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European Union to host film festival

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THE European Union (EU) in Zimbabwe, in partnership with 11 member states, is set to host an inaugural five-day film festival from May 16 to 20 at Theatre in the Park, Harare Gardens.

BY ARTS REPORTER

The festival organisers said they will be screening an acclaimed assortment of films from across Europe that will present film enthusiasts with vivid pictures of Europe’s societies in their all-encompassing facets and cultures, paying tribute to the common traits of human nature.

In a statement, the head of the EU delegation to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Philippe Van Damme said they were happy to be bringing the festival which he said will be assorted and cultural.

“We are very excited to bring this festival to Zimbabwe and with it some outstanding European movies that will entertain and touch the audience,” he said.

“Cinema, however, is not just about entertainment it is also about the expression of identities, reflecting the state of a society and our films are inspired by the core principles of Europe, unity in diversity, cultural, linguistic or even ethnic diversity, unity of values, such as equality and democracy, as well as our social model.”

Throughout the five days of the festival, a minimum of two films will be screened every evening.

“The diversity in narrative will take you from the sweeping streets of Rome, via excursions into Bolivia, New York and Turkey right into the quaint confines of an apartment in Prague and a depressing hotel room in Romania in the 1980s” read part of the statement.

“You will meet illustrious and loveable (or less loveable) characters, such as Eddie the Eagle, little Finn who just lost his mother, control freak Erika, and money thief David, who tries to start a new life on the Azores.

Eleven screenings, spread out across five days, provide more than 1000 minutes of entertainment and food for thought”.

The festival will kick off with Almanya, the German award-winning tragi-comedian questioning the sense of identity and belonging of Turkish immigrants and their descendants, thoughtfully and humorously reflecting on the most pressing issues in current Europe, migration and integration.

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