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Cinema of the Mediterranean showcased in Montpellier

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- The 39th edition of the Cinemed Festival begins tomorrow with more than 200 films to be screened until 28 October in the Occitan city

Cinema of the Mediterranean showcased in Montpellier
Razzia by Nabil Ayouch

The exciting Razzia [+see also:
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by Nabil Ayouch, discovered in Toronto, will open the 39th edition of Cinemed in Montpellier, the Festival of Mediterranean Cinema, which will be presenting a very large overview of productions from 25 countries until 28 October along with multiple events. This year's program most notably includes filmmaker masterclasses, which will be lead by the Algerian Merzak Allouache, the French duo Olivier Nakache - Eric Toledano and their compatriot Dominique Cabrera, as well as "meetings around the young guard of Algerian cinema" (with filmmakers Lyes Salem, Karim Moussaoui, Sofia Djama, Narimane Mari, Damien Ounouri, Hassen Ferhani, Amel Blidi and Mohamed Yargui to name but a few).

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Nine feature films will be competing for the Antigone d'Or 2017 which will be awarded by a jury chaired by the actress Aure Atika. There are three films discovered at Venice in contention (Blessed [+see also:
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by Algerian Sofia Djama, Volubilis [+see also:
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interview: Faouzi Bensaïdi
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by Moroccan Faouzi Bensaïdi and Manuel [+see also:
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by Italian Dario Albertini), as well as Wajib [+see also:
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by Palestinian Annemarie Jacir (revealed in competition at Locarno), Luna [+see also:
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by French Elsa Diringer, Dede [+see also:
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by Georgian Mariam Khatchvani (special East of the West jury prize at Karlovy Vary), Vent du Nord [+see also:
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interview: Walid Mattar
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by Walid Mattar (co-production between Tunisia, France and Belgium), Requiem for Mrs J. [+see also:
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interview: Bojan Vuletić
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by Serbian Bojan Vuletic (spotted at Berlin) and the Israeli film Holy Air by Shady Srour.

There are nine films in the feature film Panorama, including two Spanish films (The Best Choice [+see also:
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by Oscar Pérez and Can't Say Goodbye [+see also:
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by Lino Escalera) and two Italian films (L’ultimo Natale [+see also:
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by Cristiano Pahler and I Was a Dreamer [+see also:
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interview: Alessandro Borghi
interview: Michele Vannucci
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by Michele Vannucci). Also due to be screened are the French productions Retour à Bollène [+see also:
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by Saïd Hamich, the Franco-Moroccan film Tazzeka [+see also:
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by Jean-Philippe Gaud, the Franco-Tunisian Of Skin and Men [+see also:
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by Mehdi Ben Attia, Low Tide [+see also:
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by the Israeli Daniel Mann and Blue Silence [+see also:
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by Turkish Bülent Oztürk.

Topped off with a documentary competition and two short film sections, the festival menu also includes a barrage of previews, including films unveiled at Cannes (Pure Hearts [+see also:
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by Italian Roberto De Paolis, After the War [+see also:
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interview: Annarita Zambrano
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by his compatriot Annarita Zambrano, Until the Birds Return [+see also:
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interview: Karim Moussaoui
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by Karim Moussaoui and The Nothing Factory [+see also:
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interview: Pedro Pinho
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by Portuguese Pedro Pinho), as well as the Turkish-American documentary Kedi by Ceyda Torun and several French titles: All That Divides Us [+see also:
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by Thierry Klifa, Le Brio [+see also:
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by Yvan Attal, The Sewer [+see also:
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interview: Marine Francen
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by Marine Francen (premiered at San Sebastian), Venice competitor The House by the Sea [+see also:
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interview: Robert Guédiguian
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by Robert Guédiguian, Reinventing Marvin [+see also:
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by Anne Fontaine and Plonger [+see also:
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by Mélanie Laurent, which will close the festival.

The 39th Festival of Mediterranean Cinema has also organised the Cinemed Meetings industry days from the 24 to 26 October, which Cineuropa will cover in more detail at a later date.

(Translated from French)

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