EU takes film festival to Bulawayo

The European Union will this Wednesday take its film festival to Bulawayo for the first time.

Chengetai Murimwa

The festival was first launched in Harare five months ago. The EU Film Festival would show case an assortment of films from across Europe. It would run from October 25 to 28 at the National Gallery.

Head of the European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe Ambassador Philipe Van Damme said they were excited to take the festival to Bulawayo.

“We are very excited to finally bring this Festival to Bulawayo, and with it some outstanding European movies that will entertain and touch the audience,” says Ambassador Van Damme.  “Cinema, however, is not just about entertainment. It is also about the expression of identities, reflecting the state of a society, of a community. And our films are inspired by the core principles of Europe: unity in diversity; cultural, but also linguistic or even ethnic diversity; but unity of values, such as equality and democracy, as well as our social model.”

This years’ selection of cinema presents film enthusiasts with vivid pictures of Europe’s societies in their all-encompassing facets and cultures, a wide scope of stories that engage and pay tribute to the common traits of human nature.

The diversity in narrative is expected to take viewers 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.

Viewers are expected to 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 four days, provide more than 1000 minutes of entertainment and food for thought.