Thanks to our wonderful ambassadors who supported the 6th EUROPEAN ARTHOUSE CINEMA DAY!
After trying his hand at literary preparatory classes, Mathieu Amalric went into the film industry, where he started out as a prop boy and canteen worker. In 1984, the filmmaker Otar Iosseliani asked him to act in his new film, “Les favoris de la lune”. He continued to work on film sets and in 1987, he became assistant director on Louis Malle's film “Au revoir les enfants”. As an actor, after some small roles, he became famous thanks to the film “Le journal d'un séducteur” by Danièle Dubroux. In 1997, he directed his first feature film, the comedy “Mange ta soupe”. As a director, his breakthrough came with the burlesque film “Tournée”, which won the “Prix de la mise en scene” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. He continues to pursue his career as an actor and director. Thanks to “Jimmy P”, he continues his collaboration with Arnaud Desplechin, who awarded him the César for Best New Male Actor in 1997 for “Comment je me suis dispute ...” and Best Actor in 2005 for “Rois et Reine”. In 2014, his partner Stéphanie Cléau directed him in the play “Le moral des ménages”, an adaptation of the novel by Eric Rheinardt.
His latest film as director, “Hold Me Tight”, premiered in Cannes Film Festival 2021.
Ildikó Enyedi started her career as a concept and media artist. She was a member of the art group Indigo and the Balázs Béla Studio, the only independent film studio in Eastern Europe before 1989. She later turned to feature film directing and script writing, wrote and directed five features and several shorts. Her film "My 20th Century" was chosen as one of the 12 Best Hungarian Films of All Time. This same film was among the 10 Best Films of the year 1990, as voted by the New York Times. In addition to prizes awarded to her as a filmmaker, she has also received recognition as a script writer (as winner of the Grand Prize of the Hartley Merrill International Screenwriting Prize). She lectures at European master classes and teaches at the University of Film and Theater in Budapest. She was a member of the main jury at the Berlin, Moscow and San Sebastián Film Festivals (amongst others). She was awarded the Balázs Béla and the Merited Artist Prizes and has received the French Republic President’s Order of Merit Cross. In 2017 she became a member of the American Film Academy. Her film “On Body and Soul” has won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2017 and her latest film, “The Story of My Wife” was in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Actress. At a party, she met director Lina Wertmuller who noticed her and wrote her for the film “Joke of Destiny” (1983) as Ugo Tognazzi's daughter. Although she never dreamed of being an actress, she decided to continue in this profession and at the age of 19 she already had her first leading role in "Piccoli Fuochi" (1985) by Peter Del Monte, a director with whom she remained romantically linked for several years. The following year she won the Coppa Volpi for best actress in Citto Maselli's "Storia d'amore", an award that made her internationally known. At the age of twenty-two, the actress moved to Hollywood to follow her boyfriend, Peter Wee Herman, an actor from Puerto Rico, who cast her in his new film, Randal Kleiser's "La mia vita picchiatella" (1988). Almost at the same time she was cast as Tom Cruise and Dustin Offman's partner in Barry Levinson's 1988 film “Rain Man”. In 1991 she returned to Italy to shoot another film by Peter Del Monte, "Tracce di vita amorosa". In 1992, the actress shot "Puerto Escondido" by Gabriele Salvatores in Mexico. Divided between America and Italy, in Rome she lives with her partner Fabrizio Bentivoglio, with whom she starred in Giacomo Campiotti's "Come due coccodrilli" (1995). Despite her melancholic character, the actress is known more for her comic roles than for her dramatic ones, especially in America, where she is popular for Jim Abrahams' “Hot Shots” series. Although she has had the opportunity to be directed by Sean Penn, John Carpenter and to act alongside Gary Oldman and Nicolas Cage, it was Italian cinema that offered her a leading role in Silvio Soldini's film, “Le acrobate” (1997). Valeria Golino is fluent in Italian, Greek, English and French.
Writer and director of the films “Todas las canciones hablan de mí” (2010), for which he was nominated for a Goya for Best New Director, “Los ilusos” (2013), which won awards and recognition from critics and audiences after its run at international festivals, “Los exiliados románticos” (2015), Special Jury Prize at the Malaga Festival, among other awards and festivals, “La Reconquista” (2016), which participated in the Official Selection of the San Sebastian Festival, as well as in numerous international festivals, Special Jury Prize at the Malaga Festival, among other awards and festivals, “La Reconquista” (2016), which participated in the Official Selection of the San Sebastian Festival, as well as in numerous international festivals, and for which he won the Ojo Crítico de RNE 2016 award.
A film is one of the easiest ways to communicate our European values such as equality, freedom of expression and democracy. Thanks to many creative minds, artists, authors, filmmakers and actors, we can draw from such a rich cultural diversity in Europe. European Culture, our common cultural heritage and strong European values define our identity, our thinking and determine our actions. It is therefore crucial for a United Europe. Unfortunately, the sector was hit particularly hard by the Corona pandemic. We need to remember that it is not just the audiovisual sector that is at stake; it is a part of our European identity. Therefore, we need to support those who enrich our everyday lives. I am honoured to be patroness of the European Arthouse Cinema Day 2021. Because those raise awareness and celebrate European films in all their diversity and everything that they represent.
Chair of CULT Committee European Parliament
“Films have this great ability to transport audiences into alternative realities. They allow us to change perspectives and view the world through different eyes. European author films play a prominent role in promoting both cultural diversity and rapprochement among the peoples of Europe.
The European Arthouse Cinema Day showcases European author films and will help capture the imaginations of new audience segments. The participating arthouse cinemas and their varied programmes provide an ideal and timely platform for important cultural exchange. Impressively, they live the principle of unity through diversity.”
Deutsche Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien
French Culture Minister