From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia
Marijke de Valck
Amsterdam University Press
Film festivals are hugely popular events that attract lovers of cinema worldwide. Focusing on the world’s most famous festivals – Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Rotterdam – Film Festivals tells the story of a phenomenon that began in the midst of geopolitical disputes in war-torn Europe. De Valck shows how festivals turned the odds into advantages and developed into a successful global network. Taking into account the oft multilateral influences of major actors, such as Hollywood, the avant-garde and political/economic agenda’s, the book offers a comprehensive understanding of film festivals. A must-read for everyone interested in quality film cultures that revolve around cultural value, aesthetic innovation and socio-political relevance.
Marijke de Valck is a lecturer of Media Studies at Amsterdam University