For the second edition of the Changing Face of Europe, a collaboration between the Hot Docs film festival April May 5 and European Film Promotion EFP , 10 European documentaries will offer Toronto audiences a provocative and kaleidoscopic portrait of the cultural forces shaping the continent today. The program is a study in both intimate, personal stories and the wide-angle view they can bring to the world. Some of those personal stories reflect the political and cultural cross-currents sweeping across Europe today. Many also offer revealing portraits of contemporary womanhood. Popular on Variety. In its second year, the Changing Face of Europe looks to further bridge the gap between filmmakers on either side of the Atlantic. Half of the films in the program will be screening in North America for the first time. To that end, the program features matchmaking sessions that pair European documentary filmmakers and producers with foreign festival programmers, financiers and distribution platforms.
What moves people in Europe? What triggers and lies beneath the manifold changes in the political, social and economical landscape? The line-up of 10 outstanding new documentaries — including one world, two international and four North American premieres — selected by the festival out of 36 submissions by EFP member organisations, is co-produced by a total of 14 European countries and is an exciting example of the diversity of European cinema. All outstanding creative documentaries, personally introduced by the filmmakers, many of them also accompanied by the respective producers, touch a wide range of topics: BRAGUINO shows the clash of traditional ways with a freewheeling outline of life in the vast loneliness of the Siberian Taiga. Two films center around very personal stories to talk about cultural identity and new life concepts.
The 14th edition of the international documentary film festival of Navarra gets under way in its capital, and will go on until 7th of March with a brave and alternative programme. The network of European distributors will bring case studies of recent successful animation films to Bordeaux. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the most important daily or weekly news on European cinema. The festival was supposed to take place from March but has been postponed amid worries about new cases of the disease in Greece and following the latest announcement issued by the WHO. The 22nd edition of the European funding platform for animated films will unspool between 3 — 5 March in Bordeaux. For the first time published as a digital edition, the guide provides filmmakers with all the industry contacts they need to finance their documentaries. For the second year in a row, the distributors network co-organised various events at IDFA focused on the distribution of documentary films. The European distributors network sheds some light on the situation of independent film distribution in the countries. Cineuropa is the first European portal dedicated to cinema and audiovisual in 4 languages. With daily news, interviews, data bases, in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry, Cineuropa aims at promoting the European film industry throughout the world.
It is an established truth that European cinema, compared to others, has a different attitude to depictions of erotic themes and sex. In the USA, for example, screen violence is all fine and dandy. But nudity, and particularly thrusting , is seen as a big no-no by the MPAA. Many erotic-themed films, when released stateside, have been stamped with the dreaded NC rating. This effectively ruins any chance of a film making money. Whereas in Europe, scenes with intercourse can produce a discussion on aesthetics—and subject matter—while often causing a sensation at festivals.