Where to watch free screenings of European films from 3-7 December

Where to watch free screenings of European films from 3-7 December
By Emma Beswick
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Around 50 free screenings of European films will take place across 34 EU cities this week — here's where you can catch them.

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The European Cinema Night will take place from 3-7 December 2018 across the EU and will offer 50 free screenings.

Expected to reach more than 7,200 people, the European Commission initiative aims to "bring Europe closer to people, while celebrating together the richness of European films".

Launched as part of the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, 34 cinemas taking part were set to organise a special evening event where they will screen one of the 20 films, which they chose chosen to match the interest of their public.

A list of films and where they are being screened, along with an interactive map of venues and how to book can be found on the commission's website.

The first screenings on Monday, December 3 are scheduled to take place in countries including Romania (On Body and Soul), Luxembourg (Border) Germany (Women at War) and the Netherlands (Cold War), among others.

The screenings are to be followed by a short debate where the audience can have the opportunity to discuss the films and meet filmmakers, film critics and European representatives.

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, in charge of Digital Economy and Society, said in a statement: "Cinema is an essential part of our rich and diverse European culture and is contributing to reinforce bonds between people feeling the same passion and emotion on a movie.

"The European cinema nights are an occasion to show this diversity and to illustrate the importance of supporting a rich, free and diverse film production. With all the actions taken in favour of European cinema, the EU is present in the everyday life of citizens."

European Cinema Night aims to show how the EU "not only contributes to the development of Europe's creative and cultural industries but also benefits our society as a whole," the Commission wrote in a press release.

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