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Department of European Studies organises, ‘Kinotekas’.1 min read

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Department of European Studies organises, ‘Kinotekas’.1 min read

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Manipal: In collaboration with the European Union (EU), the Department of European Studies held Kinotekas 2014, a European Film Festival at the AC Seminar Hall of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) from October 13-18.

The films that were selected were all award winning features, concentrating more on the European countries that do not often find proper representation, like Estonian, Bulgarian and even some Dutch films.

In her welcome address, Dr Neeta Inamdar, HOD of European studies said, “European films are not just a reflection of their culture, but they also provide adequate exposure to their kind of cinema and imagination, which is different from ours.” Dr G K Prabhu, Registrar of Manipal University, and Chief Guest, Miss Silvia Coztantini, the first Counsellor of Political Affairs from the EU delegation, were the other dignitaries present.

Miss Coztantini explained, “Films are constantly bridging the gap between cultures. It would be interesting to take in the opinions of the non-Indian and Indian viewers for the screenings.”

The inaugurating film feature ‘Korczak’, was based in German occupied Poland and revolved around the Holocaust during the World War II period. ‘The World is Big, And Salvation Lurks around the Corner,’ was a critically acclaimed Belgian film that was screened on October 14, followed by a lesser known Dutch film called ‘The Hell of 63’, which depicted an infamous ice-skating race held in the north of the Netherlands.

The festival concluded on October 18 with a screening of ‘Life is Beautiful’, an Italian movie by Robert Benigni. It was also announced that the Department of European Studies would continue to screen a European film every Friday from 6-8 pm, at its campus.

 

Sub-edited by Sharanya Khosla