European film festival to kick off next month

HCMC - The 20th European Film Festival will be held in Vietnam from November 20 to December 2, showcasing Europe's rich cinema heritage, diversified culture and contemporary creativity.

“Mr Twister at the pitch” is one of the films that will be presented at the 20th European Film Festival – PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZER

The festival is dedicated to offer Vietnamese audience fascinating movies from Europe, the birthplace of cinematography and home to a number of prestigious international film festivals. It is also one of the activities organized to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the EU-Vietnam diplomatic relations.

The festival will introduce 13 movies, many of which have won renowned national and international awards. The films are suitable for different groups of audiences, from children, youth to adults.

Some of the films to be screened are “That time of the year” from Denmark, “Louis by the shore” from France, “Perfect stranger” from Italy, “The silence of others” from Spain and “Mr Twister at the pitch” from the Netherlands.

Through the films, the festival is expected to convey a message that “even though there are failures, loneliness and loss, we need to strive as we have love and hope towards a brighter future.”

Besides the traditional locations of Hanoi, HCMC and Hue, this year, for the first time the festival is brought to the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. The screening venues include the National Cinema Center in Hanoi, Cinestar Cinema in Hue, Cinestar Quoc Thanh Cinema in HCMC and Lotte Ninh Kieu Cinema in Can Tho.

The 20th European Film Festival is organized by the EU Delegation to Vietnam under the support of the European Public Outreach Program and with the participation of the EU Member State Embassies and European Cultural Centers in Vietnam.