From 6 to 8 October, the European Film Festival organized by the Delegation of the European Union in Uzbekistan in cooperation with the "Uzbekkino" National Agency and the regional branch "Karakalpakkino" was held in Nukus in the Karakalpak State Academic Music Theater named after Berdah. All films were shown in the original language with Russian subtitles and the entrance to all screenings was free.
At the press conference held on October 6, Mr. Furkat Zokirov, the Uzbekkino NA Director, Mr. Bektileu Nizamatdinov, "Karakalpakkino" Director, and Mr. Eduards Stiprais, Ambassador and the Head of the EU Delegation to Uzbekistan noted that the European Film Festival, which has been organized by the EU from 2013, is a bright symbol of cooperation between Europe and Uzbekistan. However, mostly European films were available only to the metropolitan audience. This year, the EU Delegation decided to hold the Festival in the regions, which are most remote from the capital. Thus, this marks a beginning of a new stage of cultural cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The EU Ambassador Eduards Stiprais expressed special gratitude to the administrations of "Uzbekkino", "Karakalpakkino", "Karakalpakfilm", as well as the administration of the Karakalpak State Academic Music Theater for support and cooperation in the organization of the Festival.
Within the framework of the European Film Festival, Karakalpak viewers could see 6 feature films, documentaries and animated films produced by 5 European countries. For the Festival in Nukus, the embassies and cultural organizations of the Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Finland and France provided their films; some of them are the owners of prestigious national and international film awards.
"The European Film Festival is one of the most visible and large-scale cultural projects of the EU Delegation, which we annually implement in cooperation with our colleagues from the "Uzbekkino" National Agency. We are pleased that now the Karakalpak viewer has a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the novelties of the European film industry, which best demonstrate the cultural diversity of the states of the European Union. I am especially pleased that this year our Festival has expanded its geography and is already being held in Nukus and Navoi. Cinema, like other arts, has no borders, and we are happy that European Film Festival is another invisible bridge uniting Europe and the regions of Uzbekistan, "- added Ambassador Stiprais.
Swiss film "Heidi" opened the Festival, at the end of which the applause of the audience did not stop for a long time. In total, within the framework of the Film Festival in Nukus, more than 3 thousand people visited Festival.
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