Bajan Film-goers? Dates and screenings for this year’s European Film Festival

The fourth annual European Film Festival organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will take place from 12-18 March 2012 at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.

Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

{FILE IMAGE - HIGHGATE GARDENS} Claude Bochu (L) & Valeriano Diaz (R) "We are happy that ... {UWI} students, (can) be exposed to different cultures and languages and also a greater variety of films..."

Head of the European Union Delegation Valeriano Diaz said: “We are happy that the excellent co-operation with the EU Member States and the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination enables us to provide, free of charge, an opportunity for the Barbadian public, especially students, to be exposed to different cultures and languages and also a greater variety of films apart from what is on regular offer.”

New features in the 2012 edition include Students’ workshops by the University of the West Indies and the Barbados Community College with presentations, and question and answer sessions revolving around the movie; more movies coming from more European countries, with for the first time, entries from Slovakia and Portugal; and the screening of short documentaries about life in Barbados.

The 18 films from ten countries which have been vetted by the Film Censorship Board, will be screened with English subtitles, with the exception of the entry from the United Kingdom.

The films to be screened include: Made in Dagenham (UK), Navrat Bocianov (The Return of the Storks – Slovakia), Gli Amici Del Bar Margherita (The Friends of Bar Margherita – Italy), Terug naar de Kust (The Dark Horse – Netherlands), ?equipier (The Light – France), Underbar Och Älskad Av Alla (Wonderful and Beloved by all – Sweden), Recordações da Casa Amarela (Recollections of the Yellow House – Portugal), En la Ciudad sin limites (In the City of no Limites – Spain), Dagen Zonder Lief (With friends like these – Belgium), Abre los ojos (Open your eyes – Spain) Lila Lila (My word, My Lies – My Love – Germany), Tanguy (France), Joulutarina (Christmas Story – Finland), De Hel Van ’63 (The Hell of ’63 – The Netherlands), Kirschblüten – hanami (Cherry Blossoms – Hanami – Germany), Snuf de Hond in Oorlogstijd (Sniff the dog – The Netherlands), and Matrimoni e Altri Disastri (Weddings and other disasters – Italy).

The festival is part of the community outreach efforts of the European Union Delegation, which has as its main role political, trade and development co-operation with Barbados, the six independent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and three British Overseas Countries and Territories, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.

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