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Highlights - 10/09/2010


THE CLINK OF ICE wins Venice Europa Cinemas Label



Bertrand Blier’s THE CLINK OF ICE (LE BRUIT DES GLACONS) from France has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Venice Days/Giornate degli Autori section, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors – the seventh year the Label has been awarded in the section.

THE CLINK OF ICE will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and additional promotion across the Network.The Europa Cinemas Label awarded in Venice complements the Labels awarded at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, Panorama in Berlin, and Karlovy Vary.
The jury issued the following statement: “This is an extremely witty film - a pitch black comedy about cancer and alcohol. Blier’s anarchic and politically incorrect take on this apparently taboo subject has the same energy and freedom of spirit shown in his earlier films like LES VALSEUSES. Brilliantly made and performed, the film never preaches and is sure to be enjoyed and spark debate around European arthouses.”
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The story of a man who is visited by his cancer, which decided it would be a good idea if the two got to know each other better. “The idea for this film came about 20 years ago, inspired by a man who, I think, had the face of a cancer!  Every so often I thought back on it, I re-imagined it, but I didn’t really consider making a film about it. Then, one day, I suddenly wrote very quickly and with great pleasure, a story of approximately 40 pages.” (Bertrand Blier).
The Europa Cinemas jury in Venice comprised four Network exhibitors: Catherine Lemaire (programmer, Churchill cinemas, Le Parc and Sauvenière, Liege – Belgium); Stefan Paul (exhibitor, Kino Arsenal and Kino Atelier, Tübingen – Germany); Koen Van Daele (programmer, Kinodvor Cinema, Ljubljana – Slovenia), and Davide Rampin (programmer and education officer, Multisala Pio X and Excelsior, Padova – Italy).
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