Exhibition of Posters: "20 YEARS WITH EUROPEAN FILM"

18.3.-10.4.  European house
11.4. -11.5. Café in cinema Lucerna

1994–2013

20 YEARS WITH EUROPEAN FILM

At the birth of the DAYS OF EUROPEAN FILM festival stood diplomats from several European countries: Giorgio Ficcarelli (Italy), Andreas Stroehl (Germany), Sylvie Dargnies (France) and Franta Wijchers (the Netherlands). They noticed an almost complete absence of European films in Czech cinemas, and so together with embassy representatives from the other European countries they put together the initial pilot year of the festival in order to gauge whether there was any interest in European films. The main idea was to enrich the Czech cultural menu with high-quality and important works of contemporary European cinema. Viewer interest exceeded expectations, even though there was minimal promotion and viewers were used to a rather monothematic selection of films, mainly from the United States. 

The first several years constituted in essence a “showcase of films from EU countries”, in which EU member states participated in the preparation of the festival, but gradually other European countries were added, mainly through co-production, and the 10th year was already a “showcase of films from current and future EU member states.” Now the festival includes films of all European countries. Between 1994 and 2012, the Days of European Film festival has offered each year more than 40 films from more than 25 European countries. Many of the films have won awards at major national and international film festivals and were international co-productions. Films are shown in the original language with Czech subtitles, and in light of interest in the festival among foreign-language viewers, English subtitles are a given. This showcase of contemporary cinema is held in Prague and Brno as well as in other cities as “echoes”. The first annual festival was opened on 8 April 1994 with the film Orlando by director Sally Potter. In following years, DEF welcomed
such celebrities as Ken Loach (Raining Stones and Sweet Sixteen), Aki Kaurismäki (Pidä Huivista a Kiinni, Tatjana / Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana), Carlos Saura (Goya en Burdeos / Goya in Bordeaux), Brenda Blethyn (Saving Grace), Stephen Frears (Liam), Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair), and others.

WE ILLUSTRATE INDIVIDUAL EDITIONS OF THE DAYS OF EUROPEAN FILM (1994–2012) WITH AN EXHIBITION OF POSTERS

It is the viewers who have most contributed to making the Days of European Film a great success. They are fundamental to fulfilling the festival’s basic aim – to draw Czech audiences to the cinema for European films. In the name of European film, thank you!

Yours truly, DAYS OF EUROPEAN FILM
Eva Kačerová, director DEF / 1st–14th years
Barbora Golatová, director DEF / 15th year to the present
… and others

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