Euro Movie Pageant begins Could 14 – Trinidad Information


44 movies from 15 nations to air in TT

Ambassador Jules Bijl of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, shares a joke with Ambassador Arend Biesebroek of the European Union.


THE 23rd version of the European Movie Pageant (EFF) of Trinidad and Tobago begins on Could 14, with the screening of a French movie entitled “la promesse de l’aube” (Promise at daybreak).

It tells the story of the extraordinary lifetime of an distinctive character, Romain Gary, who was an exile, seducer and a soldier but in addition an aviator, diplomat, filmmaker and notably one of many nice French writers of the 20th century. The movie is itself based mostly on a novel written by Romain Gary, a winner of the Goncourt Prize – the best literary honour in France– and introduced twice to the massive display.

So stated France Ambassador to TT, Serge Lavroff, who was significantly excited on the launch of the pageant at his residence in St Clair on Thursday night.

From left: Britian’s Ambassador Tim Stew. Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez, and Solène Crinière, Deputy Head of Mission, French Embassy.

“Let me confess one thing to you, I really like cinema. Nothing is extra pure for a diplomat. I swap roles and costumes daily, I write political thriller scripts and I put collectively good casts, like this night. In fact, I don’t forget to seem on the crimson carpet. Because of this I’m so happy to welcome you to this excellent set the place many actors earlier than me have performed the position of the ambassador.” Company laughed.

He stated, yearly European cinema gives its TT viewers its greatest: an entire array of movies straight impressed by individuals’s lives, their societies and their cultures. “A few of them will make you snigger, others cope with deeper and extra critical points and can make you replicate, and at last others make you journey and uncover unbelievable geographical and cultural variety and conditions on that continent referred to as Europe.

From left: Britian’s Ambassador Tim Stew. Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez, and Solène Crinière, Deputy Head of Mission, French Embassy.

“We hope that past the space that separates us, Europe and the Caribbean are steadily turning into nearer due to this pageant. This shall be, I hope, the most effective lesson that cinema can provide us: exhibiting us that in any case humanity is united in its variety.”

Among the many nations which have partnered with the European Union Delegation for the pageant over time are France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Nonetheless this yr there will even be movies from Belgium, Poland, Malta, Portugal, Latvia, Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

Some 44 movies shall be proven of their authentic model in the entire European languages with subtitles in the course of the pageant that ends Could 28. Patrons can look ahead to comedy, thriller, romance, youngsters’s options, local weather change, atmosphere, migration amongst different topics.

Whitney Punch-George, new Alliance Française board president, chats with Bruce Paddington, TTFF director.

There shall be extra venues this yr too, amongst them, UTT campuses in O’Meara, Corinth, Level Lisas and John Donaldson, MovieTowne, PoS, Centre for Language Studying, UWI, Nalis in Arima, Level Fortin and Couva, the Charlotteville and Scarborough libraries, and Alliance Française.

Additionally in place this yr are facet occasions just like the TT premiere of the Luxembourgish characteristic documentary Grand H, when Marianne Donven, one of many activists within the film shall be in TT for it and to take part in a workshop on Movie as Activism on Could 13, the eve of the pageant.

Serge Lavroff, French Ambassador welcomes company to the European Movie Pageant launch. At left is his spouse Caroline. PHOTOS BY JOAN RAMPERSAD

There will even be a particular out of doors screening, in addition to faculties screenings in libraries all through TT.

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