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Brussels, 5th April 2012
Tribute to Claude Miller, Président d'Europa Cinémas
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, has paid tribute to French film director Claude Miller who died in Paris last night, aged 70. He was the President of the Europa Cinemas network, founded in 1992 with funding from the EU MEDIA programme, which promotes the screening of European films.
“As well as being a successful film-maker in his own right, Claude Miller was passionate about European cinema and diversity. Under his Presidency, the Europa Cinemas network expanded to nearly 3 000 screens in more than 60 countries. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him and worked alongside him,” said Commissioner Vassiliou.
Miller, who came to prominence working with François Truffaut, had a career in films spanning nearly 40 years. His best-known works included La meilleure façon de marcher (1976), Garde à vue (1981) and La Classe de neige (1998)
At the time of his death, his final film, a re-make of Thérèse Desqueyroux starring Audrey Tautou, was in post-production.