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EU Film Festival returns to Mumbai with 24 European films

MUMBAI: The European Union Film Festival premieres in Mumbai on 17 June with a screening of the German film ‘Jack’.

Organised by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU member states, the festival is being held in partnership with Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, Alliance Française de Bombay and British Council.

Alliance Française de Bombay director Alain Zayan will inaugurate the festival on 17 June at 6:30 pm at The Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai.

The European Union Film Festival will be hosted in Mumbai across three venues -The Little Theatre, NCPA, Alliance Française de Bombay and British Council from 17 to 26 June 2016.

In its 21st edition, the festival features 24 European films from countries like Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the UK. This year the festival will screen movies from varied genres ranging from the comedy of the absurd to drama, unexpected romance and action.

Alliance Française de Bombay director Alain Zayan said, “European Union Film Festival is a great occasion, every year, for us to showcase European diversity and creativity to the Indian audience eager to discover the numerous films proposed during the festival. It’s also a unique opportunity for Alliance Française de Bombay to reinforce its role as one of the principal actors of Indo–European cultural exchange and as a gateway to Europe and its cultures. In a few words, we are glad to be part of this festival in India and glad to help build bridges between our countries.”

Highlights from the festival include the stories of a 10-year old abandoned boy named 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.

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