Cannes to celebrate Europe Day


PARIS -- The Festival de Cannes will once again put its favorite filmmaking continent in the spotlight for the sixth annual Europe Day on May 19, organizers said Thursday.

European Commissioner Viviane Reding will join festival president Gilles Jacob and delegate director Thierry Fremaux in welcoming the Ministers of Culture and Audiovisual from across the European Union.

The theme of this year's event is "Cinema, Dianying Yan, Kino, Chalchitra, Cine: building a world of exchange," which translates the word "cinema" into the languages of Europe, Asia and Latin America to symbolize "the willingness of exchange based on respect and diversity," the European Commission said.

Organizers hope the event will spur more local initiatives on the part of European distributors in third world countries from theatrical distribution in theaters to film schools or audiovisual training programs. Last year's event welcomed Brazilian director Walter Salles, who focused on the topic du jour: "Filmmaking in Europe: the new rules of the game." This year's Europe Day guest of honor will be announced in early May.