In April this year Finland went to the polls — and the right wing populist party, the True Finns, gained almost 20 per cent of the vote. This upset almost 30 years of consensus politics, and shows an upsurge in anti-European Union, anti-immigration, socially conservative values.
Artworks Feature: The Art of Being Europe Pt.1 The Soul of Europe is Steeped in Blood - RN Artworks - 6 March 2011
What is the connection between art, politics, economics and the European soul? In answer to this question we take the long view, going back to the beginning of European Union, to what Victor Hugo calls its ‘noble gestation.’
The Treaty of Rome in 1957, which was the founding event of what is now the European Union, was supposed to be the beginning of the end of nationalism in Europe. But over a half-century later, walking through any of the EU buildings in Brussels, it feels like nationalism never went away.
How many European films would survive Hollywood without EU support? Is the next generation forgetting how to watch European films, growing up instead on a diet of American blockbusters? Wim Wenders is worried.
The King’s Speech wasn’t the only European film to do well at this year’s Oscars. Another film, In a Better World by Danish director Susanne Bier, won best foreign language film. Both were backed by the European Union’s Media program, which is the subject of today’s feature.
This week Lyn Gallacher begins part three of her tour through Europe by taking us to to the movies. It’s a Finnish film.