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I am very happy to be able to address you in the introduction to the catalogue dedicated to the 15th Days of European Film. It is a festival, which off ers an opportunity to take a look at what is going on in the European fi lm production and to do so in the best possible way – in cinemas, which have been building reputation for themselves on a long-term basis by including high-quality fi lms into their programmes. In many countries, the situation is now similar to our situation, that is, the American production predominates over national fi lms or fi lms of European origin, which consequently form a minority. However, the interest of the spectators in the Days of European Film clearly proves that the Czech spectators are really interested in watching European fi lms, too. Thus, it is good that this festival provides them with an opportunity to do so. I wish you to fi nd for yourselves such fi lms in this year’s programme, which will capture your interest, and I wish many enthusiastic spectators to the organisers of the festival as well as to Days of European Film.
Minister of Culture
films occupy a special place in people‘s hearts, because they tell a story and are capable
of arousing strong emotions, experienced almost as authentically as if the events were
genuine. Thanks to these special qualities, together with their unquestioned artistic and
cultural values, films are an ideal medium for getting to knowing oneself and others better
and for initiating dialogue.
Mutual understanding of ways of life, getting to know other cultures, and the ability to become
involved in sharing cultural diversity, form one of the unquestioned priorities of the European
Union – not only in 2008, which has been declared European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, but
long-term; it is a permanent priority.
When I suggested that a European Year should be devoted to intercultural dialogue, I had in
mind in particular the constantly changing reality in Europe. The enlargement of the European
Union, the increased mobility within its borders, and the much more intensive exchanges with
other parts of the world, mean that European citizens are witnessing increasingly stronger and
more frequent clashes between cultures and languages. Intercultural dialogue is a basic tool
enabling us to fi nd our bearings in this increasingly complex environment and at the same time
to strengthen ties both within Europe and with other parts of the world.
Festivals like this one represent an excellent opportunity for an exchange of opinions and for
initiating genuine intercultural dialogue.The programme of the festival is in itself proof of the viability
of European cinema today, which is attracting more and more Europeans and gaining ever
greater respect throughout the world.
DEAR FILM LOVERS,
DEAR FILM LOVERS,
for someone with my work load, visiting a cinema is a holiday, and that is why I always choose
carefully. And a choice which has never disappointed me, is the Days of European Film Festival.
The cultural calendar of the City of Brno wouldn’t be complete without this festival. It was
brought to life thanks to the enthusiasm of a handful of European diplomats, and today it is
already one of the most prestigious cultural events, which we have hosted with continued
success for 14 years.
What does it off er us, the viewers? Most of all it off ers exquisite fi lm art which counterbalances
the usual menu of American fi lms off ered by multiplexes. It brings us the opportunity to witness
and share European diversity and unity. It challenges us to contemplate what we, Europeans,
have in common and what is specifi c for each of us. And at the same time it asks us to think
about what we understand as „European“. The original fi lms are also, for many of us, an invitation
to be in contact with the spoken foreign language. The viewers have the opportunity to
refresh their knowledge of French, German or Spanish language, as well as to improve their
knowledge of these languages with help of simultaneous translation.
I would not want to omit the fact that naturally, the moments spent at the dusk of the cinema during
the Days of European Film Festival are also a pleasant entertainment.
DEAR FILM LOVERS,
today you have the opportunity to see European fi lm art of high quality. It is presented to you
for the 15th time by the Days of European Film Festival. The previous 14 editions of the festival
demonstrated that such happenings are attractive to the fi lm audience. I am happy that part
of the main program will be shown in the Metropol cinema in the city of Olomouc. After Prague
and Brno, Olomouc is thus the third city in which this review of exclusively European fi lms
takes place. For this reason I highly value the eff orts of the organizers from the Olomouc civil
organization Pastiche Filmz to bring to the viewers the latest European fi lm products, as well
as the fact that after fi ve years they fi nally succeeded in bringing the main part of the program
to the city
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