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Up and running: Europe on Screen gets virtual revamp

  • Josa Lukman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 21 2020   /  01:00 am
20201119_Love and flair: 'Swoon', the opening film of Europe on Screen 2020, tells the story of Ninni and John, heirs to rival amusement parks who fall in forbidden love.(Courtesy of Nordisk Film/epost-robot)

After having been postponed because of the pandemic, the 20th annual Europe on Screen (EoS) film festival is up and running – albeit virtually. Originally set to run from April 9 to April 19 in nine cities in Indonesia, the in-person festival had to be canceled as the pandemic shuttered venues and forced the suspension of many events. About half a year later, the film festival is opening its doors online from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30 through online film festival platform Festival Scope. Vincent Piket, European Union Ambassador to Indonesia, said in a virtual press conference that out of the festival’s 30-year history, this year would be special because every screening would be digital, rather than the usual cinema or open-air screenings. “I don’t need to explain the reason why, but we simply have to adapt to the circumstances. Of course, this is a disad...