Mar 10 2009

European Union Film Festival

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It was with wry humour that the European Union Film Festival kick-started with a tale that symbolises the evils that led to the global economic slowdown — Czech Dreams, about a hypermarket that never existed. “The film is about consumerism and greed, about malls opening and closing and it could well happen in Noida,” said Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek. Czech Dreams will have a repeat screening on Sunday morning.For the past 14 years, the film festival has acted as a cultural route between India and Europe. “EU keeps aside around 15 million euros annually to help fund films, many of which have won awards at festivals, including Cannes and the Oscars,” added Kmonicek.

Many such films from 2008 will be screened at the festival — the Spanish Seven Billiard Tables, a sensitive story of two unlikely women who are thrown together after a loved one’s death, was nominated for nine Goya Awards, Spain’s highest film honour, while Teah from Slovenia is a magical story of a 10-year-old boy. The 19-film package also includes Arabian Nights from Luxembourg, Relatives from Hungary, Greek domestic drama Totally Married and a hard-hitting thriller The Front Line.

The festival will be held till March 10 at Siri Fort II

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It was with wry humour that the European Union Film Festival kick-started with a tale that symbolises the evils that led to the global economic slowdown — Czech Dreams, about a hypermarket that never existed. “The film is about consumerism and greed, about malls opening and closing and it could well happen in Noida,” said Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek. Czech Dreams will have a repeat screening on Sunday morning.For the past 14 years, the film festival has acted as a cultural route between India and Europe. “EU keeps aside around 15 million euros annually to help fund films, many of which have won awards at festivals, including Cannes and the Oscars,” added Kmonicek.

Many such films from 2008 will be screened at the festival — the Spanish Seven Billiard Tables, a sensitive story of two unlikely women who are thrown together after a loved one’s death, was nominated for nine Goya Awards, Spain’s highest film honour, while Teah from Slovenia is a magical story of a 10-year-old boy. The 19-film package also includes Arabian Nights from Luxembourg, Relatives from Hungary, Greek domestic drama Totally Married and a hard-hitting thriller The Front Line.

The festival will be held till March 10 at Siri Fort II

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  1. adminon 10 Mar 2009 at 14:35

    NEW DELHI: India will use the Cannes film festival in May to hardsell the country as a destination for film shoots. The Directorate of Film

    Festivals (DFF) has received interest from European countries including Italy, Germany and UK who are keen to shoot in India. Amongst the sought after destinations are Goa and Kashmir.

    “We will be using the India pavilion at Cannes to showcase shooting destinations and firm up some commitments,” S M Khan, DFF director, said. The DFF is currently organising the 14th European Union film festival in association with the European Commission and the Czech embassy.

    The festival will be held from March 5 to April 22 with screenings in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kozhikode, Chennai and Jamshedpur. A selection of contemporary film productions of 19 European countries will be presented.

    “Besides promoting mutual respect and understanding, the aim of the festival is to encourage broad international cooperation in cultural and commercial relations between Europe’s film industry and filmmakers in India,” Khan said.

    Among the films that will be screened include Czech Dream (Czech Republic), Arabian Nights (Luxembourg), A Perfect Match (Belgium), Return of Storks (Slovakia) and Relatives (Hungary).

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