This Friday was the start of 18th European Film Festival organised in Tamil Nadu by ICAF in collaboration with European cultural organisations. The ten-day festival is screened for first five days in Alliance Française of Madras (College Road) and then at Max Mueller Bhavan (Rutland Gate).
The building of Alliance Française of Madras is one of those old English style bungalows surrounded by a big lawn, all feeling a big relief from the busy traffic of College Road traffic just outside the compound.
Yesterday the Festival began with the first movie, a UK film – Fast Girls. The film was about how an orphaned young female runner from a black neighbourhood in London, competes with the rich white girl. How they are forced to work together as a team to win Gold in the 4 x 100M Relay race in the London 2011 World Championship (a synonym for London 2012 Olympics). The story is familiar and the characters were more of a cliché, even then the film was enjoyable. The focus on the odds against today’s poor kids who aspire to do big in athletes was well portrayed. I liked the scenes where the old shopkeeper is helping the young runner as her coach and they both run in the abundant race track.