EU Film Festival returns to Mumbai with a feast of 24 award winning European movies

Special screening of 24 Films from 24 European countries in 11 Indian cities

Online PR News – 20-June-2016 – Mumbai – The European Union Film Festival premieres in Mumbai on 17thJune, 2016 with a screening of the award winning German film "Jack". Organized by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States, the festival is being held in partnership with Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, Alliance Française de Bombay & British Council. The Festival will be inauguratedon 17thJune at 6:30 pmat ‘The Little Theatre’, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai by Mr. Alain Zayan, Director, Alliance Française de Bombay.

The European Union Film Festival will be hosted in Mumbai across three venues -The Little Theatre, NCPA, Alliance Française de Bombay & British Council from 17th June to 26th June 2016.

In its 21st edition, the festival features24 exceptional new and award winning European films from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, CzechRepublic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UnitedKingdom.This yearthe festival will screenmovies from varied genres ranging fromthecomedy of the absurd togripping drama,unexpected romanceand heart-stoppingaction.

Speaking about the success of the European Union Film Festival in India, H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union, said: “Films have a universal appeal. The European Union Film Festival has won a special place in the Indian film calendar and in the hearts of viewers by showcasing the wry, the unexpected, the beautiful and even the tragic events of ordinary lives in unfamiliar settings."

Dr. Martin Wälde, Director - Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai said “The European Union Film Festival is an exciting initiative that provides an annual platform for film enthusiasts in India to watch some of the best contemporary cinema coming out of Europe. At the Goethe-Institut, we look forward to co-hosting the festivalin Mumbai, and furthering cultural exchange between India and Europe. We firmly believe in the power of the arts in bringing people and cultures together in a mutually enlightening and respectful manner. This forms the basis of our projects, and our continued association with the European Union Film Festival. Once again this year, we look forward to some wonderful stories told through the power of cinema”

Alain ZAYAN, Director, Alliance Française de Bombay, said, “European Union Film Festival is a great occasion, every year, for us to showcase European diversity and creativity to the Indian audience eager to discover the numerous films proposed during the festival. It's also a unique opportunity for Alliance Française de Bombay to reinforce its role as one of the principal actors of Indo-European cultural exchange and as a gateway to Europe and its cultures. In a few words, we are glad to be part of this festival in India and glad to help build bridges between our countries”.

The EU film festival 2016 brings a selection of some of the finest and riveting films coming out of Europe today.Highlightsfrom the festival include the stories of a ten year old abandoned boy ‘Jack’ who picks up his six-year-old brother and finds his way to life on his own; a great soldier of Rome who is despised by his own people and forced to turn to his enemy to find acceptance and anout-of-work illusionist who has a life-changing experience when he meets a young woman in Scotland.

Inaugural Movie-‘Jack’
‘JACK’ is a film about the development of a boy who learns to take responsibility from a young age. At the end of the film, he surprises us with the decision he makes and holds up a mirror to the audience with the courage he shows.
This film is produced by Jan Krüger, René Römert2014 and has won international award including:
• Silver Award for Best film in LOLA 2015 (DeutscherFilmpreis 2015)

Entry at all venues will be on a first come, first served basis.However, for British movie'Coriolanus'to be screened at the British Council, registration will be through their website.

The festival currently running in Delhi, Chennai & Chandigarh will traverse further through Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Jodhpur till August 14, 2016

Synopsis of the movies can be found here:http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india/documents/euff2016_brochure.pdf
EUFF dates and venues in other cities will be announced on the website and Facebook pages of the EU Delegation in the coming days at:
http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india/more_info/euff_2016_en.htm
www.Facebook.com/EUinIndia

The films to be screened at the EUFF are–Austria–Jack;Belgium - Les Rayures du Zèbre |(Scouting for Zebras);Cyprus - Block 12;Czech Republic-Three Brothers;Denmark -StilleHjerte |Silent Heart;Finland - Ollaanvapaita|Urban Family;France-L'illusionniste, |(The Illusionist);Germany – Jack;Greece - Wild Duck;Hungary - Utóélet |(Afterlife);Ireland - The Irish Rebellion;Italy - Michiamo Maya(My Name Is Maya);Latvia - Mother, I love you;Lithuania -Edeno Sodas (The Garden of Eden); Luxembourg - Dead Man Talking;Malta-Simshar;Netherlands-Michiel De Ruyter|Admiral;Poland-Bogowie(Gods);Portugal - Cats Don't Have Vertigo;Slovakia-Rytmus – A Dream from the Block;Slovenia - Sailing to Paradise;Spain - Flamenco From The Roots;Sweden– ÅTERTRÄFFEN(The Reunion);United Kingdom – Coriolanus.

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