The 26th edition of European Union Film Festival is available in its virtual avatar from November 1 onwards – featuring outstanding, award-winning European cinema that bring forth inspiring stories, all from the comfort and safety of our homes.

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This year, the festival also pays homage to legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, on his 100th birth anniversary, with the projection of the seminal ‘Pather Panchali’. The festival also showcases a special contemporary Indian section, curated by the Dharamshala International Film Festival, includes six films in four Indian languages – Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and Bengali.

European Union Film Festival celebrates the diversity and depth of European cinema and culture. The festival’s main attraction would Austria’s English movie ‘Little Joe’ and Belgique movie ‘Lola’.

‘Little Joe’ follows Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value; if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly, and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against the company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe.’ But as their plant grows, so too does Alice’s suspicion that her new creation may not be as harmless as its nickname suggests.

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‘Lola’ is about an 18-year-old transgender, learns that she can finally have surgery, her mother, who is her only financial support, passes away. Abiding by her mother’s last wishes, Lola and her father, who are permanently in conflict and have not seen each other for two years, undertake a journey all the way to the Belgian coast. They realize the outcome of the journey may not be the one they were both expecting!

Through November 2021, viewers and movie buffs can enjoy 60 outstanding movies in 37 languages across 8 genres that explore unique stories, experiences, and histories with artistic storytelling from across 27 member states and associate countries, celebrating the most recent cinematic triumphs at Cannes, Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, and Venice, amongst others.

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