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Activities - 14/09/2011
Europa Cinemas at 68th Venice Film Festival
The 27 Times Cinema project returns to Venice this year after its successful debut last year. 2011 is also the eighth year that Europa Cinemas will be in Venice to award its Label to the best European film shown at Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days.
SECOND EDITION OF 27 TIMES CINEMA FEATURING 27 YOUNG CINEMAGOERS FROM ACROSS THE NETWORK
The 27 Times Cinema project returns to Venice this year after its successful debut last year. Set up in partnership with the European Parliament and Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days, 27 young film-lovers, representing each of the 27 EU member states and selected through the Europa Cinemas Network, will be in Venice for the duration of the Mostra.
The 27 will attend screenings and participate in debates about the films and their themes with directors, film professionals and Members of the European Parliament - including Doris Pack, the President of the European Parliament's Cultural Commission – and then publish their thoughts online, writing articles on the Cineuropa website and also contributing to the Europa Cinemas facebook page. Their portraits will soon appear on www.europa-cinemas.org. The theme of their discussions this year will be ‘film criticism and the media'.
For Claude-Eric Poiroux, Director General of Europa Cinemas, “Last year was a very encouraging start for this unique project. 27 Times Cinema is an important element in our drive to attract younger audiences across Europe into cinemas and to encourage them to talk about European cinema. I am sure it will be a once in a lifetime experience for them. It is a rare opportunity to be at the heart of such an event and be able to report and comment on it on the spot.”
27 Times Cinema is part of a larger project, the LUX Prize, the official cinema award of the European Parliament. The three short listed films, selected by a jury of industry professionals, will all be screened during the Venice Festival, with the filmmakers in attendance. The films are: Athina Rachel Tsangari's ATTENBERG (Greece); Robert Guediguian's LES NEIGES DU KILIMANDJARO (France) and Ruben Ostlund's PLAY (Sweden, France, Denmark). The 2011 Lux Prize winner will be voted on by the 736 members of the European Parliament in November, and announced in Strasbourg on 16th November.
AT – Clara TRISCHLER - Cinema Paradiso - St Pölten
BE – Renaud GRIGOLETTO - Les Grignoux - Liège
BG – Stella IVANOVA - Cineplex - Sofia
CY – Christina ANANIOU – Pantheon Art Cinema - Nicosia
CZ – Kristyna VAVROVA - Kino Central - Hradec Kralove
DE – Roswitha BOEHM - Schlosstheater - Muenster
DK - Christoffer OSTERGAARD - Grand Teatret - Copenhagen
EE – Mailis MEIER - Kino Artis - Tallinn
ES – Adrian IRALA – Renoir - Madrid
FI – Anna SUONSYRJA – Niagara - Tampere
FR – Terah NOLL – Utopia - Toulouse
GB – Hamish GIBSON – GFT - Glasgow
GR – Evangelos KOKKOTZIS – Olympion - Thessaloniki
HU – Martin KOCZAN – Urania - Miskolc
IE – Gillian MIDDLETON – Irish Film Institute - Dublin
IT – Lorenzo CONTI – Farnese - Roma
LT – Aiste RACAITYTE – Pasaka - Vilnius
LU – Celine DERVEAUX - Utopia/Utopolis - Luxembourg
LV – Inese STRUPULE - Cinema Riga - Riga
MT – Adrian ABELA - St James Cavalier - Valletta
NL – Ansjelly VAN VEEN – ForumImages - Groningen
PL – Joanna KONIECZNA - Kino Rialto - Poznan
PT - Antonio MENDES - Cinema City - Lisbon
RO – Andreea DOBRE – NCRR - Bucharest
SE - Clara IVEMYR STROMBERG – Elektra - Vasteras
SI – Tina POGLAJEN – Kinodvor - Ljubljana
SK – Martin KUDLAC – Cinemax - Trnava
EIGHTH YEAR FOR EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AT VENICE
2011 marks the eighth year that Europa Cinemas will be in Venice to award its Label to the best European film shown at Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days (www.venice-days.com ).
The Europa Cinemas jury comprises four Network exhibitors, including a colleague from Hong Kong – reflecting the increasingly international reach of the Network:
Mark Cosgrove - Watershed - Bristol (United Kingdom)
Alberto Fassina - Multisala Astra - Padova (Italy)
Marynia Gierat - Kino Pod Baranami - Krakow (Poland)
Gary Mak - Broadway Cinematheque - Hong Kong
Winning films receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who give it additional promotion across the Network and commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen.
Portraits from left: Marynia, Gary, Alberto, Mark