Europe Day at the Cannes Film Festival: arrivals, group photo and statements by José Manuel Barroso and Viviane Reding
End production: 19/05/2008 First transmission: 19/05/2008
The 6th Europe Day event took place on 19 May 2008 during the Cannes Film Festival. Amongst the films that were in the official contest in Cannes, a number had benefited from EU support, via the MEDIA Programme: "Gomorra" directed by Matteo Garrone (EU funding from MEDIA: 45,000 Euros); "Delta" directed by Kornél Mundruczó (100,000 Euros); "La frontière de l'Aube" directed by Philippe Garrel (50,000 Euros); "Le silence de Lorna" directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (202,500 Euros); "The Palermo Shooting" directed by Wim Wenders (50,000 Euros).
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Viviane Reding, Member of the EC in charge of Information Society and Media, and Gilles Jacob, President of the Cannes Film Festival, invited EU Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual Policy to discuss international film cooperation and make a special tribute to Portuguese film maker Manoel de Oliveira. José Manuel Barroso opened the Ministers' meeting under the multilingual banner: "Cinema, Dianying Yan, Kino, Chalchitra, Cine: Building a world of exchanges".
While the geographical sphere of the current MEDIA programme is essentially European, a future programme would aim both to widen the circulation of audiovisual works to other countries of the world and to strengthen cooperation between audiovisual industries in the EU and in third countries. In anticipation of a future programme, a new preparatory action has been set up to support the screening of films from other countries within European markets and vice-versa.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Viviane Reding, Member of the EC in charge of Information Society and Media, at the Meeting of Ministers for Culture
||Christine Albanel, French Minister for Culture and Communication
||General view of the meeting (4 shots)
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in FRENCH) thanking Viviane Reding and Gilles Jacob, President of the Cannes Film Festival, to gather, in the presence of Christine Albanel, the European Ministers for Culture, on the occasion of the 61st Cannes Film Festival; greeting the film professionals who have come there for the Europe Day;
saying that Europe is also emotions;
saying that Europe is ahead because of its cultural diversity;
||José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that the Cannes Film Festival, while being open to the world, wants to recognise the contribution of Europe in this process of opening; the European cinema is in motion, advances; the Commission has supported such exchanges with some concrete programs;
on the special tribute to Portuguese film maker Manoel de Oliveira
||Group photo of José Manuel Barroso, Viviane Reding, and the European Ministers for Culture (9 shots)
||Extracts from the Culture Ministers press conference;
Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH) on the films helped by the MEDIA programme which are selected in the Cannes Film Festival