The Italian Cultural Institute director Adriana Frisenna and the Consul General of Greece in Toronto Alexandros Ioannidis participated in the 10th European Union Film Festival opening ceremony, on Saturday, November 15. The festival is scheduled to take place in Toronto, Canada from November 15 to 30, 2014.
Greece and Italy will be this year’s honored countries at the festival, as representatives of their respective successive six-month EU Council Presidencies for the current year, 2014.
In his opening speech, Alexandros Ioannidis stressed the festival’s special and symbolic significance, since it represents the multidimensional culture of the European Union’s 28 member states which not only unites economic interests, but mainly the universal values of respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
Greece will participate in the festival with the movie “A Place Called Home” (original title “To Dentro kai i Kounia”), by Maria Douza, starring Mirto Alikaki, Mirjana Karanovic and John Bicknell which will be screened on November 29, at 6 p.m., at The Royal Theatre, in Toronto.
Maria Douza graduated as Film Director from the National Film and Television School of England, in greater London, in 1994. In 2003, she started writing her first feature screenplay “A Place Called Home,” which played at many festivals, winning the Astron Best Feature Film Award at the San Francisco Greek Film Festival, and another seven awards at the Cyprus International Film Festival, including the Golden Aphrodite Best Feature Film Award and Best Screenplay Award.