Fakt - Poland | 15/12/2014

European Film Prize winner deserves Oscar

The black and white film Ida by Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski won in five categories at the European Film Awards in Riga on Saturday, including best film. The film tells the story of an orphan girl who learns of her Jewish origins shortly before becoming a nun. An Oscar candidate, film journalist Tim Gray writes in a commentary for the tabloid Fakt: "Because this movie is simply fantastically filmed and the actors' performances are excellent. In addition the topic is important, and the members of the US Film Academy tend to award such serious films. Moreover the film industry continues to be fascinated by stories that deal with World War II or the Holocaust. Of course it's not a film that will draw huge audiences in the US, where it will only be screened in a few cinemas and of course on the Internet. However the jury doesn't vote for the most popular movie, but for the best artwork." (15/12/2014)

Libération - France | 04/12/2014

Cut film stars' pay

The French film funding authority CNC on Wednesday imposed a limit on salaries paid in publicly subsidised film productions. This reaction to criticism of the high fees paid to stars was long in coming, the left-liberal daily Libération criticises: "Public funds must finance creation, not the crazy spending of the star system. In a world of growing inequalities, any measure aimed at limiting abuse is welcome. Will it work? For the moment the wasteful films with exorbitant fees that are financed purely with private funds will be spared. In addition the measure has been a long time in coming. ... Certainly, the industry is starting to understand that it's in its own interest to introduce reforms. But like in a bad film, it's all happening in slow motion." (04/12/2014)

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 25/11/2014

Exemplary solution for art looted by Nazis

Switzerland's Bern Art Museum has agreed to accept the legacy of Munich art collector Cornelius Gurlitt. The solution found by the museum and the German authorities is exemplary for dealing with art looted by the Nazis and shows that Germany and Switzerland can work together constructively, the Tages-Anzeiger comments approvingly: "It is exemplary that Germany and Switzerland have once again found a quick and uncomplicated solution. This was not always the case in the past - for example with the tax dispute. On other open issues such as flight approaches to Zurich Airport an agreement is still a long way off. With the Gurlitt case it helped that economic interests weren't the main issue but coming to terms with history was equally important." (25/11/2014)

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