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New Delhi, 14 June 2018: Putting a spotlight on the latest European cinema, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will premiere in New Delhi on 18th June, 2018 at the Siri Fort Auditorium. With a selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years' film festival brings some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts. The European Union Film Festival is organized by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in partnership with the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and various city film clubs.
The festival will traverse through 11 cities in India including New Delhi, Chennai, Port Blair, Pune, Puducherry, Kolkata, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, Thrissur, Hyderabad and Goa from 18th June till 31st August. Celebrating diversity, the EUFF will screen movies from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.
As a special attraction this year, audience, students and filmmakers will get an opportunity to interact with Katarína Krnáčová (Slovakian producer), Paula Ortiz (Spanish Director), Salvatore Alloca (Italian Director), Yannis Korris (Greek Director), Douglas Boswell (Belgium Director) and Ádám Fekete (Hungarian Actor) who are travelling to India for the festival. Indian actress Neena Kulkarni who has worked in the Luxembourg movie being screened at the film festival will be attending the festival in Goa.
23rd European Film Festival has some unusual stories to tell: the lines of reality are blurred when the cyber world comes to life; a play done by a motley cast of antiheroes provides an opportunity for redemption; a man stuck in an unhappy marriage practices unusual ways to assert his freedom; a music critic finds his father irksome when they both begin to compete for the attention of an attractive psychotherapist; and three Kurdish siblings come together unexpectedly in a hair-raising journey during which they are pursued by angry relatives. These are just some of the curious themes of the European Union Film Festival of 2018.
Speaking about the 23rd edition of the European Union Film festival in India, H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union, said, “The EU Film Festival has become a part of the cultural calendar of many cities in India and it continues to win appreciation for bringing in the oeuvre of both established and new talents. This years' EUFF is all the more special and relevant as we celebrate European Year of Cultural Heritage and cinema has a way to cut through boundaries and start an inter-cultural conversation." He also thanked the Directorate of Film Festivals, the EU Member States, and the film clubs across cities for their support.
The EU Film Festival 2018 to be held from 18 - 24 June in Delhi, brings to the city a selection of some of the finest and most riveting films coming out of Europe today. The European Union Film Festival, organized by the European Union and the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, will be hosted at the Sirifort Auditorium Complex.
The Festival will be inaugurated by the Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Mr Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, in the presence of Mr. Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Mr. Raimund Magis, Deputy head of Delegation of the European Union to India; Mr. Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festivals; Ms. Katarina Tomkova, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic at 6.00 pm on 18 June 2018 at the Siri Fort complex (Audi 2). Slovakian Producer Katarina Krnacova, whose film Little Harbour is the opening movie at the festival this year will also be attending the inauguration. Paula Ortiz (Spanish Director), Salvatore Alloca (Italian Director) will be present during their respective movie screenings.
The award winning film Little Harbour is inspired by true events about two children whose innocent play changes their lives forever. It's a story of children who feel safer in the streets than at home, about children seeking out sturdy lifeboats that cross between the world of fantasy and the harsh reality of life. The ten year old Jarka lives with her mother, who is not yet ready to be a Mum. She spends most of her time alone. Pushed by her desire for love and to form a fully functional family, she finds herself substituting as a mother to two babies.
Film will be with English subtitles. Entry will be allowed for 18+ and will be on a first come, first served basis.
The films to be screened at the EUFF are - The Magic of Children (Austria); Labyrinthus (Belgium); Viktoria (Bulgaria); Cowboys (Croatia); Boy on the Bridge (Cyprus); Tiger Theory / Teorie Tygra (Czech Republic); Walk with me / De Standhaftige (Denmark); Land of Mine / Under Sandet (Denmark); The Man Who Looks Like Me / Minu Näoga Onu (Estonia); Unexpected Journey (Finland); 9 Month Stretch / 9 Mois Ferme (France); House without Roof / Haus ohne Dach (Germany); Kissing? / Ontos Filiounte? (Greece); Kills on Wheels (Hungary); Taranta on the Road (Italy); The Lesson / Izlaiduma Gads (Latvia); When You Wake Up (Lithuania); A Wedding / Noces (Luxembourg); Letter for the King (Netherlands); A Brave Bunch (Poland); Mother Knows Best (Portugal); Little Harbour / Piata loď (Slovakia); The Bride / La Novia (Spain) and Eternal Summer (Sweden).
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Profiles of the visiting Directors / Producers / Actors
1. Slovakian Producer Katarína Krnáčová: Katarina is an Ex Oriente 2009 graduate, and an EAVE 2015 graduate. Initially a documentary producer and production coordinator in fiction, in 2009 she joined the production company MPhilms and worked on a short film THANKS, FINE (2009, dir. M. Prikler) which premiered at the Cinéfondation of Cannes IFF 2010, followed by fiction features FINE, THANKS (2013, dir. M. Prikler) which received its world premiere at IFF Rotterdam 2013 and SLOVAKIA 2.0 (2014, dir. by 10 directors). Within the company she worked also as a Coordinator on summer art workshops for children and young people from socio-economic disadvantaged families. She worked on development and pre-production of fiction feature film MY DOG KILLER (2013, dir. Mira Fornay) which received Tiger award at Rotterdam IFF 2013 and was Slovak Oscar contender. Katarina is a Delegate Producer of a family drama LITTLE HARBOUR, a Slovak-Czech coproduction supported also by Creative Europe and Eurimages, and awarded with Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2017 for the Best Film in Generation Kplus competition.
Currently, Katarina is developing three feature films and a TV series in her production company Silverart, all set as international co-productions, two of them supported by Creative Europe MEDIA.
2. Paula Ortiz Álvarez is a Spanish director, screenwriter and producer. She graduated from Spanish Language Literature at University of Zaragoza and studied a master’s degree in Screenwriting for Cinema and Television in Barcelona. She studied Stage Direction at New York University and at the University of California. She did her PhD on Narrative Theory of Scriptwriting. She has directed several short films which have been duly awarded. She has directed two feature films. With ‘De tu ventana a la mía/Chrysalis,’ released in 2011, she got the Pilar Miró Award and FIPRESCI award. Her second full-lenght film, ‘La Novia/The Bride’, released in 2015, got 12 nominations in Goya Awards, the Spanish Film Academy ceremony, where she finally got two. ‘La Novia’ was also awarded with six Feroz prizes. She is currently teaching Audiovisual Communication at University of Barcelona and preparing her next production.
3. Salvatore Alloca (Italian Director): Salvatore Allocca is a director, creative producer and screenplay writer from Rome. After the bachelor's degree in “Literature and Cinema”, He founded in 2006 the Movie and TV Production Company “Vega’s Project” in which He grew up working as head of projects' development, as creative producer and director as well . In 2011 in Italy it was released his first theatrical feature film as a director, “How to find in the right way the wrong man”, distributed by 20th Century FOX. Amongst his early works as a director we remember: “L’incantatore di serpenti, la vita senza freno di Gian Carlo Fusco” (“The Snake Charmer: the unfettered life of Gian Carlo Fusco”), a docu-film on the controversial italian journalist Gian Carlo Fusco, presented in main competition at Milano International Film Festival in 2011; “Gunes”, short film patronized by Amnesty International and presented in main competition at “Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay” in 2011 and winner as Best Short Film at Palena International Film Festival in 2012; “Crackers”, short film winner of the “Cinema Avvenire” Award as Best Short Film at Rome Film Fest in 2006 and winner as Best Short Film at “Capri Art Film Festival” in 2008. Salvatore Allocca has also directed, written, developed and produced commercials, music videos and documentaries, such as “Negli occhi” (Trough The Eyes), a movie on the life and career of the actor Vittorio Mezzogiorno, presented in competition at Mostra del Cinema di Venezia in 2009 and winner of the Italian Silver Ribbon Award in 2010 and of the Golden Globe as Best documentary of Cinematographic Nature; “11 Metri” (The penalty), documentary based on life and career of soccer player Agostino di Bartolomei, presented as special event at Rome Film Fest in 2011
4. Yannis Korris (Greek Director): The Greek rom-com Kissing? Is the directorial debut Mr. Korres. Korres was born in Athens, Greece in 1986. He studied filmmaking in the Film and Television Department of New York College. He then worked in short and feature films as an assistant director. He is currently working on his second feature film by the title Girl Without Clothes. It’s a drama about the end of youth and the theme of loss. It was part of last year’s Crossroads Co-Production Forum of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
5. Douglas Boswell (Belgium Director) : Douglas Boswell is a Belgian director. Having directed several successful tv-series and a number of award winning short films he worked with Savage Film on his first feature film, based on a script of Pierre Declercq. His filmography includes the tv-series "David" (60 episodes), "LouisLouise" (50 episodes), "Wittekerke" (30 episodes) and "Elfenheuvel" (68 episodes). His short film "Romance" has won numerous awards (best short film at film festival de Carmona, Seville, Spain, special award Warschau, Poland) and was selected at many others (official selection Montreal, Flanders International Film Festival, Ghent) and bought by various TV stations in Europe and the US.
Douglas Boswell released his first feature film "Labyrinthus" in July 2014.
6. Ádám Fekete (Hungarian Actor): He is an actor and writer, known for Kills on Wheels (2016), Földiek (2017) and Grimace (2013). He was the winner of the "Best Actor Award" at Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2016 for his role in the film 'Kills on Wheels'.