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Cinema: A two-speed Europe goes to the movies

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:28:24 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – European cinema-going habits vary significantly: a look at the current divide between western and eastern Europe. See more.

Cinema and advocacy: “A Turning Tide In The Life Of Man” — the citizen lobbying of John O’Brien

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:03:07 +0100

, – This documentary about how a group of struggling Irish fishermen influenced the reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy shows us how another Europe is possible, if citizens mobilise to defend the public interest. See more.

European Union: ‘A European prosecutor to pursue fraudsters’

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:52:15 +0100

Die Presse, Vienna – See more.

Television: A newscasting Tower of Babel

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:09:16 +0100

La Croix, Paris – Founded in 1993, European news channel, Euronews, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. With 400 journalists from some 30 countries broadcasting in a dozen languages, the channel has managed to develop an image that appeals to a broad audience, from German businessmen to Egyptian protesters. See more.

Romania: ‘Self-flagellation cinema’ rakes it in

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:21:40 +0100

Adevărul, Bucharest – After Cannes, it was the turn of the Berlin Film Festival to honour a film from the Romanian New Wave, from a generation of filmmakers who have been ignored, and from a country without cinemas. Like “Beyond the Hills” by Cristian Mungiu, “Child's Pose” by Călin Peter Netzer expresses the “suffering and despair of Romanian life,” says a sociologist. See more.

Cinema: ‘Nazif Mujić returns to Sarajevo with two Silver Bears’

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:24:39 +0100

Oslobođenje , Sarajevo – See more.

Movie piracy: Jolly Roger flies over film industry

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 08:42:51 +0100

Die Zeit, Hamburg – See more.

Poland: ‘Death of the president’

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:47:40 +0100

Polska The Times, Warsaw – See more.

Denmark: Danish model is a small screen success

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:25:54 +0100

Le Monde, Paris – A small country with just 6 million inhabitants, Denmark is now a rising star in the world of television thanks to well-crafted series like “Borgen”. Developed by a production system that is unlike any other, the shows owe much of their success to the almost total freedom granted to screenwriters. See more.

Poland: War film triggers examination of conscience

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:47:35 +0100

Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw – See more.

Belgium: Hollywood on the North Sea

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:22:30 +0100

De Standaard, Brussels – With its well-preserved natural landscapes, tax breaks and competent technician, Belgium over the last few years has become the location of choice for European film makers. See more.

Debate: An infantile satire that no longer informs

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:31:18 +0100

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich – Seldom has satire been so much in the public spotlight. It’s just a pity that today, of all times, it’s never been so bad. Whether it’s Charlie Hebdo in France or Titanic in Germany, the religious taunting in place of political satire is getting boring. See more.

Netherlands: The East’s “strawberry pickers” make the stage

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:29:34 +0100

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam – Through a theatre performance about Eastern European migrants, a theatre maker in the southern Netherlands town of Zundert, with some 3,000 Eastern European labour migrants, hopes to bridge the divide between local inhabitants and the immigrants. See more.

Humour in Europe (5/10) : Romanian jokes that got around the censor

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:41:34 +0100

Le Monde, Paris – During the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanians told jokes to exorcise the brutality of the dictatorship. In this fifth installment of its series on humour, Le Monde says that in Bucharest, today they laugh capitalism. See more.

Humour in Europe (4/10): Spain’s bawdy smash hit

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:49:17 +0100

Le Monde, Paris – Torrente, the epitome of crass, is delighting Spanish audiences with its vulgar but liberating humour. In the fourth part of its series on comedy in Europe, Le Monde focuses on the extreme caricature of a society in crisis. See more.

Humour in Europe 1/10: Tickling Germany’s funny bone

Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:37:39 +0100

Le Monde, Paris – Who said the Germans don't know how to laugh? In this first part in a series on European humour, Le Monde explores the nation's cabaret culture, a phenomenon that endured even East Germany's Cold War period. See more.

Film: Portugal — action and... cuts!

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:16:07 +0100

Libération, Paris – The young guard of Portuguese filmmakers has been making impact at international festivals. However, in their home country the crisis has led to a drastic reduction in state investment in culture which has put many small producers in an extremely difficult position. See more.

Eurovision 2012: Baku intent on buying respectability

Fri, 25 May 2012 11:05:37 +0100

Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn – This year’s Eurovision Song Contest is hosted by Azerbaijan, a country that is far from being a model democracy. An Estonian journalist takes a critical look at the deferential treatment enjoyed by the regime in Baku. See more.

Germany: Enough “politically correct” films!

Fri, 11 May 2012 12:05:33 +0100

Die Zeit, Hamburg – Reactions to the film Barbara show that 'feel-good' films worry German film producers. The director, Dominik Graf, implores filmmakers to dare to challenge the highbrow cinema strangehold. See more.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: “In the Land of Blood and Honey” - soothing for elites and victims

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:41:33 +0100

Oslobođenje , Sarajevo – Given a triumphant welcome in Bosnia – and very criticised in Serbia – Angelina Jolie's film nonetheless maintains the victimisation promoted by a part of the Bosnian political, cultural and religious elite, regrets Croatian writer, Boris Dežulović. See more.

Theatre: A play about Breivik is essential for our time

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:53:13 +0100

Politiken, Copenhagen – Can the radical manifesto of the killer of Oslo and Utøya really be staged? A theatre project in Copenhagen has raised strong protests in Norway and Denmark. But hearing the words of Breivik’s Manifesto 2083 is vital for understanding our times, responds its director, Christian Lollike. See more.

Cinema: ...!

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:49:44 +0100

L'Hebdo, Lausanne – Cartoon. See more.

Cinema: The secret of Denmark’s success

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:47:49 +0100

Público, Lisbon – At a time when the drive for austerity has led most countries to cut back on cultural budgets, the Danish film industry remains one of the most successful in Europe thanks to a pro-active policy of grants and support for young film makers. See more.

Cinema: “Play” — a film that upends racist clichés

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:35:06 +0100

Aftonbladet, Stockholm – Is this a racist movie? Ruben Östlund’s latest film — a story of poor black and middle class white children which deliberate plays on the audience’s prejudices — has sparked controversy in Sweden. See more.

Cinema: Estonia’s signature melancholy

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:33:24 +0100

Postimees, Tallinn – Since independence, Estonian film makers appear to be incapable of producing anything other than films where melancholy plays the leading role, remarks Postimees, which argues that a certain dolefulness has become the hallmark of culture made in Estonia. See more.

Greece: Shattered films from a shattered country

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:05:15 +0100

The Guardian, London – Are the brilliantly strange films of Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari a product of Greece's economic turmoil? And will they continue to make films in this troubled country? See more.

Music: The opera Belgium can’t see

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:40:21 +0100

NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam – The opera, The Mute Girl of Portici, has been a symbol of Belgian unity since 1830. But to see it staged today, you have to go to Paris, because in Brussels it could arouse political controversy. See more.

Poland: Hollywood beckons for Polish producers

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:19:01 +0100

Rzeczpospolita, Warsaw – See more.

Theatre: New talent comes from the East

Fri, 27 May 2011 17:07:22 +0100

Polityka, Warsaw – Europe has lost six great names in the performing arts, but their succession is assured by a new generation of directors, most of whom hail from Central and Eastern Europe. See more.

Cinéma: Ingmar Bergman switched at birth

Thu, 26 May 2011 11:48:26 +0100

Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm – See more.

Cannes film festival: Lars von Trier steps over the line

Fri, 20 May 2011 12:52:33 +0100

Berlingske Tidende, Copenhagen – See more.

Television: Eurovision – tomorrow's Europe

Fri, 13 May 2011 15:06:30 +0100

The Wall Street Journal Europe, Brussels – Often considered too low-brow, the Eurovision song contest, which unfurls this Saturday 14 May, is increasingly appreciated by European academy, who glean in its antics the emergence of a "New Europe". See more.

Greece: Debtocracy - exploring the roots of the crisis

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:50:33 +0100

To Vima, Athens – Produced by activists and distributed on the Internet, a documentary retracing the history of the Greek debt crisis, which highlights the responsibility of the country’s political elite, has prompted a lively debate. See more.

Culture: Scenario darkens for European cinema

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:58:38 +0100

El País, Madrid – Seven Oscars and eight Palmes d'Or in 10 years: the results of the MEDIA programme that has subsidised film production in Europe are largely positive. But now the funding is on the chopping block – to the dismay of filmmakers, who have started a petition. See more.

United Kingdom: Murdoch handed virtual media monopoly

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:45:45 +0100

The Independent, London – See more.

Cinema: Russian intrigue at the Berlinale

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:48:58 +0100

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich – A film by a German director about the Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky was to premiere at the Berlinale. But it’s been stolen – and the director is afraid. See more.

United Kingdom: The King’s Speech – a national fairy tale

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 10:49:32 +0100

The Guardian, London – Hotly tipped for the Oscars, the newly released film confirms that World War 2 is now creation myth number one for Britons - and the Queen their only living connection to it. See more.

United Kingdom: Always be nice to Mr Murdoch’s empire

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 10:53:55 +0100

The Independent, London – See more.

Italy: Monicelli's dramatic last scene

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:15:21 +0100

La Stampa, Turin – See more.

Italy: Quality television in Berlusconi-land

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 10:12:53 +0100

L'Espresso, Rome – Sober and incisive, "Vieni via con me" co-presented by anti-Mafia writer, Roberto Saviano, has set new ratings records in the land of Berlusconi. In the run-up to the last programme of the four episode series scheduled for 29 November, Italian television guru, Carlo Freccero, analyses the reasons for its success. See more.

Cinema: Claude Chabrol, France's dark looking-glass

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:15:48 +0100

Libération, Paris – See more.

Comedy: Funny foreigners

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:12:29 +0100

The Guardian, London – Heard the one about the German, the Italian and the Norwegian? They are all reinventing comedy in English by playing on nuances in their own languages See more.

Cinema: Crossing cultures in Romania’s border zone

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 16:38:14 +0100

Evenimentul zilei, Bucharest – See more.

Cinema: Europe sweet-talks Hollywood

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 14:57:57 +0100

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich – For years, European film boards have been competing with offers of tax breaks and subsidies to lure major US film producers to their studios. France is the latest country to adopt such a strategy, but it still lacks the appropriate infrastructure. See more.

Theatre: Eight Gypsies and a play by Lorca

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:33:03 +0100

El Correo, Bilbao – Take eight illiterate gitanas to perform a play by the great Spanish poet. The point of this experiment in Seville is to take at least the barb of artistic exclusion out of social segregation: a subject of debate for the European Encounters series at the Avignon Summer Festival. See more.

A town in Europe: Oberammergau, a passion for the Passion

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 13:22:42 +0100

Die Zeit, Hamburg – For nearly four centuries, the inhabitants of this Bavarian village have performed a Passion Play every ten years to ward off the danger of the plague: a highly colourful event, which attracts tourists from all over the world. See more.

Cinema: Afghanistan documentary rocks Denmark

Tue, 18 May 2010 12:13:53 +0100

Jyllands-Posten, Aarhus – See more.

Cannes 2010: Rome snubs film festival

Mon, 10 May 2010 13:54:15 +0100

Corriere della Sera, Milan – See more.

EU-Iran: Brussels to counter Iranian censorship

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:22:05 +0100

Le Monde, Paris – See more.