Press release - 134(2006)

The film « Grbavica » supported by Eurimages has been banished from the Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina

STRASBOURG, 09.03.2006 – Further to the announcement that the film which was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival would not be distributed in the Republika Srpska, one of the two Entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Eurimages Board of Management, which had given its support to this film, expressed its concerns about the impossibility of the producers to fulfill their contractual obligation to release a film in all the countries of co-production.

The Jury of the Berlin Festival has clearly rewarded an exemplary European co-production, the Eurimages Fund is proud to be associated with. Such prizes can only reinforce the objectives set up by the Eurimages fund and further promote European cinema across diverse cultures.

However, the decision not to distribute this film in the Republika Srpska, as recently announced in the press and motivated by highly political reasons, worries the Eurimages Board of Management, concerned for the respect of the obligations of the supported producers, as well as the freedom of expression which is of valuable importance to the Council of Europe.

The members of the Eurimages Board of Management who have just met in Strasbourg wish to draw the attention to this only company of film distribution in Republika Srpska on the consequences of such a decision which they consider contrary to the initial objective of the Eurimages Fund, i.e. the circulation of European films throughout Europe.

EURIMAGES is a support fund for co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works, established by the Council of Europe in 1988 (E-mail : Eurimages@coe.int - Web : http://www.coe.int/Eurimages).

Since its establishment, EURIMAGES has supported 1073 European co-production for a total amount of 311,493,797Euros.

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