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  • 26th edition of the European Union Film Festival to feature Austrian movie Little Joe and Belgium’s Lola

    Published on November 8, 2021

    Hyderabad: 26th edition of the European Union Film Festival is available in its virtual avatar from November 1st onwards– featuring outstanding, award-winning European cinema that bring forth inspiring stories, all from the comfort and safety of our homes. It celebrates the diversity and depth of European cinema and culture. The festival’s main attraction would Austria’s English movie Little Joe and Belgique movie Lola.

    Little Joe

    Little Joe follows Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value; if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly, and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against the company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe.’ But as their plant grows, so too does Alice’s suspicion that her new creation may not be as harmless as its nickname suggests.

    Lola is about an 18-year-old transgender, learns that she can finally have surgery, her mother, who is her only financial support, passes away. Abiding by her mother’s last wishes, Lola and her father, who are permanently in conflict and have not seen each other for two years, undertake a journey all the way to the Belgian coast. They realize the outcome of the journey may not be the one they were both expecting!

    Through November 2021, viewers and movie buffs can enjoy 60 outstanding movies in 37 languages across 8 genres that explore unique stories, experiences, and histories with artistic storytelling from across 27 Member States and associate countries, celebrating the most recent cinematic triumphs at Cannes, Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, and Venice, amongst others.

    The festival will also pay homage to legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, on his 100th birth anniversary, with the projection of the seminal Pather Panchali. A special contemporary Indian section, curated by the Dharamshala International Film Festival, includes six films in four Indian official languages namely Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and Bengali.

    Access to the Film Festival

    Tickets for the Film Festival and related side events will be free for audiences. Audiences can register through the Delegation’s website and social media channels.  The Film Festival will run till 30th November. Once registered, viewers can log in at their convenience. Register here:  https://www.festivalscope.com/page/euff-india-a-window-to-europe/


    CountryFilm TitleProduction DetailsGenre
    AustriaLittle Joedir. Jessica Hausner, Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, 2019, 105′Sci-fi
    BelgiumLoladir. Laurent Micheli, Belgium, France, 2019, 87′Drama
    BulgariaThe Fatherdir. Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria, Greece, 2019, 87′Drama
    CroatiaThe Staffroom dir. Sonja Tarokic, Croatia, 2021Drama
    CyprusPatchworkdir. Petros Charalambous, Cyprus, Israel, Slovenia, 2021, 88′Drama
    CzechiaBird Atlasdir. Olmo Omerzu, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, 2021, 92′Drama
    DenmarkShortadir. Frederik Louis Hviid, Anders Ølholm, Denmark, 2020, 108′Drama
    EstoniaGoodbye Soviet Uniondir. Lauri Randla, Estonia, 2020, 91′Comedy
    FinlandLadies of Steeldir. Pamela Tola, Finland, 2020, 91′Comedy
    FranceRed Soil dir. Farid Bentoumi, France, 2020, 86′Drama
    GermanyThe Auditiondir. Ina Weisse, Germany, France, 2019, 99′Drama
    GreeceHer Jobdir. Nikos Labôt, Greece, France, Serbia, 2018, 90′Drama
    HungaryBad Poemsdir. Gábor Reisz, Hungary, France, 2018, 97′Drama/Comedy
    IrelandDating Amberdir. David Freyne, Ireland, United Kingdom, 2020, 92′Comedy
    ItalySmall Bodydir. Laura Samani, Italy, France, Slovenia, 2021, 89′Drama
    Latvia Olegdir. Juris Kursietis, Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France, 2019, 108′Drama
    LithuaniaRunnerdir. Andrius Blazevicius, Lithuania, Czech Republic, 2021, 87′Drama
    LuxembourgHyttedir.  Jean-Louis Schuller, Luxembourg, Belgium, 2019, 76′Drama
    MaltaPerpetual Childdir.Stephanie Sant, Malta, 2020, 10’41Drama
    MaltaMister Teddy is AngryFabrizio Ellul, Malta, 2021, 4’03Animation
    MaltaHallini HaniniSamira Damato, Malta, 1964, 14’10Drama
    NetherlandsGolddir. Rogier Hesp, Netherlands, 2020, 90′Drama
    Poland25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komendadir. Jan Holoubek, Poland, 2020, 112′Drama
    PortugalThe Domaindir. Tiago Guedes, Portugal, France, 2019, 166′Drama
    RomaniaMarona’s Fantastic Taledir. Anca Damian, Romania, France, Belgium, 2019, 92′Animation
    SlovakiaThe Man with Hare Earsdir. Martin Šulík, Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2020, 104′Comedy
    SloveniaInventorydir. Darko Sinko, Slovenia, 2021, 106′Drama
    SpainSchoolgirlsdir. Pilar Palomero, Spain, 2020, 97′Drama
    SwedenCharterdir. Amanda Kernell, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, 2020, 94′Drama
    SwitzerlandSpagatdir. Christian Johannes Koch, Switzerland, 2020, 110′Drama
    Contemporary Indian Cinema
    IndiaYeh Freedom Lifedir. Priya Sen, India, 2018, 70′Documentary
    IndiaAbout Lovedir. Archana Atul Phadke, India, 91′Documentary
    India, United KingdomWhen Hari Got Married dir. Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam, India, United Kingdom, 2012Drama
    IndiaChuskitdir. Priya Ramasubban, India, 2018, 89′Drama
    IndiaEe. Ma. Yau.dir. Lijo Jose Pellissery, India, 2018, 120’Drama
    IndiaMukti Bhawandir.  Shubhashish Bhutiani, India, 2016, 99′Drama/Comedy
    Poetry on Screen: Masterpieces of Indian Cinema
    IndiaPather Panchali dir. Satyajit Ray, India, Drama
    IndiaKalpanadir. Uday Shankar, India, 1948, 155′Dance/Musical
    Environment and Climate Change
    SwitzerlandFifty Stepsdir. Niccolò Aiazzi, Switzerland, 2020, 54′Documentary
    DenmarkJourney to Utopiadir. Erlend E. Mo, Denmark, 2020, 89′Documentary
    Finland, France, MoroccoSchool of Hopedir. Mohamed El Aboudi, Finland, France, Morocco, 2020, 78′Documentary
    Cinema Together: Co-production in and out of Europe
    France, Canada, Ivory Coast, SenegalNight of the Kingsdir. Philippe Lacôte, France, Canada, Ivory Coast, Senegal, 2020, 90′Drama/Fantasy
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, TurkeyQuo Vadis, Aida?dir.  Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey, 2020, 102′Drama
    Masterpieces of European Cinema: In collaboration with the Cinema Ritrovato Festival
    SpainThat Happy Couple dir. Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, Spain, 1951, 82′ Comedy
    HungaryThe Girldir. Márta Mészáros, Hungary, 1968, 80Drama
    PolandThe Last Stagedir. Wanda Jakubowska, Poland, 1948, 109′ Drama
    BulgariaWe Were Youngdir. Binka Zhelyazkova, Bulgaria, 1961, 110′Drama
    ItalyRome, Open Citydir. Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1945, 103′Drama
    CzechoslovakiaClosely Watched Trainsdir. Jiří Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 88′Drama/Romance
    FranceMadame Bovarydir. Claude Chabrol, France, 1991, 143′ Drama/Romance
    Film Education: Growing Up With Cinema
    ItalyMy Brother Chases Dinosaursdir. Stefano Cipani, Italy, 2019, 101’ Drama/Comedy
    Romania, France, BelgiumMarona’s Fantastic Taledir. Anca Damian, Romania, France, Belgium, 2019, 92′Animation
    GermanyToo Far Awaydir. Sarah Winkenstette, Germany, 2020, 89′Drama
    SpainAvalancheChildren’s Age- 16-17 years old,  (Cinema en curs/A Bao A Qu) , 2018,16‘Drama
    FranceI have a CabinChildren’s Age- 6-10 years old,  (La Cinémathèque françaiseCinéma, cent ans de jeunesse), 2018,  6:35Adventure
    SpainThrough the Museo del Prado. Glances and Portraits of a MuseumChildren’s Age- 6-17 years old,  (Cinema en curs/A Bao A Qu) ,2018-19, 23‘Drama
    IndiaThe LetterChildren’s Age- 10-17 years old,  (La Cinémathèque françaiseCinéma, cent ans de jeunesse), 2018, 7:51Documentary
    In A Few Words: A Short Film Selection
    CanadaKokota: The Islet of Hopedir. Craig Norris, Canada, 2016, 29′ Documentary
    GermanyGeo-Engineeringdir. Yannick Stark, Germany, 2020, 2′Animation
    France Thermostat 6dir. Mylène Cominotti, Sixtine Dano, Marion Coudert, Maya Av-ron, France, 2018, 4:48′Animation
    BelgiumA Sisterdir. Delphine Girard, Belgium, 2018, 17′Drama