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Slumdog millionaire - its success is all down to the EU. Apparently.

At least it says so here:

And the Oscar goes to...: Unprecedented success for EU-supported film "Slumdog Millionaire". 8 Oscars were awarded to "Slumdog Millionaire" at last night's 81st Academy Award ceremony in Hollywood. This UK film was co-funded under the EU's film support programme MEDIA. These include the most prestigious prizes: Best Film and Best Director (Danny Boyle).


And frothing uncontrollably we have your friend and mine, Media Commissar Viviane Reding:

"The EU's MEDIA programme makes sure films made in the EU gets a chance to meet judge and jury, in the form of audiences worldwide and competing for international prestigious awards. The success of Slumdog Millionaire shows, more than ever, that MEDIA funding is money well spent, as it helps Europe's cinema spread its cultural diversity around the globe."

Here they claim to have ponied up €830,000 (£734,000), but last week they were claiming to have handed over € 200,000.

Lest we forget, here are some of the other cinematic delights we paid for last year, but I will spotlight the €202,500 for Le silence de Lorna - "An Albanian woman marries a drug addict in order to obtain Belgian residency". And in 2007 we had this - La question humaine by Nicolas Klotz (€25,000) - A human resource manager in a multinational who is losing his mind is told by his manager to psychologically assess the company's general manager.

Both, shockingly, were overlooked by the Academy.

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Blogger JuliaM said... 7:13 pm

"Both, shockingly, were overlooked by the Academy."

And, I suspect, by cinema-goers...  



Anonymous bar paris said... 10:48 am

Slumdog Millionaire is really a great movie, i'm happy for the Oscar !  



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