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CultureGate film programme

In a month’s time, the European Union will have 27 member states and the number of citizens will approach half a billion. Its borders will stretch from the Black Sea to the middle of the Atlantic. It will have 23 official languages and many times more ethnic groups. National identities, as they are perceived, range from the reserved, the ironic, the pedantic, the temperamental to the stylish, et cetera ad infinitum.
What keeps them together? What are the ties that bind? Some of the answers are simple and self-evident – the common economic space, of course. Visa freedom. The chance to study and work in Europe. A common currency.
There are many reasons. Yet far too few to succeed on their own in making the European Union a natural part of our daily life, in making us European citizens.

Culture is what unites and separates us. History, symbols, narratives, attitudes. Those elusive things you won’t find on Lonely Planet’s website, or in Dorling Kindersley’s luxuriously illustrated travel guides. These stories aren’t anywhere in written form. They can be gleaned from a painting. Or a ballad. Or a film. At first glance, they seem humorous, strange, silly. But over time it becomes clear that by understanding our neighbours’ narratives, we better understand not only ourselves, but the world in which we live, today and tomorrow…in both the emotional as well as the very prosaic everyday sense.

This is precisely the reason that the 10th anniversary BNFF is proud to present CultureGate. Made possible by the European Parliament, this programme consists of new films from the EU member states, which give us a (either conventional or different) picture of the world to which we belong, and allow us to get an idea of or analye the cultural differences that unite and separate us.

As one of the founding fathers of the European Union, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, said on 9 May 1950 - five years to the date of the end of World War II - in a declaration to a very weary and broken Europe: “Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.”
CultureGate is one such achievement.

Kadi Herkül
Director of European Parliament Information Office in Estonia

In connection with film programme the international conference "CultureGate - Film's role in preserving the cultural diversity of Europe" is held on the 6th of December, 2006.


FALLING / FALLEN / Austria / Dir: Barbara Albert 
MR AVERAGE / COMME TOUT LE MONDE / Belgium, Luxembourg, France / Dir: Pierre-Paul Renders 
SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS / ŠTESTI / Czech Republic / Dir: Bohdan Slama 
THE BOSS OF IT ALL / DIREKTØREN FOR DET HELE / Denmark, Sweden / Dir: Lars von Trier 
MINDLESS / MEELETU / Estonia / Dir: Elmo Nüganen* 
MAN EXPOSED / RIISUTTU MIES / Finland / Dir: Aku Louhimies*
THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED / DE BATTRE MON COEUR S’EST ARRÊTÉ / France / Dir: Jacques Audiard - dream 
ELEMENTARY PARTICLES / ELEMENTARTEILCHEN / Germany / Dir: Oskar Roehler 
SOUL KICKING / I PSYCHI STO STOMA / Greece, Cyprus / Dir: Yannis Economidis 
BROTHERS OF THE HEAD / Great Britain / Dir: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
PAVEE LACKEEN, THE TRAVELLER GIRL / Ireland / Dir: Perry Ogden 
FRESH AIR / FRISS LEVEGÖ / Hungary / Dir: Agnes Koscis
THE CAIMAN / IL CAIMANO / Italy / Dir: Nanni Moretti 
HOSTAGE / KILNIEKS / Latvia / Dir: Laila Pakalnina* 
YOU AM I / AŠ ESI TU / Lithuania / Dir: Kristijonas Vildziunas*
SCHNITZEL PARADISE / HET SCHNITZELPARADIJS / The Netherlands / Dir: Martin Koolhoven** 
THE COLLECTOR / KOMORNIK / Poland / Dir: Feliks Falk
ALICE / Portugal / Dir: Marco Martins – rocket 
LUNACY / ŠILENI / Slovakkia, Czech Republik / Dir: Jan Švankmajer 
LJUBLJANA THE BELOVED / LJUBLJANA JE LJUBLJENA / Slovenia / Dir: Matjaz Klopcic
ISOLATED / AISLADOS / Spain / Dir: David Marques 
MOUTH TO MOUTH / MUN MOT MUN / Sweden / Dir: Björn Runge

*  Film is participating in a competition programme. 
** Film is participating in Just Film youth film programme.











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