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Film Europe launches Be2Can, its very own festival

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- The firm is to implement a hybrid distribution concept using various platforms

Film Europe launches Be2Can, its very own festival
Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Film Europe, a major distributor of European films and a provider of the Film Europe Channel, has started up its own film festival, Be2Can. “Berlin, Venice and Cannes – these are the three largest and most influential international film festivals in Europe. Their programmes stand for quality and also determine the trend of global cinematography,” remarks the president of the Film Europe Media Company, Ivan Hronec. “Their meaning lies not only in films, but also in the macrodramatics of the festival selection process.” The new festival will reflect these major film events and will bring award-winning titles to audiences in Slovakia and the Czech Republic much faster.

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The festival will take place in selected cinemas in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, providing a varied line-up of European films, such as this year’s Palme d’Or winner, Winter Sleep [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
film profile
]
; a cinematic reflection of contemporary Russia and the winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes, Leviathan [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
; the Jury Prize winner from Cannes, Goodbye to Language [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
In Order of Disappearance [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Hans Petter Moland
film profile
]
 from this year’s Berlinale; and Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile
]
, among others.

Be2Can Festival represents just one platform within a bigger concept of hybrid distribution. The festival will extend its reach through VoD via the O2 Czech Republic Videotheque, a platform on which Film Europe is preparing 51 VoD premieres of titles such as Abdellatif Kechiche’s opus Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
film profile
]
, the Romanian hit Child’s Pose [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Calin Peter Netzer
festival scope
film profile
]
Alexander Sokurov’s excellent interpretation of Goethe’s Faust and the surprising Finnish genre film Iron Sky [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Tero Kaukomaa
interview: Timo Vuorensola
interview: Timo Vuorensola
film profile
]
. The third platform integrated into the new distribution concept is Film Europe’s very own Film Europe Channel, on which day-and-date premieres are scheduled for Four TimesA Story of Children and Film [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
and Veiko Õunpuu’s Free Range [+see also:
trailer
film focus
film profile
]
.

“Be2Can is not only about movies and their awards. We would like to help Czech and Slovak film fans to better understand the structure and dramaturgy of major film festivals, and bring them closer insight into their backstage,” Hronec says, highlighting the project’s aim to enlighten audiences.

Be2Can is taking place from 6-15 October in selected cinemas in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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