Europa Cinemas' figures reveal that 2007 was a record year for European films screened by its members beyond their national borders.
They accounted for 39% of the films shown at the network's cinemas, up 3% on 2006.European film as a whole took 63% of admissions.
Florian Henckel Von Donnsersmarck's phenomenal The Lives of Others led the pack, followed by La Vie En Rose and The Queen.
Europa Cinemas Label will be awarding for the best European film in the Directors' Fortnight, celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Awarded for the first time in 2003 at the Cannes Film Festival, the Europa Cinemas Label aims to increase circulation, promotion and length of scheduling of European films in the film theatres.
The winning film will receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and to reinforce the promotion campaign directed at the general audience and the media.
They will choose the successor to Anton Corbijn's first film, Control, winner of the Europa Cinemas Label at the Directors' Fortnight 2007. Their decision will be announced on 23 May 2008.
Top 10 Europa Cinema screenings 2007
- The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)
- La Vie En Rose (La Môme)
- The Queen
- 2 Days in Paris
- Irina Palm
- Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
- Hunting and Gathering (Ensemble, c'est tout)
- On the Other Side (Auf der anderen Seite)
- Notes on a Scandal