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Toronto Festival welcomes European films > Eh! U Meet the Europeans May 24, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas, Movies Life.

The Embassies, Consulates and Cultural Institutes of the member states of the European Union are proud to present Toronto’s 3rd Annual European Union Film Festival, “Eh! U Meet the Europeans” featuring acclaimed new and recent films from across greater Europe.

This year’s festival will be exciting, with entries from 23 of the European Union’s 27 members. With a line-up that includes an abundance of national hits, international successes and prize winners, as well as important first features by new talents, we are thrilled to illustrate the richness and creativity of European cultural life and to show a full slate of exciting premieres from across the Atlantic.

Greek filmmaker Lucia Rikaki will be traveling to Toronto, Canada, this weekend to present her latest feature, «Hold Me» at «Eh! U Meet the Europeans,» or the 3rd Annual European Union Film Festival of Toronto.

Starring Katerina Lipiridou as the 33-year-old Julia, Rikaki’s drama draws its inspiration from Internet blogs and is about a successful radio presenter who creates a blog, inviting people to share their stories of loss and, through the forum, tries to reach out to strangers, knowing that there is someone special to be found.

For the purposes of the film, Rikaki did indeed create such a blog and has selected stories posted by the users as the raw material of her screenplay. The plot takes a supernatural turn as Julia discovers that she has a knack for penetrating people’s thoughts and predicting their futures.

In «Honey and Wine,» Cypriot filmmaker Marinos Kartikkis also looks at the life of a woman haunted by her past. Starring Androula Irakleous and Elena Dimitriou, «Honey and Wine» tells the story of two women who forge a life-changing relationship after being brought together by a mundane event.

Both these Greek-language films will be screened among another 21 at the Toronto event. The festival will also include a panel discussion on Sunday on «The State of European Cinema,» to be held at the Toronto Goethe Institute. The panel is composed of Nicole van Kilsdonk from the Netherlands and director of the entry «Johan», Rikaki and France’s Frederic Schoendoerffer, director of «Crime Insiders». The discussion will coordinated by Angelica Fenner, film professor at the University of Toronto.

Come and enjoy 18 days of European Culture!
• All films in the original language, with English subtitles
• 18 yrs +
• Reservations taken 2 weeks in advance, tickets also available at the door
• Pay what you can, support the next EU Film Festival!

Screenings at >
The Royal, 608 College Street @ Clinton
& Goethe-Institut Toronto, Kinowelt Hall
163 King St. W. @ St. Andrew subway, 416 5935257

Related Links > http://www.eutorontofilmfest.ca/eu/2007/festival

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