Six New Treasures of European Film Culture

    Starting a new annual tradition, the European Film Academy designates six further places as “Treasures of European Film Culture”. With the Treasures, the Academy celebrates places of a symbolic nature for European cinema, places of historical value that need to be maintained and protected not just now, but for generations to come. New places are the title-giving house of JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES, from Chantal Akerman’s classic, Prague’s Automat Svět from THE WORLD CAFÉ by Věra Chytilová, Helsinki’s emblematic Senator’s Square, the impressive Cahir Castle in Ireland, the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg and Prospect Cottage, former home and sanctuary of the exceptional film artist Derek Jarman. 

    The Treasures form a growing network of memorable places people can visit, reminding them of the great and remarkable history of European cinema. We also put emphasis on including in our activities those outside the mainstream, films and their creators who might otherwise be forgotten,“ says Matthijs Wouter Knol, CEO and Director of the European Film Academy. In this context, I’d like to invite everyone to suggest places the European Film Academy might want to consider as Treasures of European Film Culture. We want all countries in geographical Europe to be a part of this network and it’s particularly important to us to add countries to our map of European film heritage that we have been missing so far.” 

    The Treasures of European Film Culture are part of the European Film Academy’s expanded film heritage activities, which started in 2022. The new European Film Heritage department has since then initiated a network of national film academies, cinematheques and film archives dedicated to the support and promotion of classics from our continent.

    Part of the heritage activities is also the In Memoriam“ section of the European Film Awards, which premiered at last year’s awards ceremony and commemorated European cinema colleagues who passed away.


    Added to the existing 35 Treasures are now:

    23, Quai du Commerce, Brussels

    from the iconic film JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES by Chantal Akerman (1975). The film was chosen as “The greatest film of all time” in the decennial poll of the renowned film magazine Sight & Sound in 2022. No other film made by a woman had ever even reached the top ten.

    Automat Svět, Prague

    From THE WORLD CAFÉ by Věra Chytilová (1965)

    Senaatintori, Helsinki

    For THE KREMLIN LETTER by John Huston (1970), REDS by Warren Beatty (1981), GORKY PARK by Michael Apted (1983) and NIGHT ON EARTH by Jim Jarmusch (1991)

    Cahir Castle, County Tipperary

    For BARRY LYNDON by Stanley Kubrick (1975), EXCALIBUR by John Boorman (1981), THE GREEN KNIGHT by David Lowery (2021) and THE LAST DUEL by Ridley Scott (2021)

    Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg

    For its continuous dedication to the preservation and promotion of international film heritage.

    Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, Kent

    former home and sanctuary of artist, filmmaker, gay rights activist and gardener Derek Jarman