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13th European Union Film Festival in New Delhi…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 27, 2008

Press Release (P&I/2008/004)

13th European Union Film Festival
to be screened in India from 1st – 30th April

New Delhi, 26 March 2008

An exclusive collection of well-known contemporary films from all over Europe will be creened in 5 Indian cities as part of the European Union Film Festival from 1 – 30 April 2008. European Union Member States embassies and the Delegation of the European Commission are collaborating with a range of local partners to organise the 13th European Union Film Festival in New Delhi (1 April – 8 April), Chennai (7 April – 17 April), Kolkata (10 April – 16 April), Calicut / Kozhikode (17 April ? 20 April) and Pune (24 ? 30 April).
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In celebrating the culture and art of several European countries, especially through the moving image, the EU hopes to emphasise the importance of culture, particularly in light of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, 2008. The European Union’s multifaceted relations with India encompass a dialogue between modern nation states built upon ancient civilisations, enriched with myriad cultures, religions, ethnicities, and languages. Culture has become an essential component of the EU-India relationship. The EU Film Festival 2008 is a step in celebrating the diversity of our cultures, both in India and in Europe, in the ‘European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.’In this edition of the EU Film Festival, the inspiring diversity in the contemporary European film industry is showcased through an array of films, each one representing a different Member State that includes national and international hits with gripping thrillers, finger-on-the-pulse comedies and forceful modern-day dramas. The EU Film Festival is now part of the EU-India strategic partnership established at the 6th EU-India Summit in September 2005. This year the EU Film Festival showcases a package of 21 films from 20 EU Member States. The films being screened have in general been widely acclaimed in Europe and some have been awarded prestigious prizes in recent years.

The films that will be screened are Short Circuits (Slovenia), I Am (Poland), Kids in da Hood (Sweden), FC Venus (Finland), Waiter (Netherlands), On the Other Side of the Bridge (Austria), Yella (Germany), After the Wedding (Denmark), Its Spring in Prague Every Year (Czech Republic), Two Syllables Behind (Slovak Republic), You and Me (France), Ultranova and Long Weekend (Belgium), Eighth Day of the Week (Hungary), Last of the High Kings (Ireland), Golden Beach (Estonia), Occident (Romania), Bye Bye Blackbird (Luxembourg), Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive (UK), Honey and Wine (Cyprus) and Fiction (Spain)

The Festival is being staged, thanks to the precious support of the Government of NCT of Delhi, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; Nandan West Bengal Film Centre, Kolkata; Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Kozhikode; National Film Archive of India, Pune and ICA Foundation in Association with South India Film Chamber of Commerce, Chennai. The support of Alliance Francaise de Delhi, Corporation of Kozhikode, Max Mueller Bhavan (Pune), Alliance Francaise de Poona and British Library (Pune) is gratefully acknowledged.

Information about the venue, dates and the programme schedule is available at the website:
www.delind.ec.europa.eu/en/euff2008

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