While Europe has witnessed new records of film produced per year and a consistent development of policies and initiatives dedicated to cross-border collaborations, European films still struggle to travel past their national limits, and their “European-ness” seems obfuscated by the persistence of a national cinema framework.
This talk wants to offer an overview of the key features characterising the contemporary production landscape in Europe, addressing the shifting tension between culture and commerce while focusing on the role of public intervention at supranational, national, and regional level. From the competition to attract Hollywood productions, to the established practice of co-production agreements, the condition of European cinema continues to perpetuate and reshape the relationships Europe/Nation and Art/Genre in an attempt to establish a problematic European identity and “label”.
Dr Stefano Baschiera is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at QUB. His areas of expertise include European Screen Industries and Italian Cinema.
Part of European Art Cinema Day. Also see: Faces Places.
Marking a long-awaited return to filmmaking in the year of her 90th birthday, Face Places sees iconic filmmaker Agnès Varda forging an unexpected collaboration with photographer JR as they embark on a road trip like no other.