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BERLINALE 2020

CineRegio members back 39 titles at the Berlinale

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- The network of regional film funds is taking the opportunity to call for the von der Leyen Commission (2019-2024) to respect “the cultural exception" in Europe

CineRegio members back 39 titles at the Berlinale
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani

As the 50 regional film funds that comprise the CineRegio network meet for their usual plenary session at Landesvertretung Thüringen to exchange learning and inspiration, the impact of their work is evident in the 39 films selected for the 70th Berlin Film Festival.

The CineRegio members have supported 9 of the 18 feature films in this year's Golden Bear Competition (equivalent to 50%), as well as 9 titles in Panorama and 10 titles in Generation; and 2 titles in the new Encounters section devoted to new cinematic visions. For example the supported titles in Competition are Burhan Qurbani's Berlin Alexanderplatz [+see also:
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(MFG Baden Württemberg), Ilya Khrzhanovsky and Jekaterina Oertel's DAU. Natasha [+see also:
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interview: Ilya Khrzhanovskiy
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(Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung), Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delepine's Delete History [+see also:
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(Pictanovo Région Hauts-de-France), Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo's Bad Tales [+see also:
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interview: Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo
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(Lazio Region Roma Lazio Film), Philippe Garrel's The Salt of Tears [+see also:
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(Cinéforom, Pictanovo Région Hauts-de-France), Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond's My Little Sister [+see also:
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interview: Stéphanie Chuat and Véroniq…
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(Zürcher Filmstiftung, Cinéforom), Abel Ferrara's Siberia (IDM Film Fund & Commission, Lazio Region Roma Lazio Film), Mohammad Rasoulof's There Is No Evil [+see also:
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(Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein) and Sally Potter's The Roads Not Taken [+see also:
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(Film i Väst). Find the complete list of supported titles here.

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General Secretary Charlotte Appelgren said, "Having so many films selected at the 70th Berlin Film Festival highlights the significant financial contribution and role of the regional film agencies in creating and defending European cultural diversity and the European co-production model. Regional film funding has proven crucial to upheld and stimulate co-operation within Europe”.

CineRegio is also taking the opportunity to call for the von der Leyen Commission (2019-2024) to respect “the cultural exception". Appelgren added, “The selective film funding schemes defending cultural diversity is at risk, due to the interpretation and monitoring of EU state aid rules for film productionat the European institutions. This despite 'the cultural exception'. If we have one message to deliver to the new von der Leyen Commission (2019-2024): prioritize and respect 'the cultural exception' and ensure that everybody working in the European Commission understands why 'this right' was created in the first place. In these times where cultural diversity and open society is under pressure in many member states, the European institutions jointly must defend the European co-production model."

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