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24th European Union Film Festival to be held in Mumbai from 20th to 26th September 2019

Mumbai:20/9/19:Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in partnership with Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is organising the 24th European Union Film Festival (EUFF) during September 20-26, 2019 at the National Museum of Indian Cinema, Mumbai. The festival brings together a boutique of the latest 23 award-winning films from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Director, writer and producer, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Chargé d’affaires, Delegation of the European Union to India, Mr. Raimund Magis together inaugurated the festival today at the National Museum of Indian Cinema, Mumbai. ‘Backstage’, a 90 minute Slovakian film was screened after the inauguration to kick-start the weeklong festival. The inaugural film tells the story of a talented dance group striving for a breakthrough in the show business.

Addressing the gathering, Shri Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra said: “The EUFF is about diverse cultures and exchange among peoples, how people think in different parts of the world, how they feel and the social and cultural interpenetration of values. There is a lot to learn from each other.” He appealed to invest in tomorrow, to facilitate younger generation, especially students of film journalism. He expressed that youngsters would have fresh, unbiased and a very different perspective and original ideas to tell stories from this part of the world, and we must encourage and facilitate youngsters to take this dialogue and interaction further. He congratulated the organizers for the wonderful initiative and extended his best wishes.Speaking about the film festival, Raimund Magis, said, “We are glad to showcase Europe’s rich cultural diversity and its dynamic and engaging cinematic landscape in Mumbai. Mumbai is a diverse city replete with cultural flavours and the theme of the films will be well appreciated by Mumbaikars. This year, we bring an array of films exploring themes of self-discovery, dreams of a better future, nostalgia for the past and human endurance in the face of psychological and situational barriers – universal themes cinemagoers everywhere can identify with”.

Films to be screened at the EUFF are:

Austria /Styx; Belgium /King of the Belgians; Bulgaria /Bubblegum; Cyprus /Rosemarie; Czech Republic/ Tender Waves; Denmark /The Charmer;Finland/Laugh or Die; France/Hope; Germany /Me and Kaminski; Greece/Little England; Hungary/The Troupe; Ireland/Black 47; Italy/Drive Me Home; Latvia/ Return of Sergeant Lapins; Lithuania /Ashes in the Snow; Malta/Of Time and the Sea; Netherlands/ Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle; Portugal /Diamantino; Romania /Beside Me; Slovakia /Backstage; Spain/ María (and Everybody Else); Sweden/ Drifters; Switzerland/ #Female Pleasure.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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