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Cinema & Europe: NISI MASA celebrates 5th anniversary in Paris


For its fifth anniversary, the European association NISI MASA (see interview with Matthieu Darras, one of the network’s founders) is holding a week of workshops, screenings and round tables on "Cinema and European citizenship", which kicked off in Paris last Saturday.

Taking place next Saturday, September 2, at Paris City Hall is a lecture entitled "Tales of Filmmakers: Europe in Films", with participants including Tony Gatlif, Radu Mihaileanu (Live and Become [+see also:
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- see Focus), Germany’s Hannes Stöhr (One Day in Europe, a French/Spanish co-production made in four countries and eight languages – see interview), Spain’s Fernando Trueba and UK director Steen Agro, who lives between London and Prague and is behind the co-production Shut up and Shoot me [+see also:
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Also lined up in the event’s programme are three workshops bringing together over 80 members, filmmakers, scriptwriters and film aficionados of the NISI MASA network. "20 Visions of Paris" will host the production of 20 five-minute shorts by young directors from 20 different European countries (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Kosovo, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, the UK, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine).

The menu will also include a "Kinokabaret", a 72-hour collective directing laboratory (including filming and editing), and a 48-hour scriptwriting marathon, supported by Dominik Moll, which starts tomorrow at the Maison de l'Europe.

Several screenings are programmed, including shorts produced by G.R.E.C, workshop films and European shorts, as well as five films from winners of the NISI MASA European scriptwriting competition.

Two other lectures will round off the event: "Workshop films in Europe: Practices and Stakes" and "Does multicultural Europe need cinema to exist?", to be held on August 31. Participants include directors Karin Albou (Little Jerusalem), Zelimir Zilnic and UK filmmaker Stephen Frears.

(Translated from French)

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