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Europa Distribution co-founder Marie Strauss passes away

- Film professionals mourn the loss of the former head of acquisitions at Folkets Bio Distribution, also a board member of the distributors' association until 2017

Europa Distribution co-founder Marie Strauss passes away

Marie Strauss, one of Europa Distribution’s founders, has passed away. Strauss was a board member of the independent distributors' association until 2017.

Adeline Monzier, former General Manager of Europa Distribution, remembers her key role in shaping the association back in 2006. “Marie was one of the key European distributors who started ED. She was passionate about the idea of building something collectively with fellow distributors to ensure that European cinema could continue thriving. In Sweden, she was always a fervent advocate of world cinema, fighting hard for films she believed in, even the smaller ones. The international film industry has lost a great distributor and an important person.”

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Marie started her career at Folkets Bios as Head of the Cinema Zita in Stockholm where she worked until 2000 when she was appointed Head of Acquisitions at Folkets Bio Distribution. Folkets Bio is one of Sweden’s leading arthouse distribution companies and has been at the forefront of independent and arthouse distribution in Sweden for nearly five decades (since 1973).

Christine Eloy, General Manager of Europa Distribution along with her team, and all the members of the association wish to offer their condolences to Marie’s family and colleagues, and dedicate a special thought to Marie’s special smile, the one that would always accompany her appearances. “It has been so nice to work with her, such a kind person with an incredible knowledge of film and distribution, and all this with this fantastic smile. We like very much this picture of her, it is how we will remind her”.

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