19 movies lined up for European Union film fest in India

New Delhi, Feb 27: As many as 19 award-winning films, each from a different European Union Member State, will be showcased in 10 cities in India as part of the 19th European Union Film Festival.

To be inaugurated Friday at the British Counci here, the extravaganza will run here till March 11.

Backed by the delegation of the European Union to India, embassies of member states of the European Union and organised with the help of local partners, the festival will travel from February until July 2014 from New Delhi to Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Goa, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata.

“The selected movies showcase different stories of youth and the young. They are a collection of dreams and passion, fear and frustration, fun and joy, mistakes and recognition — all things old and young for both the young and not-so-young,” read a statement.

The opening movie, British comedy “Killing Bono”, directed by Nick Hamm, tells the story of two brothers who attempt to become global rock stars, but are left to only look on as their old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.

All films will be screened in national languages of member states of the European Union, with English subtitles.

Among them there are languages like Hungarian, Irish, Danish and Lithuanian – many of which the viewer may hear for the first time. All films portray Europe’s diversity and its cinema tradition.

Entry to the festival is free, with seating on first-come, first-served basis.