One more time, 28 Times Cinema
by David González
- The initiative helmed by the LUX Film Prize, Cineuropa, Europa Cinemas and Venice Days will whisk 28 young film lovers away to the Lido to form the jury of the Venice Days
Twenty-eight young film lovers will take part in the 28 Times Cinema initiative at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. For the seventh year in a row, the European Parliament’s LUX Film Prize, in partnership with Cineuropa, Europa Cinemas and the Venice Days, is inviting a group of cinephiles selected from among the audiences of the arthouse cinema network members, each representing one European country, to participate in the Venice Days. Besides attending debates with film-industry professionals and contributing to coverage of the events for Cineuropa’s 28 Times Cinema blog, the participants will also be in charge of giving out the Venice Days Award for the third year running.
This year, the jury will be chaired by singular Canadian writer, photographer and director Bruce LaBruce, who attended the Venice Days back in 2013 with his film Gerontophilia. For 15 days, the participants from all over Europe will compare notes on the 11 films in the running for the Venice Days Award. The previous Venice Days Awards given out by the 28 Times Cinema members jury went to Laurent Cantet’s Return to Ithaca [+see also:
interview: Laurent Cantet
film profile] (in 2014, with Argentinian director Diego Lerman as president) and Michael Rowe’s Early Winter (in 2015, with Laurent Cantet as president).
The varied group is made up of youngsters who have just left school, university students studying film and animation, journalists, bloggers, musicians and actors, as well as historians, engineers and jacks-of-all-trades. The participants are Luzia Johow (Austria), Tamar Cachet (Belgium), Paraskevi Karageorgu (Bulgaria), Polina Zelmanova (Cyprus), Matej Sudarić (Croatia), Maj Rafferty (Denmark), Eva Liisa Sepp (Estonia), Linn Hielm (Finland), Elvire Munoz (France), Cora Frischling (Germany), Evangelos Dimopoulos (Greece), Mónika Bajnóczi (Hungary), Beth Hayden (Ireland), Bianca Ariani (Italy), Patricija Marija Keisa (Latvia), Vladas Rožėnas (Lithuania), Kiyan Agadjani (Luxembourg), Sarah Chircop (Malta), Matthijs van der Veer (the Netherlands), Kamil Klamut (Poland), Isabel Pestana (Portugal), Jakub Brych (the Czech Republic), Carla Fotea (Romania), Gregor Petrikovič (Slovakia), Tomi Petek (Slovenia), Adrià Guxens Chaparro (Spain), Clara Gower (Sweden) and Steven Armour (the UK).
Lastly, as usual, the Venice Days will be welcoming the three LUX Prize nominees, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann [+see also:
Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile], Claude Barras’ My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
interview: Claude Barras
film profile] and Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
interview: Leyla Bouzid
film profile], for special screenings. This special event serves as preparation for the role of the 28 Times Cinema members as LUX Film Prize Ambassadors, which will allow them to present the fifth edition of the LUX Film Days in their respective countries.
All 28 participants will be writing for Cineuropa’s 28 Times Cinema blog, which you can visit here.
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