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LOCARNO 2014 France

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French production to the power of 16

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- World premieres on the Piazza Grande for A la vie by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann and Marie's Story by Jean-Pierre Améris

French production to the power of 16
A la vie by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann

French cinema will be well represented at the 67th Locarno Film Festival (from 6 to 16 August 2014). Including the three contenders for the Golden Leopard (read the article), there are 13 features produced mainly by France and three minority co-productions all on show during the festival.

There will be no shortage of stories about women on the open air screenings menu at the Piazza Grande, with the world premieres of A la vie [+see also:
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by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann (read the news - Elzévir Films production - Le Pacte sales) and of Marie's Story [+see also:
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 by Jean-Pierre Améris (article - production Escazal Films - sales Indie Sales), Cannes competitor Sils Maria [+see also:
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 from Olivier Assayas, but also Lucy [+see also:
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from Luc Besson (with Scarlett Johansson - news - production and sales EuropaCorp which will release the film the same day in France) and Geronimo [+see also:
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 by Tony Gatlif (enjoyed during a special screening on the Croisette - read the critique) that will open and close the festival respectively.

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In the Filmmakers of the Present competition section Un jeune poète [+see also:
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 stands out as Damien Manivel’s first feature film (production Mld Films), starring Rémi Taffanel, Enzo Vassallo and Léonore Fernandes. Also making their world premieres are the documentaries Frère et soeur [+see also:
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 by Daniel Touati (production Nord-Ouest Documentaires) and Sud eau nord déplacer [+see also:
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 by Antoine Boutet (production les films du Présent – co-production Sisters Productions). Also worth noting are two minor co-productions from France: Los hongos [+see also:
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 from Oscar Ruiz Navia (co-produced by Arizona Films with Columbia, Argentina and Germany) and Lelaki Harapan Dunia [+see also:
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 from Liew Seng Tat (co-produced by Mandra Films with Malaysia, the Netherlands and Germany).

Rocking up on the Signs of Life programme is What's Your Job Daddy? from HPG (associate production and sales Capricci Films) which sees a porn movie actor caught between filming, preparing baby’s bottles and family rows. There are also three co-productions on show: the French-Italian Amori e Metamorfosi [+see also:
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 from Yanira Yariv (Acis Productions), the French-Tunisian Fort Buchanan from Benjamin Crotty (managed by Les Films du Bal) and The Absent from Nicolas Pereda (co-produced by Ciné Sud Promotion with Mexico and Spain).

Works selected out of competition are Cannes competitor Goodbye to Language [+see also:
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 from Jean-Luc Godard (critique), I, Kamikaze [+see also:
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from Masa Sawada (production Comme des Cinémas – international sales MK2) and the documentary Le temps perdu from Pierre Schoeller (Arte production). Finally, the Locarno Festival will present a Leopard of Honour to filmmaker Agnès Varda, a lifetime achievement award to actor Jean-Pierre Léaud and an excellence award to actress Juliette Binoche.

(Translated from French)

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