It was with wry humour that the European Union Film Festival kick-started with a tale that symbolises the evils that led to the global economic slowdown Czech Dreams,about a hypermarket that never existed. The film is about consumerism and greed,about malls opening and closing and it could well happen in Noida, said Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek. Czech Dreams will have a repeat screening on Sunday morning.
For the past 14 years,the film festival has acted as a cultural route between India and Europe. EU keeps aside around 15 million euros annually to help fund films,many of which have won awards at festivals,including Cannes and the Oscars, added Kmonicek.
Many such films from 2008 will be screened at the festival the Spanish Seven Billiard Tables,a sensitive story of two unlikely women who are thrown together after a loved ones death,was nominated for nine Goya Awards,Spains highest film honour,while Teah from Slovenia is a magical story of a 10-year-old boy. The 19-film package also includes Arabian Nights from Luxembourg,Relatives from Hungary,Greek domestic drama Totally Married and a hard-hitting thriller The Front Line.
The festival will be held till March 10 at Siri Fort II