A Glimpse Outside Your Box


 For the first time, the EFA project A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY travelled outside of Europe bringing seven young filmmakers from Europe – Julie Bille (Denmark), Richard Böhringer (Germany), Carolina Hellgård (Sweden), Ray Marhuenda Pic (Spain), Kordian Piwowarski (Poland), Alice Rohrwacher (Italy), and Gust Van den Berghe (Belgium) – all the way to India. Here they met with seven young filmmakers from India: Amit Abhyankar, Kanchan Ghosh, Tushar Prakesh, Tathagata Singha, Siddharth Sinha, Shalini Usha Nair and Ujjwal Utkarsh. Realised in co-operation with the Goethe Institute (which in India is the Max Mueller Bhavan), the project brought the group to Morna, an idyllic place out in the countryside of Uttar Pradesh, where they watched and discussed each other’s films, cooked and ate Indian, European, and increasingly Indo-European food together, and explored the environment. 

 Joining the group were EFA Member Jakub Duszyński (distributor, Poland), Indian director / environmentalist Pradip Krishen who brought along his 1989 film IN WHICH ANNIE GIVES IT THOSE ONES, and Czech film critic Dominika Prejdová, creating an atmosphere of exchange between different generations of filmmakers from various cultural backgrounds. 

 In addition to the daily screenings, the programme included a safari of the wildlife sanctuary, a trip to the Ganga river, and a visit to Shukratal (with a visit to the Hanuman temple).  

A final two days in Delhi gave the participants enough time to discover the Indian capital and included screenings at the Max Mueller Bhavan of the 2009 Discovery winner KATALIN VARGA and a selection of short films nominated for the European Film Awards 2011.


A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY EXTENDED was realised in the framework of the celebratory year “India + Germany 2011 – 2012: Infinite Opportunities” and supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the label “Germany – Land of Ideas”.