Europe Day Film Festival opens in Minsk

On May 11, 2012 the traditional Europe Day Film Festival opens at the Pobeda Cinema in Minsk. The festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus and Embassies of European Union Member States on the occasion of Europe Day. Maira Mora, Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, and a representative of Cinema Department (the Belarusian Ministry of Culture) are to make a speech at the opening ceremony.

The screenings — 15 films of 13 countries — will take place between 11 and 17 May. The films were selected by EU member countries embassies especially for the Belarusian viewer. This year, weekend screenings include two full-length cartoons intended for children, their parents and teachers.

As the press service of the EU Delegation told Belsat TV, the embassies obtained copyrights for demonstrating the films at the Festival. The films will be subtitled so that the audience could enjoy the original language. Some films will have dubbed-in translations. Admission to all the screenings is free. The only thing to do is to collect a free ticket in box-offices.

On last Festival’s day Belarusian film «At a crossroads» will be shown. Having finished a trade college Katya has to work out because there is a system of graduates’ placement in Belarus. Not aching to do it, the girl goes abroad. This step drastically changes her world-view.

On 9 May 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his proposals known as «the Schuman Declaration». This document is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union. Europe Day has become one of its symbols and is widely marked in the EU and many countries beyond it. It is the occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another.


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