Romania / The Island: solitude but not loneliness

Anca Damian, Romanian film-maker, is currently working on her fourth feature, The Island. Scripted with Augusto Zanovello, the film is co-produced by Aparte Film (Romania), Take Five (Belgium) and Komadoli (France). The director describes her work as a musical and a “back-to-front version of the Robinson Crusoe story”. Several characters are the same as in …

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France / France Télévisions continues the Lumni online courses

At the end of March, France Télévisions and the Ministry of National Education undertook Nation apprenante (Learning Nation), an online educational programme which uses their Lumni courses to ensure educational continuity as well as distance learning. Despite the easing of lock-down announced in France from May 11th and the reopening of schools, France 4 will …

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Spain / DocsBarcelona festival maintained

The 23rd DocsBarcelona will be held online. The organizers explained their decision by saying they want above all “to maintain the project with its commitment to the public and the industry, while guaranteeing a diverse and quality offer.” Thanks to the Filmin platform, the selected films will be online from May 19th to 31st. 35 …

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Italy / Map to the Stars, a guide to the festivals

At the end of April, the Associazioni Festival Italiani di Cinema (AFIC) launched Map to the Stars. This free application is to help people find their way through the myriad of film festivals in Italy. It was created with the help of the Ministry of Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism, and the General Directorate of …

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Greece / Special programme supporting the GFC

Like all audiovisual industries across the planet, Greece has had difficulties since the beginning of the year due to the Covid-19 crisis. The Ministry of Culture has passed resolutions to help the sector, setting up, for example, an emergency fund of €15 million. The Greek Cinema Centre (GFC) also wanted to play its part by …

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France / New releases on Amazon Prime Video

Following the new additions to the Netflix catalogue, it’s now Amazon Prime Video’s turn to expand its offer. This month six films by Agnès Varda will be available online: Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), L’une chante, l’autre pas (1977), Le Bonheur (1965), Les Cent et Une nuits de Simon Cinéma (1995), La pointe courte …

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Italy / From the Sidelines, a sports documentary

From the Sidelines is a 2019 documentary directed by Simona Cocozza and made during the 30th World University Games in Naples, a multi-sport event organized every two years in a different city to celebrate international university sport and culture. For two weeks the Neapolitan director captured the relationship between coaches and athletes, the tensions, the …

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