Milan, 28 June 2006

Dear friends,

our overview of European cinema continues today by following the route of the Italian films that will be out on the international markets in the next few weeks.

Alongside recent productions, such as The Caiman by Nanni Moretti and The Friend of The Family by Paolo Sorrentino, which represented Italian cinema at the latest Cannes competition, are films that have successfully crossed the borders of several European countries and are now facing markets outside Europe, such as Manual of Love by Giovanni Veronesi.

Today’s “film of the day” comes from Finland: it is Lights In The Dusk, also a competitor at Cannes, which completes the trilogy by Aki Kaurismäki that started with Drifting Clouds (1996) and continued with Man Without a Past (2002).

To access today’s “Focus on Europe online”, which includes the calendar of Italian films to be released in the coming months, click here. On the same page it will also be possible to consult the previous days’ editions.

Those present in Amsterdam still have the chance of collecting a cd rom copy of the MEDIA Salles’ “European Cinema Yearbook – 2005 final edition” tomorrow, from the Cinemeccanica stand (no. 223).

Sincerely Yours,

Elisabetta Brunella
Secretary General

MEDIA Salles, a project operating within the framework of the European Union's MEDIA Programme, with the support of the Italian Government, fosters theatrical distribution of European audiovisual products, both by high profile campaigns involving Europe's cinema exhibitors and by initiatives to raise the visibility of European productions with industry players and potential audiences, creating specialized information channels on a global scale. Thus the current initiatives from MEDIA Salles dovetail in a program with a triple focus – training, promotion and information – and maximum combined effect.

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Elisabetta Brunella