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 the Austrian film The Magic of Children.
The festival organized by the delegation of the European Union is brought to state by the Cinephile Film Club of Entertainment society of Goa (ESG) and has become an annual feature in the last few years. It will run from August 19 to 31 this year.
In its 23rd edition this year, the European Union Film Festival features a bouquet of 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, bringing some intriguing stories for cinema enthusiasts.
While most of the films are lightweight, there are some unusual stories depicted here – 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.
Some of the well known films at the festival include Labyrinthus (Belgium) about a 14 year old and a computer game, Cowboys (Croatia) which was their official entry at the 87th Academy awards, House without a roof (Germany) about Iraqi siblings who grew up in Germany, Kills on Wheel (Hungary) a comedy drama, A wedding (Luxembourg) about a Pakistani girl in Europe, the Crystal Bear winning Slovak film, Little Harbour and the highly acclaimed Danish film Land of Mine, which earned a Oscar nomination.
Along with 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, are also a part of the festival.
Actress Neena Kulkarni, who acted in A wedding (Luxembourg), will be present for the screening on August 31, the closing day of the festival.
The festival will start from August 19 at 1800 hrs and subsequently, there would be two films screened everyday at 1730 hrs and 1930 hrs.
The screenings would strictly be for persons above the age of 18 and seating would be on first come first serve basis.
The films to be screened at the EUFF were 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 loď (Slovakia); The Bride / La Novia (Spain) and Eternal Summer (Sweden).