cinema has a universal appeal and helps to bring people and cultures together. The European Union Film Festival has won a special place in the Indian film calendar and in the hearts of viewers and we hope that 22nd edition of the festival will delight audiences as before." He further added, "We are delighted to have the support of the Directorate of Film Festival to host the screening of the European films in Delhi, allowing the movies to reach to a wider audience."
Mr C. Senthil Rajan, Director, Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, stated: “DFF is happy to partner with the European Union to showcase films from EU member countries. It is part of our effort to promote cultural ties between India and the EU countries through the medium of films. We are also organizing a masterclass with two European film directors which will help inspiring Indian filmmakers.''
For the first time, the two Estonian film directors, will conduct a "Masterclass" covering direction, screen writing, and international film making on Saturday, 10th June 2017 at 11 am at Sirifort auditorium. Those interested in participating in the masterclass, should register by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this festival of award-winning European films, you will find perennial themes - the redemption of love, the resilience of youth, and the triumph of the human spirit in adversity. Highlights from the festival include the story of the inner struggle of a father, and his complicated relationship with his son; the coming-of-age of a 17 year-old girl Raya, who has to take decisions that even a grown up woman would find difficult to make; a true story of a Moroccan man who decides to go back home and, faces multiple obstacles on the way, turning his story into a real odyssey; a stubborn violin maker and his pharmacist cousin who face hardship and tragedy as they oppose the powerful businessman who plans to force the violin maker from his house to build a luxurious new hotel in its place.
The festival will travel from Delhi to Pune and then traverse further through Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Ranchi, Coimbatore and Puducherry till August 3, 2017.
All films will be with English subtitles. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.
The films to be screened at the EUFF2017 are – Austria– Die Geträumten / The Dreamed Ones; Belgium - Flying Home; Bulgaria-The Judgement; Cyprus - Family Member; Czechia - Vratnelahve / Empties; Denmark - Kollektivet / The Commune; Estonia - Cherry Tobacco; Finland – Little Wing; France - Three Hearts; Germany - Freistatt / Sanctuary; Greece - Invisible; Hungary - Liza, The Fox Fairy; Italy – l’Interpido / A Lonely Hero ; Latvia – Esesmušeit / Mellow Mud; Luxembourg - Hot Hot Hot; Netherlands- Publiek Werken / Public Works; Portugal – Capitao Falcao o Filme / The Portuguese Falcon; Poland- Ostatnia Rodzina / The Last Family; Slovakia – Viditelny Svet / Visible World; Slovenia – A Comedy of Tears; Spain – El Rayo / Hassan’s Way; Sweden – Nice People.
About the European Union (EU):
The EU, which consists of 28 countries, has the world's 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. They have set up common institutions so that decisions on matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level. 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. It is also at the forefront of policies on sustainability.
For Over 50 years the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, prevent disasters, expand trade, and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest. More information at: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india