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Pather Panchali - tribute to Satyajit Ray

Pather Panchali to be screened at EU film fest

Month-long virtual avatar from November 1

Window To Europe to focus on climate change, gender equality, women’s empowerment, and LGBTQI rights

MUMBAI, Oct 29 (The CONNECT) - Providing a “Window To Europe”, the much-awaited 26th edition of the European Union Film Festival will be available in its virtual avatar from November 1 onward– featuring outstanding, award-winning European cinema that bring forth inspiring stories, all from the comfort and safety of our homes. It celebrates the diversity and depth of European cinema and culture. Film aficionados can register free of cost for access to the film festival and related events. The Festival is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to India, Member States and associate countries, in collaboration with Indian and European partners.

The month-long festival features an exciting line-up of 60 films, in 37 languages across 8 genres that

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Access to the Film Festival: Tickets for the Film Festival and related side events will be free for audiences. Audiences can register through the Delegation’s website and social media channels.  The Film Festival will run till 30th November. Once registered, viewers can log in at their convenience. Register here:  https://www.festivalscope.com/page/euff-india-a-window-to-europe/

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explore unique stories, experiences, and histories with artistic storytelling from across 27 Member States and associate countries, celebrating the most recent cinematic triumphs at Cannes, Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, and Venice, amongst others.

The festival will also pay homage to legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, on his 100th birth anniversary, with the projection of the seminal Pather Panchali. A special contemporary Indian section, curated by the Dharamshala International Film Festival, includes six films in four Indian official languages namely Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and Bengali.

The festival has something for every kind of cinephile to enjoy. From Contemporary European Cinema, European Masters of Cinema, Co-productions, a short film selection, films on climate change, Film Education, Contemporary Indian Cinema to Indian masterpieces, the festival will have eight sections.  EUFF will pay tribute to Europe’s extraordinary cinematic legacy, by hosting, in collaboration with Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival, a unique set of fabulous films, that have been digitally restored and remastered helping bring the continents t’s formative films to new audiences and generations.

Explaining the significance of the EUFF, Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India, said “The 26th edition of the European Film Festival will provide viewers a window to Europe, taking them in a journey across the Continent through the eyes of our storytellers. The very positive feedback after our last edition has encouraged us to include again a section on classic masterpieces from both Europe and India. We hope you will enjoy the month-long festival.”

Bringing a slice of Europe to India, the Festival will showcase movies from European countries, including 27 Member States, comprising Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Switzerland will be also represented at the Festival.

EUFF film curator Veronica Flora commented, "The screen is a window. Cinema is a journey. Thanks to this extraordinary form of art, we have the opportunity to look out over the theatre of the world into the abyss of the human soul. Cinema gives an insight into our generation and lets us glimpse into the future. Through the wide and multiform variety of films presented in this EUFF India 2021 edition, we'll get to know stories of people standing up together for their rights to equality and freedom; listen to the voices of children fighting to go to school and hear about our generation’s increasing awareness to defend our planet in the face of climate change.”

“EUFF India offers again to its audiences a great multi-sensorial cinematographic experience, immersing it in the musical mosaic of different languages spoken in Europe: sounds and intonations resulting from the historical, mutual influences between cultures. In their amazing intertwining of similarities and differences, we can again find the reflection of the wealth and strength of our societies. We will also bring to the audience a series of online side events featuring directors, producers and experts to reflect on the nature of cinema, in the context of growing international cooperation. During these talks, we'll discover cinema’s interdependence with other arts - from painting to music, from theatre to literature, from poetry to photography - and the role of cinema as a fundamental tool for new generations,” Flora said.

Kaleidoscope:  Rich in genres, themes, influences and spread across generations, the films in this year’s line-up provide a distinctive window to Europe. The festival features eight specially curated sections: ‘Eurorama: European Cinema Today’, ‘Contemporary Indian Cinema’, ‘Poetry on Screen: Masterpieces of Indian Cinema’, ‘Masters of European Cinema’, ‘Film Education: Growing up with Cinema’, ‘Green Cinema: Addressing Climate Change”, ‘Cinema together: Co-production in and out of Europe’ and ‘In a Few Words: A Short Film Selection’.

In collaboration with Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival, the line-up will explore the recent history of the continent as told by some of its most compelling chroniclers. From the pioneering Hungarian director Márta Mészáros’ The Girl, to Oscar-winning Closely Watched Trains by the Czech director Jiří Menzel, Roberto Rossellini’s neorealist drama Rome, Open City, and the essential The Last Stage by Wanda Jakubowska, this section provides a singular and in-depth look at Europe in the mid-20th century.

In the perspective of the interrelation between different forms of art, in the bicentenary year of the birth of one of the most famous writers of all time, Gustave Flaubert, the European Union Film Festival in India in collaboration with the French Embassy in India will celebrate his most emblematic and immortal masterpiece, Madame Bovary, showing Claude Chabrol’s 1991 film adaptation, starring the sublime Isabelle Huppert, accompanied by a focus on the archetypal character of the masterpiece of French literature, curated by Institut Français and the French Book Office.

As a tribute to the enduring legacy of Indian cinematography and on the birth centenary of Satyajit Ray, in the section Poetry on Screen: Masterpieces of Indian Cinema, the Festival will offer viewers a deep dive into such classics as the seminal Pather Panchali and the revolutionary Kalpana by Uday Shankar. A contemporary Indian section has been especially curated by the Dharamshala International Film Festival, bringing to screens diverse in-depth stories from across the country. 

Globally relevant issues such as climate change, gender equality, women’s empowerment, and LGBTQI rights are also addressed across the film selection. The climate emergency is addressed in a series of features and shorts, highlighting its widespread impact, and the solutions emerging from the crisis. Cinema doesn’t just tell us about climate change but can also directly act to contribute to combat it: during the linked side event we’ll enter the dimension of the increasingly widespread best practices of the “green shooting” protocol.

Co-production and Film Education

The festival will also feature a series of co-productions as a tribute to the spirit of collaboration in European cinematography, while film literacy and the promotion of audio-visual works find mention in the special section for young audiences called Growing Up With Cinema, which will take an inside look at film education with the participation of European and Indian experts.

 

Indo-European Cultural Exchanges

Rich in genres, themes, influences and spread across generations, the films in this year’s line-up provide a distinctive window to Europe. They will be complemented by a number of special side events featuring European and Indian cinema industry talent, and will discuss the most pressing issues raised in the selection. Among Indo-European Exchanges most intense will be a script development workshop for professional Indian scriptwriters – the culmination of the Journey to Europe call launched by the Delegation earlier this year, and a testament to the Festival’s support for enhancing EU-India creative and cultural exchanges. Thirty young talented Indian scriptwriters selected by a call will be involved and supported in training activities during the Festival and two of them will be awarded with a cultural journey to meet the film community in one of the most important European film festivals to continue developing their film projects in 2022.

 

EURORAMA: EUROPEAN CINEMA TODAY

Country

Film Title

Production Details

Genre

Austria

Little Joe

dir. Jessica Hausner, Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, 2019, 105'

Sci-fi

Belgium

Lola

dir. Laurent Micheli, Belgium, France, 2019, 87'

Drama

Bulgaria

The Father

dir. Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria, Greece, 2019, 87'

Drama

Croatia

The Staffroom 

dir. Sonja Tarokic, Croatia, 2021

Drama

Cyprus

Patchwork

dir. Petros Charalambous, Cyprus, Israel, Slovenia, 2021, 88'

Drama

Czechia

Bird Atlas

dir. Olmo Omerzu, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, 2021, 92'

Drama

Denmark

Shorta

dir. Frederik Louis Hviid, Anders Ølholm, Denmark, 2020, 108'

Drama

Estonia

Goodbye Soviet Union

dir. Lauri Randla, Estonia, 2020, 91'

Comedy

Finland

Ladies of Steel

dir. Pamela Tola, Finland, 2020, 91'

Comedy

France

Red Soil 

dir. Farid Bentoumi, France, 2020, 86'

Drama

Germany

The Audition

dir. Ina Weisse, Germany, France, 2019, 99'

Drama

Greece

Her Job

dir. Nikos Labôt, Greece, France, Serbia, 2018, 90'

Drama

Hungary

Bad Poems

dir. Gábor Reisz, Hungary, France, 2018, 97'

Drama/Comedy

Ireland

Dating Amber

dir. David Freyne, Ireland, United Kingdom, 2020, 92'

Comedy

Italy

Small Body

dir. Laura Samani, Italy, France, Slovenia, 2021, 89'

Drama

Latvia 

Oleg

dir. Juris Kursietis, Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France, 2019, 108'

Drama

Lithuania

Runner

dir. Andrius Blazevicius, Lithuania, Czech Republic, 2021, 87'

Drama

Luxembourg

Hytte

dir.  Jean-Louis Schuller, Luxembourg, Belgium, 2019, 76'

Drama

Malta

Perpetual Child

dir.Stephanie Sant, Malta, 2020, 10'41

Drama

Malta

Mister Teddy is Angry

Fabrizio Ellul, Malta, 2021, 4'03

Animation

Malta

Hallini Hanini

Samira Damato, Malta, 1964, 14'10

Drama

Netherlands

Gold

dir. Rogier Hesp, Netherlands, 2020, 90'

Drama

Poland

25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda

dir. Jan Holoubek, Poland, 2020, 112'

Drama

Portugal

The Domain

dir. Tiago Guedes, Portugal, France, 2019, 166'

Drama

Romania

Marona's Fantastic Tale

dir. Anca Damian, Romania, France, Belgium, 2019, 92'

Animation

Slovakia

The Man with Hare Ears

dir. Martin Šulík, Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2020, 104'

Comedy

Slovenia

Inventory

dir. Darko Sinko, Slovenia, 2021, 106'

Drama

Spain

Schoolgirls

dir. Pilar Palomero, Spain, 2020, 97'

Drama

Sweden

Charter

dir. Amanda Kernell, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, 2020, 94'

Drama

Switzerland

Spagat

dir. Christian Johannes Koch, Switzerland, 2020, 110'

Drama

Contemporary Indian Cinema

India

Yeh Freedom Life

dir. Priya Sen, India, 2018, 70'

Documentary

India

About Love

dir. Archana Atul Phadke, India, 91'

Documentary

India, United Kingdom

When Hari Got Married 

dir. Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam, India, United Kingdom, 2012

Drama

India

Chuskit

dir. Priya Ramasubban, India, 2018, 89'

Drama

India

Ee. Ma. Yau.

dir. Lijo Jose Pellissery, India, 2018, 120’

Drama

India

Mukti Bhawan

dir.  Shubhashish Bhutiani, India, 2016, 99'

Drama/Comedy

Poetry on Screen: Masterpieces of Indian Cinema

India

Pather Panchali 

dir. Satyajit Ray, India, 

Drama

India

Kalpana

dir. Uday Shankar, India, 1948, 155'

Dance/Musical

Environment and Climate Change

Switzerland

Fifty Steps

dir. Niccolò Aiazzi, Switzerland, 2020, 54'

Documentary

Denmark

Journey to Utopia

dir. Erlend E. Mo, Denmark, 2020, 89'

Documentary

Finland, France, Morocco

School of Hope

dir. Mohamed El Aboudi, Finland, France, Morocco, 2020, 78'

Documentary

Cinema Together: Co-production in and out of Europe

France, Canada, Ivory Coast, Senegal

Night of the Kings

dir. Philippe Lacôte, France, Canada, Ivory Coast, Senegal, 2020, 90'

Drama/Fantasy

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey

Quo Vadis, Aida?

dir.  Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey, 2020, 102'

Drama

Masterpieces of European Cinema: In collaboration with the Cinema Ritrovato Festival

Spain

That Happy Couple 

dir. Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, Spain, 1951, 82' 

Comedy

Hungary

The Girl

dir. Márta Mészáros, Hungary, 1968, 80

Drama

Poland

The Last Stage

dir. Wanda Jakubowska, Poland, 1948, 109' 

Drama

Bulgaria

We Were Young

dir. Binka Zhelyazkova, Bulgaria, 1961, 110'

Drama

Italy

Rome, Open City

dir. Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1945, 103'

Drama

Czechoslovakia

Closely Watched Trains

dir. Jiří Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 88'

Drama/Romance

France

Madame Bovary

dir. Claude Chabrol, France, 1991, 143' 

Drama/Romance

Film Education: Growing Up With Cinema

Italy

My Brother Chases Dinosaurs

dir. Stefano Cipani, Italy, 2019, 101’ 

Drama/Comedy

Romania, France, Belgium

Marona's Fantastic Tale

dir. Anca Damian, Romania, France, Belgium, 2019, 92'

Animation

Germany

Too Far Away

dir. Sarah Winkenstette, Germany, 2020, 89'

Drama

Spain

Avalanche

Children's Age- 16-17 years old,  (Cinema en curs/A Bao A Qu) , 2018,16‘

Drama

France

I have a Cabin

Children's Age- 6-10 years old,  (La Cinémathèque française

Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse), 2018,  6:35

Adventure

Spain

Through the Museo del Prado. Glances and Portraits of a Museum

Children's Age- 6-17 years old,  (Cinema en curs/A Bao A Qu) ,2018-19, 23‘

Drama

India

The Letter

Children's Age- 10-17 years old,  (La Cinémathèque française

Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse), 2018, 7:51

Documentary

In A Few Words: A Short Film Selection

Canada

Kokota: The Islet of Hope

dir. Craig Norris, Canada, 2016, 29' 

Documentary

Germany

Geo-Engineering

dir. Yannick Stark, Germany, 2020, 2'

Animation

France 

Thermostat 6

dir. Mylène Cominotti, Sixtine Dano, Marion Coudert, Maya Av-ron, France, 2018, 4:48'

Animation

Belgium

A Sister

dir. Delphine Girard, Belgium, 2018, 17'

Drama

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