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European Film Festival: Cinematic gems from the West, to be screened in the East

Around 22 films from the 22 states of European Union will bring the best of European cinema for Delhi’s movie lovers.

world cinema Updated: Jun 13, 2017 19:47 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
European Union Film Festival,Siri Fort Auditorium,Directorate of Film Festivals
A scene from the Estonian film Cherry Tobacco, which will kick-start the European Union Film Festival in Delhi.

Be it the journey of a bored small town girl in the Estonian film, Cherry Tobacco, the bizarre truth of the life of Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński in The Last Family, or the story of how a father yearns for a son’s forgiveness in The Judgement —you’re in for a cinematic treat. Gear up for the 22nd edition of the European Union Film Festival, and take your pick from a bouquet of 22 films, which represent the best of European cinema.

A still from The Judgement, from Bulgaria.

“To connect across geographies and cultures with ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and to realise that in some way we are all one family, has been the exhilarating effect of all great art, and film is no exception,” says Tomasz Kozlowski, ambassador of the European Union (EU).

A scene from the film, Kollektivet (The Commune), from Denmark.

The festival is curated to allow Indian movie viewers to have a taste of European cinema. And for the first-time, EU has collaborated with Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. “It is part of our effort to promote cultural ties between India and the EU countries through the medium of films. We are also organising a masterclass with two European film directors, which will help inspiring Indian filmmakers,” says C Senthil Rajan, director, DFF.

A poster of the French movie Three Hearts.

The workshop will be conducted by two young film directors from Estonia — Katrin Maimik and Andres Maimik — whose film Cherry Tobacco will open the festival in the Capital, this year. The workshop is scheduled at 11am on June 10.

The festival willstart in Delhi and travel to Pune, Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Ranchi, Coimbatore and Puducherry till 3 August 2017.

  • What: European Union Film Festival 2017
  • Where: Siri Fort Auditorium Complex, August Kranti Marg
  • When: June 9 to 14
  • Timings: 11am to 6pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Green Park on Yellow Line

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First Published: Jun 11, 2017 15:40 IST