European Union Film Festival, 2017

The European Union Film Festival premieres in Goa on 1stJuly, 2017 with a screening of the Belgian film Flying Home. In its 22nd edition this year, the European Union Film Festival features a bouquet of 22 latest and award winning European films from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.This year, the festival will screen movies from varied genres ranging from comedy to gripping family drama, romance and adventure.

The European Union Film Festival, organized by the Delegation of the European Union, Directorate of Film Festivals, and Entertainment Society of Goa, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India in Goa will run till 8th July, 2017. The festival will be inaugurated by Dr.Cesare Onestini, Charge d’Affaires, Delegation of European Union to India and Vice-Chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa, on 1st July at 6.00 pm.

The European Union Film Festival 2017 to be held at the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), brings to the city a selection of some of the finest and most riveting films coming out of Europe today.

Films will be with English subtitles. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis. All films screened for this festival will be for persons above the age of 18 years.

The films to be screened at the EUFF 2017 are

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In this festival of award-winning European films, you will find perennial themes – the redemption of love, the resilience of youth, and the triumph of the human spirit in adversity. Highlights from the festival include the story of the inner struggle of a father, his complicated relationship with his son and the lonely mountains with hidden secrets from his past; coming-of-age of a 17 year old girl Raya, who has to take decisions that even a grown up woman would find difficult to make; a true story of a Moroccan man who decides to go back home and during his journey faces multiple obstacles, turning his story into a real odyssey; a stubborn violin maker and his pharmacist cousin who face hardship and tragedy as they oppose the powerful businessman who plans to force him from his house to build a luxurious new hotel in its place. 

Speaking about the 22nd edition of the European Union Film festival in India, Dr. Cesare Onestini, Charge d’Affaires, Delegation of European Union to India, said, “To connect across geographies and cultures with ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and to realise that in some way we are all one family has been the exhilarating effect of all great art, and film is no exception. This Film Festival endeavours to bring this experience to the Indian audiences through recent award winning European movies.” 

Mr C. Senthil Rajan, Director, Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, stated: “DFF is happy to partner with the European Union to showcase films from EU member countries. It is part of our effort to promote cultural ties between India and the EU countries through the medium of films.”

Mr. Rajendra Talak, Vice-Chairman of ESG, said, “As an endeavour of the ESG Cinephile, following the National Award winning film festival, we are bringing the best of award winning European Cinema to the film lovers in Goa.”

Inaugural Movie- Flying Home

flying home

Belgium film is about Colin Montgomery (Jamie Dornan), an up-and-coming Wall Street whiz kid, who is given a week to sign up a potential client – an incredibly wealthy sheikh – or risk losing his job. To impress the sheikh, Colin goes to Flanders to track down a world-class racing pigeon. But things get complicated when he finds himself falling for the pigeon owner’s granddaughter.

The festival which has already concluded in Delhi and Pune will traverse further after Goa through Mumbai, Kolkata, Ranchi, Coimbatore and Puducherry till August 3, 2017.