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Creatives Go To Strasbourg To Defend the Exclusion of Culture in EU-US Trade Agreement

by Sydney Levine
June 8, 2013 1:30 PM
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Costa Gavras
A delegation of creators, artists, performers and directors members of the coalition of the 6200 creators who have submitted a petition to the European Parliament will be in Strasbourg next Tuesday, June 11.

A press conference is scheduled from 5pm to 5:30pm at the European Parliament.

This press conference aims to defend the massive European Parliament vote in favor of the exclusion of cultural and audiovisual services, including online services, from the EU-USA trade agreement and to update on the state of negotiations on the eve of the Council Foreign Affairs that will take place on June 14, 2013.

To date, the following creators, members of the delegation, confirmed their presence in Strasbourg:

Bérénice Bejo (French Actress, Best Actress Award at Cannes for The Past by Asghar Farhadi, César for Best Actress for The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius)

Costa Gavras (writer, director and producer Franco-Greek, President of the French Cinematheque, won 11 awards including a Palme d’Or, an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, an Ours d’Or, a Cesar for Best Original Screenplay)

Lucas Belvaux (Belgian actor and director, author of An Amazing Couple, Cavale, After lifeRapt, 38 Witnesses)

Daniele Luchetti (Italian actor and director, Camera d'Or at Cannes for Domani Accadrà, author of La Nostra Vita)

Cristian Mungiu (writer, director and producer in Romania, won the Palme d'Or for 4 Months, 3 Weeks)

Radu Mihaileanu (Romanian writer and director, won a Cesar for Best Original Screenplay for Va, vis et deviens)

There are 6200 creators petitioners, and they invite whomever to participate in the press conference next Thursday June 11th at 5pm.




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  • Z | June 10, 2013 3:06 AMReply

    Apologies for being a plank, but what exactly are they trying to achieve? What is the issue here? Thanks :)

  • Sydney Levine | June 18, 2013 11:26 AM

    European Parliament was voting to exclude cultural and audiovisual services, including online services, from the EU-USA trade agreement. If they did not exclude cultural and audiovisual services, the megasized theaters, distributors and internet services would take over and the smaller arthouse, European films and online services would not have any place to show their cultural, artistic and non-mainstream products, like movies for instance. The vote took place June 14, 2013 and the cultural exception was included in the legistlation so that they can continue to have a public place.

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