LUX Prize to endorse European Art Cinema Day on Sunday

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European Art Cinema Day, the first common international initiative undertaken by exhibitors to promote European films and the local cinema experience, will take place around the world this Sunday 14 October. Launched in 2016 by the CICAE (International Confederation of Art Cinemas) in partnership with Europa Cinemas, this 3rd edition of European Art Cinema Day will celebrate the diversity and creativity of European films and exhibitors with specially curated programmes taking place in movie theatres around the world.

With the addition of six new participating countries Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Iran, the Netherlands and the USA, European Art Cinema Day has expanded its reach to 39 countries for this year's edition. Organized in collaboration with distributors, producers, rights holders and filmmaking talent, the initiative features preview screenings, children’s films and cinema classics, as well as a wide variety of guests, events and exhibitions curated to attract local audiences. The LUX Prize has worked in close collaboration with the organisers, offering its catalogue as an inspiration for the cinema programmers.

Two LUX-approved filmmakers will serve as European Art Cinema Day's Ambassadors, Germany’s Christian Petzold (Barbara, 2012 Official Selection), and Italy’s Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders, 2014 Official Selection, and Happy as Lazzaro, 2018 Official Selection), alongside France’s animation pioneer and BAFTA winner Michel Ocelot. The ambassadors are set to participate in local events and will promote the day through their networks.

Furthermore, the Vice-President of the European Parliament Evelyne Gebhardt in charge of the LUX Prize has been appointed as patron for the day, alongside European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel and the French and German Culture Ministers Françoise Nyssen and Monika Grütters.

The LUX Prize is partnering with the screenings taking place in Brussels’ BOZAR: an exclusive premiere of Lukas Dhont’s Girl, included in the 2018 LUX Prize Official Selection, and Christian Petzold’s Transit in the presence of Lucia Recalde, Head of the MEDIA Unit of Creative Europe.

Local cinemas have free rein to plan and curate their own events in order to cater offerings to the local audiences that they know best. The full list of participating cinemas around the world can be viewed here, with tickets available for purchase directly at your local cinema's box office: https://artcinemaday.org/en/cinemas