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Beirut opens the European Film Festival 2017



The European Film Festival will open today in Beirut until the 6th of February 2017 with the Italian film Perfetti sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) by Paolo Genovese, which was awarded the David di Donatello for Best Film in 2016 The event is organised by the Delegation of the European Union in collaboration with the embassies and cultural institutes of the European Union Member States, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture.

A wide variety of screenings and events is included in the programme: 34 recent long feature films from the EU; two feature films in tribute to Andrzej Wajda, the prominent Polish director who passed away last October; one feature film from Switzerland, Serbia and Ukraine respectively, the Festival’s guest countries this year; 12 short films produced by students of 12 Lebanese audiovisual schools, which will be screened during a special show “La soirée des courts métrages d’étudiants libanais” that will conclude with the awarding of two Best Short Films.

The European Film Festival proposes also two films for young audience and invites children from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and refugees to these screenings.

Two prizes will be awarded to for the short films made by students from the Lebanese audio-visual schools. The winners will be offered the opportunity to attend a leading international short film festival in Europe.
The Festival is also scheduled to take place in Nabatieh (5-7 February), Tyre (8-10 February), Deir el Qamar (7-10 February), Zahle (13-16 February), Baalbeck (16-17 February), Jounieh (13-20 February) and Tripoli (22-25 February).

Info:  European Film Festival, from 26 January to 6 February 2017 at the Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil (Ashrafieh) in Beirut; Lebanon. Click here for more information.

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