28 Times Cinema

 

28 Times Cinema 2014

 

Sascha-Alexander Todtner – Das Kino – Salzburg (Austria)

 

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I'm 24 years old and was raised in a small village near Innsbruck, Tyrol. I studied biology and German literature, before I found my way back to the roots and started working in arts management! I started as an assistant of an opera director, before directing an opera myself in Iceland in 2012. Knowing that I had to change something, I applied to the University of applied sciences in Salzburg in MultiMediaArt/Film and was accepted. I'm currently studying film, my passion!

My first memory of cinema (as a five-year-old boy) is waiting in line to see Disney's The Lion King. I remember seeing film trailers on TV during commercial breaks and being really excited.
In school we had an optional course on Film: twice a month we would go to a book store and watch a film. The teacher would make a short introduction on the work of the director and the film itself and afterwards we would have a discussion about it. This is was the beginning of my passion.

Why Cinema

As far as I’m concerned, cinema is the combination of all forms of art, including performing arts, visual arts, literature and music. It gives you the possibility to show others the pictures you have in your head. I don't believe in a hierarchy of arts, but cinema is somehow the most democratic art form as it is always a collective experience and this experience depends on the context in which you are watching the film.

Which cinema
I like films that create atmospheres, that are very subtle in different ways and that make you feel something. Drama is my favorite genre, because I don't really like happy endings. 

My 3 favourite films

Choosing 3 favourite films isn't possible so I decided to name three totally different films, that had a great impact on me as a human and as a filmmaker: Cries And Whispers, by Ingmar Bergman: representing all the Bergman films. La Jetée, by Chris Marker: representing all the experimental art films like the ones by Derek Jarman and Weekend by Andrew Haigh.

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Filmmaking

I started making films with a friend when we were 8 years old. We did some stop motion films with LEGO figures of dinosaurs, pirates and Star Wars. Through opera I started doing my own films again so I started studying film. Some of my films are available on Vimeo.

European Cinema

There are no common aesthetics, but there is a great diversity of points of view and traditions, many different trends and movements like Nouvelle Vague and Dogma 95 or Neuer Deutscher Film as well as the Cinéma d'auteur – all that and so much more is European Cinema to me. It means diversity, originality, freedom and the courage to be different. It also means trying and innovating. It is what I want to be part of!

Being European

For me, Europe is unity in diversity – a unity through culture, beyond all languages and political borders. I love Europe and I travel in Europe as often as I can. So being European is part of my identity.

My cinema

I have the privilege to represent the cinema Das Kino, a small cinema in the centre of Salzburg, right next to the river Salzach. But Das Kino is more than just a cinema, it is a place for artistic and cultural exchanges – there are talks before or after some films, readings of young writers, special screenings. It has a very diverse programme that I find excellent. I really like the Gewölbe hall: it is a small hall with its very own atmosphere and a unique flair, and it allows the screening to become a very intimate experience.

My habits as a film-goer

I try to go to the cinema as often as possible, mostly with friends. And I really like watching films twice with different persons as I perceive the film differently depending on the people I'm with.

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Stéfanie Dobbelaere – Studio Skoop – Ghent (Belgium)

 

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I am 25 years old. I studied literature and film at university. During and after my studies, I did several internships at wonderful companies: for a Flemish TV-show as a location manager, as production-assistant for movie project in Brussels, as communication-assistant for an event company, and last year for the Film Fest in Ghent. Nowadays I work for a publishing house in Ghent, my favourite city in Belgium.

 Cinema since…

All things considered, cinema is a fairly recent love of mine. Sadly, going to the theatre was something we hardly ever got to do at school. When we did watch a film, it was mostly a way to kill some spare time, which was fun at the time, but is also a shame because there is so much to be learned from film! It has always been an important presence as a child – there is no Disney song I don’t know the lyrics to – but ever since I decided to study Filmstudies and Visual Culture, it has become omnipresent.

Which cinema…

I enjoy all kinds of film, from the latest David Gordon Green to the early Antonioni’s, from the girly rom-com to the creepy zombie flick. There’s probably nothing like the feeling of watching a film that leaves me utterly flabbergasted and surprised. I love it when a film keeps lingering for days after I've watched it.

I don't feel as if I have a particular preference to a kind of cinema. Avant-garde films can be harder to watch and aren't fit for any random moment, yet you can gain a lot from them on a personal level. Blockbusters or Hollywood films are easier to digest, but can be fleeting and unmemorable. Whatever the genre, I always need to feel that film has to have a link to our reality in one way or another. That's why I'm not keen on films like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but love films by, for example, Terrence Malick, Jim Jarmusch and Michael Haneke, because they are magical in their subtlety and humanity.

 

My 3 favourite films

Very difficult decision - these are three films I have watched several times and where I discover new elements and feelings every time:

The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Return, Andrei Zvyagintsev

Boyhood, Richard Linklater

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Writing about films online…

I used to write for a few different blogs, but since I started working full-time, I've been having some trouble finding the time for it. I still write for BILL, a cultural site for young people, as often as I can. But mostly I share my love for film with my friends and (modest number of) followers on Twitter and Facebook or I mildly force them to go and see a new movie in the cinema…

Making my own films…

Apart from making a couple of short clips for a documentary class, I have no real experience in filmmaking. It isn't something I really aspire to do, although it is a dream of mine to write a script for a sitcom - along the lines of Ricky Gervais' Extras and Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm - sarcasm and awkward social situations are my thing.

European cinema

Out of all of the films I have seen in my life, most of them have been American - mainly because there are so many of them. Fortunately, I feel the boundaries between European and American film are fading. European cinema does have, most of the time, a greater sense of closeness. European film, I feel, is cinema that tries to challenge its viewers more and goes along with a different way of seeing film and narrative.

Feeling European

I got on an airplane for the first time this spring. It was scary but mostly thrilling! So I feel as I have yet to discover the best of what Europe, and the world, has to offer. Travelling to Venice by myself and getting to go to the Venice Film Festival is going to make this year so much more special.

My cinema

I represent the Studio Skoop cinema in lovely Ghent, which offers a selection that is both attractive to cinephiles as to fans of a more mainstream cinema. Whatever the movie, whatever my opinion – I love discussing it thoroughly with my friends in the lovely café afterwards.

 

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Stefan Prohorov – Don na Kinoto – Sofia (Bulgaria)

 

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My name is Stefan Prohorov and I am a student in stage direction at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bulgaria. I am known for some poems and a few plays.

 Cinema since…

I started going to the cinema when I was a child, but I usually watch films on DVD – the things I like are hard to find in a regular multiplex. But it was my parents who inspired my love for European cinema – I remember seeing my first Bergman with my grandmother.

 Why cinema…

Images are the rulers of our time, so it is not a matter of choice. I do not prefer cinema to something else, I love books, I adore theatre, and architecture is often my travelling motivation. You can't choose between Calatrava, Tolstoy and Haneke. It's an “all you can eat” situation.

 Which cinema…

I like cinema that is not made to please, like Wings of desire, for example.

 My favourite films…

I do not have such films. But I'd say Battleship Potemkin, Lawrence of Arabia and Los amantes del circulo polar.

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Filmmaking…

I've made a parody of independent Danish cinema and a few experiments. They're on Facebook, but it's for fun.

European cinema…

European cinema is a fake term, there's no such thing for me. There are movies made in Europe and different national film schools and styles. To me European cinema means artistic struggle, no money and snobbism. Europe promotes its authors – that's the good thing about it. But I am not sure if it is better to be recognized as an author or to have your film seen by as many people as possible.

Being European…

I am not sure what Europe means. I travel a lot and feel free to do it, I spend time in different countries from time to time – Greece, USA. I am definitely a child of globalization, born and raised in Europe.

My cinema…

I represent the cinema Dom na kinoto. I like it because it’s in a very special place in Sofia – between a mosque, a church and a synagogue, in a poor neighborhood with awesome architecture, right next to a mineral spring. And it’s a place where I've seen a lot of movies.

My habits as a film-goer…

It's hard to say. I like sharing emotional experiences, but I need privacy too. It always depends on the film. The location is less relevant. Sometimes I go to the cinema to see action movies and eat popcorn.

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Christiana Palaonta – Cinestudio – Nicosia (Cyprus)

 

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I have just finished my studies in communications in University of Nicosia and I’m working as an intern in Digital Marketing for a telecommunication company. I started to make my own films when I was a teenager and have always wanted to be a director, but things changed while I was growing up.

Cinema since…

Since childhood, it had been an exciting event for me to watch cartoons or Walt Disney movies. My parents used to take me to the cinema occasionally, especially when there was a good film release. Most of my friends enjoy watching movies so we are going together once a week and have a good time.

Why cinema…

 I always feel excited watching a movie in the cinema. What I like in cinema is that you go in, forget everything and you focus on the story. You can actually feel that you have the leading act and you can save the world!

Which cinema…

Personally, I prefer comedies, but I also like Sci-Fi, adventure, and action.

Filmmaking

 I have been making films since I'm 15 years old. I sometimes upload them on Internet but not always.  Some of them are short films, documentaries, or random videos.  The most important thing that I did in my life so far is a documentary about house music, which I directed and edited with my colleague. The documentary was showed in a local TV station in Cyprus. I am constantly trying to improve my editing skills, for example by doing videos on christenings and birthday celebrations.

European cinema

 I have always been a fan of Hollywood films but through my experience in film festivals in Cyprus I discovered a love for European cinema. European cinema can show us the differences but also the similarities between the cultures of each country.

Feeling European

 I feel European as I grew up in Europe. All the trips that I did so far were in Europe but I want to travel more and explore it better.  I studied in Luton, United Kingdom for 2 years so there I had the chance to meet more people from Europe and find our common points but also the differences in our cultures.

 My habits as a movie goer

 I love to spend my time in cinema. It’s a way of living. I go to cinema every other week.  My friends are fans of cinema too so we go there and hangout out.   

 

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Magdalena Selingerová – Světozor – Prague (Czech Republic)

 

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My name is Magdalena Selingerová, I am 24 year old. I study Film and Theatre studies in Olomouc.

Cinema since…

I´ve always loved going to cinema, especially with my grand-father. My first memory for the cinema is when I went to see Disney´s The Little Mermaid in Bio Oko, a cinema in the neighbourhood. I don´t mind if I am going to the cinema alone or with my friends. I enjoy both of possibilities. The only thing I care about is the atmosphere in the cinema. I don’t really like those huge cinemas with a popcorn culture.  

I am regularly participating in several film festivals taking place in the Czech Republic. For example I am part of the organizing team of the Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště and of Academia Film Olomouc, which is one of the largest festivals focused on science documentary film in Europe.

My favourite films…

It´s hard to choose just three films from the whole history of film-making. But if I have to name some of my favourites, it could be Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson, Jacques Tati´s Playtime and The Apartment by Billy Wilder.

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European identity…

I´m a proud European citizen, living in the heart of Europe – the Czech Republic. My country, and especially Prague, is very cosmopolite and open to different kinds of art. There are a lot of film festivals focused on different European countries and their cinema productions (French Film Festival, La Película etc.). We are also connected with Europe (and the world) through the live screenings of famous Opera, Theatre and Ballet companies.

I love to live in a Europe with open borders, thanks to which I can travel and work abroad. I lived for a year in Geneve and 5 months in Brussels, I also had the possibility to participate on the festival Pariscience and meet a lot of interesting people.

My cinema…

I´m representing arthouse cinema Světozor in Prague. Světozor is one of the 5 art cinemas which are managed by the Czech distribution company Aerofilms. Světozor is one of the oldest cinemas in Prague and in the country. This cinema is the meeting point for the movie-fans in the downtown of Prague.   I like “my” cinema because it is the cinema where most of the important film-related events take place.

Rahel Schöppenthau – Yorck Kinos – Berlin (Germany)

 

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My name is Rahel, I am a 24-year-old world citizen (born in Germany) currently living in Berlin and starting my last Bachelor semester in Scandinavian Studies this autumn.

Cinema since…

 I think the very first film I watched in the cinema was Disney's The Jungle Book when I was still a little child, with my parents. So I have been going to the cinema since my early childhood, first with my family, and later on with friends or alone. With school we only went to watch a film occasionally, if it would go along with what we talked about in class at the time.

Why cinema…

What I like so much about cinema are the many artistic layers which come together in a film, the composition of the script, the acting, cinematography, music, costumes etc. and how they interact and influence each other. It’s these multiple facets that make films a unique art medium, and to watch a film in the cinema adds another level to the experience. In a cinema, I am isolated from anything that could distract me, there is just me in my seat, the darkness of the room around and the huge screen in front of me. It is like a journey into a different world with all my senses.

Which cinema…

I’m actually quite picky about the films I want to watch in cinema. I prefer films which have an interesting story, original characters, an unusual or creative approach to a certain topic or which tackle a rather difficult, marginalized topic. A good film absorbs me, places me right into the action on the screen and leaves me with an emotional impression that lasts well after the credits have rolled up, or with something to think about. It's important for me that the film has a message, although this message does not need to be some universal knowledge, it can be a deep insight into a character's mind just as well.

 My favourite films…

It is virtually impossible for me to name only three favourite films as I have many. But if I have to, these are The Lord of the Rings, Only Lovers Left Alive and Mr. Nobody.

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Europe and cinema…

I think that European cinema is a term that encompasses a vast variety of very different styles, traditions and topics of cinema – this is what makes it extremely diverse and interesting. In my opinion, the European cinema enriches the international film scene and it does important work by supporting also small-scale productions through a range of funding possibilities.

Feeling European…

If I feel like anything, then it is European! So far, I have only been travelling in Europe and that has been quite often until today. I have lived abroad twice, both times in Finland, the first time doing voluntary social work for one year and the second time during my ERASMUS exchange in Helsinki for ten months.             

My cinema

 I am representing the Yorck Kinogruppe in Berlin, a group of 13 cinemas today including the summer open air cinema. What I like about these cinemas is that all of them have a distinct, own flair. Some of them are bigger, some smaller, most of them are somewhat older and all of them have a way more personal character as any of the big modern movie palaces.

My habits as a movie-goer

I really like going to screenings late in the evening, when the film starts at around 10 p.m. Usually, there are less people in the cinema at that time – especially during the week – and I love the feeling of coming out of cinema when it its dark outside and about midnight. The streets are emptier and it is much calmer, so I can really enjoy reflecting undisturbed on what I just saw.

It depends on the films in offer, but I go pretty regularly to cinema. As for company, it depends on the film and the friends, but during the last years I have watched films alone for most of the time. I do not really hang out in the cinema, but I like being there some 15-20 minutes before the film starts, so that I can take my time buying the ticket, settling down in my seat and ridding myself of whatever might be buzzing around in my head. Thus, I can focus best on the film to come.

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Hector Betzonich-Ohmann - Empire Bio - Copenhagen (Denmark)

 

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My name is Héctor and I’m 22. I love film, music and theatre and travels. I just took a year off after Gymnasium, and this September I will begin studying at the University. In December I am going to attend trials for the Danish National School of Performing Arts.

I play the piano and have been practicing Karate since I was 8.

Why Cinema…

When I was a little boy, my father took me to the cinema about twice a month. Sometimes more. It was an inseparable part of my childhood, growing up with big-budget films as well as very small productions, and titles from countries you might not know of at that age.

Since then I have watched hundreds of films, seen many plays, attended dozens of concerts, played hours of piano in my house in Copenhagen,  I have been in love, and I have lost. But a film can still break my heart or put a smile on my face.

Which cinema…

I find that most productions can have their own little good parts, whether it be blockbusters or underground short films.

My favorite films

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Being European

Very much so. As a European and a Scandinavian with roots in Spain and the Balkans I have been around most of Europe and I could not feel anything but very European indeed.

My cinema and my habits as a film-goer

I represent the Empire Bio in Copenhagen, which is a great cinema situated in an old building with a history dating back to 1900.

I go to the cinema as often as possible. I am almost never alone in the cinema as I have many good people to go with.

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Rebeka Rummel – Kino Artis – Tallinn (Estonia)

 

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 I am Rebeka Rummel, a 19-year old film-lover who has just graduated from high school and soon will be studying directing in the film school of Tallinn. Theatre and film are my passions. I have discovered acting quite recently but taking part in the drama group has really opened me to myself and shown me that there is a little actor or actress inside everyone. The art is to spot it, twist it and play with it! I also have completed my first short film, called Fearless, which talks about the Estonian youth revolutionary movement against Communism during the Soviet occupation in 1946.

Cinema since…

 I have discovered the cinematic spark inside me quite late, but since last year I have been following more films than ever and started watching some older classics, too. Of course I have been going to the cinema since I was a child, but only recently began to look at films from an angle of a film-maker. Since childhood there still is something very consistent in my tastes: I have always been really attracted to children movies, especially Norwegian, Swedish and Danish, that are based on famous and very much loved books by Astrid Lindgren – Six Bullerby Children and Pippi longstocking. Since then, I love the Nordic cinema.

Why cinema…

 I think the visual language that only cinema carries in itself is so powerful that it has an immediate effect on the human mind. When watching a film, you’re drawn into another dimension. With a book, you are drawn also into another reality, but since you read it mostly with some stops, the impression is already weaker.

Which cinema…

 I absolutely adore historical fiction films that reveal the past crimes committed by great leaders or the troubles of everyday life within some societies. A great example would be Schindler’s List (Spielberg) and King of the Devil Island (Holst). I also like very courageous films, so to say, taboo-breakers, such as Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. They are definitely shocking, but that makes the impression stronger! I would say watching old “classics” has also given me a lot. For instance, the lighting of Bergman’s film is incredible! I have started to follow this aspect in the movies just quite recently!

My favourite films…

 My favourite films are King of the Devil Island – Marius Holst, Schindler’s List – Steven Spielberg, Nymphomaniac – Lars von Trier, in this order.

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Do you write online about films or make films yourself?

 Instead of a blog, I have my own notebook where I scribble down comments about every film I have seen. I do it on paper and write with my pen. I like it this way. Some of the films contain strong comments about the actor, or quotes.

 I have made some short films. The first one was a fictional crime story (I did it when I was 12) based on my own screenplay. The most recent and I believe, most mention worthy is my short Fearless about Estonian people in the Soviet period, which you can see online too. Meanwhile, I have done a little piece that is based on Camus’ existentialist novel The Stranger.

European cinema…

 I think European cinema is totally different from Hollywood, Bollywood or Asian cinema. I think it is the common historic background that makes the European artistic approach to film so recognizable and outstanding. Even watching Fellini, I feel somewhat more accustomed to the theme than watching a Hollywood Western and the issues of a cowboy. To me European cinema represents our cultural richness and our social problems.

Feeling European…

 I do feel European. I have travelled much in Europe, especially in Spain where I have friends. Also, since I have been to very exotic countries, such as India, Russia (Estonia’s neighbouring country with an absolutely different Slavic culture) and Colombia (in 2012 I went there on an expedition, Colombia-Spain RUTA Quetzal BBVA), I can feel the huge differences between the cultures of various continents. I haven’t lived abroad, but this international Colombian expedition in the jungles and forests lasted for almost two months and that was enough to understand my roots are in Europe.

My cinema

I am representing Artis Cinema, one of the cinemas in Tallinn that is oriented towards bringing in author cinema and also some very old movies that are not shown in other film theatres. I like the concept of Artis very much : ART IS IN CINEMA.

My habits as a film-goer

I usually tend to be choosy when it comes to picking a film to see, and choose quality over quantity. I do not go to see many Hollywood movies, especially those ordinary action thrillers or romantic comedies. I think the concepts are often already worn-out and the scripts tend to repeat themselves. That is why I sometimes prefer my own cinema-night at home, watching a good old DVD.

I go to cinema once every two weeks, sometimes less often. Actually, quite often I have been to cinema on my own, but sharing a good film experience with a friend is always fun! Usually, I spend time with my friends before the screening, afterwards we just share our opinions on the film.

My favourite cinema hall is the oldest one in Tallinn, built in the Soviet times. It has remained somewhat glorious and old-fashioned and it has got its own buffet where you can buy drinks from. It is always so exciting to enter this film theatre. Just as in the old days, after entering a theatre building, buying your ticket and sitting down in your evening costume, you had this particular feeling of excitement and adventure. This is the thing with the film theatre, as well - you enter the hall and you know something special is going to happen.

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Carlota Ezquiaga Turrau – Sade – San Sebastian (Spain)

 

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 My name is Carlota, I’m 19 years old and I’m from San Sebastian, a small city on the north coast of Spain. I’m about to start my third year of Journalism, Film, Television and Media Studies at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. My Bachelor’s Degree sums up quite well my interests: cinema, literature, photography and writing.

Cinema since…

I can’t remember life before I started going to the cinema. As a child, watching a film was one of my favourite evening plans with my parents. When I grew up a little, it became an excuse to go out with my friends: it was our “meeting place”. Now I do it for the pleasure of the cinema itself.

Why cinema…

Nobody has enough with their everyday life; everybody needs something beyond. Some pray, some turn to philosophy – I find it in the arts. That’s why I love cinema, books and music. I would say that cinema makes it easier than other arts to turn our lives off for a couple of hours and enter in the world of what we are watching.

My favourite films…

I always have a hard time choosing my favourite films. If I have chosen these three, it’s probably more for personal reasons than because I think they are the greatest films ever - but cinema, in the end, is more about emotion than rationality. So here they go: The Front Page by Billy Wilder, Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson and Pulp Fiction by Tarantino.

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Making films…

I’ve made a few short films and videos, for school and for my family and friends. However, I haven’t taken the big step of posting them online or sharing them… yet. My immediate plans in life include making films.

European cinema….

I like European cinema; I think that, over the years, it has become increasingly innovative and brave. For obvious reasons, I’ve seen more Spanish cinema than others, and I really like it.

European identity…

I don’t have any strong nationalistic feelings but I do like being European. I’ve done some travelling through Europe – one of my favourite trips was the InterRail, a tour by train through many European cities I did with my friends two years ago. It was very enriching, as life and culture are very different throughout Europe.

My cinema…

I’m representing the SADE cinemas in San Sebastian. They consist of three venues: Antiguo Berri, Principe and Trueba. They are three very special places since they don’t just screen film

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s. They are a meeting place for people interested in cinema, they carry out different ambitions like playing classic films or operas and they support independent cinema. I also love that they show the movies in their original language –something not very common in Spain. It is a privilege for a small city like San Sebastian to have something like this.

My habits as a film-goer…

I love going to the cinema and I do it quite often. I go with my friends, with my parents (it’s one of these traditions we keep no matter how old I am) and I also have recently discovered the pleasure of going on my own. 

I love everything about the ritual of going to the cinema: finding out about the films and choosing which one to watch, sitting down in the cinema and feeling that thrill when the lights turn off, watching the trailers and, well, the film itself –but that’s another story…

Ida-Maria Olva – Niagara – Tampere (Finland)

 

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Cinema since…

I’m Ida-Maria and I’ve been around films since childhood, since I used to watch all the late night motion pictures with my father. However, down to this day, despite being a filmmaker and a film student, I’m no Wikipedia when it comes to films. I am a storyteller before anything else, and I see films as a powerful way to perceive the world and cope with its lack of sense.

My favorite films…

I don’t think I have yet seen my favourite film, and I’m not sure I will ever be able to name one, or three, but I remember how for example Léon, La Femme Nikita, Once Upon a Time in the West and The Double life of Véronique have had a strong influence on me. I love a wide range of films, but the ones that inspire me and get close to me until they can’t be shaken off are usually naturalistic films such as Frances Ha. I believe their story carries through even when the technical and financial support is next to nonexistent.

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My cinema…

I started media studies at an early age and been going to our Europa Cinemas theatre first with school, later by myself. Our cinema, Niagara, feels very community-like and it has a café in which it is nice to chill before and after a screening. It’s easy to go to, located in the heart of our old industrial city. 

European identity…

I have travelled in Europe, and after living in Berlin for two months, I feel quite European. It’s a feeling of belonging, being a part of many cultures at the same time, but also being independent.

My habits as a cinema-goer…

I go to the cinema alone, as well as with family and friends. When the film influences me a lot, coming out of the cinema is overwhelming. The feeling is indescribable, and one day I hope to have influenced someone the way I have been moved by films along the way.

 

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Clémence Michalon – Cinema Comoedia – Lyon (France)

 

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Cinema since…

I’m a 22 year-old student from Lyon, France. I will be graduating from the Lyon Institute of Political Studies at the end of the year. I have been a movie-goer since I was 13 and my step-brother made me watch Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction which has been one of my favorite movies ever since. I also had the privilege to watch it in the presence of Tarantino himself at the Lumière Festival in Lyon last year! Before Pulp Fiction, I used to go to the movies mostly to hang out with my friends and have a good time but I wasn’t really interested in the movie itself. After a summer spent in the US at the age of 15 in a host family whose daughter was a real movie fan, I came back with a lot of memories especially those of the many nights we spent at a local « Blockbuster » store choosing DVDs to watch.

Which cinema…

I’m pretty open-minded about films. I can go see any genre as long as I know and like the director, the cast or heard positive reviews. If one of my friends who share my tastes advises me to go see a certain film, I will! I’m also a Vodkaster member, which is a social network dedicated to cinema and TV shows. Everyone can post their reviews and discuss movies with other members; it’s an endless source of discovery! Most active members get to become ambassadors and earn the right to « sponsor » a movie: I chose Kill Bill vol.2 which has been my favorite movie along with Kill Bill vol.1 since I was 11. Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Guy Ritchie’s Snatch are also part of my Top movies.

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European cinema…

Even if studying cinema isn’t possible in my university, I’m the secretary of its cinema club. We gather every week around drinks to discuss the latest releases and to organize screening and events for students. We travelled to Paris in April to attend a retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française. I also took cinema courses during my semester at the Sapienza University of Rome two years ago. Living there gave me the opportunity to visit the Cinecittà studios on which I wrote my thesis and also to work as a jury coordinator at the Rome Film Festival. I’ve been trying to watch as many Italian movies as I can.

Europe has so much to offer in terms of diversity. Watching European movies is already travelling from a European country to another. From Scottish director Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin to Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Deux Jours, Une Nuit, including Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza or France’s La Vie d’Adele by Abdellatif Kechiche, most of the best movies of the last couple of years have been European. We can be proud of our cinema!

 My cinema…

At 28 Times Cinema, I will be representing the Comoedia cinema located in Lyon, just steps away from my university, which is the reason why I often go there. They have all the films you wouldn’t be able to see in the many multiplexes we have. Me and one of my friends are invited to attend the press screenings there because we do interviews of directors and actors who come to present their film in Lyon for two online magazines: Le Mauvais coton.com and Courte -Focale.fr. The Comoedia welcomed Wes Anderson, James Gray and many others last year! It also has a tea-room where I like staying before the screenings and eating one of its delicious chocolate muffins.

My habits as a film-goer…

I love going to cinema alone because I am freer to feel emotions, especially since I tend to cry easily when the film is sad! Sitting alone in a comfortable armchair in the dark with a good film is my favorite thing in the world. Nothing else seems to exist!

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Thomas Humphrey – Rio – London (Great Britain)

 

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Aged twenty-four, I obviously find myself perfectly placed to make concrete assertions about who I am and the little life I have lead. And as I precariously teeter on the wrong side of twenty-something, I’d say that I’ve finally become sincere in all my insincerities. As a bleary-eyed graduate, I naturally believe everything I was taught to believe, and belligerently uphold opinions I can’t fully remember. This all adds up to one definite certainty: I remain trenchantly uncertain about most things in life – unable to see the wood for the trees – and therefore happy as a pig in mud when discussing life’s ambivalences with others. I hope this love for open-minded dialogue will make me a good 28 Times juror, because my English degree certainly didn’t make me England’s finest film buff. Nevertheless, I really do love discussing films, and I hope to contribute some interesting cultural angles to this year’s panel.

Why cinema…

Since leaving university, all I have cared about is helping communities gain access to the art they enjoy. That also explains why I am drawn to film: I want to help promote the most democratic medium possible – you only have to go to your local cinema to see that film attracts people from almost every part of society, and this matters to me. This conviction has lead me to persistently flirt with the British Film Institute, and I love working with the BFI because they too share my desire (in intention at least) to reach the widest, most diverse audience possible. Meanwhile, my need for contemporary film has lead me to volunteer on a number of film festivals.

Which kind of cinema…

My affinity to both new and old is reflected in my tastes in film: I love to learn from timeless masterpieces, and witness the nuances of contemporary independent films. So when faced with the thorny question of what my favourite films would be, I would avoid giving a simple, finalised answer.  I’d perhaps start by telling you how much I enjoyed a South Korean adaptation of Hansel and Gretel as a teenager, then gush about Kaufman’s scriptwriting, and how much I love The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’s ability to be both mainstream and complex. I might then gibber away about how inspired I was by the anarchically effervescent Hard Days Night and its clattering style, which still seems so deftly contemporary; then I might rave about British neorealisms, like The Selfish Giant, which so brilliantly works both against and with Wilde’s original.

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My cinema…

I’d speak equally passionately about the Rio Cinema, which nominated me. The Rio is a small cinema which delivers a potent punch, and right in line with my own beliefs, it caters to both mainstream and art-house tastes. I love its intimacy and its commitment to all its surrounding community.

Feeling European…

As you might therefore guess, I’m proud of Britain’s film industry. But I don’t know if I would actively identify myself as British or European. I am painfully English, and also half Italian; and I am a product of both these cultures, so it is impossible for me not to say that I am European.  However, I wouldn’t try to attribute set traits to myself as a European or to European cinema as a whole, because that would seem reductive to me.  So I will simply say that I really love films, and in particular films which are so robust that life itself seems to change in their reflection. For that reason, I cannot wait for this experience! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apostolos Moumtzis – Olympion – Thessaloniki (Greece)

 

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My name is Apostolos and I'm a 3rd year student of food technology in Thessaloniki. I like listening to music, reading and (you guessed it!) watching movies.

Cinema since…

My 'initiation' to the world of cinema started at an early age through outings to the cinema with the school or with my friends and parents. Since then, a big love developed!

Why cinema…

For me, cinema is a form of art that has the ability to combine all the other arts and deliver a unique expression. I don't prefer it to other forms of art, but I believe that coming in contact with a great film requires some preparation.

My favourite movies

Experimental films are those which I prefer and especially if they have good soundtracks. Three films that I found great are Yasujirô Ozu's Tokyo story, Peter Strickland's Berberian sound studio and Yaël André's When I will be a dictator.

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European cinema

For me independent European cinema represents new ideas that struggle to survive and succeed in doing so despite the lack of funds. European directors are real heroes to me. I feel European and I travel when I can. I've been in Germany twice for about two weeks each time.             

My cinema and my habits as a filmgoer

I represent the cinema Olympion. It has a pleasant environment and it's very well conserved. I don't have any particular habits as a filmgoer - I just sit and enjoy the movie! Usually I don't spend time in the cinema before or after the movie, but it depends on the person I’m with. For a horror movie, a good company is essential!

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Edi Celic – Kino Urania – Osijek (Croatia)

 

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My name is Edi. I was born in the summer of ’89 in the sign of Leo. So, I could probably blame the stars that I have decided to pursue acting. After graduating from high school, I moved from Split to Osijek, which is a city at the other end of Croatia. There I studied acting and puppetry and I am currently working in theatres in Osijek and Zagreb as an actor and a puppeteer.

Cinema since…

The cinema has made an enormous impact on my life ever since I first saw The Lion King with my mother at a local theatre. I can recall my fascination with the film, even though I did not understand a word of English at the time, but I remember my mother’s silent translation of the dialogues and of course the tearing up during Mufasa’s death. It took me a few years to become aware that I mostly fell in love with the atmosphere and the influence a film can have on a person, regardless of their age. Since then I have been going to the cinema regularly, always looking for a world to elope to.

Why cinema…

For me the act of going to the cinema follows no rules, the only precondition to attend the screening is being ready for anything to happen. From that point on, secluded by the darkness of the cinema, one is left in a state of complete isolation, where the intensity of the picture, sound and performance sucks you into a world with which you either do or do not merge. My love for cinema lies in its ability to make you feel vulnerable and powerful at the same time.

Which cinema…

It is usually my mood that dictates my cinema and film preferences. I differentiate a good film from a bad one by its ability to achieve the purpose it has been created for. If the purpose is missed, then I cannot relate to the story, regardless of its genre. Even though I appreciate old masterpieces, I feel more enthusiastic about the work that is done by my contemporaries and about films with strong performances by young actors.  

My current favourite films are J’ai tué ma mère by Xavier Dolan, Holy Motors by Leos Carax and  L’écume des jours by Michel Gondry.

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Writing about films…

I usually share my enthusiasm or discontent about a film on my Facebook account or I discuss it with my friends. I used to participate in online film forums but would often find that the contributors are always ready to levy a biased opinion and they almost never show a will to argue. The anonymity that the Internet provides often creates unidirectional discussions.

European cinema….

Since I am a great admirer of theatre, finding correlations between film and the stage is for me the most precious element of European cinema. The approach to acting is completely different from what we are used to observing in American cinematography. The creation of the actors always results in the embodiment of these larger than life characters who usually have an interesting twist to their personality, especially in Spanish, English and French films.

Feeling European….

Usually when I come back home after traveling to Rome, Paris, Berlin, or even Belgrade, I feel misplaced. The level of culture in those cities is immeasurable in comparison to most Croatian cities. I have a constant thirst for all things new and it would be a realization of a long term dream to live abroad, somewhere where I would constantly be exposed to content that I cannot find at my end of the world.

My cinema and my habits as film-goer

I am the ambassador of Kino Urania, a cinema in Osijek, which has been screening films for over a hundred years. The beauty of its secession exterior is like an open invitation for anyone who seeks a place of refuge. Known for screening prominent European films, both old and new, and also having a mainstream film repertoire, it is a perfect playground for any passionate film-lover. 

I am an introverted viewer, but I always have company whilst watching a film. It is important for me to have someone who will not harass me during the screening and yet, once the film has reached the end, reassess my conclusions about it. I usually need to distance myself from the cinema after the film is over because in that time and space almost everything that was vague about the film, falls into place and becomes clear.   

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Enikő Laky - Tisza Mozi – Szolnok (Hungary)

 

 

I am an eighteen-year-old girl from the Hungarian town of Szolnok. In autumn 2014 I am starting my first semester at the Faculty of Veterinary Science. In my free time I usually read books and scientific magazines, watch movies, do sports and play the flute (which I have been practising for eight years now).

Cinema since…

The very first time I visited the cinema was around 12 years ago, when my family and our friends watched an animated feature film, Kirikou and the Sorceress. Since then I am a keen moviegoer. I prefer art cinemas. And why is cinema important for me? Because films open numerous different worlds and aspects to discover and sometimes make me think about philosophical questions.

Which kind of cinema…

Just like with books, I watch any kind of movies. Science fiction and action can equally can grab my attention, just like biopic, documentary, historical, cartoon or drama films. As a nature lover, documentaries are my all-time favourites. For me the cinematography of a film is not the only important aspect; film music also plays a crucial role. My favourite composers are Hans Zimmer, Armand Amar, Howard Shore, Ennio Morricone, James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, Harry-Gregson Williams, John Powell, John Williams and I could go on…

My favourite films…

This is a cruel question, since I have seen hundreds of different movies so far, so picking out three is quite a challenge… I can give examples of my favourites, can that be a compromise?

There is Forrest Gump, an evergreen masterpiece of all times. Then I must mention Man on Wire, the true story of Philippe Petit producing a breathtaking stunt in the air in 1974 more than 400 meters above ground between the twin towers of the ill-fated World Trade Center. As the third choice I will mention a documentary which made a deep impression on me when I was fourteen: BBC’s Earth (although I could have equally named Yann-Arthus-Bertrand’s Home)

I have favourites among national movies as well. Let me name Nimród Antal’s Kontroll, which is quite a masterpiece of Hungarian cinema.

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European cinema and European identity…

I appreciate the work of European directors; as a European citizen I watch them with deep interest. Europe is my home, and thus its history and culture are a part of me. Unfortunately I had the opportunity to travel in Europe only a few times, and visited Germany, Austria, the UK and Belgium. In the future I hope I can visit more countries; this is one of my main goals in life.

My cinema…

I am representing the TISZApArt Mozi. This is a great venue in our town, not only because of the films it programs but also because of the cozy cafe and terrace it has. There is always some kind of exhibition in the hall – a local artist’s work, a photo reportage and so on. When there is an important sport event, this cinema organizes live broadcast, so you can cheer during a football match while having fun with your friends.

My habits as a movie-goer

I go to the cinema for films which I have been waiting for or which look promising. I have the habit not to eat or drink anything while watching the movie; crunching popcorn or drinking a fizzy drink would spoil my cinema experience. Of course it is pleasant to have a drink before or after the movie, especially in such a nice place like my cinema.

I wonder whether any of you have ever experienced watching a film totally alone in the movie hall. Well, a year ago I was watching HydePark on Hudson with my mother totally by ourselves in the biggest movie room in the cinema. It was a great experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evan Horan – Irish Film Institute – Dublin (Ireland)

 

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My name is Evan Horan and I’m very excited to be the Irish representative at this year’s 28 Times Cinema initiative. After having spent four years studying Film Studies in Trinity College Dublin, I have lived in London since July 2012 and have interned at the British Film Institute, Rich Mix and BAFTA where I am currently the Learning & Events Assistant.

Cinema since…

I had always been fascinated with cinema as a child and remember distinctly when my local cinema closed for refurbishments, driving to a neighbouring town to see Titanic and being inconsolable for the whole car journey home. During my teenage years, my local arts centre used to exhibit a wide variety of European and world cinema such as The Edukators and Spirited Away. These frequent screenings certainly broadened my understanding of the medium, and eventually shaped my decision to study film academically.  Throughout my studies, I discovered an even greater variety of films that allowed me to realise the cultural and social impact the form holds.

Why cinema

My passion for cinema is centred on its infinite possibilities – no matter what your preferences are, there are stories to accommodate all tastes. Storytelling is vital to all human interactions and cinema can easily connect individuals from all backgrounds. It is an experience that has the power to unify and educate people. And for me, there is profound sensation about sitting in a dark room and allowing yourself to be completely absorbed by a narrative that can only be described as magical.

Which cinema

Personally I am very open to cinemas of all genres and national origins, what determines my cinematic preferences is the narrative. As the credits roll, I hope to feel that I’ve ended up in a different place than when I first started despite not having left my seat. But if I were to pick a category, I am a fan of American independent films and source quite a lot of inspiration from the likes of Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson and Harmony Korine. I also strongly believe in my own nation’s cinema and feel a sense of pride when looking at the success and global recognition for Irish cinema following the release of recent films such as John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.

My favourite films

It’s a question that I try to avoid again and again as I believe it’s an impossible task but right now, the films that are coming to mind are: Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola), Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) and Irréversible (Gaspar Noé).

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Filmmaking

During my college years, I made a few films, one of which was a short documentary called Parliament in the Library, which looked at one of our college librarians who amassed an incredibly collection of owl figurines. I was delighted when the film was programmed in the Eat My Shorts festival in Dublin in 2012.

European cinema

From my point of view European cinema sets out and achieves what I expect from cinema. With such a diverse range of nations, European cinema excels in capturing a true sense of humanity in its realistic construction and evasion from clichéd happy endings. It is prepared to take greater risks creatively and effectively showcases the various national identities within this continent.

Feeling European

Despite being geographically separated, I do very much feel European. I suppose this feeling comes from my experiences from InterRailing across Europe a couple of years ago. I also spent a semester studying on an Erasmus at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in a new culture with such a rich cinematic history and often visited La Cinémathèque  française and Cinéma Étoile Pagode.

 My cinema…

I am representing the Irish Film Institute, which I am very pleased about, as I am a great admirer of what they do and what they bring to the film industry in Ireland. Located in the heart of Temple Bar, the IFI provides a refreshing atmosphere from most standard cinemas with a wide range of programming from new releases from across the globe to its archive of Irish cinema. Having spent a considerable amount of time within its walls as a student, I now try to pop in every time I return to Dublin. 

My habits as a filmgoer

I aim to go to the cinema at least once a week but from to time to time when I don’t reach this goal, I can also spend an entire day catching up on all the new releases. Although I do enjoy the social aspect of viewing a film with friends and having the chance to discuss the film as a group afterwards, I am very happy by the idea of viewing a film alone as it gives you the opportunity to connect with cinema on a very intimate level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Cleopatria - Anteo Spaziocinema - Milan (Italie)

 

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Whilst attending the course of cultural heritage at the university in Milan, moved by my growing passion for cinema, I began working on sets to learn all that I could about the craft.

I became passionate about cinema in the adult age - I didn't inherit it from someone else. It's a passion that I developed in a completely independent manner. In fact I only have one memory of going to the cinema with my family, which is when I went to see Disney's “The Lion King” as a kid.

Also in the schools that I attended, cinema never had a major role, we were always focusing much more on theatre.

 Why cinema…

I therefore always saw cinema as an intimate experience, and this is one of the things I love about it. Also the possibility of taking part in another world and the fact that we cannot decide the rules because they are luckily imposed by the author, are some of the defining things that differentiate cinema from books.

Some could see this as a limit, that within film you don't have the space to imagine, but for me it is one of the most interesting parts. From the start I showed a particular interest for this kind of “limit”: for example I could have never imagined a movie like Blade Runner, and after watching it my love for cinema was ignited. I often found myself envying people that never saw that film, it would be a dream to be able to see it for the first time again.

 

 

What cinema…

The study of directors such as S. Kubrick, Wong Kar-Wai, I. Bergman, L. Visconti, S. Imamura, K. Kieslowski, Ideaki Anno, Joao Cesar Monteiro (in particular Joao De Deus) turned my passion of cinema into a necessity,, and opened my eyes to discovering less known directors.

My favorite films

I don’t have three favourite films, but there are films that are important to me. The following films represent three fundamental moments in my life:

SNAKE OF JUNE” by S. Tsukamoto

This film was a love story that I fell in love with, and his directing encouraged my desire to explore other Japanese films.

FAUST by A. Sokurov

Faust was so aesthetically different to anything I had seen before in film - it completely changed my perspective on cinema.

DEADLY IS THE FEMALE by J.H. Lewis

This is the only film I've watched more than five times as there was something very comforting about it.

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My habits as a cinema-goer

I don't have the habit of going to the cinema with friends, it happens sometimes but I usually prefer going on my own, mostly in the mornings.

Going to the cinema is always a unique experience and I try to go as much as I can, even if I'm not necessarily going for a certain film, I simply just go for the experience.

European Cinema

I feel very close to European cinema; I am really fascinated by it. Some of the topics that I love to see explored in European cinema are the 80's in Germany, Oliveira's Portugal, Polish authors as J. Szasz and A. Zulawski.

I never took part in online forums and I have never put anything I did on the web so far, my passion for cinema is seriously tied to my need to make a film - for this reason I am currently working on the development of my self-produced full length film, as a writer and director.

 

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Sirvan Marogy – Utopia/Utopolis – Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

 

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My name is Sirvan Marogy. I am a 24-year old film writer, editor and director based in Luxembourg. I am currently developing screenplays with local filmmakers but I also developed and directed a couple of my own personal stories into short films.

Cinema since…

 The first time I set a foot in a cinema I was just 11 or 12. My oldest brother had won two cinema tickets at a supermarket and handed one to me. I ran immediately to the cinema and asked for a ticket to the first film I recognized, Die another day.

In 1997, my family fled Iraq and I arrived in Luxembourg. At that time, none of us could speak any of the official languages (French, German, Luxembourgish). On my second year of primary school my class was taken to this special room at my school. I later found out that it was a projection room. We watched The Truman Show. The teacher stopped after every scene and we talked about the shot, the symbolic or the story. At that time I still couldn’t speak Luxembourgish but it was the first time that I really understood what the teacher and my friends were saying.

Why cinema…

 As a child, I’ve spend my first 4-5 years in a refugee camp on the border with Turkey, with my family. I wasn’t really interested in any toys but was completely fascinated by the television set that we had in our tent. Unfortunately, I don’t remember how come we had one. The only thing I remember was the external generator or batteries we used to power the TV, and the hours I would spend in front of it, fascinated!

Which cinema…

 I like all types of films as long as they touch me in one way or another. That’s the beauty about films, you don’t have to have a favourite one!  But if I were to name 3 films I love, I would say Catch me if you can (Steven Spielberg), Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese), Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson).

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I love European cinema overall but I especially adore the Italian one. Its way of telling stories touches me the most. Unfortunately I think European cinema has extreme difficulties in creating a visibility for itself because of American productions. I personally spent years unconsciously overlooking European cinema. So I think the normal filmgoer would probably miss some of the most crafted masterpieces.

 Feeling European

 My friends and family think that I am very European but I personally do not feel European, but rather “europeanised”. I have European habits like going out with friends on Friday night or eat out once a week. I grew up living and travelling in Europe but I was always surrounded by my Iraqi family which taught me other values and customs

My cinema

 I represent the Utopia Group in Luxembourg. What I like most about this venue is the multilingual and multicultural programming.

My habits as a filmgoer

 I try to go to cinema as often as I can. There are periods of the year when I go every day for one or two months, and other when I am very busy writing, shooting, editing and I try to go at least once a week.

 

I have the habit of not watching any trailers or read any reviews before a film in order to be as neutral/objective as possible. I also tend to go alone to the cinema because I want to make my own opinion rather than be influenced by those of my friends. I normally don’t like talking about the film straight away but rather let it sink in. After a day or two, I slowly begin to talk about it.

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Ieva Keruka – Splendid Palace – Riga (Latvia)

 

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Cinema since…

My love affair with film has been quite short and sweet up to now. It all started rather unexpectedly with a screening of The Lord of the Rings. To see one of my all time favourite books translated onto big screen with such care and attention to details, yet such breathtaking grandiosity made me fall in love with cinema.

Which kind of cinema…

Even though I wouldn’t consider myself a true movie nerd, I’m fascinated by the art, as well as by the social implications of cinema. I don’t shy away from blockbusters, as I believe that what makes a particular film popular and what it says about us as a society are valid questions.

It is difficult to single out a particular film over others, as there are so many that have touched my life in one way or another. Nevertheless, my favourite films are those that change who you are – even if just a tiny bit. Like Anton Corbijn’s Control that made me addicted to Joy Division and leather jackets.

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European cinema…

I believe that European cinema is quite unique, constantly striving for something new, redefining the art again and again, providing simultaneously a breath of fresh air and a generous push for new and better things.

Feeling European

I would much rather call myself a citizen of the world, but Europe and Latvia will always be close to my heart. I love traveling, as it allows connecting to other people and other cultures – that’s why my backpack and my thumb are always ready for the next adventure.

My cinema

I am honored to represent the oldest and probably the most gorgeous cinema in Northern Europe – Splendid Palace. Opened in 1923 this spectacular building really does provide what is says on the tin. Neo-baroque architecture, stunning neo-rococo interiors, breathtaking ceiling paintings – need I say more? This cinema brought the first sound picture to the Baltics in 1929 and has been providing the best of European and world cinema ever since.

My habits as a cinema-goer

 Going to the cinema is an important experience for me. As its doors shut behind me, there is not a care left in the world. I prefer going alone and it is quite difficult for me to stand chatting, popcorn munching or taking phone calls during the film. Has anyone seen God Bless America? Yeah, I actually can relate. Going to see film is like a sacred ritual for me, it is a meditation that allows me to keep my sanity by escaping this world, even if it is just for couple of hours.

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Nigel Baldacchino - St. James Cavalier - Valetta (Malta)

 

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I consider myself as a curious person. I have made music and published an album with my own musical project, I have written bits of fiction, I have taken, manipulated and exhibited digital photographs and I’m also an architecture graduate with somewhat limited work experience as yet.

No aspect of my education has ever dealt with the cinematic medium apart from some overtones in architecture. I have been to the cinema 6 odd times with my parents as a child. My passion for film was a largely self-nurtured one - greatly aided by that of the people with whom I surrounded myself. 

Why cinema

The particular thing about cinema to me is the extent of control which it lends film-makers over the audience. In cinema one can have a situation where the director leaves nothing to the viewer’s imagination (thereby taking all the weight of perception onto itself) and a few moments later give that freedom suddenly back and open a new world for the viewer to invent his own details. In other ‘narrative media’ such as written literature, it’s virtually impossible (or much… much harder) to have the possibility, as an author, not to leave anything to the reader’s imagination (which is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage really) in my view.

What cinema

I tend to like films which expose their characters’ intimate details and at the same time respect facets and attributes of the character which are grey and vague: that resonant illusion of perceiving the character as being very close to you while feeling the overtones of his ‘whole’ personality echoing in very distant places. 

My favorite films

Three films that crop to mind right now are: Days of Heaven by Terrence Malick, Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders and Last Tango in Paris by Bertolucci.

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European cinema

I don’t feel that there is a particular spark in European cinema which dims down and re-flourishes with time. After a gradual dimming, it seems to me that in the recent years it has been invigorating once more. I feel particularly strongly about the current ‘revival’ of Danish cinema (with directors like Thomas Vinterberg, Susanne Bier and Nicolas Winding Refn) which has been spawning several good releases over the last couple of years. In general, European cinema to me represents a closer and more extensive look at fictional characters; almost descending perhaps, in part, from the Neo-realism movement in Italy decades back.

Do you feel European?

I have lived in Rome for 6 months and that has been a beautiful cinematic experience; especially attributed to a small cinema in which the owner (film director Silvano Agosti) curates a weekly selection of ‘classics’ together with a selection of new releases which he shows in his beautiful little halls (http://www.silvanoagosti.com/cinema-azzurro/ ). It was a formative experience for me in terms of cinema. As for the second part of the question, I can’t help feel anything but European since I’ve never been any place outside Europe till now!

My cinema

I’m representing St. James Cavalier in Valletta, Malta. Our island not having too many venues for cinema slightly below mainstream radars, St. James has always been an important portal to watch and get to know about upcoming movies.

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My habits as cinemagoer

There’s very little choice as yet sadly in Malta to watch non-mainstream cinema. Our main choices, other than sporadic screening events, are St. James (again…) and Kinemastik (http://www.kinemastik.org/) who propose a proper yearly film festival together with regular screening events during the rest of the year. Other than that it’s just me going over to projector-owning friends’ homes! I watch films on projectors in relatively dark rooms at least once or twice a week with a particular group of friends with whom I share and whom I owe plenty of cinematic knowledge and taste. In the case of proper cinemas, there’s not much place to spend time within so most of the time we end up shifting toward more social-friendly nearby spaces after the film.

Justas Piliponis - Kino Garsas - Vilnius - (Lithuania)

 

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My name is Justas; I am a 23-year-old guy from Lithuania. I am currently studying Cultural Management at Panevezys College. I am also working with the project ‘’Panevezys – capital of culture of Lithuania 2014’’.

Cinema  since…

Je n’étais pas branché cinéma avant mes études. Pour mon premier stage pratique, j’ai choisi un des cinémas les plus vieux de Lituanie, le Garsas. Depuis cette époque, je suis toujours resté en contact avec les employés de ce cinéma. Je les aide bénévolement pour les programmes jeune public, les festivals, ou les camps d’été pour cinéastes amateurs.

  Why Cinema

I always prefer cinema to other types of media because it helps you feel the atmosphere better. Sometimes it can go so deep in you that you think you are right there in the film watching everything live and not sitting somewhere in a random cinema on a comfortable seat.

Which cinema…

All films have something to offer. I choose movies depending on my mood at the moment. Sometimes I want to see drama, sometimes comedy, sometimes documentary... When I go to the cinema, I prefer to be alone and watch a deep movie that leaves you with thoughts.

My 3 favourite films

Currently my 3 favourite films are: ‘’Spijt!’’ – the story of a young boy, who is bullied by his classmates. It’s a film that should be showed in every school so that children could understand what bullying can lead to.

‘’Fish tank’’ – a strong and unpredictable film about a girl who refuses to let her miserable background affect her life.

‘’Tango libre’’ – the film is an original take on criminals, their lives and jail breaks, with great performances and excellent dance scenes.

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Making my own films…

I made short films with my NGO members; also I made one short film with youths from the cinema during the film-making camps we organized. When I was a bit younger we also had our TV show: I was project manager and we showed it on local TV channel. It was an informational TV show for youth.

European cinema

European cinema for me means good non-commercial movies that you should watch concentrated to understand what film makers intend to show you. It’s completely different from Hollywood movies, which are easy to watch just for fun.

Feeling European

I really feel European, because I never miss a chance to travel in Europe. I have studied in Turkey for one semester as an Erasmus student and for my Erasmus practical training, I’ve spent 5 months in Greece. I’ve also visited Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Turkey with a programme for youth. Also, I visited my cousin in Norway.

My cinema

I am representing the cinema ‘’Garsas’’ from Panevezys, Lithuania. I like it so much, because it’s one of the best places for young people to hang out in. They have an open youth space, where any young film-goer can come and spend time with their friends drinking tea on a cold day, playing table games or doing anything they like. This cinema woks a lot with young people and organizes different projects, such as summer film-making camps, film classes, where students are studying not from books, but from movies, animation workshops, etc.

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My habits as a film-goer

I usually go to cinema during festivals, where I can see the best non-commercial films. Since I help the cinema organize festivals, I also have the chance to see all the films. So when the time for the festival comes, I am almost living in the cinema. From early morning, to late night I am staying there.

Christiaan Frieswijk – Filmhuis de Keizer – Deventer (The Netherlands)

 

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About myself

I would describe myself as curious and creative. I find inspiration in travelling everywhere and nowhere and try to express myself in filming, composing music and writing stories. I would say this is where my passion lies. I studied Arts, Culture and Media and later Film Studies, where I specialized in documentary. Currently I work as a junior director at a company that makes corporate films.

Cinema since…

The first time I remember getting interested in cinema as a medium was when I played a small part in one of my uncle’s artworks. He’s a Belgian artist who uses film as a medium. I must’ve been eight or nine, and I was fascinated by the idea of how our performances were to be captured and locked in time. Since then this fascination developed. I am interested in art and art experiences, something cinema is able to establish. A well-crafted film triggers a deep emotional experience and allows for an almost physical one.

My kind of cinema…

I am interested in creative documentary film. The world and its people never fail to amaze me. Also the point where fiction and non-fiction intersect, interests me. The more artistic, or art-house films tend to have a strong impact on me nonetheless. I love movies that offer new perspectives and challenge reality.

One of my favourite directors happens to be Dutch. Alex van Warmerdam knows perfectly how to steer the perception of the audience in a highly original way, creating unusual and sometimes uncomfortable experiences. His latest work Borgman (2013) is one of my favourites.

 

I like the work of Wes Anderson. Just like van Warmerdam he is an auteur, and his personal vision can be felt throughout his repertoire. With his latest work The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), he again managed to blend together a curious sense of humour, cynicism and adventure.

Heddy Honigmann makes highly emotional and poetic documentaries. I especially enjoyed her film Metal y Melancolía (1994), in which she interviews taxi drivers in Lima on the dark period Peru was emerging from. This documentary was the reason I decided I wanted to make documentaries myself.

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Writing on cinema and making films…

I used to write reviews for an online magazine called CultuurBewust, and also had several articles published by Gorilla Film Magazine. At some point during my studies I have shifted my focus from reviewing films to wanting to make them. I started developing ideas, filming and editing. I have a YouTube channel on which I post them.

European cinema…

When I think of European cinema I think of art. I think of films made with passion, telling stories, sharing experiences and emotions, offering a way of seeing the world, works of art serving as a spectacle enabling us to gain an insight on the bigger questions in life. The unique thing about European cinema and Europe in general is the diversity on offer. Different cultures and traditions on a relatively small place on our planet result in exchange, dialogue and cultural richness.

My European identity…

I have travelled through Europe and visited several countries. I have lived in Budapest, Hungary for half a year to study as a part of an Erasmus exchange programme, where I met people from many different countries. While I was there I visited the city’s smaller cinemas and even volunteered at the Titanic Film Festival. 

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Marek Łużyński – Kino Nowe Horyzonty – Wroclaw (Poland)

 

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My name is Marek Łużyński and I’m from Poland. I work in Wrocław, at the New Horizons Cinema, the biggest art house cinema in Poland. I take care of the film education for the youngest public members and coordinate the volunteers.

Cinema since…

I started to go to the cinema in high school - every month I participated in the film education screenings. It opened my mind to the non-commercial cinema. But my real, intense connection with it began six years ago when I moved to Wrocław and gained access to a wider spectrum of films.

Why cinema…

I love cinema because of the possibility of discovering the world without having to travel. Slavoj Žižek said: “Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire - it tells you how to desire” – that’s why I prefer cinema to other art forms.

My 3 favourite films

Holy Motors, Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter are my three favourite films.

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Writing about films online and making films…

I often use the forum.nowehoryzonty.pl/ and also like to rate films at the Polish film website filmweb.pl , the second largest film database in the world after IMDB. I had an episodic role in a short B-movie Fosotwór, which has been made by my friends. The film won the Audience Award at Moico Enjoy Movies.

European cinema…

I am fond of the new-horizon films - this term comes from the New Horizons Festival, for which I work in July. The new-horizon films are languid, experimental. They look for new forms of expression and require the audience to focus. The European cinema is just like that.

I have never lived abroad. I don’t travel much, though I do dream about it. Still, films make the everyday problems of the European citizens seem closer to me and make me feel that I am also a citizen of Europe.

My cinema

At 28 Times Cinema, I represent the New Horizons Cinema in Wrocław. It’s a 9-screens arthouse cinema - a place where things happen all the time - there’s no place for peace and quiet. Every day there are screenings of art films. The biggest international film festival in Poland - T-Mobile New Horizons in July – and the American Film Festival in October take place at the cinema. In addition, the cinema offers various film education projects, broadcasts from the legendary The Metropolitan Opera, cinematic reviews and festivals, encounters with films for children and senior citizens, exhibitions and concerts. Additional attractions include the cinema’s bistro with delicious food at reasonable prices, a poster gallery and a bookstore with film literature and DVDs on sale. 

My habits as a movie-goer

Thanks to the film selection, I attend screenings at the cinema three times a week. I love to sit close to the screen. When it comes to the entertaining, I like to watch the films with a bigger audience, especially with my friends. With the languid and serious ones it’s different - I prefer to be on my own at the theatre (if it’s possible). It’s not only a place where I work but also a place where I love to spend my free time.

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Bernardo Lopes - Cinema City Classic Alvalade - Lisboa (Portugal)

 

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My name is Bernardo Lopes, I was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and I’m a 20-year old film lover. I’m currently finishing my degree in Cinema, Video and Multimedia Communication. I’m a film director and scriptwriter and I have already made some academic short films. I have taken part in the Giffoni International Film Festival twice and in two film criticism workshops during the Cannes Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival. I have also been selected to work as a Project Assistant of this year’s UEFA Champions League Final Broadcasting. I’m compulsively addicted to chocolate and Terrence Malick’s films (in no specific order).

Cinema since…

I’ve been going to the cinema since a little child. It was one of my mother’s favorite hobbies. Nevertheless, it was during my first time as a jury member at the Giffoni Film Festival in 2009, that I discovered that this art form was my passion and that it drove me artistically.

Why cinema…

Humans have both the desire and the need to tell stories and to listen to them. Cinema is about stories. Yes, so are books and theatre. But, in my opinion, no other art form can replace the feeling and magic of the dreams that gives you as profoundly and introspectively the cinema. The dark room experience is a sort of life manipulation, as it makes our lives 3 times longer, and that power transcends and - in some way - represents each one of the other art forms.

What cinema…

I’m not judgmental in terms of genre or concept. Yet, I believe that there’s a premise that has to be inherent in every filmmaker’s mind: cinema as his own art. This means that everything that’s represented through the lens has to signify and contemplate everything a filmmaker is driven by and is emotionally connected to. This is the only way a filmmaker can successfully achieve what he wants. This is the only way the audience can interpret his language. So, having said that, my opinion is that films that represent realism and that portray reality are the most important.

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My favourite films…

The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick

8 ½ by Federico Fellini

Recollections of the Yellow House by João César Monteiro

Speaking about cinema online…

I use social media very often and have my own blog (http://moreorlessjustlens.tumblr.com ), but most of all I write my film critics for Portugal’s biggest cinema website www.c7nema.net .

Filmmaking…

I wrote and directed many short films since I started studying Cinema at the University. I posted them on my Vimeo page (http://vimeo.com/bernardolopes ) and on my Youtube page (http://youtube.com/MrBernardoLopes ).

European cinema…

I see European cinema as the richest and most diversified cinema in the world. It represents and has the responsibility of carrying all the history and traditions of each European country.

Feeling European…

The fact that I’ve already had the chance to visit more than 11 European countries and 30 European cities, allows me to comfortably assume the European citizenship. I’ve never lived abroad, but I’m planning on doing it through an Erasmus programme during my final year at University.

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My cinema…

I’m representing the Cinema City Classic Alvalade. It screens some of the best European films, which you won’t find in any other cinema. I also really enjoy this cinema because of its atmosphere. The lounge is very comfy and I would not want to miss the stand-up comedy sessions.

My habits as a film-goer…

I go to the cinema regularly, at least once a week. As I’m studying Film, Video and Communication, I have to attend screenings with more regularity. The cinema City Classic Alvalade has a partnership with my university, which gives me the chance to see there a lot of movies.

I prefer to go to the cinema with friends as it is followed by discussions about the film, which makes the experience even more lively and interesting. Besides, it often turns into a social moment when we keep discussing around a table, eating and having a drink.

              

Călin Nahaiciuc – Cinema Victoria – Cluj (Romania)

 

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My name is Călin Nahaiciuc and I am film student from Cluj. I write film and music reviews for a local magazine called Eliberart and I record sort of post-rock music in a one man band outfit.

Cinema since…

My history with cinema strangely resembles the general outline of Cold Mountain : an intense albeit relatively short beginning, followed by a long period of lingering distance, only to finish with the sweetness of a happy ending. A European happy ending, not a Hollywood happy ending (just to clear that up for the frowning film buffs). In my home city there was once a cinema. The very first film I’ve seen there was the first Harry Potter in 2001, with my dad. The age of 8 is ripe for getting your mind blown by the awesomeness that is a film theatre. The screen, the starting jingle, getting lost on the way to the bathroom – stuff that will not fade from memory. And the unfortunate empty seats… In hindsight I can see now that my film theatre was dying at that time. Two years later the cinema would be closed, and I wouldn’t set foot in another until my first day of university at Cluj, when I stood in awe in front of Cinema Victoria. So basically like Cold Mountain.

Why cinema…

I like cinema because of its unique flavour of world creation. The flavour doesn’t have to include narrative aspects or even characters, but just an overarching proverbial “slice of life” filled with the beating pulse of an experience until then unknown. They say that you read literature because you can never know enough people; I say we watch films because we can never live enough lives.

My favourite films

1. Before Sunrise -  Simultaneously the most realistic romance and the most fairy-taley, Richard Linklater’s masterpiece might just be the supreme document on human connection, the kind of thing that we’d send to aliens to show what it feels like to talk with a human being.  Part of me is always skeptic about spewing hyperbole, but now it is silent. 

2. Fish and Cat - Iranian director Shahram Mokri’s film is an example of pushing the boundaries of cinema with its virtuoso two-hour long take horror story. The real time experience is cleverly intertwined with the theme of eternal recurrence, offering a new way of perceiving time. 

3. La Haine - Proving that cool can also be educational, since 1995. Brilliantly packaged in post-modernism, yet clear in its intent, this now classic French movie remains as fresh now as it was 20 years ago.

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Writing about films or making them…

I’m not really active in the online domain. Regarding filmmaking, I’m usually the screenwriter. Three of my scripts have been brought to screen, but they’re just university projects.

European cinema…

It’s hard for me to give definition without resorting to gross generalizations, but one tendency I see in European cinema is a branching out, where the traditional confines of the slow, cerebral European cinema are blended with a diverse bag of foreign tropes.

Feeling European

I do feel European, although I haven’t travelled as much as I would like. However, I’m going to study as an Erasmus student in Turkey next semester.

 

My Cinema

I’m representing Cinema Victoria from Cluj. What I like most about it? You mean beside the constantly solid line-up, the cinephile staff who’ll hang out with you, the quality, immersive sound/image, and the dignified elegance of the building? Well, the popcorn is pretty cheap. I jest, but yeah, all of the above. What I most enjoy though is being able to randomly visit the cinema, leaving the film selection into trustworthy hands. Also the popcorn is cheap. 

My habits as a film-goer

I like to sit on the floor on the upper level of Victoria. Honestly, this is one of the biggest cover-ups of the cinema world: the chair imperative. Sitting on the floor allows me to change positions, go to the restroom without bothering people, and even fall asleep.

I go to the cinema twice a week, I’d say. If I go out on my own, I’ll usually meet up with friends at the cinema. There’s a tight knit circle of friends centred around the cinema/film school, to the point where most have given up the prospect of watching a film alone.

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Anna Nygren – Cnema – Norrköping (Sweden)

 

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My fist cinema experience…

I remember my first cinema-like experience. It wasn’t even in a cinema, but in the biggest room in my kindergarten. All the kids were watching The Lion King on a big TV screen (my family had an unusually small TV at home, so to me it seemed enormous). I must have been about four years old. It was such an overwhelming experience. Simba’s father dying in the movie, the bodies of all the children around me, Simba crying for his father, my own eyes burning from trying to hold my tears back. I was freezing cold and terribly hot at the same time and I had to leave the room and stay in the bathroom for quite a while.

To me, this is very much what cinema is like, and what I like about it. An overwhelming experience. The combination of the film showed on the screen and the event-like character of the moment. The room, the people around, my awareness of my own appearance combined with the viewing of the film. I always feel very much like Amélie when going to the cinema, and it’s a very pleasant feeling.

Me and the cinema I like…

I am a student in literature and film, who loves stories and pictures that make me feel that the world and the existence are vertiginous and overpowering. I also write for film and theatre, trying to write the texts that give the audience this feeling on the screen and the stage. I like films that are about ordinary actions, but told about in a way that makes you understand their utmost importance, and that these everyday things can change lives. I like films that try to tell the stories who haven’t been told before. I like a sort of subjective realist mode – but I am also a fan of more surrealistic and absurd movies.

At the moment, my favourite films are Äta sova dö (Gabriela Pichler, 2012), Naissance des Pieuvres (Céline Sciamma, 2007) and Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012).

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Europe and European cinema…

I’ve never really thought of myself as European – but when I think about it, there are several people, spread out in Europe (and some outside Europe as well) who I feel very much connected with. In Serbia and France, Germany and Ireland, Austria and Greece. I have travelled a bit, mostly because of different art and culture and political projects – so, most of the people that I know outside Sweden are also working with theatre or film, or are part of a feminist or queer community. I do think most issues in life that are important (at least for me) go beyond the borders of countries.

To me European cinema means: the films my German teacher showed the class in high school (like Der Krieger und die Kaiserin and Erbsen auf halb sechs), which I fell in love with but which most of my friends found strange because they were not very Hollywood-like…; the French movies I watch with my mum (we have a “French film club”); all the movies from other European countries I watch, that I like or dislike, that disturb me or comfort me; all the politics, the aesthetics, the history, the people, the languages (I like the sound of languages that I don’t really understand), the mix of all this into a whole.

My cinema…

At 28 Times Cinema I’m representing the cinema Cnema, in Norrköping, Sweden. It is a place where I, at least at the moment, hang out almost every day, since the venue is also connected with the office for the filmmakers’ programme within which I’m right now directing a short movie. So I am there both during work time and leisure time.

My habits as a movie-goer

I must admit that my favourite cinema moments are those when I watch movies that no one else seems to be interested in, when I am almost alone in the cinema, feeling special, as if the film was made only for me. When the movie is a good one, part of me feels sorry for the fact that no one wants to see it, but this sorrow is mixed with pleasure, and it is all connected, the movie and the experience of the time and the place, in a beautiful but also almost scary way.      

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Ambrož Pivk - Kinodvor - Ljubljana (Slovenia)

 

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My name is Ambrož Pivk, I'm 18 years old and I come from Slovenia. I have one more year of high school ahead of me and in a few months I will have to choose what and where to study. Film directing is my dream study subject but we'll see about that. In my free time I travel a lot, run, read and write, but watching films is my primary hobby. I find it hard to go a few days without watching a good film.

Cinema since…

As far as I can remember, I’ve always been going to the cinema. At the beginning, it was with my parents: my first memory of going to the cinema is watching Love Actually with the entire family. I was 7. When I turned 12, I realised that watching films like that was no longer enough for me and I started going to the cinema alone, something that I still like doing.

Why cinema…

For me, cinema is the best of everything. I think that “books are better than films” is a big misconception as it implies that with film watching there isn't that much imagination. But a great film can make you think and feel at least as much as a great novel. There's also the art of cinematography, acting, selecting the music… To make it simple, a film is a mosaic of many other forms of art, a work of collaboration, that's why it's so unique.

What cinema…

I watch all different kinds of films. I love every genre as long as the film is good. I love experimental films like Holy Motors and Under the Skin; films that you can't really explain and you love them even more. But the films that really stay with me are the ones that I completely identify with. It's hard to explain how that happens as it's more than just the age of the characters or their life situation, but films like Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Frances Ha and Boyhood changed my life because of the way they understood me.

What are your 3 favourite films?

It's practically impossible to name just three films as my favourite ones change constantly, but if I had to just throw three out at this moment they would be Lost in Translation, Blue Is the Warmest Colour and Cries and Whispers.

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Speaking about cinema online…

I love discussing films online as I don't get many chances to do it with people I actually know, so I visit two forums: AwardsWatch and International Cinephile Society. I also write my own blog in Slovenian, mainly to put my thoughts in words, analyse how I feel about a film.

Europe and cinema…

Although I think both American and Asian cinemas are underrated, for me European cinema is still far ahead of any other. But it's hard to define or generalise it; how do you even begin to compare Mungiu, Almodovar and Tarkovski? But that's why it's so great! It's a rich collection of unique, completely different ideas from completely different cultures.

Feeling European…

I have never lived outside of my hometown but I have visited many parts of Europe and travelling is my second favourite thing to do after watching films. I always try to combine the two, to see movies from the country I'm visiting at that time. Only this year, I have been to the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia and Finland and with each new country I love Europe more.

My film theatre and my habits…

At 28 Times Cinema, I am representing by far the best cinema in our country, Kinodvor. Since I have discovered Kinodvor, I feel like I'm living a different life. Not only is it beautiful and the atmosphere great as everyone is there to watch great films, but the programme is amazing. Kinodvor has the best of international independent cinema; every great new film is screened there. I visit it at least once a month, every chance I get.

I don't visit other cinemas that much anymore. I sometimes go with my friends to watch a blockbuster, a film you can relax while watching. But when I go to Kinodvor, I like going with someone who I know will also appreciate the film and not complain about its difficulty or length. That's why I usually go alone or with my parents who are getting used to my taste which they call “acquired”. If I go with someone, I like to have a drink after to discuss the film, analyse our thoughts. That's also perfect about Kinodvor; they have a great café that is always full of people talking about the movie after the projection.

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Maroš Brojo – Lumière – Bratislava (Slovakia)

 

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I am a PhD student in audiovisual studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, which is mainly focusing on animated film and borderline animation forms and techniques. As a journalist and writer, I publish reviews, articles and studies about various film topics in several Slovak film and culture magazines, journals and websites. I'm also one of the programmers of the student film club 35mm and a co-programmer of an underground cinema called Foajé. It focuses on student films, shorts, animation, amateur and experimental films and various Slovak and foreign feature films that aren't able to make it into official distribution circles. I also work for the Fest Anča international animation festival as program director.

Cinema since…

I've been visiting cinemas with my parents since my early childhood and I remember that my first cinema visit took place in my home town Nitra. The cinema Lipa is closed now and it will probably never open again but I will always remember it as a place where I experienced my first screening - Disney's Aladdin in 1992.  

Which cinema…

As for my favorite type of cinema, purely out of practical reasons, I prefer multiplexes. Many arthouse cinemas in Slovakia can't really compete with comfortable seats, huge screens and surround sound. On the other hand, I love the exact opposite - improvised screenings organized in cultural events, galleries, workshops or private screenings in cinemas and even at my friends’ places, where you don't have to behave like a regular visitor. I really appreciate unusual film selections, bizarre oddities and screenings conceived as friend visits. That’s why every type of film is important to me. The more "out of the box" they are (amateur, experimental, short, animated, friend-made), the better. I consider films to be a really open art form and I think that this (often not so obvious) diversity should be appreciated and nourished.

My favourite films…

Although I have certain preferences, I can't really name my favorite films. There are just too many great ones. To name at least something, Felvídek: Caught in Between, a Slovak documentary by Vladislava Plančíková, has recently caught my eye.

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On European cinema and Europe

My thoughts on European cinema are similar to my relation to Europe. It is a continent with strong and rich cultural heritage that has much to offer in terms of art history, artistic invention and progress. It offers a strong counter-culture to the contemporary consumerist and commercial tendencies and reflects a wide range of interesting problems originating from both recent and distant historical events and economic differences. Over the last years, I visited many European countries and I found the eastern ones to be more interesting due to a lower amount of conventional tourists and holiday travelers. It just feels more sincere.

My cinema

At 28 Times Cinema, I am a representative of the cinema Lumière situated in the center of Bratislava. This art-house cinema is owned by the Slovak Film Institute and has a strong focus on European films. It screens contemporary films but also classics and in it has recently opened a third screening room. It also focuses on seminars and historically important films from European and Slovak archives. What I really appreciate about the Lumière is its wide selection of films, the modern screening rooms, the high frequency of screenings and the affordable ticket prices.

My habits as a movie-goer

Visiting a cinema at least twice a week is a necessity to me. It doesn't matter if I'm alone or with friends, although I always appreciate to have company and an after-screening chat in a pub or a café. Since I'm a bit of a pessimist, I have too many expectations from each screening in terms of technical conditions. The most important to me is to sit in the center of the last row of the first third of the cinema. It's a bit of an obsession and nobody will convince me about a better place to watch a film.

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