26th European Union Film Festival honors Satyajit Ray
The 26th edition of the European Union Film Festival is available in its virtual avatar from November 1 – showcasing exceptional and award-winning European cinema that tells inspiring stories, all from the comfort and safety of our homes .
This year, the festival also pays tribute to the legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, on the occasion of his 100th birthday, with the screening of the seminal âPather Panchaliâ. The festival also features a special contemporary Indian section, hosted by the Dharamshala International Film Festival, includes six films in four Indian languages ââ- Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and Bengali.
The European Union Film Festival celebrates the diversity and depth of European cinema and culture. The main attraction of the festival would be the Austrian English film ‘Little Joe’ and the Belgian film ‘Lola’.
âLittle Joeâ follows Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother and a dedicated senior plant breeder in a company engaged in the development of new species. She designed a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value; if stored at the ideal temperature, well nourished and if spoken to regularly, this plant is the delight of its owner. Against company policy, Alice brings one home as a gift to her teenage son, Joe. They call him “Little Joe”. But as their plant grows, Alice also suspects that her new creation may not be as harmless as her nickname suggests.
‘Lola’ talks about an 18-year-old transgender, learns that she can finally have an operation, her mother, who is her only financial support, dies. In accordance with her mother’s last wishes, Lola and her father, who are in constant conflict and have not seen each other for two years, set out on a journey to the Belgian coast. They realize that the outcome of the trip may not be what they both expected!
Until November 2021, viewers and moviegoers can enjoy 60 exceptional films in 37 languages ââand 8 genres that explore unique stories, experiences and histories with artistic narratives from 27 Member States and Associated Countries, celebrating the most recent cinematic triumphs in Cannes, Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary and Venice, among others.