Mumbai to host first European film festival

Mumbai: The city of dreams is set to host a month-long European Films Festival, where works of greats like French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard and Swiss master Daniel Schmid will be showcased.

The event starting Friday is curated by Taj Enlighten Film Society and supported by the Consulate of Switzerland.

"The exhibition of masters like Godard to an Indian audience places these works out of their `Art House` comfort zone and instead engages with a cinema of experienced time," Pranav Ashar, chairman, Taj Enlighten, said in a statement.

"Bed & Board", "Army of Shadows", "Le Petit Soldat", "Oh Woe is Me" and "Shoot The Piano Player", among others, will be showcased at the festival which will go on till June 26.

Bollywood filmmaker Amole Gupte, who will inaugurate the festival, said: "European films stand for the superior-most quality, both in terms of both narrative as well as detailing. I have always enjoyed and admired films by European masters.

"Today, with the gradual broadening of Indian cinema`s range, European cinema has never been more relevant. I would like to congratulate Brooke Bond Taj Mahal and Taj Enlighten Film Society on bringing these important films to India."


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