Kolkata welcomes European Classics

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KOLKATA: The rich cultural diversity of the European Union and its Member States will be on display in its myriad hues at the 20th European Union Film Festival (EUFF) that begins in  Kolkata today, 2nd June. The festival brings to India a repertoire of 21 latest and award winning European films from as many countries. Organized by the Delegation of the European Union and  embassies of Member States, the festival is being held in Kolkata in partnership with Cine Central, Calcutta from 2nd June to 9th June 2015.

The European Union Film Festival 2015 was inaugurated on June 2 by Shri Biman Banerjee, Hon’ble Speaker, West Bengal Legislative Assembly, in the presence of Smt. JayashreeMohta, Honorary Consul, Consulate of Belgium, Kolkata and Hon’ble Justice Shri Shyamal Kumar Sen, President, Cine Central, Calcutta withthe screening of the Belgium film ‘Go,Eddy!’ at Nandan – I. Speaking about the partnership between Cine Central, Calcutta and the European Union on the Film Festival, Cine Central’s President, Hon’ble Justice Shri Shyamal Kumar Sen said, “I am happy this year European Union Film Festival has stepped into its 20th Year and Cine Central, Calcutta is a co-organizer to celebrate this great occasion at a time when Cine Central, Calcutta celebrates its Gollden Jubilee.”

Celebrating 20 years of bringing European cinema to India, the festival will screen movies from varied genres including comedy, drama, romance and action – many charming and sometimes unsettling stories. The festival will tell the story of eleven year old Freddy, a cyclist who hopes to win a race and thereby meets one of his heroes; of two opera Directors whose common passion for music is matched by their thirst for love; of a man who runs away from his girlfriend but collides with a bride who has run away from her wedding; of a woman whose life in a mansion somehow mirrors the turbulent changes of an entire century; of a boy who makes unexpected friends while investigating the death of his parents in a car accident; and of the happy householder with the perfect marriage who finds love –  or maybe something else – with a choreographer who loves her cooking.

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