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EU Film Festival returns to Kolkata with a feast of 24 award winning European movies

The European Union Film Festival premieres in Kolkata on 24thJune, 2016 with a screening of the German film “Jack”. Organized by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States, the festival is being held in partnership with Federation of Film Societies of India, Cine Central, Nandan West Bengal Film Centre and British Council. The Festival will be inaugurated on 24thJune at 6 pm at “Nandan West Bengal Film Centre by Mr. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, prominent filmmaker from Kolkata in presence of Chief Guest Mr. Bratya Basu, Minister of Information Technology & Electronics, Government of West Bengal and other prominent guests – Mr. Shyamal Kumar Sen (Former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, Former Governor of West Bengal, President Cine Central), Mr. Yadab Mondal, CEO, Nandan, Mr. Premendra Mazumdar, All India General Secretary of Federation of Film Societies of India & Dr. Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council (East India).

The European Union Film Festival will be hosted in Kolkata across two venues – Nandan West Bengal Film Centre & British Council, from 24th June to 2nd July 2016 as per the appended schedule.

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, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, 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. Shyamal Kr. Sen, President Cine Central, said: “Every year the European Union gives us an opportunity to view the award winning films of different genres of European Cinema. This year too, the film lovers of Kolkata are happy because the 21st edition of the European Union Film Festival is being organized in collaboration with Cine Central Calcutta, Nandan and FFSI. The wonderful award winning films selected this year express the rich cultural diversity of European countries as well as their deep commitment to peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Films break the barriers of language, bringing together civilizations and cultures across the world. I wish this festival a great success and hope it will always be a significant annual event in Kolkata”.

Mr. Premendra Mazumdar, All India General Secretary of Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) added that this is a great opportunity for FFSI to partner with Nandan West Bengal Film Centre, Cine Central and British Council to make this event a grand success for the film lovers and film critics in Eastern India.

The EU film festival 2016 brings to Kolkata 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.

Inaugural Movie Jack

JACK_08‘JACK’ is a film about the development of a boy who learns to take responsibility from a young age. At the end of the film, he surprises us with the decision he makes and holds up a mirror to the audience with the courage he shows. This film is produced by Jan Krüger, René Römert and Directed by Edward Berger in 2014has won international award including:

• Silver Award for Best film in LOLA 2015 (Deutscher Filmpreis 2015) Entry at all venues will be on a first come, first served basis. However, for the films to be screened at British Council on 1st July and 2nd July, registration should be done by sending an email to Megha Roy at megha.roy@britishcouncil.org

The festival, currently running in Delhi, Chennai, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Bangalore, will traverse further through Kolkata, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Jodhpur till August 14, 2016.

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