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30 French (co-)productions being showcased at Karlovy Vary

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- Among other titles, Patchwork Family by Pascal Rabaté and four minority co-productions are duking it out for the Crystal Globe

30 French (co-)productions being showcased at Karlovy Vary
Patchwork Family by Pascal Rabaté

The get-up-and-go spirit and global influence of French film production are in the spotlight once again, with an impressive selection of 30 feature films produced or co-produced by French companies being showcased at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July 2014).

The Official Competition will feature, among others, the world premiere of Patchwork Family [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Pascal Rabaté (read the article), who won an award at Karlovy Vary in 2011 for Holidays by the Sea [+see also:
trailer
interview: Denis Delcampe
interview: Pascal Rabaté
film profile
]
. Starring Sami Bouajila and Isabelle Carré, the filmmaker’s new opus was produced by Loin derrière L'Oural together with German outfit Belle Epoque. Sold internationally by Films Boutique, the title will be released in French theatres by Ad Vitam on 9 July.

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Four minority French co-productions are also in the running for the Crystal Globe, including three that were funded by the Paris-based firm Arizona Productions (read the article) and are sold internationally by Pascale Ramonda: Adventure by Kazakh director Nariman Turebayev, Corn Island [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: George Ovashvili
film profile
]
by George Ovashvili and Paris of the North [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Icelandic filmmaker Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson. Also battling it out is Free Fall [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
by Hungary’s György Palfi (read the article – co-produced by Sciapode).

In the Horizons section, there will be screenings of the Cannes titles P'tit Quinquin [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Bruno Dumont, Bird People [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pascale Ferran
film profile
]
by Pascale Ferran and Timbuktu [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Abderrahmane Sissako (read the review), the Berlinale award-winning Life of Riley [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Alain Resnais, and among the minority co-productions, The Misunderstood [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Italian director Asia Argento, Human Capital [+see also:
trailer
interview: Paolo Virzì
film profile
]
by her fellow countryman Paolo Virzi, The Two Faces of January [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: Viggo Mortensen
film profile
]
by Brit Hossein Amini, Still the Water [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Japan’s Naomi Kawase, History of Fear [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Argentinian filmmaker Benjamin Naishtat, Tom at the Farm [+see also:
film review
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
by Canadian director Xavier Dolan and Stray Dogs [+see also:
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trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
by Taiwan’s Tsai Ming Liang.

Standing out in the Another View programme are Guillaume Nicloux’s The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and five minority French co-productions: Alleluia [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Fabrice Du Welz
film profile
]
by Belgian filmmaker Fabrice du Welz, Xenia [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Panos H. Koutras
film profile
]
by Greece’s Panos Koutras, Cannibal [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Manuel Martín Cuenca
film profile
]
by Spaniard Manuel Martín Cuenca, Jauja [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso and Singing Women by Turkish filmmaker Reha Erdem.

Also of note are Insecure [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Marianne Tardieu
film profile
]
by Marianne Tardieu in the Variety Critics' Choice: Europe Now! selection, We've Got Time [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Iran’s Abdolreza Kahani in competition in the Forum of Independents, Cadences obstinées [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
by Fanny Ardant as a Special Event, and on the minority side, The Way Out [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Petr Václav
film profile
]
by Petr Václav in the section reserved for recent Czech films, Journey to the West [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
by Tsai Ming Liang in the Imagina programme and A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
as part of the homage to Ben Rivers.

(Translated from French)

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