Cinedays 15 - 24 November 2002

Press release14.11.2002
From 15 to 24 November European cinemas,
cinematheques and television stations will be showing European film
classics in conjunction with Cinedays.
As Denmark is currently
EU chair the country is also hosting the opening ceremony, which will take
place at the DFI Cinematheque, Copenhagen on Thursday 14 November,
attended by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner responsible for
Education and Culture, and Brian Mikkelsen, the Danish Minister of
Cultural Affairs.
Cinedays has been arranged on the initiative of
the EU Commission, with Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar as its patron.
This campaign on behalf of European cinema is particularly aimed at the
younger generation, with a view to increasing their interest in European
film, which has been forced to cede ground to the huge numbers of US
movies over the last few decades. The films being screened at the DFI
Cinematek are thus accompanied by teaching materials and background
articles to inspire classes to work on the films at school.
The DFI Cinematheque in
Copenhagen is showing ten of the finest films from the last 75 years,
including classics such as "Metropolis" and "The Bicycle Thief", along
with Danish gems like "Johnny Larsen" and "Zappa", while other cinemas,
Biffen in Ålborg and Øst for Paradis in Århus have also scheduled
ten films; and here there will be a chance to see "Carmen", "Jules
et Jim", and "Oliver Twist", among other films.
The national television
channel DR2 will be broadcasting three heavyweights from the history of
European cinema on 15 December and the next two days. The afternoon can be
spent on Ingmar Bergman's "Smultronstället" [Wild Strawberries] , Marcel
Carné's "Les Enfants du Paradis", and Frederico Fellini's "La Dolce
Netdays, another EU Commission initiative being
held at the same time, is putting on a number of activities spotlighting
IT and film in education. On 15 November the spotlight will be on the art
of the cinema and the media, with guided tours, lectures, previews and
workshops at the European Film College, Ebeltoft, and on 22 November there
is a film day at Station Next, Filmbyen, Avedøre, with guided tours,
film-related activities, and talks by filmmakers.
Also on the 15 November,
Media Desk Denmark (located in the DFI building) will host the seminar
"Multimedia Training in Europe" where there will be a presentation of EU
Media supported training initiatives in the field of multi-media. This
will bring together, for the first time, the various training
organizations for the purpose of highlighting the opportunities and
support available within European media education.

DFI Cinematheque: The cinema:
Biffen in Ålborg:
cinema: Øst for Paradis i Århus: Film on DR2:
material: www.undervisning.dfi.dkMore about Cinedays:
For further information
Danish Film Institute:Lars Fiil-Jensen, t +45 3374 3559, Flemming Kaspersen, t +45
3374 3429, flemmingk@dfi.dkMEDIA
Desk:Charlotte Appelgren, t +45 3374 3442,