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The Dinner wins Europa Cinemas Label
The Italian film I nostri ragazzi (The Dinner) directed by Ivano De Matteo has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors from the network. 2014 marks the eleventh time the Label has been awarded in Venice.

In receiving the Label, I nostri ragazzi (The Dinner) will benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.

The jury issued the following statement:
"Ivano de Matteo's film is a confident, beautifully written and extremely well constructed drama. It manages to articulate many powerful themes - alienation between children and their parents, fraternal rivalry and the law among others - without ever becoming a predictable polemic. The ensemble cast is universally strong, and they bring the characters' development and changes to vivid life during the course of the film. Distribution potential for the film is strong as the variety of themes will appeal to younger and older audiences alike."

The winning film was decided by a jury of four network exhibitors:
Louis Anschtz - Studio Isabella - Munich (Germany)
Zita Hosszuova - Kino Lumiere / Slovak Film Institute - Bratislava (Slovak Republic)
Giuseppe Perico - Conca Verde - Bergamo (Italy)
Simon Ward - Independent Cinema Office - London (United Kingdom)

Other winners of the Europa Cinemas Label in 2014:
György Pálfi's Free Fall - KVIFF
Thomas Cailley's Les combattants - Directors' Fortnight, Cannes
Eskil Vogt's Blind - Panorama, Berlinale
Lucie Borleteau's Fidelio, L'odyssee d'Alice - Locarno

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