On the eve the official opening of the European Union Film Festival took place at the International Culture Center of Tomsk Polytechnic University. TPU hosted a delegation of 18 embassies of EU countries, representatives of the regional and city authorities. The EU Film Festival is held in Tomsk for the second time. This year it will last until October 19. Tomsk viewers will see the best films of various genres from 15 European countries: Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, France, the Czech Republic, and Estonia.
The opening of the festival was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Markus Ederer, as well as representatives of the embassies of 18 EU countries, in particular Mr Johannes Aigner (Austria), Mr Jean Arthur Regibeau (Belgium), Mrs Lindsay Skoll (Great Britain), Ms Maja Kolmos (Germany), Mr Tomáš Pospíšil, Ms Luca Eszter Kadar, Ms Alexandra Nabokina (Denmark), Mr Adrian McDaid (Ireland), Mr Mikel Iriso Ivchenko, Ms Francesca Santoro (Italy), Mr Leonidas S. Markides (Cyprus), Mr Maris Riekstinš, Mr Edgars Kaktinš (Latvia), Mr Remigijus Motuzas (Litva), Mrs Regina Veronica Maria Jones-Bos, Ms Pauline Döll (Netherlands), Mr Miroslaw Cieslik (Poland), Mr Paulo João Lopes do Rêgo Vizeu Pinheiro (Portugal), Mr Branko Rakovec (Slovenia), Mrs Sylvie Bermann, Mr Alexander Mirrlees (France), Mrs Maja Foretic Pecnik (Croatia), Mr Peter Ericson, and Mr John Runeson (Sweden).
Tomsk Oblast Governor Sergey Zhvachkin, Mayor of Tomsk Ivan Klein, TPU Rector Petr Chubik and other honored guests also attended the celebration.
Sergey Zhvachkin noted:
‘For the first time in the history of our country and the history of the European Union so many heads of diplomatic missions together come to a particular region in Russia. I am eternally grateful to all the ambassadors for having found the opportunity to come to us to Siberia, to Tomsk.
In our student city there are a lot of intellectuals, last year Tomsk residents enthusiastically hosted the first EU film festival, therefore, today we are happy to open the second one.’
EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer also welcomed the festival.
‘Between Russia and the European Union there are unbreakable culture ties. Today we have come here to celebrate the beauty of cinema. If you ask foreign participants of the festival about their favorite films, the Russian ones will be highly appreciated. The heritage of Eisenstein and Todorovsky are well-known in the world.
Many thanks to Tomsk Oblast Governor Sergey Zhvachkin for Siberian hospitality and TPU rector Petr Chubik for hosting the festival opening,’
said Mr Ederer.
French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann also addressed guests of the festival:
‘I am glad that the EU film festival is held for the second time in Tomsk. I hope this tradition will last for many years. This year, Tomsk citizens will be able to get acquainted with the most amazing novelties of European cinema, including nominees for the Oscars, as well as attend master classes from directors and actors from Europe.’
After the speeches of speakers, the first film screening took place during the festival at the TPU ICC hall. Tomsk viewers for the first time saw the French comedy Rosalie Blum, nominated in 2017 for the French film award Cesar as the most successful directorial debut.
The festival is organized by the mission of the European Union to Russia, embassies, consulates, cultural institutions of the European Union and the administration of Tomsk Oblast. During the two-week film marathon, films in the genre of thriller, comedy, melodrama, documentary film and musical will be screened every day in the cinema Fakel.