Contemporary Scandinavian cinema

Between art and commerce

Authored by: Olof Hedling

The Routledge Companion to World Cinema

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138918801
eBook ISBN: 9781315688251
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In a recent essay, Thomas Elsaesser gives a harsh verdict on the state of European cinema today. From a geopolitical position in which “the new ‘marginality’ of Europe” is assumed, a number of “negative qualifications associable with European cinema” are put forward. Among those are that the continent’s cinema is:

artificially kept alive with government subsidies, Council of Europe directives […] and cheap television co-production deals; bolstered by being co-opted for cultural tourism and city branding; speaking on behalf of no constituency, and for the most part, speaking to no public other than festival audiences, loyal cinephiles and university students.

(Elsaesser 2015: 19)

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