Strength of a woman
Two sisters discover their father may not be dead; a teenaged girl encounters men for the first time; a woman relives her traumatic childhood; the European Union Film Festival promises 24 engaging films that showcase the multiple roles women play in society
The world wouldn’t exist without women. The 18th edition of the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) drives this point home as it pays an ode to woman power with its theme ‘Celebrating Women’. The festival, which was launched at Kochi on March 8 this year on the occasion of International Women’s Day, is currently on in Mumbai till April 28. As part of the festival, which started in the city on April 20, 24 award-winning films from Portugal, Romania, Finland, Greece and other nations are being screened at the Max Mueller Bhavan.
Released between 1995 and 2012, all the films tell stories about the changing role of women in society. Interestingly, in all the movies, the female protagonists are on the move — leaving home to chart out a new life, going back to their birthplace or meeting a loved one across continents.
Dr Marla Stukenberg, Director of Goethe-Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan, says, “There are so many stories in a woman’s life that remain untold, overshadowed by other happenings and matters. But today women are raising their voices with increasing persistence, demanding to be seen and heard. This festival joins the chorus and shares the different lives of women.”
SMD’s Top 5
Sunday MiD DAY picks five films from the festival that you should not miss: Roads And Oranges (Cyprus) (1996)
Two sisters get news about their father, who is presumed dead since Turkish forces invaded Cyprus in 1974. The movie is about the duo’s adventures as they set out to find him in Turkey after they learn that he may be alive there.
After Five in the Forest Primeval (Germany) (1995)
A 17-year-old girl Anna leaves her parents’ house in Bavaria, after a fight with her father, and takes off for Munich. While her parents drive to the city in search of their daughter, Anna has her first unpleasant encounters with members of the opposite sex.
Back To Your Arms (Lithuania) (2010
A father-daughter duo who stay in separate countries try to meet in Berlin after 17 years. To help each other escape any potential entrapments by the committee for state security, they are prepared to renounce the meeting they’ve been yearning for so much.
The Dark House (Netherlands) (2009)
It chronicles the life of Maria, a single mother, who, after receiving anonymous death threats, flees to her parental home, where she is confronted with her traumatic childhood memories.
Beyond (Sweden) (2010)
Leena receives a phone call from a hospital in her childhood hometown telling her that her mother is dying. This news takes her on a journey to face her mother for the first time in her adult life.
When: Till April 28, daily 11 am, 2.30 pm, 5 pm
Where: Galerie Max Mueller Bhavan, Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda