Letters of Support for Cinema Europa
Many institutions, organisations and public figures have supported Zagreb Film Festival team in their efforts to continue with activities and have sent letters of support among which are Europa Cinemas, Slavoj Žižek, Sarajevo Film Festival, Geraldine Chaplin, Danis Tanović, Marija Škaričić, Rajko Grlić, Ljubljana Film Festival, European Film Academy, Pula Film Festival, Damir Karakaš, Lana Barić, and many others.
‘I’m deeply saddened by the recent news about the uncertain future of Cinema Europa. Thanks to the Zagreb Film Festival team, my husband Pato Castilla and I had the opportunity to spend some time in Zagreb last winter and visit Croatia’s oldest functioning cinema – Cinema Europa. We give our full support to the team who gave a breath of fresh air to the old lady Europa and created a place which can without any doubt be called a heart of Zagreb’s cultural life’, writes Geraldine Chaplin.
Europa Cinemas writes, ‘Kino Europa’s example and excellence are strongly appreciated and closely observed by European business and policy makers, from local and regional levels to the highest representatives of the European authorities. Events organised on behalf of the European Commission are often held at the Kino Europa as it is a preferred venue.’
Beautiful letter of support came from Peter Suschitzky in which he wrote that Cinema Europa puts Zagreb on the international film map and that ZFF team has done a very important job for so many years. Suschitzky also writes that it seems impossible to imagine that ZFF team will lose the cinema into which they have put so much love and effort, serving both Zagreb in the eyes of the world and the work of international cinema.
Thank you to everyone who supported us!