Ambassadors

Thanks to our wonderful ambassadors who support EUROPEAN ARTHOUSE CINEMA DAY!

Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma was born in 1978 in Cergy Pontoise. She studied literature, then joined the script department of La fémis, the French National Film School. His graduation work became his first feature film, WATER LILIES. Then followed TOMBOY, GIRLHOOD and PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE. Concurrently with her work as a director, she wrote the scripts for Claude Barras' MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE and André Téchiné's BEING 17.

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Jean-Pierre Dardenne was born in Engis (Belgium) in April 1951. Luc Dardenne was born in Awirs (Belgium) in March 1954.
Jean-Pierre studied dramatic art at the Institut des arts de diffusion de Bruxelles where he will be taught by Armand Gatti, director and poet, thanks to whom he will make his first steps in directing together with his brother Luc. On his side, Luc studied philosophy and sociology.
Together they have directed numerous documentaries.
In 1975, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne founded the production company Dérives, which has produced more than eighty documentaries, including their own. In 1994, they founded the production company Les Films du Fleuve.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTORS
1987: Falsch
1992: Je pense à vous
1996: The Promise
1999: Rosetta Palme d’Or and Best Actress for Emilie Dequenne – Cannes Film Festival 1999
2002: The Son Best Actor for Olivier Gourmet – Cannes Film Festival 2002
2005: The Child Palme d’Or – Cannes Film Festival 2005
2008: Lorna’s Silence Best Screenplay – Cannes Film Festival 2008, Prix Lux – 2008
2011: The Kid with a Bike Grand Prize of the Jury – Cannes FF 2011
2014: Two Days, One Night European Film Awards – Best Actress for Marion Cotillard 2015
2016: The Unknown Girl
2019: Young Ahmed Best Directors – Cannes Film Festival 2019

Sandra Hüller

Sandra Hüller, born in Suhl in 1978, studied at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin and then played at the theatres in Jena, Leipzig, Basel, Berlin, Hanover and Munich.
In 2004 Sandra Hüller took on her first cinema role in Hans- Christian Schmid's film REQUIEM (2004). For this acting achievement she received the Silver Bear, the German Film Award and a nomination for the European Film Award. In the following years Sandra Hüller worked closely with Johan Simons at the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Ruhrtriennale and the Schauspielhaus Bochum, but also made feature films, including 2007 with Maria Speth MADONNEN and Nanouk Leopold BROWNIAN MOVEMENT. Her role in Jan Schomburg's feature film debut ÜBER UNS DAS ALL (2011) earned her a further nomination for the German Film Prize. For her performance in Frauke Finsterwalders FINSTERWORLD (2013) she received the German Film Award for Best Female Supporting Role in 2014. TONI ERDMANN premiered in Cannes, was nominated for the Academy Award 2017 for Best Foreign Language Film and Sandra Hüller was awarded the European Film Award, the German Film Award and the Bavarian Film Award for her role. She then shot with Thomas Stuber IN DEN GÄNGEN, who celebrated his world premiere in the Berlinale competition. Her latest works include two French films PROXIMA directed by Alice Winocour and SIBYL by Justine Triet, which was screened in the 2019 Cannes Film Festival competition.

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

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