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

Press Release ( - AHMEDABAD, India - Aug 01, 2016 - 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.

Inaugural MovieL’illusionniste

L’illusionniste is an animated film from France directed by Sylvain Chomet. This film revolves around a plot of a French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

This film is produced by Pathé International and Django Films in 2011. This film also has been nominated for fewawards like:

•     Best film European Film Awards, 2010

•     Nominated at the 68th Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature Film

•     César Award for Best Animated Feature, 2011

•     Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film in the 83rdAcademy Awards

Entry at both venues will be on a first come, first served basis. However, for the movies to be screened at the British Council, registration should be done by sending an email to Manju Raju

The festival, having successfully concluded in Delhi, Chennai, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Pune, will traverse further through Jodhpur, Ahmedabad & Coimbatore in the next 3 weeks.

Synopses of the movies can be found here:…

EUFF dates and venues in other cities will be announced on the website and Facebook pages of the EU Delegation in the coming days at:

The films to be screened at the EUFF areAustria – Jack; Belgium – Les Rayures du Zèbre (Scouting for Zebras); Cyprus – Block 12;Czech Republic -Three Brothers; Denmark–StilleHjerte(Silent Heart); Finland–Ollaanvapaita(Urban Family); France –  L’illusionniste(The Illusionist); Germany – Jack;Greece – Wild Duck; Hungary – Utóélet (Afterlife); Ireland – The Irish Rebellion; Italy – Michiamo Maya(My Name Is Maya); Latvia – Mother, I love you; Lithuania – Edeno Sodas (The Garden of Eden); Luxembourg – Dead Man Talking; Malta – Simshar; Netherlands – Michielde Ruyter(Admiral); Poland-Bogowie (Gods); Portugal – Cats Don’t Have Vertigo; Slovakia – Rytmus – A Dream from the Block; Slovenia – Sailing to Paradise; Spain – Flamenco From The Roots; Sweden – Återtraffen(The Reunion); United Kingdom – Coriolanus.

Source : European Union

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