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The Network - 19/01/2007


European releases of films awarded the Europa Cinemas Label



Tough Enough will soon be appearing in France, following on from its release in Denmark. 12:08 East of Bucharest has recently arrived in Belgian and French theatres and Dark Blue Almost Black will also be hitting French theatres in the near future, before moving on to Belgium and Germany. The films presented with the Europa Cinemas Label in 2006 are continuing their journey in European theatres.
The next Label will be awarded to a European film from the Panorama section of the Berlinale (8-18 February) by a jury made up of 4 network exhibitors.


The Europa Cinemas Label, created in 2003 at Directors´ Fortnight, is still in its infancy, but several of the films that have been honoured with this prize by network exhibitors have gone on to attract large audiences in theatres. We can look back, for example, on the success enjoyed by Darwin´s Nightmare, Go, See, and Become, Kitchen Stories and also The Mother, which all enjoyed high attendance figures right across Europe.

The films that were awarded the Label in 2006 already started appearing in European theatres last year. However, their distribution is currently being expanded in several European countries, something that is set to continue over the coming months.

This is the case for Tough Enough (Knallhart) , which was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label at the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2006. Detlev Buck´s film, a violent portrait of the everyday life of an adolescent in a tough Berlin neighbourhood, will be distributed in France on 28 March by a new distribution company, Jour 2 fête. It was previously released in Germany (150,000 viewers), Switzerland, Austria and Belgium. Tough Enough has just arrived in Danish cinemas and, after France, will also be making an appearance in the Czech Republic, before moving on to the United Kingdom.

Awarded the Europa Cinemas Label at Directors´ Fortnight during the last Cannes Film Festival, and presented with the Caméra d´Or, 12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?) , the first film - a sarcastic work - by Romanian Corneliu Porumboiu, was welcomed unanimously by critics last week when it was released in France. The film came out in Belgium the same day. In France, it was shown in 26 Europa Cinemas theatres during its first week of exhibition (out of a total of around 30 cinemas listed to show the film). In Belgium (and Luxembourg) it is on the bill in 8 theatres, 7 of which are members of the network. Previously, the film was released in Romania, Italy, Hungary, Austria and Norway. It will soon come out in Sweden (19 January), and then in the Netherlands (22 February).

Released in Spain on 31 March 2006, Dark Blue Almost Black (Azul Oscuro Casi Negro) , by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, was already a success in its country of origin (178,000 admissions) when it received the Europa Cinemas Label at Venice Days last September. The film will be distributed in France by MK2 on 31 March under the title Azul, before being presented to Belgian (4 April) and then German (10 May) audiences.

Of the 4 films awarded the Label in 2006, only Frozen City (Valkoinen kaupunki) , by Finland´s Aki Louhimies, has not yet enjoyed distribution abroad. However, the new film by the director of Frozen Land has only just been released in Finland. Awarded the Europa Cinemas Label at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, it was also honoured there by the Fipresci jury. In addition, the jury of the Flanders International Film Festival (Ghent) presented it with the prize for best director in October. The film just won a top number of eight nominations for the Jussis - Finland´s national film awards (Aki Kaurismaki´s Lights in the Dusk came in second with six nominations).

Finally, we would like to mention that the next Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded to a European film from the Panorama section of the Berlinale. The jury is made up of four network exhibitors: Germany´s Christian Schmalz (OFF Broadway in Cologne), Slovenia´s Stas Ravter (Kinodvor in Ljubljana), Italy´s Georgette Ranucci (Alcazar in Rome) and the Slovak Republic´s Michal Drobny (Continental Film, Bratislava).

Press release - Third Berlin Festival for Europa Cinemas Label (2007): Pdf


Pictures (from top): Tough Enough, 12:08 East of Bucharest,
Frozen City, Dark Blue Almost Black.