European Union Film Festival completes 25 years, celebrates silver jubilee edition digitally

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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.

  • 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 
  • 41 films, 6 genres, 37 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 

Curated by Veronica Flora, with Valerio Caruso, Director of Cineuropa, the Festival will host 41 critically acclaimed films that explore unique stories, experiences, and histories with artistic storytelling from across 26 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 26 European countries, including 25 Member States, comprising, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, 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.

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,” Astuto added.

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,” Flora said.

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.

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 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

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