Nourishing Enthusiasm for Cinema-going and European Films – The 4th European Arthouse Cinema Day
The 4th edition of the European Arthouse Cinema Day has united on Sunday, the 13th of October, 70.000 spectators in 620 cinemas across 37 countries. Workshops, screening marathons, sweets, talks or special guests have accompanied most of the programmes of the EACD in a weekend marked by an Indian summer.
Collaboration was the keyword of the international event promoted by the artistic ambassadors Céline Sciamma, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and Sandra Hüller, greeting the audiences in video messages. On this special Sunday audiences could come closer to their local cinemas thanks to the joint effort exhibitors working with distributors, producers, rights holders, festivals, cultural institutions and filmmaking talent to bring over 200 European films to audiences all over the world.
The poster of this year’s edition has been designed by Milorad Krstić, director of “Ruben Brandt, Collector” and the intriguing characters could be discovered on the animated website, on flyers and videos.
The presence and involvement of filmmakers and actors have been remarkable, and a highlight of the European Arthouse Cinema Day was the Q&A with Céline Sciamma, recorded in Rotterdam at LantarenVenster, streamed live and offered also to the participating cinemas showing Sciamma’s new film in the afternoon. Géraldine Bajard, scriptwriter of the film “Little Joe” accompanied a preview in France, at Cinema Rialto. In Barcelona Cinemes Girona had a special screening of “O que arde” (Fire Will Come) with Oliver Laxe and Cinemas Princesa in Madrid invited the actor Carlos Santos to present “El Crack Cero”. Kultkino in Basel, Switzerland invited the audience to a travel film with the directors Lena Wendt and Ulrich Stirnat and Bundesplatz Kino in Berlin, Germany gave the floor to the filmmakers Brit Grundel, Maja Stieghorst and Petra Lüschow. But even François Ozon, Teona Strugar Mitevska and Fatih Akin, who couldn’t make it in person to cinemas, have made sure that they could greet the audience through a video message.
Festivals have been an important part of the program. In the UK 15 cinemas had a special preview of “By the Grace of God” (Grâce à Dieu) in collaboration with Curzon and BFI London Film Festival, introduced by a message from François Ozon on the occasion.
In Argentina, Sala Leopoldo Lugones partnered with DocBuenosAires and hosted screenings with Q&A-s of the documentaries “Fragments of Paradise” (Fragments du Paradis) by Stéphane Goël and “Vor der Sperre” by Bernd Schoch.
Previews of highly expected titles, such as “Potrait of a Lady on Fire” by Céline Sciamma, “God Exists Her Name is Petrunija” by Teona Strugar Mitevska, “Little Joe” by Jessica Hausner, “Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon” by Will Becher and Richard Phelan, “By Grace of God” by Francois Ozon, “Lara” by Jan Ole Gerster, “The Traitor” by Marco Bellochio, “Adults in the Room” by Costa-Gavras, and “Sorry We Missed You” by Ken Loach have been on schedule in many countries. National releases and previews also had an important role and as in Hungary “Fear of Missing Out” by Attila Hartung or “Szép csendben” by Zoltán Nagy has been seen in many cities, Ukranian audiences could discover “Zakhar Berkut” by Akhtem Seitablaev accompanied by its team. At the same time the audience in 8 cities in Iran had the opportunity to see “In the fade” by Fatih Akin.
The Cultural Center G8 in Sofia, Bulgaria, showcased a selection of the favourite titles from 2018, chosen for the day by the audience. Cinema Palma in Rome, Italy, accompanied its programming with a wine tasting with local producers of the region.
Young audiences have been invited to participate in workshops in Ciné Duchère in Lyon, France and in Zavod za izobraževanje in kulturo Črnomelj in Slovenia had a full day with children’s book adaptations, dedicated screenings and special guest in Lichtburg Filmpalast in Oberhausen.
Film heritage has been in the spotlight in several cinemas across France, Poland, UK and Germany. Cinéma Rohan in Mutzig presented a retrospective of films with the actor Patrick Dewaere; in Katowice, Poland, Kino Światowid highlighted the event with a 7,5 h screening marathon of Béla Tarr’s masterpiece, “Sátántangó”; Kino Kosmos brought into attention Wim Wender’s “Lisbon Story”; in the UK Pontio Cinema showcased “La Jetée” by Chris Marker and Snowcat Cinema, in Penarte, Ingmar Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata”. In Germany Schlachthofkino in Soest constructed a special event around the 4K restored version of Carol Reed’s “The Third Man”, while Filmkunstkinos Hannover chose a German classic for the day, “Confessions Of Felix Krull” by Kurt Hoffmann. And “Tomboy” of Céline Sciamma had a rerun for the day in Tucson, Arizona at The Loft Cinema.
2019 has seen an increase in professional events linked to the European Arthouse Cinema Day. In Iran the “Art & Experience Cinema Institute” coordinating screenings of “In the Fade”, invited Christian Bräuer, president of the CICAE, to take part in workshops with filmmakers in Teheran and Esfahan to discuss about the way of a film from its production to the screenings.
In Canada in Montreal at “Cinéma Beaubien” Mario Fortin (CEO of Cinémas Beaubien – du Parc – du Musée) and Jean-François Lamarche (Assistant- director general of Cinémas Beaubien – du Parc – du Musée) took the opportunity to discuss with the audience openly about the reality of operating an arthouse cinema.
While in Kiev, in Ukraine Zhovten Kino partnered up with Creative Europe Ukraine and the Polish Institute to organize round tables with domestic and foreign industry guests discussing about “Showcasing local and art-house films in Ukraine and in European Countries”.
This year’s edition has seen 90 new exhibitors joining the European Arthouse Cinema Day, showing that there is place for growth in 2020 and that cinemas collaborating with film makers, distributors, institutions, sales agents, local associations and schools can make wonders happen in the screening rooms.
Our deep gratitude goes to Creative Europe – MEDIA, Europa Cinemas, the LUX Film Prize of the European Parliament, the CNC, the FFA, the BKM, Medienboard-Brandenburg in Germany, the French Ministry of Culture, Eurimages, Unifrance, EAVE, the European Film Academy, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the BFI London Film Festival, Titrafilm, Cineuropa, Positif, Télérama, France Télevisions and all the cinema associations and local partners that have collaborated on this edition.
**Countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America.