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VENICE 2014 Selection

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France to the power of 24 on the Lido

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- With 13 majority and 11 minority productions in the various selections at Venice, French film production will be making a grand entrance

France to the power of 24 on the Lido
La rançon de la gloire by Xavier Beauvois

The 71st Venice Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday 27 August, will have a very strong French imprint left upon it. Out of the 20 titles duking it out for the Golden Lion, French film production has no fewer than eight hopefuls lined up: five majority and three minority productions. Films in the running (see the news) include the Franco-Swiss-Belgian co-production La rançon de la gloire [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Beauvois
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by Xavier Beauvois (see the article - Why Not Productions), the Franco-German-Belgian feature 3 Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
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by Benoît Jacquot (see the article - Rectangle Productions), Le dernier coup de marteau [+see also:
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by Alix Delaporte (read the article - Lionceau Films), Loin des hommes [+see also:
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by David Oelhoffen (read the article - One World Films) and the Franco-Italian-Belgian co-production Pasolini [+see also:
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interview: Abel Ferrara
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by Abel Ferrara (Capricci Films). To these we must add the minority productions The Cut [+see also:
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interview: Fatih Akin
interview: Tahar Rahim
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by German director Fatih Akin (co-produced by Pyramide Productions), Black Souls [+see also:
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interview: Francesco Munzi
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by Italy’s Francesco Munzi (co-produced by Babe Films) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence [+see also:
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by Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson (co-produced by Société Parisienne de Production).

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The competitive Orizzonti section will unveil NDE: Near Death Experience [+see also:
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by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern (No Money Productions), starring Michel Houellebecq in the lead, and the Franco-Belgian co-production Reality [+see also:
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by Quentin Dupieux (read the article - Realitism Films), as well as the minority productions The President [+see also:
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interview: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf (co-produced by Bac Films together with Georgia, the UK and Germany), These Are the Rules [+see also:
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by Croatia’s Ognjen Svilicic (a co-production with KinoElektron) and Lines of Credit [+see also:
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by Nino Kasradze (co-produced by Manuel Cam together with Georgia and Germany).

Out of competition, the Official Selection will also be presenting two minority productions: Tsili [+see also:
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by Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai (co-produced by Archipel 35) and the Director's Cut of Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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interview: Louise Vesth
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volume I and II by Denmark’s Lars von Trier (co-produced by Slot Machine).

French film production will shine especially brightly in the parallel Venice Days section (see the article), with the Franco-Belgian co-production Return to Ithaca [+see also:
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interview: Laurent Cantet
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by Laurent Cantet (see news – produced by Full House), Métamorphoses [+see also:
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interview: Christophe Honoré
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by Christophe Honoré (see the articleLes Films Pelléas), Les Nuits d'été [+see also:
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interview: Mario Fanfani
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by Mario Fanfani (see the article24 Mai Production) and the 100% French production The Smell of Us [+see also:
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interview: Pierre-Paul Puljiz
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by American director Larry Clark (see newsMorgane Production, Polaris Film Production & Finance, Polyester). The line-up is rounded off by the minority productions Between 10 and 12 [+see also:
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interview: Peter Hoogendoorn
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by Dutch filmmaker Peter Hoogendoorn (co-produced by Unlimited) and Labour of Love by India’s Aditya Vikram Sengupta (co-produced by Novo Films) – and we mustn’t forget Girlhood [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
interview: Céline Sciamma
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by Céline Sciamma, which was revealed at Cannes and is among the three finalists for the LUX Prize awarded by the European Parliament.

Lastly, featuring at the Critics’ Week are the Franco-Belgian feature Terre battue (40-Love) [+see also:
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by Stéphane Demoustier (read the article) and the minority production Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere by Nguyen Hong Diep (co-produced by Ciné-Sud Promotion together with Vietnam, Norway and Germany).

(Translated from French)

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