UACES Arena - The Cinema of the EU: European Identity and Universality

Brussels, Belgium

10 May 2012

Speaker: Mariana Liz, King's College London

This event is part of the UACES Arena, which is organised by UACES and Edelman|The Centre in cooperation with the University of Kent at Brussels. UACES Arena invites leading scholars to challenge conventional wisdom in the policy-making world and to present new ideas for a changing Europe.

Mapping the cinema of the European Union (EU) by looking at the films distributed with the support of the MEDIA Programme in recent years, this presentation argues cinema has constituted a privileged means for the dissemination of a universal idea of Europe, based on the continent’s cultural heritage and new found cosmopolitanism. The seminar offers an overview of MEDIA, considering the programme’s economic impact but focusing particularly on its cultural goals. Finally, it uses as case studies Joyeux Noel/Merry Christmas (Christian Carion, 2005) and L’Auberge Espagnole/Pot Luck (Cedric Klapisch, 2003) to question whether these films represent or help construct a particular vision of Europe. As testified by the vast number of institutions devoted to the cultural significance of Europe, this is a pertinent issue. It is also particularly timely as MEDIA will probably end and be absorbed by “Creative Europe”, a recently launched initiative that will fund both the cultural sector and the audiovisual industries.

Please note that this event is free to attend.

To register, please send an email with ‘Cinema EU’ in the subject field and stating clearly your name and organisation to meet@thecentre.eu





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