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European film festival to be held in Myanmar
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-11-05 11:53

A European film festival will be held in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon next weekend to boost cultural exchange between Myanmar and European countries, a local news journal reported Tuesday.

The eight-day film festival, which lasts from November 15 to 22, will take place at the Naypyitaw Cinema, the Myanmar Newsweek said.

With English subtitles, a number of famous films from Germany, France, Italy and Britain will be screened which include "The Counterfeiters" and "Grave Decisions" from Germany, "The Son's Room" and "The Land" from Italy, "Life in Pink" and "Could This be love" from France and "Stardust and "Miss Potter" from Britain.

The European film festival is to be preceded by a South Korean one scheduled earlier for November 7 to 10 at the Thamada Cinema, in which five Korean movies - "Le Grand Chief", "Hello", "Goodbye", " Little Brother" and "My Love" will be on the screen.

Foreign film festivals have been introduced in Myanmar since the past three years which also included those representing East Asian nations -- China, Japan and South Korea under respective bilateral cultural exchange programs.

In June and December last year, a European film festival, which marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Union (EU) and a first ever film festival of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which marked its 40th anniversary respectively, had taken place in Yangon.

The foreign film festivals have provided opportunities for Myanmar audiences to get more access to foreign movies from different continents, organizers said, adding that through sponsoring such foreign film festivals domestically as part of the cultural exchange with foreign countries, the mutual understanding between Myanmar people and peoples of the world would get enhanced.

Meanwhile, Myanmar has called for efforts to promote the standard of the country's video features and movie production for penetrating foreign markets.

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