29th May marks the 30th anniversary of screen legend Romy Schneider's death.
In commemoration, Europe’s Finest present the film THE SWIMMING POOL (OT: La Piscine, 1968) by Jacques Deray in in a new, digital quality. Alain Delon and Romy Schneider are drawn into a vortex of intrigue and passion which is not bound for a happy ending.
In 2009 the Time magazine voted him as one of the 100 most influential
people of the world: The film director Werner Herzog. Europe's Finest is now presenting three of his most important works in 2k DCI
quality: AGUIRRE -- WRATH OF GOD; NOSFERATU, THE VAMPYRE, and
FITZCARRALDO are now available for digital cinemas across Europe. more >>
The Swedish director Ingmar Bergman experienced fame and notoriety throughout his whole life and was presented with many awards in Cannes, at the Berlinale and at the Academy Awards. His breakthrough came in 1955 with the film Smiles of a Summer Night, for which he was awarded the Jury Prize in Cannes. In 1970 he was awarded with an Oscar for his life’s work and in 1997 Cannes awarded him for his life’s achievement. Next year, the 61st Berlinale will honour Bergman with an extensive retrospective of his work.
In co-operation with Finnkino, Europe’s Finest will run a European film classics cinema tour through twelve digitally equipped cinemas from Sodankylä to Helsinki between October and December of this year with more than 100 screenings in total.
In 1921, Gunnar Sommerfeldt marked a milestone in the history of Scandinavian cinema with his film MARKENS GRØDE (The Growth of the Soil). This film, that was long thought to have gone missing, has been recently restored and is a further worthy addition to the Scandinavian film collection in the Europe’s Finest catalogue. In co-operation with the Norwegian Film Institute, the restored film copy has been produced as a DCP (digital cinema package), which is being offered by the Europe’s Finest digital Cinema-on-Demand service as of October 2010.
Since its establishment in 1963, the Munich Film Museum has committed itself to the restoration and archivisation of major works of German cinematic history. A section of the film museum is the municipal cinema, which with its extensive silent film screenings, brings retrospectives, film series and old and new cinematic gems back into the limelight.
"For the restoration of films, digitisation plays a big role. At this stage, most films are being restored digitally" says Claudia Engelhardt, the acting director of the cinema of the Munich Film Museum.
DIE LEGENDE VON PAUL UND PAULA (The Legend of Paul and Paula) is considered to be one of the most successful DEFA films of all time. In 1974 the film barely squeezed past the censors. Only a few days after its' release in the GDR, it became a box-office hit.
This year, Europa Cinemas is funding European cinemas with digital projection for 5,000 Euro per screen. The support programme is intended to increase digital screenings of European films in cinemas, boost the digital products on offer from distributors and inform cinema operators of the opportunities available through digital screening technology.
Watching old favourites while relaxing in your fold-out chair on balmy summer nights... the open air cinema season is indeed in full swing. Cinemas are opting more and more often for digital technology for their open air screenings.
From ordering copies of films with just the click of a mouse, to directly downloading relevant advertising material - Europe’s Finest continually optimizes its online platform. Now, as the first ever distribution platform of its kind, Europe's Finest has launched a new service for its users: the possibility to preview films online from its catalogue.