Brussels bow for Cinedays

Fest aims to intro younger auds to classic European film

BRUSSELS — Europewide Cinedays — the film fest whose patrons include Penelope Cruz and helmers Ken Loach and Wolfgang Becker (“Good Bye Lenin!”) — launched Thursday in Brussels.

Fest, a celebration of homegrown film talent, will involve nearly 600 cinemas and 41 broadcasters across Europe. Among other events, France will screen the works of Michelangelo Antonioni and Carl Dreyer while Luxembourg will showcase films dealing with Nazism and neo-Nazism.

The international French-language channel TV5 is airing a special series of European cinema classics from directors such as Ettore Scola, Luis Bunuel and Joseph Losey. Greek broadcaster ERT and U.K. digital channel BBC4 will devote programs to European cinema.

Aim of the fest, now in its second year, is to introduce younger audiences to classic and contemporary European film.

“I believe that European cinema is a crucial facet of European cultural heritage,” Cruz said. “We must promote the films of both old and current European filmmakers to young and new audiences.”

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