Netherlands 1#EuropeInYourCity, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will premiere in Mumbai on September 20, 2019 with the screening of the Slovakian film “Backstage”. 

In its 24th edition, EUFF brings together a boutique of 23 latest, award-winning European films, featuring movies from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland to the maximum city.

Organized by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in partnership with Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Festival will be inaugurated by Mr. Raimund Magis, Chargé d’affaires, Delegation of the European Union to India, Mr. H.E. Ivan Lančarič, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to India and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the chief guest for the inauguration of EUFF  at the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai.

The EUFF will bring to the city a selection of some of the finest and most riveting films from Europe. It promises to be a heady cocktail of romantic comedy, period drama, mockumentary, satire, family drama, and socio-political thriller.

Bringing contemporary, award-winning films from the European film circuit, the European Union Film Festival has some unusual stories to tell.

Speaking about the 24th edition of the European Union Film festival in India Mr Raimund Magis, Chargé d’affaires, Delegation of the European Union to India says, “We are glad to showcase Europe’s rich cultural diversity and its dynamic and engaging cinematic landscape in Mumbai. Mumbai is a dferse city replete with cultural flavours and the theme of the films will be well appreciated by Mumbaikars. This year, we bring an array of films exploring themes of self-discovery, dreams of a better future, nostalgia for the past, and human endurance in the face of psychological and situational barriers – universal themes cinemagoers everywhere can identify with”.

The EU Film Festival, which commenced in Chennai on 24 June and New Delhi on 28 June, has traversed through 7 other cities in India including Goa, Pune, Puducherry, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Kozikhode before culminating in Mumbai in September 2019.

Inaugural Movie:

Backstage

Director: Andrea Sedláčková

Producers: Silvia Panáková and Erik Panák, ARINA

Year: 2018

Running time: 90 min

Backstage tells the story of a talented dance group from a small Slovak town, which strives for a breakthrough in the show business. But once they enter this crazy world and take part in a TV dance competition, their friendship, loves and outlooks on life are changed. Backstage is about passion for dance, the power of friendship, dreaming big and the sacrifices you have to make to achieve your goals.

A thrilling dance film full of energy, dance, passion and music. A film about young people for young people, a film about their dreams, ambitions and the everlasting importance of family and friendship.

All films with English subtitles. Entry allowed for 18+ on a first come, first served basis.

The films to be screened at the EUFF are:

Austria /Styx; Belgium /King of the Belgians; Bulgaria /Bubblegum; Cyprus /Rosemarie; Czech Republic/ Tender Waves; Denmark /A Fortunate Man; Finland/Laugh or Die; France/Hope; Germany /Me and Kaminski; Greece/Little England; Hungary/The Troupe; Ireland/Black 47; Italy/Drive Me Home; Latvia/ Return of Sergeant Lapins; Lithuania /Ashes in the Snow; Malta /Of Time and the Sea; Netherlands/ Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle; Portugal /Diamantino;  Romania

/Beside Me; Slovakia /Backstage; Spain/ María (and Everybody Else); Sweden / Drifters; Switzerland / #Female Pleasure/ The Charmer; Denmark

SCREENING SCHEDULE 

The EU, which consists of 28 countries, has the world’s largest economy and its third largest population, after China and India. Though richly diverse, the countries that make up the EU (its ‘Member States’) are all committed to the same basic values: peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights

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