Celebrating Women in 20 languages, 24 films

My Name is Ki A still from My Name is Ki

In Chico Buarque's Budapest, the author writes of emotions one experiences on hearing a language for the first time, "Hungarian is the only tongue the devil speaks in," he concludes after watching an incomprehensible TV broadcast in the language at a seedy airport motel in Budapest. At the European Union Film Festival, to be held in Delhi from May 8 to 19, one will hear Bulgarian, Finnish and Lithuanian — languages whose music Indians will, perhaps, hear for the first time. "Even I haven't heard the music of Lithuanian," says Jean-Philippe Bottin, director, Alliance Francaise Delhi.

With 24 award-winning films, one from each member state, in 20 different languages, the 18 th edition of Euro Union Film Festival centres on one theme: Celebrating Women. "For the last three editions of the festival, we've been bringing films with a common theme. We chose this time's theme much before the incidents in Delhi. The topic is interesting," says Pavel Svitil, minister-counsellor, Deputy Head of the Delegation of European Union.

This festival attempts to show the diversity in the European Union as they create a common language of cinema. "Specific to this edition, we've ensured that cultural centres screen movies from other languages, for example the Hungarian centre will screen films from Poland, Greece and France," says Svitil.

With slice-of-life depictions of women, their lives and loves, the festival opens with Cypriot film Roads and Oranges, from first-time director Aliki Danezi-Knutsen. Other interesting films include the Hungarian film Ezter's Inheritance based on Sandor Marai's novel and a Polish film My Name is Ki.

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