European Cinema in Aubenas
by Fabien Lemercier
21/11/2003 - The best of European productions from 2003 will be the main feature of the 5th edition of the European Cinema Meetings, taking place from November 17 to 23 in Aubenas, in the French Ardèche region. The event is organised by the Grand Ecran association under the artistic direction of the famous critic, Michel Ciment,. There are 40 films from 12 European countries being shown in this edition and there’s also a special overview on the history of Spanish cinema. The event will be attended by 5 directors who represent the quality of recent European productions: the British director Stephen Frears >(Dirty Pretty Things [trailer]), the Italian Marco Tullio Giordana (The Best of Youth), the Romanian Lucian Pintilié (Niki et Flo), the French director Noémie Lvovsky (Feelings) and Claude Miller (Lili).
Films on the programme include works like the German Good bye Lenin! [trailer] by Wolfgang Becker, the Danish film Reconstruction by Christophe Boe, the French-Belgium co-production Since Otar Left by Julie Bertucelli, l’islandese Noi the Albino by Dagur Kari, the Norwegian Kitchen Stories by Bent Hamer, the British In This World by Michael Winterbottom, the Russian The Return by Andrey Zvyagintsev and the Turkish film Uzak by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
This year’s festival is paying special attention to Spanish cinema, showing a selection of 7 films made between 1937 and 2001, by directors like Fernando Mignoni, Fernando Trueba, Lorenzo Llobet Gracia, Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodovar and Alejandro Amenabar. There are also films for the younger members of the audience, like Peau d’âne by Jacques Demy and The Dog, the General and the Birds by Francis Nielsen, which is currently playing in French cinemas.
(Translated from French)