Magazine article Screen International

Ken Loach, Isabel Coixet among Directors to Sign Open Letter for European Film

Magazine article Screen International

Ken Loach, Isabel Coixet among Directors to Sign Open Letter for European Film

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Other signatories include Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Cristian Mungiu and Claude Lelouch.

Ken Loach, Isabel Coixet

Ken Loach, Isabel Coixet, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Cristian Mungiu and Claude Lelouch have joined 160 filmmakers in signing an open letter urging support for European film as a unifying force in the digital age.

The message comes as the European Union appraises its [Euro]1.8b MEDIA Programme ahead of the end of its latest round in 2020 while issues such as territoriality, copyright and cross-border taxation of audiovisual content are also up for legislative discussion.

“European culture means putting together all singularities, all ways of life and points of view, all traditions, languages and histories that define each country,” read the letter. “At the time of Brexit and rising nationalisms, Europe must understand that its strength lies in its ability to trigger dialogue between the Union and specific nations and identities.

European cinema, said the directors, played a key role in fostering this dialogue but noted that more needed to be done to protect and boost it in the digital age. …

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