A pretty unremarkable but highly enjoyable area of activity of the European Commission’s industrial policy is its support for the European film industry.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival, which ended on Sunday, was studded with award winning movies (17 in total) benefitting from the EU’s budget under the MEDIA Mundus programme. This year’s Palme d’Or winner, The White Ribbon, is a direct beneficiary of EU funding. Michael Haneke’s film tells a tale of totalitarianism in Germany shortly before the assassination of Prince Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. Other movies profiting from EU funding include “Fish Tank” by Andrea Arnold, “The Prophet” by Jacquezs Audiard and “Antichrist” by Lars von Trier.

Will this persuade the euro-sceptics among us that their average yearly contribution to the EU budget of around €130 is justified?

– Agnieszka

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