Hyderabad: Cinema, in all its forms, continues to be a powerful medium, which binds us together, helps us to remain united, beyond all borders. It provides a way to share our feelings, our fears as well as our hopes, a window into our innermost being. Offer a âwindow to Europeâ, the eagerly awaited 26e edition of the European Union Film Festival will be available in its virtual avatar from November 1stst from – featuring exceptional, award-winning European cinema that tells inspiring stories, all from the comfort and safety of our homes. It celebrates the diversity and depth of European cinema and culture. Cinephiles can register for free to access the film festival and associated events. The Festival is organized by the Delegation of the European Union in India, in the Member States and associated countries, in collaboration with Indian and European partners.
The month-long festival features an exciting lineup of 60 films, in 37 languages ââand 8 genres, exploring unique histories, experiences and histories with artistic tales from 27 Member States and associated countries, celebrating the most recent cinematic triumphs at Cannes. , Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary and Venice, among others. The festival will also pay tribute to the legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, on the occasion of his 100th birthday, with the screening of the Pather Panchali. A special contemporary Indian section, organized by the Dharamsala International Film Festival, includes six films in four official Indian languages âânamely Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and Bengali.
The festival has something for all types of moviegoers to enjoy. Of Contemporary European cinema, European Masters in cinema, Co-productions, a selection of short films, films on climate change, Film education, Contemporary Indian cinema with Indian masterpieces, the festival will have eight sections. EUFF will pay tribute to The extraordinary cinematographic heritage of Europe, through accommodation, in collaboration with Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival, a unique set of fabulous films, which have been digitally restored and remastered, helping to present the formative films of the continents to new audiences and generations.
Commenting on the importance of EUFF, HE Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India, noted “The 26the edition of the European Film Festival will offer viewers a window into Europe, taking them on a journey across the continent through the eyes of our storytellers. The very positive feedback after our last edition encouraged us to again include a section on classical masterpieces from Europe and India. We hope you enjoy the month long festival. “
Bringing a slice of Europe to India, the Festival will present films 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 also be represented at the Festival.
Organized by the curator and programmer of the film VÃ©ronique Flore, with Valerio Caruso, director of Cineuropa, EUFF India will take the Indian audience on a journey through the daily life of peoples and countries, where the particular becomes universal, constantly balanced between pain and joy, frustration and ecstasy, fear and courage.
EUFF film curator Veronica Flora commented, “The screen is a window. Cinema is a journey. Thanks to this extraordinary art form, we have the opportunity to contemplate the theater of the world to the abyss of the human soul. The cinema gives a glimpse of our generation and lets us glimpse the future. Through the large and multifaceted variety of films presented in this EUFF India 2021 edition, we will discover stories of people who are mobilizing for their rights to equality and freedom; listen to the voices of children fighting to go to school and hear about the growing awareness of our generation to defend our planet in the face of climate change. “
EUFF Commissioner Valerio Caruso added, “EUFF India once again offers its audience a great multisensory cinematic experience, immersing them in the musical mosaic of the different languages ââspoken in Europe: sounds and intonations resulting from mutual historical influences between cultures. In their astonishing interweaving of similarities and differences, we find the reflection of the richness and strength of our societies.. We will also bring audiences a series of online side events featuring directors, producers and experts to reflect on the nature of cinema, against the backdrop of growing international cooperation. During these lectures, we will discover the interdependence of cinema with other arts – from painting to music, from theater to literature, from poetry to photography – and the role of cinema as a fundamental tool for news. generations.. “
Rich in genres, themes, influences and spread over several generations, the films in this year’s program offer a unique window on Europe. The festival has eight specially organized sections: ‘Eurorama: European Cinema Today “,” Contemporary Indian Cinema “,” Poetry on Screen: Masterpieces of Indian Cinema “,” Masters of European Cinema “,” Film Education: Growing with Cinema “,” Green Cinema: Addressing Climate Change “, ‘ Cinema ensemble: co-production in Europe and outside Europe ‘and’ In a few words: a selection of short films’.
In collaboration with Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival, the line-up will explore the continent’s recent history as told by some of its most compelling columnists. From pioneering Hungarian director MÃ¡rta MÃ©szÃ¡ros’ the girl, in the Oscar-winning film Closely Watched Trains from the Czech director JiÅÃ Menzel, the neorealist drama by Roberto Rossellini Rome, open city, and the essential The last step by Wanda Jakubowska, this section offers a unique and in-depth look at Europe in the mid-20th century.
Moreover, in this section, from the perspective of the interrelation between the different art forms, in the year of the bicentenary of the birth of one of the most famous writers of all time, Gustave Flaubert, the Festival of the European Union film in India in collaboration with the Embassy of France in India will celebrate its most emblematic and immortal masterpiece, Madame Bovary, showing the film adaptation of Claude Chabrol in 1991, with the sublime Isabelle Huppert, accompanied by a focus on the archetypal character of the masterpiece of French literature, curated by the Institut FranÃ§ais and the French Book Office.
In tribute to the enduring legacy of Indian cinematography and the centenary of the birth of Satyajit Ray, in the section Poetry on the screen: masterpieces of Indian cinema, the Festival will offer viewers a deep dive into classics such as the seminal Pather Panchali and the revolutionary Kalpana by Uday Shankar. A contemporary Indian section was specially organized by the Dharamsala International Film Festival, bringing on screens various in-depth stories from across the country.
Socially Relevant Topics
Issues of global importance such as climate change, gender equality, empowerment of women, and LGBTQI rights are also discussed in the selection of films. The climate emergency is addressed in a series of reports and short films, highlighting its widespread impact and the solutions emerging from the crisis. The cinema not only informs us about climate change but can also act directly to help fight it: during the related side event, we will enter into the dimension of the increasingly widespread good practices of the âgreen fireâ protocol. “.
Co-production and film education
The festival will also offer a series of co-productions in homage to the spirit of collaboration in European cinematography, while film culture and the promotion of audiovisual works are mentioned in the special section for young audiences titled Growing up with cinema, which will approach cinema education from the inside with the participation of European and Indian experts.
Indo-European cultural exchanges
Rich in genres, themes, influences and spread over several generations, the films in this year’s program offer a unique window on Europe. They will be complemented by a number of special side events featuring talent from the European and Indian film industry, and will discuss the most pressing issues raised in the selection. Among the most intense Indo-European exchanges will be a script development workshop for professional Indian screenwriters – the highlight of the Travel to europe the call made by the delegation earlier this year, and a testament to the Festival’s support for enhancing creative and cultural exchanges between the EU and India. Thirty talented young Indian screenwriters selected by a call will be involved and supported in training activities during the Festival and two of them will be rewarded with a cultural trip to meet the film community at one of the most important European film festivals to continue to develop their film projects in 2022.