EUROPE / Arte is offering a free on-line festival

From September 30th to October 9th the ArteKino Festival is giving internet users from 44 European countries the chance to discover a dozen major European films, free of charge.


For this first year, 50,000 virtual tickets are being offered to the public (5,000 for each film). Anyone interested must register on-line to reserve access to films which will be posted on the festival website. Most of these films have already been shown in various festivals, but few have been distributed across Europe.

Although Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima” (France) and Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ “Suntan”, (Greece) are both “sold out”, there are still tickets available for the rest of the selection, many of which are Mediterranean-based: two Italian films, Alessandro Comodin’s “I tempi felici” and Pietro Marcello’s “Bella e perduta”; a Spanish film “La Mort de Louis XIV” by Albert Serra; a Portuguese film, João Nicolau’s “John From” and a Serbian film “A Good Wife” by Mirjana Karanovic. Ulrich Seidl’s “Safari” (Austria) and Philippe Laudenbach’s “La Jeune Fille sans Mains” (France) complete the programme.

The ArteKino site will offer four subtitled versions of each film (English, French, German and Spanish).

The public will be invited to vote for their favourite film, which will receive the Nespresso Audience Award, worth €50,000. This will be divided equally between the director and the international seller of the winning film, helping to get the film better distribution in new territories.


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