Ambassadors

Thanks to our wonderful patrons, who support EUROPEAN ART CINEMA DAY!
Because of people like you we love cinema.

CHRISTIAN PETZOLD - Director

Born in Hilden, Germany in 1960, he has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German and theatre at Freie Universität Berlin and then, between 1988 and 1994, film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). Whilst there he worked as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky. In 1995 he directed his first feature film. Die innere Sicherheit (The State I Am In, 2000) won the German Film Award in Gold. After having presented his films Gespenster (Ghosts) and Yella in the Berlinale Competition, he won the Silver Bear for Best Director with Barbara in 2012.

Filmography
1995 Pilotinnen
1996 Cuba Libre
1998 Die Beischlafdiebin
2000 Die innere Sicherheit (The State I Am In)
2001 Toter Mann (Something to Remind Me)
2002 Wolfsburg
2004 Gespenster (Ghosts)
2006 Yella
2008 Jerichow
2011 Dreileben – Etwas besseres als der Tod (Dreileben – Beats Being Dead)
2012 Barbara
2014 Phoenix
2018 Transit

MICHEL OCELOT - Director

Born on the French Riviera, Michel Ocelot spent his childhood in Guinea, grew up in the Loire valley and then settled in Paris. He has dedicated his entire career to film animation. Since the beginning, all his works have been based on his own scripts and graphics.
Among his short films, he directed The 3 Inventors (1980 Bafta for best animated film, London), followed by The Legend of the Poor Hunchback (1983 César for best animated short film, Paris).
In 1998, Michel Ocelot became known to the general public with the success of his first feature film Kirikou and the Sorceress. He then released Princes and Princesses, fairy tales in a shadow theatre, using cut out animation, and Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, co-directed with Bénédicte Galup.
Azur & Asmar (2007), his 4th feature film, is another fairy tale, set on both sides of the Mediterranean.
In late 2008, he released a compilation DVD of his short films, The Hidden Treasures of Michel Ocelot, his life and work before Kirikou…
In July 2011, and for the first time in 3D, Tales of the Night, another silhouette film, was released. It was the only French feature film to be selected for the main competition at the 61st edition of the prestigious Berlin Film Festival.
In 2012, Michel Ocelot completed the shooting of new Kirikou adventures, Kirikou and the Men and Women.
He recently completed a new feature film, "Dilili in Paris", set in the Belle Epoque.

Patrons

We say thank you to the European Parliament and the German and French governments for their support.

Mariya Gabriel

European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Evelyne Gebhardt

Dear visitors to European Art Cinema Day,
When the lights go down, and the curtain rises, the cinema gives us a wonderful opportunity to relax and be transported into another world. It also offers a platform for a wide range of political and social issues, especially those which do not normally receive the attention of the general public. Art cinemas are progressive and a place for cultural exchange. What could be more exciting than discussing a stimulating film you’ve just seen with friends?
That is why I am delighted to support the cinema institution in Europe. Small establishments must especially be preserved, those which represent the cultural diversity and wide range of European films. Because, beyond the large productions, there is much worth exploring. Therefore, I am excited to be the patron for the second European Art Cinema Day, which truly enriches us with diverse events and film screenings in over 500 cinemas.
Sincerely,
Your Evelyne Gebhardt

Vice President of the 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 Art 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.”

German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Françoise Nyssen

Le parrainage par le Ministère de la Culture de cette deuxième édition de la Journée Européenne du Cinéma Art et Essai témoigne de notre confiance renouvelée dans cette initiative, et de l’importance de cette démarche à destination des spectateurs, qui sera mise en œuvre par plus de 500 cinémas dans 30 pays. Cette journée veut mettre en lumière, à l'échelle internationale et à celle du continent, toute la vitalité et la diversité de la cinématographie européenne, en rappelant le rôle essentiel des cinémas Art et Essai dans la diffusion et la circulation de ces œuvres. Cette initiative donne un élan supplémentaire à l'idée d'une Europe de la Culture, chère à la France, qui se traduit notamment par la défense de l'exception culturelle et du droit d'auteur. Je me réjouis de voir cette manifestation grandir et continuer son chemin, en favorisant toujours, à travers les films d'auteurs que nous aimons et soutenons, la connaissance, la compréhension et l'entente entre les peuples.

French Minister of Culture, Photo: MC/Didier Plowy

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