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Netherlands—Sep 20, 2004
European Docuzone Announces Eight Documentaries Selected for Opening Weekend and Reveals Name Change to Cinemanet Europe
Highlight is ‘Peace One Day’
European DocuZone (EDZ) today announced that it is
changing its name to CinemaNet Europe. It also unveiled the programme for its
opening showcase when the world’s largest digital film network goes live across
Europe the weekend of November 12th,13th and 14th, 2004. The headline film is
the critically acclaimed ‘Peace One Day’ from the UK, which will open as
pan-European premiere across all nine countries with a satellite-linked Q&A with
Other highlights include the Emmy award-winning Slovakian film ‘The Power of
Good’; the award-winning Dutch production ‘The Damned and the Sacred’; and an
upcoming HD production, The White Diamond, by Werner Herzog of Germany.
The name change to CinemaNet Europe reflects a long term objective of
distributing all types of specialist films, including shorts, low-budget
features and animation, in addition to the original focus on documentaries. It
also communicates the importance of the organisation’s network of digital
cinemas across Europe.
CinemaNet Europe is transforming over 180 independent cinemas into digital
cinemas in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain,
Slovakia and the UK. In addition to locally produced films in each country,
CinemaNet Europe will distribute at least 12 European documentary films in the
first year. The films are selected by an international jury representing
partners from every country. This is the first time these films will have been
subtitled and distributed across Europe.
“’Fahrenheit 9/11’ and ‘Touching the Voi’d demonstrated that documentaries can
be more dramatic, entertaining and humorous than formulaic Hollywood fiction. We
are building on this groundswell to introduce the best of European documentaries
to new audiences,” said Kees Ryninks, managing director of CinemaNet Europe.
“With the recent reductions in the cost of digital cinema technology it is now
cost-effective to distribute digital films by satellite and screen them on high
quality digital projectors.”
For the first time, specialist films will be able to open as pan-European
premieres simultaneously across over 180 cinemas with a satellite-linked Q&A
with the director. "It is every filmmaker’s dream to have their work exhibited
internationally and to be seen by the widest possible audience. CinemaNet Europe
is a ground-breaking initiative and for ‘Peace One Day to be the opening film of
this launch year is a tremendous honour," said Jeremy Gilley, director of ‘Peace
“I have been known as a vocal opponent of digital cinema,” commented Jos De
Putter, the Dutch director of ‘The Damned and The Sacred’ also known as ‘Dans,
Grozny Dans’. “But the launch of CinemaNet Europe is an interesting development.
This digital cinema network could provide a major boost for specialist European
filmmakers and audiences alike.”
The eight films selected reflect the diverse range of themes covered by
contemporary European documentaries – from history to sports and music – and set
a high standard for the quality of films CinemaNet Europe will distribute in the
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
‘Peace One Day’
This documentary charts
the remarkable five-year journey of the filmmaker as he meets heads of
state, Noble Peace Laureates, aid agencies, freedom fighters, media
moguls, the innocent victims of war and, eventually, everyone who was
anyone at the UN.
An individual genuinely can make a difference: the film documented and
inspired the establishment of the United Nations International Day of
Peace as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, now 21st September
The Film received its
World Premiere at The Edinburgh International Film Festival, August 2004
and will launch in the US in September.
Director: Jeremy Gilley
80 mins. Digital
‘Nicholas Winton –
Power of Good‘
The documentary tells
the story of British stockbroker Nicholas Winton, ‘The British Schindler,’
who saved 669 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, bringing
them across Hitler's Germany to the UK.
Winner of 2002
International Emmy Award for outstanding documentary program.
Director: Matej Minác
62 mins. 35mm Dolby
‘The White Diamond’
Twelve years ago an
airship engineer met his death while flying his helium-filled invention
observing the wildlife in the tree tops in the heart of the jungle of
Guyana. In the summer of 2004, Werner Herzog returns to embark on a
similar high-risk expedition in airship.
Director: Werner Herzog
90 mins; HD
‘The Damned and The Sacred’
Socio-political, dance and music
This film follows a children’s
dance ensemble, aged between six and sixteen, from the ravaged Chechnyan
city of Grozny. In the midst of devastation they practice their dances
based on social and cultural patterns dating back centuries and tour the
radically different world of western Europe.
This film has won five international film festivals.
Language : Czech, Russian
Director: Jos De
75 mins; HD
‘I am from nowhere’
investigates the effect of the extensive media attention on the village of
Miková, Eastern Slovakia. The reason for the interest in the population of
150 is that Andy Warhol’s family emigrated from Miková, playing on
Warhol's legendary 15 minutes of fame.
‘My Louis Armstrong Years’
Glinda, and her prodigy 13-year old son, Chantz, from
Mississippi spend their life on the road. He plays the trumpet and dances
in the street and subway and on the world's most prestigious stages. The
love-hate relationship between mother and son spices the film with
conflict and tenderness.
Director: Mohamed Kounda
85 mins. Digital
Award-winning film about a son trying to understand the troubled past of
his mother, Fleurette, 79 years old. Despite her resistance to answer
questions, little by little she reveals secrets of voluntarily forgotten
Director: Sérgio Tréfaut
‘Bola de Nieve’
Documentary about Cuban
pianist and singer Bola de Nieve “Snowball” aka Ignácio Villa, black,
homosexual, mystic, pro-revolution and, above all, musician. One of the
Latin-American myths of the 20th Century.
About DocuZone :
DocuZone Directory page
About CinemaNet Europe :
European DocuZone (EDZ) is transforming 180 independent European cinemas into digital cinemas that receive films by satellite.
DocuZone in the Netherlands has distributed documentary films digitally since 2002, offering audiences a broader selection of films and cutting costs. In its first year, attendance figures from the ten cinemas beat expectations by 50 percent. Interest from other countries led to the creation of the EDZ network in 2003.
CinemaNet Europe Directory page
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