Thanks to our wonderful ambassadors who supported the 5th EUROPEAN ARTHOUSE CINEMA DAY!

Lucas Belvaux

Lucas Belvaux, born in Belgium in 1961, moved to Paris in 1979 to work as an actor in film, television and theatre. He had several roles in films directed by Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette and Olivier Assayas. Belvaux started directing his own films in the early 1990s. After the ambitious Grenoble feature film trilogy and the kidnap drama Rapt (2009), his latest features 38 Witnesses (2012) and This is our land (2017) premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. was the official opening film of IFFR 2012.

Agnieszka Holland

Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1948, Agnieszka Holland graduated from the FAMU film school in Prague and began her career assisting Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. She collaborated with Krzysztof Kieślowski on the screenplay of his THREE COLOURS trilogy. Her film HEAT screened in Competition at the Berlinale in 1981, the year in which she emigrated to Paris. Since then she has made over 30 films, winning awards including the Golden Globe and a Berlinale Silver Bear, and being nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy. Her films IN DARKNESS, EUROPA EUROPA and ANGRY HARVEST were all nominated for an Academy Award.

Caroline Link

Caroline Link, born on June 2, 1964 in Bad Nauheim, Germany, gained her first practical film experience during an internship at the Munich Bavaria Studios. In 1986 she began studying directing at the Munich University for Television and Film (HFF). She made her debut as a cinema director in 1996 with JENSEITS DER STILLE. The highly acclaimed film was awarded two Bavarian Film Prizes and two German Film Prizes and received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. With the Stefanie Zweig film adaptation NOWHERE IN AFRICA (2001), Caroline Link landed her biggest success so far: The drama received five German Film Awards and won in 2003 the Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.

In 2008 Link returned with the bestselling film adaptation IM WINTER EIN JAHR. It was awarded two German Film Prizes and two Bavarian Film Prizes. After EXIT MARRAKECH, in 2018 Caroline Link presented ALL ABOUT ME, based on the autobiography by the entertainer Hape Kerkeling. The film reached 3.78 million cinema-goers in Germany and became the most viewed German film in 2018. In 2019, the youth book classic WHEN HITLER STOLE THE PINK RABBIT was released in the cinemas and was honored with a German Film Award and a Bavarian Film Award.


Sabine Verheyen

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 2020. Because those raise awareness and celebrate European films in all their diversity and everything that they represent.

Chair of CULT Committee European Parliament

Monika Grütters

“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

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