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ROTTERDAM 2014 France

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French productions infiltrate Rotterdam

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- Absent from the competition, France nevertheless features 23 productions and co-productions in the event’s other sections

French productions infiltrate Rotterdam
Qissa by Anup Singh

Although French filmmakers are absent for the 4th consecutive year from the race for the Tiger Awards, French presence is still massive at the 43rd Rotterdam Film Festival, which begins today, since 23 productions and co-productions will be showcased in the various sections, that is without counting the international titles sold by French sales companies. A presence all over the place symbolized by the Ciné Sud Promotion co-production of the opening film: Qissa [+see also:
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by Indian director Anup Singh.

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The Spectrum features Love is the Perfect Crime [+see also:
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by Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu and three titles discovered in Cannes: Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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by Alain Guiraudie, Grigris [+see also:
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by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Suzanne [+see also:
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by Katell Quillévéré.

The offbeat Jacky in Women's Kingdom [+see also:
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by Riad Sattouf (article) will world premiere in the Bright Future section, just like the Franco-Georgian co-production Dzma (Brother) by duo Teona Mghvdeladze - Thierry Grenade (produced as a delegate and sold by MPM Film) and L for Leisure by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn (produced by the United States, Mexico, France and Iceland). It is also worth noting the international premiere of Franco-American title Tonight and the People [+see also:
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 by Neil Beloufa (production and sales Petit Films). The same programme also features the American-French co-production Swim Little Fish by Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar (sold by Jour2Fête), the documentary Meat and Milkby Bernard Bloch, the title from Cannes Les rencontres d'après-minuit [+see also:
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by Yann Gonzalez, the film selected in Venice Atlas by François d'Agata andthree films that went to Locarno: Mouton [+see also:
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by Marianne Pistone and Gilles Derro, Franco-Estonian co-production A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness [+see also:
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by duo Ben Russell - Ben Rivers, and The Ugly One [+see also:
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by Eric Baudelaire.

The Regained menu includes Mille Soleils by Matti Diop and the Europe section showcases Les Apaches [+see also:
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by Thierry by Peretti (appreciated in Cannes), Salvation Army [+see also:
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by Abdellah Taïa (discovered in Venice) and two films by Claire Simon: the fiction feature Gare du Nord [+see also:
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and the documentary Géographie humaine [+see also:
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Two features noticed in Venice will be screened in the Grand Tour section: the winner of the Orizzonti prize Eastern Boys [+see also:
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by Robin Campillo (interview) and the competitor La jalousie [+see also:
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by Philippe Garrel.

Finally, amongst the many French sellers present in Rotterdam, it is worth mentioning Bac Films which will bet on the world premiere of The Quiet Roar by Swedish director Henrik Hellström while Reel Suspects negotiates for the Australian-Cambodian co-production Ruin, Pyramide International for The Amazing Catfish by Mexican director Claudia Sainte-Luce, Urban Distribution International for Por las pumas by Costa Rican filmmaker Neto Villalobos and Memento Films International for the discovery from Cannes Blue Ruin by American director Jeremy Saulnier.

(Translated from French)

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