A collection of various documents, such as transcriptions
of conferences, readings, discussions.
A Critics' Conference at Szolnok 04
second FIPRESCI Conference held in Hungary returned to its congenial
host, the city of Szolnok (some 100 kilometers south-east of Budapest)
and its International Film Festival of Fine Arts, directed by Istvan
Demeter and again smoothly organized by a dynamic young team.
Over a long weekend, from 17 to 19 September 2OO4, in daily
sessions of three and a half hours each morning a dozen critics from
different countries discussed the theme "Trans-Europa Express — The
Changing Face of European Cinema", focusing on the strengths as
well as the problems of Central and Eastern European Cinema today as
it confronts the new reality of altered market forces — for example,
the relaxation of political censorship is replaced by pressures from
the apparent domination of the American industry.
With brief illustrative stops in Marienbad (Marianske Lazne),
Belgrade, Budapest and diversions through French, Spanish, Portuguese,
Italian and Hollywood film-making and cinema-going landscapes, the perceptive
points and stimulating discussions raised many timely questions about
the struggle of European films to find a place on European screens, and
for European cineastes to sustain their distinctive European voices that
still can speak to different audiences at home — and with a little
help from friends in the media, abroad as well. (g.b.)
Hans-Günther Dicks, No Man's Land
Danko Jesic, Can a National Cinematography
Become an International Brand?
Angel Comas, Eastern European Movies in Spain:
The Unknown Cinema
Tomas Kurelec, How to Make Movies
in a Small Country
in Changing Europe?
Mariola Wiktor, Screenwriting in Crisis: Myth or Truth?
Dana Duma, Whom Are We Supposed to Seduce?
Daniela Bisogni, Between Eastern and European Countries
Tibor Hirsch, Local and Global After-Worlds:
Balász Verga, Nation — In Fashion Again?