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Introduction: European Cinema

In Variety‘s second European Cinema special, we have paid particular attention to the film industries of Eastern Europe. On May 1, eight former communist bloc nations in the East and the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Cyprus joined the European Union. We look at the state of the film industries in these countries as they are embraced by this ever expanding family of nations.

Russia and many of the former Soviet states have yet to join the EU but that’s not holding their film industries back. Indeed, filmmakers in these countries are getting more commercially minded as the rewards offered by their exhibition markets boom.

Variety also surveys some of the rising talent across the continent, as well as the hot films on the horizon. There’s also a special focus on the European Film Academy’s annual awards and a spotlight on Spain’s thriving northest corner, Catalonia.

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