9th Euro­pean Film Fes­ti­val solemnly opens

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

The fes­ti­val is co-or­ga­nized by the Em­bassies of the EU Mem­ber States ac­cred­ited in Azer­bai­jan, the Em­bassy of Nor­way and Park Cinema, Trend Life re­ported.

The event was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of diplo­matic mis­sions ac­cred­ited in Azer­bai­jan, fa­mous fig­ures of cul­ture and art and nu­mer­ous cinema fans.

Ad­dress­ing the event, Head of the Euro­pean Union Del­e­ga­tion to the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan Kes­tutis Jankauskas said that the fes­ti­val had aroused great in­ter­est, and a large num­ber of view­ers had come to the show. It was stressed that two films "Wild Am­s­ter­dam" (Nether­lands) and "Kinc­sem" (Hun­gary) opened the fes­ti­val.

Mark Verk­erk, di­rec­tor of the film "Wild Am­s­ter­dam," and pro­ducer Ig­nas van Schaick stressed that it is a great honor for them that the Euro­pean Cinema Fes­ti­val opened with their films.

In his speech, well-known di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, Chair­man of the Lithua­nian Film­mak­ers Union Arū­nas Matelis in­vited all view­ers to the screen­ing of his film "Won­der­ful Losers: A Dif­fer­ent World", which will be shown on Oc­to­ber 11 as part of the fes­ti­val.

Fur­ther, the guests en­joyed the films "Wild Am­s­ter­dam" and "Kinc­sem".

The film "Wild Am­s­ter­dam" -re­veals all the se­crets of this dy­namic city through the eyes of its an­i­mal in­hab­i­tants. This story, "told" by the cat Fritz, re­minds us that the city ex­ists not only for peo­ple.

Am­s­ter­dam is an ideal place to ex­plore the deep and of­ten com­i­cal con­nec­tions be­tween hu­mans and an­i­mals.

The film "Kinc­sem" tells the story of Ernõ Blaskovich, who lost ev­ery­thing af­ter the Hun­gar­ian Rev­o­lu­tion of 1848. Kinc­sem, a mag­nif­i­cent horse gives a pur­pose of his mean­ing­less, self-de­struc­t­ing life. He gets a chance to gain ev­ery­thing back: re­venge, love and fame.

The 9th Euro­pean Film Fes­ti­val will last un­til Oc­to­ber 21.

The pro­gram fea­tures 19 films from 17 Euro­pean Union coun­tries (Bel­gium, Bul­garia, Czech Repub­lic, Croa­tia, France, Ger­many, Hun­gary, Italy, Latvia, Lithua­nia, the Nether­lands, Poland, Por­tu­gal, Ro­ma­nia, Spain, Swe­den, the United King­dom), as well as Nor­way and Azer­bai­jan. The films are se­lected to suit all au­di­ences.

The films "Bar­bara", "Won­der­ful Losers: A Dif­fer­ent World", "Per­di­dos", "Dream Team 1935", "Bub­blegum", "Dark blue world", "In Syria", "See You Up There", "Hal­ima's path", "303 Squadron", "Pi­o­neer", "Sum­mer's Over", "A Se­ri­ous Game", "Find­ing your feet", "The Van­ish­ing of Pato", "The grand­fa­ther", "Hәd­dәn artıq uyğun­luq" will be screened at the fes­ti­val.

All events will be open to the pub­lic and or­ga­nized free of charge on "first come first served" ba­sis.

The Euro­pean Film Fes­ti­vals are or­ga­nized on an an­nual ba­sis with the aim to build and de­velop the cul­tural links ex­ist­ing be­tween the EU coun­tries and Azer­bai­jan, and to con­trib­ute to bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the Euro­pean val­ues through the Euro­pean movie in­dus­try.

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