European Union film festival in city from 25 June to 5 July

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 24, 2018 03:46 PM IST

Chennai: Putting a spotlight on the latest European cinema, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will commence here on Monday, with screening of the Spanish film The Bride, which has won many international awards.

With a selection of 24 latest and award winning European films from 23 EU Member States, this years' film festival will bring some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts, a press release said.

The EUFF is organised by the Delegation of the European Union and Embassies of EU Member States in partnership with Cine Appreciation Foundation in Chennai.

The 23rd edition of the film festival will be inaugurated by Tamilnadu and Puducherry Principal Chief Commission of GST, C P Rao, at Alliance Francaise of Madras on Monday, at 6 pm.

The film festival will be hosted in Chennai across two venues - Alliance Francaise de Chennai (25-30 June) and Goethe-Institute Chennai /Max Mueller Bhavan (1-5 July).

Celebrating diversity, the EUFF will screen movies from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

As a special attraction this year, audience, students and filmmakers will get an opportunity to interact with Spanish director Paula Ortiz and Italin director Salvatore Alloca who would be travelling to Chennai for the festival. They will meet and greet audience during the screening of their respective movies.

This year there are some unusual stories to tell: 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. These are just some of the curious themes of this year festival, the release said.

Inaugural Movie:

The Bride

The award winning movie, The Bride is a Spanish movie, based on Blood Wedding, the 1933 tragedy by Federico Garcia Lorca. The groom, the bride and their friend Leonardo have been an inseparable triangle since they were kids, but Leonardo and the bride possess an invisible, ferocious, unbreakable thread. Years go by and she, in anguish, is getting prepared for her wedding with the groom in the middle of the white desert where she lives with her father. The day before the ceremony, a beggar knocks on her door and offers her a present and a piece of advice: "Don't get married if you don't love him," while she gives her two crystal daggers. The bride's body shudders as tragedy prepares to unfold. It's a tragic tale of unappeased desires and forbidden yearnings, conflicted choices, deception and the unavoidable fate of three lovers standing powerless before the true nature of man. The film will be with English subtitles. Entry will be allowed for above 18 years and will be on a first come, first served basis.

Films to be screened
The Magic of children (Austria)

Labyrinthus (Belgium)

Viktoria (Bulgaria)

Cowboys (Croatia)

Boy on the bridge (Cyprus)

Tiger theory (Czech Republic)

Walk with me (Denmark)

Land of mine (Denmark)

The man who looks like me (Estonia)

Unexpected journey (Finland)

9 month stretch (France)

House without roof (Germany)

Kissing? (Greece)

Kills on wheels (Hungary)

Taranta on the road (Italy)

The lesson (Latvia)

When you wake up (Lithuania)

A wedding (Luxembourg)

Letter for the king (Netherlands)

A brave bunch (Poland)

Mother knows best (Portugal)

Little harbour (Slovakia)

The bride (Spain)

Eternal summer (Sweden)