Screen International's Review of the Year 2003
2003 was the year that Old Europe, to steal from Donald Rumsfeld's war cry, took a reality check in preparation for the New. Local film support apparatuses were re-engineered, national boundaries questioned and distribution-led cinema more fully embraced. Vivendi finally surrendered Universal and with it Europe's ill-advised claim to studio status. It was Goodbye Lenin, but also hello to piracy after 770,000 counterfeit copies of Europe's best picture surfaced on Germany's streets ...
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