The 9th edition of the European Film Festival has kicked off in Baku with the screening of iconic Hungarian movie “Kincsem”-“My Treasure”. The movie tells the tale of a prize-winning Hungarian horse, who became arguably the most successful thoroughbred racehorse ever. Dutch documentary “Wild Amsterdam” was also displayed on the opening day of the festival. It is a wildlife feature film with a difference-it explores one of Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic cities through the eyes its wilder inhabitants. The film reminds that a city is not just for people. Amsterdam with its reputation for nurturing its green spaces makes a perfect stage for exploring the deep and often humorous bond between people and animals.
“We are very happy to be here and present our film “Wild Amsterdam”. This is the third film that we made about nature in Holland. Seeing the interest of the local population to our films is very interesting,” Dutch filmmaker Mark Verkerk said.
“Our film is presented on the opening day of the 9th European Film Festival. Of course, organizing such events, which allow local viewers to watch films, is a very good initiative. I think this is a wonderful experience. 15 films will be displayed within 10 days. It is a good opportunity both for viewers to expand their horizons and for us to visit the city and communicate with other people,” Producer Ignas Van Schaick said.
The European Film Festivals are organized on an annual basis with the aim to build and develop the cultural links existing between the EU countries and Azerbaijan, and to contribute to better understanding of the European values through the European movie industry.