Oct 11 2014

XL film festival brings cinematic best to Luxembourg

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

Central and Eastern European film festival CinEast kicked off in Luxembourg on Thursday night with an uplifting Polish movie screened at the Neimënster abbey.

Life Feels Good, directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, is a heart-warming and humourous film based on the true story of Mateusz, a man who has cerebral palsy and who, despite his disability, discovers the beauty of life.

The one-off screening, subtitled in English, was hosted in the Salle Robert Krieps before an audience of film fans, the festival’s jury as well as local dignitaries, who spoke warmly of the festival, which is now in its seventh edition.

“Seven is a magic number. I hope it will bring happiness and numerous viewers to this year’s festival,” said Senior Culture Advisor to the government Bob Krieps on behalf of Luxembourg’s Culture Ministry.

The festival’s roots actually stretch back further than seven years, starting out as a Polish film festival in 2006 as Neimënster director Ainhoa Achutegui outlined. The scope expanded each year with four, then six and now 18 former communist bloc countries represented.

The director described the line-up of 50 feature films and 40 shorts as an “XL programme”, adding that it was typical of European film festivals because it goes beyond film to include concerts, debates and an exhibition.

The photography exhibition, So Far, So Close, is hosted at Neimënster and is free to view. It features work by Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Italian, Luxembourgish and Dutch photographers, exploring the evolution of Central and Eastern European countries, 25 years after the fall of the totalitarian regimes.

The festival runs until October 26 with events hosted in venues around the country.

To view the full programme, visit www.cineast.lu

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

Central and Eastern European film festival CinEast kicked off in Luxembourg on Thursday night with an uplifting Polish movie screened at the Neimënster abbey.

Life Feels Good, directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, is a heart-warming and humourous film based on the true story of Mateusz, a man who has cerebral palsy and who, despite his disability, discovers the beauty of life.

The one-off screening, subtitled in English, was hosted in the Salle Robert Krieps before an audience of film fans, the festival’s jury as well as local dignitaries, who spoke warmly of the festival, which is now in its seventh edition.

“Seven is a magic number. I hope it will bring happiness and numerous viewers to this year’s festival,” said Senior Culture Advisor to the government Bob Krieps on behalf of Luxembourg’s Culture Ministry.

The festival’s roots actually stretch back further than seven years, starting out as a Polish film festival in 2006 as Neimënster director Ainhoa Achutegui outlined. The scope expanded each year with four, then six and now 18 former communist bloc countries represented.

The director described the line-up of 50 feature films and 40 shorts as an “XL programme”, adding that it was typical of European film festivals because it goes beyond film to include concerts, debates and an exhibition.

The photography exhibition, So Far, So Close, is hosted at Neimënster and is free to view. It features work by Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Italian, Luxembourgish and Dutch photographers, exploring the evolution of Central and Eastern European countries, 25 years after the fall of the totalitarian regimes.

The festival runs until October 26 with events hosted in venues around the country.

To view the full programme, visit www.cineast.lu

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