The European Union Film Festival premieres in Ahmedabad on 4thAugust, 2016with a screening of French Film““L’illusionniste”, which has won many international awards”. Organized by Delegation of European Union and embassies of EU Member States the festival is being held in partnership with Alliance Francaised’ Ahmedabad andBritish Council in Ahmedabad.
The festival will be hosted in Ahmedabad across two venues–Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad & British Council Ahmedabad from 4th August to 14th2016.
In its 21st edition, the festival features 24 exceptional new and award winning European films from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.This year the festival will screen movies from varied genres ranging from the comedy of the absurd to gripping drama, unexpected romance and heart-stopping action.
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.”
Mr. Pavan Bakeri, President- Alliance Française d’ Ahmedabad said “The Alliance Française d’ Ahmedabad is very happy to collaborate with The European Union and The British Council to bring the 21st edition of the European Union Film Festival to Ahmedabad. The outstanding films which are part ofthis festival will undoubtedly remain with the viewers long after they are screened. And the festival offers a rare opportunity to the people of Ahmedabad to be part of something rare, refined and magical created by masters of their genre.”
Ms Sharon Memis, Director British Council West India said, “We are delighted to be participating in the European Union Film Festival to celebrate the best of European cinema. From the UK, you can see the remarkable film – Coriolanus! I hope audiences in Ahmedabad enjoy the festival which is showing films you just cannot see elsewhere. Make sure you also look out for screenings from our Shakespeare on Film series which run through the year!”
The EU film festival 2016 brings to Ahmedabad a selection of some of the finest and most riveting films coming out of Europe today. Highlights from 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 an out-of-work illusionist who has a life-changing experience when he meets a young woman in Scotland.