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 Vita". 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: www.cinemateket.dk The cinema: Biffen in Ålborg: www.biffen-aalborg.dk/showarrangementlist.asp?ID=151The cinema: Øst for Paradis i Århus: www.paradisbio.dk Film on DR2: www.dr.dk/kultur/indexunderside.asp?articleID=13397&ArticleTypeID=58&SubjectID=68&action=temaEducational material: www.undervisning.dfi.dkMore about Cinedays: http://europa.eu.int/comm/avpolicy/media/cineday_en.htmland www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/index.asp?pid=11690 For further information Danish Film Institute:Lars Fiil-Jensen, t +45 3374 3559, firstname.lastname@example.org Flemming Kaspersen, t +45 3374 3429, email@example.comMEDIA Desk:Charlotte Appelgren, t +45 3374 3442, firstname.lastname@example.org
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