November 2, 2006

FESTIVALS: Film festival to celebrate Europe's Roma, with eminent film maker Tony Gatlif

Subject: Film festival to celebrate Europe's Roma, with eminent film maker Tony Gatlif

Film festival to celebrate Europe's Roma, with eminent film maker Tony Gatlif

Strasbourg, 26.10.2006 - The Council of Europe is hosting a film festival "The fortnight of Roma cinema" 1-14 November to celebrate the art, culture and contribution to European society of the Roma.

Internationally celebrated film maker Tony Gatlif (Gadjo Dilo, Transylvania, Exiles among others), will participate in a public forum on 7 November about the Roma, some 10 million European citizens found in almost all Council of Europe member states - and often the target of racist attack and public disdain.

The two-week festival will feature seven critically acclaimed films* at Strasbourg's premier international cinema, L'Odyssée. Council of Europe representatives and experts will be on hand for discussions after certain times.

Two award ceremonies will be held for the best script and for the best video short and winners will be honoured on 7 November during the special evening.

The ambassador of Finland, whose country has donated much to help make the festival possible, and the President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum - an international NGO created at the initiative of the President of Finland - will participate.

A live Roma music performance by the band Di Mauro Swing is also scheduled the same evening. 

For more information, please contact
Aurora Ailincai (Education Directorate)

or Ivana D'Alessandro (Roma and Travellers Division)  

Films to be shown
(see also )

Devils, Devils (Poland-1991-86 minutes)
        by Dorota Kedzierzawska with Justyna Ciemny and Pawel Chwedoruk.

Swing (France/Romania-2001-90 minutes)
        by Tony Gatlif with Oscar Copp, Lou Rech and Tchavolo Schmitt.

Latcho Drom (France-1992-103 minutes)
        by Tony Gatlif with Tchavolo Schmitt.

The time of the Gypsies (Yugoslavia-1988-135 minutes)
        by Emir Kusturica with Davor Dujmovic, Ljubica Adzovic and Husnija Hasimovic.

The Gypsy Camp Rolls Into the Sky (USSR-1976-96 minutes)
        by Emil Lotianu with Svetlana Toma and Grigore Grigoriu.

Into the West (Great Britain-1992-100 minutes)
        by Mike Newell with Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin and David Kelly.

Who Sings Over There ? (Yugoslavia-1980-90 minutes)
        by Slobodan Sijan with Paole Vuisic, Dragan Nikolic, Danilo Stojkovic and Aleksander Bercerk.

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