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Brussels, 9 February 2007

EU-supported films "top of the bill" at Berlin Film Festival 2007

European film production is making its mark on the world stage. Amongst the 26 films competing for top prizes at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival, 8 have received funding from Europe's MEDIA programme. Overall, 17 MEDIA supported films will be shown during the festival. These numbers are a significant increase on last year.

"Thanks to the MEDIA programmes, European cinema is really bouyant," said Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding. "I am proud that our European films are now enjoying such commercial and critical success."

MEDIA is the EU's support programme for Europe's audiovisual industry. Over the past 16 years, it has supported development and distribution of thousands of films as well as training activities, festivals and promotion projects throughout the continent. Under the MEDIA Plus and MEDIA Training (2001-2006) programmes alone, more than half a billion euros were injected into 8000 projects from over 30 countries.

The new MEDIA 2007 programme covers the period 2007-2013 with a budget of €755 million. It was officially launched yesterday evening in Berlin during a reception hosted by Commissioner Reding.

At this year's "Berlinale", 17 MEDIA-funded films are presented in the various sections of the festival and 8 are nominated for prizes in the following categories:

Main competition:

§ La Vie en Rose (La Môme) by Olivier Dahan (FR, UK, CZ) (2006)

§ Irina Palm by Sam Garbarski (BE, DE, LU) (2007)

§ Goodbye Bafana by Bille August (DE, FR, BE, UK, IT) (2006)

§ The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher) by Stefan Ruzowitzky (DE, AT) (2006)

§ Don't Touch The Axe (Ne touchez pas la hache) by Jacques Rivette (FR, IT) (2006)

§ The Witnesses (Les Témoins) by André Téchiné (FR) (2006)

§ In Memory Of Myself (In memoria di me) by Saverio Costanzo (IT) (2007)

§ Angel by François Ozon (FR, BE, UK) (2007)

The Panorama section which showcases art-house world cinema:

§ Grandhotel by David Ondricek (CZ) (2006)

§ Lady Chatterley by Pascale Ferran (FR, BE) (2006)

§ Shelter (Riparo) by Marco Simon Puccioni (IT, FR) (2006)

The Forum of New Cinema which presents avant-garde, experimental, essays, lengthy observations, political reportages and yet-to-be-discovered cinematographers:

§ Madonnas (Madonnen) by Maria Speth (DE, CH, BE) (2007)

§ A Parting Shot (Pas douce) by Jeanne Waltz (FR, CH) (2007)

§ Drowned in Oblivion (Le Cercle des noyés) by Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd (BE, FR) (2007)

The Generation section, for films that encourage a broader understanding by children and young people:

§ Crusade in Jeans (Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek) by Ben Sombogaart (NL, DE, LU) (2006)

§ Lotte from Gadgetville (Leiutajateküla Lotte) by Heiki Ernits and Janno Põldma (EE, LV) (2006)

§ U by Grégoire Solotareff and Serge Elissalde (FR) (2006)

Nominations in famous international film festivals help raise European films' profile and their widespread distribution throughout Member States and outside of the European Union. 4 of the 5 films presently nominated for the award "Best foreign language film" in the forthcoming Oscars of Hollywood - are funded by MEDIA. These are: After The Wedding, Days of Glory, The Lives of Others and Pan's Labyrinth.

Last year, 12 MEDIA supported films were presented in the 56th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Among the five MEDIA films which were selected in the main competition, Requiem by Hans-Christian Schmid was awarded through its main actress Sandra Hüller, who received the prestigious Silver Bear for Best Actress.

For more information:

Description of the 17 Media films at the Berlin Film Festival : http://www.berlinale.de/

EC's MEDIA programme: http://ec.europa.eu/avpolicy/media
MEDIA programme participation at Berlin Film Festival:
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/media/overview/news/berlinale/

Regional News from the MEDIA Programme: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/media/overview/who/desks/index_en.htm


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