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European Film Festival kicks off in Jordan with 18 films from EU, and Jordan

Jordan Daily – Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali, the 35th edition of the European Film Festival, funded by the European Union in Jordan and co-organized in collaboration with EUNIC, will take place from September 30 to October 13 at the Haya Cultural Center Theater.

Commencing on September 29 at the Royal Film Commission, this cinematic event brings together EU Member States’ Embassies and the network of European Cultural Institutes in Jordan (EUNIC), as per a statement sent to Jordan Daily.

The Festival’s program features a diverse array of 18 European and Jordanian films, including titles such as Belgium’s “Close,” Switzerland’s “Last Dance,” Italy’s “Figli,” France’s “Aline,” Spain’s “Schoolgirls – Las Niñas,” Romania’s “Mikado,” Germany’s “Mein Sohn,” Czech Republic’s “Buko,” Hungary’s “Stop My Step Mom,” as well as two noteworthy Jordanian productions: “Chronicles of Her” and “A Gaza Weekend.”

The Festival extends an open invitation to the public with all screenings offered at no cost. To promote accessibility, all films will be subtitled in both Arabic and English.

This year’s edition stands out as Switzerland and Jordan share the spotlight as guest countries at the Festival. The festival will conclude with the screening of the British-Palestinian film “A Gaza Weekend” on the closing night.

EU Ambassador to Jordan, Pierre-Christophe Chatzisavas, remarked on the European Film Festival, stating, “For 35 years, together with our Jordanian partners, we have aimed to provide a platform for Jordanians and Europeans to engage with Jordanian and European cinema. We have undertaken this initiative recognizing the power of cinema and culture to foster social inclusion, mutual understanding, and combat prejudice and extremism. It serves as a vital tool for dialogue within a society and with other societies.”

In line with tradition, the Festival is complemented by a “Mobile Film Competition,” a joint effort with SAE Institute Jordan, a prominent institution in media arts. Comprehensive information about the competition, including themes and participation terms and conditions, is available on the Festival’s official website:

The European Film Festival (EUFF) is the longest-running foreign film festival in Jordan. This year’s celebration is made possible through partnerships with the Royal Film Commission, the Greater Amman Municipality, SAE Institute, LOYAC, and Orange Jordan.


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