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The European Union Film Festival turns 25

The European Union Film Festival celebrates its 25th year in India with an online edition and a promising lineup

'Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles' plays as part of the EUFF
'Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles' plays as part of the EUFF

In a year of cancelled film festivals, the ones that are somehow being held are extremely welcome. The European Union Film Festival (EUFF), celebrating its 25th year in India, has gone virtual this year, like the recent Dharamshala International Film Festival. From 5-30 November, it is presenting over 40 films in 37 languages from 26 countries.

The European Cinema Today section, which comprises films from states of the EU, forms the majority of the lineup, and looks especially promising this year. The most high-profile title is Italy’s Martin Eden, which also played at Dharamshala. An adaptation of a Jack London novel, Pietro Marcello’s film follows a sailor (the excellent Luca Marinelli) as he tries to escape his humble origins and fulfil his dream of becoming a writer.

Other major titles include Salvador Simó’s animated Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles (Spain), Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced (Georgia/Sweden), Moonika Siimets’s The Little Comrade (Estonia), Mads Brügger’s Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Denmark) and Manele Labidi’s Arab Blues (France), starring Golshifteh Farahani. In addition, EUFF has six shorts on climate change from different countries, including Nila Madhab Panda’s Megha’s Divorce. There’s also a section on Masterpieces of European Cinema—seven classics by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Agnès Varda, Krzysztof Kieślowski and others.—UB

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You can watch the films for free through November on Festival Scope. Details on Euffindia.com.

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