This year, the film festival will showcase 19 film portraying different stories of youth
Time flies and toddlers grow up rather quickly. The European Union Film Festival in India is already 19, the last year in its teens. To celebrate this year, the festival is showcasing 19 films that portray different stories of youth and the young from different member nations of the European Union. The festival will be inaugurated in New Delhi on February 28 and will travel from until July from New Delhi to Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Goa, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata.
The festival opens with the British comedy Killing Bono. Directed by Nick Hamm, based on Neil McCormick’s memoir, it 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.
The festival has several other highlights. In the Austrian film Breathing eighteen year-old Roman Kogler finds his path in life whilst working at a municipal morgue. The Belgian entry On The Sly tells of a little girl who feels invisible in her parents’ eyes. To be sure, she decides to disappear. In the Bulgarian film Sneakers six young people head to a deserted beach in an attempt to escape from their failures. The fast-paced teen comedy Snowboarders from the Czech Republic offers a more wintry setting; while the German film Lessons of A Dream deals with football at a prep school in Braunschweig in 1874.
Set in the early 1960s, the story in the Danish film Aching Hearts revolves around Jonas and Agnete, their friendships and families, trials and tribulations. Finland’s entry Garbage Prince provides a glimpse into the life of nineteen year-old Jed as he falls in love with quick-witted Lulu. In the French film Love like Poison, Anna returns from school to find her father gone and her mother distraught. Set in early 1920s, the Greek film The Brides tells the story of young women immigrating to the US during the Greco-Turkish War and Russia Civil War in search for a husband and a better life. Likewise, Viola and her daughter Angela – the main characters of the Hungarian film Fresh Air desire a better life.
The only documentary featured in the festival – the Irish entry Bright Vision shows a community programme in Ireland through which young people learn to sing, as their forefathers would have done. The Italian film Easy follows a man teaching a boy as he himself learns to become his father and the boy chooses to become a man.
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 Indian audience may be hearing for the first time.
Best of all is the fact that entry to the festival is free, with seating on first-come, first-served basis. The venue is the British Council.