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If you are searching for more European film titles after the 2011 Alliance Française French Film Festival this Autumn, you won't have to wait too long; as the sixth annual Windows on Europe Film Festival, presented by the Delegation of the European Union in Australia, with films provided by EU member states, is on it's way.

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This touring festival, will take place in Dendy Cinemas (Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney), Rialto Cinemas (Auckland, New Zealand), the Mercury, (Adelaide), and Cinema Nova (Melbourne).

Fourteen award-winning feature films will be screened during the festival. From Belgium is the acclaimed 2007 drama BenX, directed by Nic Balthazar and starring Greg Timmermans, Marijke Pinoy and Laura Verlinden.

Sean Axmaker of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote a positive review of the film; "The film takes the situations and cues familiar from years of movies about teen suicide, high school violence and video-game fantasy lives, then defies our expectations with each step. Not flamboyantly, not even necessarily defiantly, but with a measure of compassion and empowerment."

From Cyrus is the 2003 comedy Kalabush, directed by Adoni Floridis and Theodoros Nikolaidis and starring Austin Aggrey, Popi Avraam and Phillip Avramov. This popular title was described by Sarah Ward of the The Reel Bits as "a cult classic in its homeland, Kalabush is a comedy caper with both dramatic and farcical leanings."

Finnish cinema is represented with the 2007 family film Christmas Story, directed by Juha Wuolijoki and starring Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Otto Gustavsson and Jonas Rinne.

The 2010 drama Three Way Wedding (also known as In the Four Winds) from writer/director Jacques Doillon, has been selected as representative of modern French cinema. Starring Pascal Greggory, Julie Depardieu and Louis Garrel, Jorge Mourinha of The Flickering Wall described the film as; "... worth a look just for the performances and the masterful handling."

Representing German cinema is the 2008 drama/romance Cherry Blossoms, directed by Doris Dörrie and starring Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner and Aya Irizuki.

Brian Orndorf of gave the feature a winning review; "With exquisite performances, engaging camerawork, and a compassionate story that cuts directly to bone, Cherry Blossoms is a riveting, perceptive feature film, and one that's ready to display emotions at their most feral and startling. It's an incredible motion picture."

Another drama/romance from Greece is also screening; the 2008 feature Slaves in Their Bonds, which is directed by Adonis Lykouresis and stars Giannis Fertis, Dimitra Matsouka and Akis Sakellariou.

Hungarian cinema is represented with the 2008 comedy/drama Adventurers, directed by Béla Paczolay and starring Péter Haumann, Péter Rudolf and Milán Schruff.

The 2007 coming of age drama 32A, represents modern Irish cinema. Directed by Marian Quinn and starring Ailish McCarthy, Sophie Jo Wasson and Orla Long, this feature was praised by John Maguire of Confessions of a Film Critic; "From the magenta masthead on the Evening Press to the precise shade of industrial green paint on the walls, Quinn recreates late 1970's Dublin with tremendous facility. Costume, production design and soundtrack are all note-perfect and the film is superbly photographed by PJ Dillon."

From the Netherlands is the 2009 drama The Storm, directed by Ben Sombogaart and starring Sylvia Hoeks, Barry Atsma and Dirk Roofthooft.

Polish cinema is represented with Born of the Sea, a 2009 historical drama directed by Andrzej Kotkowski and starring Jakub Strzelecki, Julia Pietrucha, Olgierd Lukaszewicz and Marian Dziedziel.

From Portugal is That Dear Month of August, directed by Miguel Gomes and starring Sónia Bandeira, Fábio Oliveira and Joaquim Carvalho. Chale Nafus of the Austin Film Society proclaimed the musical feature as "... a delightful, playful film that is continually full of surprises."

From Slovenia is Transition (also known as Prehod), a horror/thriller directed by Boris Palcic and starring Jure Ivanusic, Iva Krajnc and Anita Kravos.

Spanish cinema is represented with the 2007 drama/comedy Under the Stars, directed by Félix Viscarret and starring Alberto San Juan, Emma Suárez and Julián Villagrán.

Finally from Sweden is Involuntary, a 2008 drama from director Ruben Östlund, starring Villmar Björkman, Linnea Cart-Lamy and Leif Edlund. David Parkinson of Empire Magazine UK, regarded the film as "unsettlingly insistent, smartly played and bleakly hilarious."

View the full program at the Delegation of the European Union to Australia website. Please note Involuntary will not screen in Adelaide due to scheduling conflicts.

The dates for the Windows on Europe Film Festival are;
Canberra 12 to 18 February 2011
Brisbane 19 to 25 February 2011
Sydney 26 February to 4 March 2011
Adelaide 31 March to 7 April 2011
Auckland 17 to 23 March 2011
Melbourne 14 to 17 April 2011
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Why? A great chance to view award winning European Cinema
When: Canberra 12 to 18 February 2011, Brisbane 19 to 25 February 2011, Sydney 26 February to 4 March 2011, Adelaide 31 March to 7 April 2011, Auckland 17 to 23 March 2011, Melbourne 14 to 17 April 2011
Where: This touring festival, will take place in Dendy Cinemas (Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney), Rialto Cinemas (Auckland, New Zealand), the Mercury, (Adelaide), and Cinema Nova (Melbourne).
Cost: Check with the participating cinema in your city
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