EFA Initiates ‘Treasures of European Film Culture’

1._vendredi_ouverture16_openingThe European Film Academy (EFA) proudly presents a new initiative: Treasures of European Film Culture, a list of places of a symbolic nature for European cinema, places of historical value that need to be maintained and protected not just now but also for generations to come.

The initiative was inspired by an idea of EFA Members Naum Kleiman and Ulrich & Erika Gregor. Film historian and former director of the Moscow Film Museum Naum Kleiman will be awarded the Berlinale Camera this year. Ulrich and Erika Gregor (association Freunde der Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin) are co-founders of the Berlinale Forum and have received this award in 2010. All three of them have received an EFA Award of Merit in 1993.

The list will grow over the years but the first four places we will put on that list are:

The Bergmancenter in Fårö

The Bergmancenter is a museum and meeting place that focuses on the life work and artistic achievements of Sweden’s legendary director and EFA’s founding president Ingmar Bergman.

It includes different exhibitions, Fårö Museum – displaying a recreated old shop from the 1960s, as well as an exhibition about the widespread emigration from Fårö in the late 19th century, a café and a library, a private cinema (64 seats), creative workshops and guided tours.

The Eisenstein Centre in Moscow

Starting from a small apartment on Smolenskaya Street, where a scientific memorial cabinet of Sergei Eisenstein was organized, the Eisenstein Centre’s task is not only to conserve Sergei Mikhailoich’s personal belongings and library, but also to prepare the edition of his theoretic works, to carry out film retrospectives and exhibitions of Eisenstein’s drawings, to advise researchers, teachers and students, to help translators and foreign editing houses. Currently in a state of re-organisation, the collection will hopefully soon find a new home with the necessary conditions of safety and public accessibility.

The Institut Lumière in Lyon

Based in Lyon, the Institut Lumière is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of filmmaking. It runs a library, a gallery and a museum that honour the contribution to filmmaking by Auguste and Louis Lumière – inventors of the cinématographe and fathers of cinema. It is also a cinematheque and a museum. Every year, in October, the Institut Lumière organises the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon Metropole.

The World of Tonino Guerra in Pennabilli

More than a museum, the World of Tonino Guerra is the place where the works of legendary screenwriter Tonino Guerra (EFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002) are presented, where he held lectures on screenwriting, staged his reading theatre, met students and, thanks to the archive and library (of books, videos and photos), it is also a moment of study and analysis of both his work and the context in which it originated and developed.

Further information available here.

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