Putting the spotlight back on the latest European cinema, the European Union Film Festival will premiere in Goa on August 19 with a screening of Austrian film ‘The Magic of Children’. The festival organised by the delegation of the European Union has been brought to the state by the Cinephile Film Club of Entertainment society of Goa and has become an annual feature in the last few years. The festival will go on from August 19 to August 31 at Maquinez Palace, Panaji.
The Festival features 24 contemporary and award winning European films from various countries like Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Lithuania, Croatia and Sweden. This year, the festival will screen movies from varied genres ranging from comedy to gripping family drama, romance and adventure.
While most of the films are lightweight there are some unusual stories where the lines of reality are blurred when the cyber world comes to life; a play done by a motley cast of antiheroes provides an opportunity for redemption; a man stuck in an unhappy marriage practices unusual ways to assert his freedom; a music critic finds his father irksome when they both begin to compete for the attention of an attractive psychotherapist; and three Kurdish siblings come together unexpectedly in a hair-raising journey during which they are pursued by angry relatives.
The festival will include films like ‘Labyrinthus’ (Belgium) which is about a 14-year-old and a computer game; ‘Cowboys’ (Croatia) which was the country’s official entry at the 87th Academy awards; ‘House without a roof’ (Germany) which is a movie about Iraqi siblings who grew up in Germany; ‘Kills on Wheel’ (Hungary) a comedy drama; ‘A wedding’ (Luxembourg) a film about a Pakistani girl in Europe; and the Crystal Bear winning Slovak film, ‘Little Harbour’ and highly acclaimed Danish film ‘Land of Mine’ which earned an Oscar nomination.
The delegation of the European Union and Entertainment Society of Goa, the Directorate of Film Festivals and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India will be a part of the festival.
Present of the festival’s closing day will be actress Neena Kulkarni, who acted in ‘A wedding’ (Luxembourg).
(The festival will begin on August 19 at 6 p.m at Maquinez Palace, Panaji. Two films will be screened everyday at 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 pm. The screenings are strictly for persons above the age of 18 and seating will be on first come first serve basis.)
Films to be screened
The Magic of Children (Austria); Labyrinthus (Belgium); Viktoria (Bulgaria); Cowboys (Croatia); Boy on the Bridge (Cyprus); Tiger Theory/Teorie Tygra (Czech Republic); Walk with me/De Standhaftige (Denmark); Land of Mine/Under Sandet (Denmark); The Man Who Looks Like Me/Minu Näoga Onu (Estonia); Unexpected Journey (Finland); 9 Month Stretch/9 Mois Ferme (France); House without Roof/Haus ohne Dach (Germany); Kissing?/Ontos Filiounte? (Greece); Kills on Wheels (Hungary); Taranta on the Road (Italy); The Lesson/Izlaiduma Gads (Latvia); When You Wake Up (Lithuania); A Wedding/Noces (Luxembourg); Letter for the King (Netherlands); A Brave Bunch (Poland); Mother Knows Best (Portugal); Little Harbour/Piata lo (Slovakia); The Bride/La Novia (Spain) and Eternal Summer (Sweden).
The complete brochure of the festival can be downloaded at https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/euff_brochure_low_res.pdf