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Europe’s crime films tower above the rest at Beaune

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- The seventh edition of the event, which will unspool from 25-29 March, stands as a testament to the dynamism of crime-film and thriller production in Europe

Europe’s crime films tower above the rest at Beaune
Marshland by Alberto Rodriguez

Tomorrow, the Spanish star attraction Marshland [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alberto Rodríguez
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]
by Alberto Rodriguez (read the review and the interview) will open the seventh Beaune International Thriller Film Festival (25-29 March 2015). Having been crowned with ten Goyas after it snagged two awards at San Sebastian (Best Actor and Best Cinematography), the movie, which will be distributed from 15 July in France by Le Pacte, will be up against seven other features in competition, all of which are European this year, which just goes to show the vitality and the high quality of crime-film and thriller production on the continent.

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Chaired by director Danièle Thompson (who will be backed up by such big names as Emmanuelle Bercot and Philippe Le Guay), the jury will be spoilt for choice, with the extremely hard-hitting English feature Hyena [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Gerard Johnson
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by Gerard Johnson (read the review and the interview with the director – released in France on 6 May courtesy of The Jokers/Le Pacte), the fascinating Berlinale-awarded Victoria [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Sebastian Schipper
film profile
]
by Germany’s Sebastian Schipper (read the review and watch the video interview – in theatres from 1 July via Jour2Fête and Version Originale/Condor), the Dutch film The Intruder [+see also:
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by Shariff Korver (unveiled at Toronto), A Second Chance [+see also:
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trailer
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by Danish director Susanne Bier (revealed in competition at San Sebastian – read the review), the Icelandic-French co-production Brave Men’s Blood [+see also:
trailer
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by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, The Night Watchman [+see also:
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by French filmmaker Pierre Jolivet (see the news – in theatres from 8 April via Ad Vitam) and La résistance de l'air [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman Fred Grivois (read the article – distributed by Gaumont from 17 June).

Titles worth mentioning out of competition include The Treatment [+see also:
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by Belgian director Hans Herbots, and the two instalments of the inquiries led by Department Q, directed by Denmark’s Mikkel Norgaard: The Keeper of Lost Causes [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Eugenio Mira
film profile
]
(read the review) and The Absent One [+see also:
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(a box-office smash in its home country – read the news – released in France on 8 April by Wild Bunch).

Four European productions are among the six films battling it out in the Young Blood competitive section (dedicated to young talents): Magical Girl [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Vermut
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by Spaniard Carlos Vermut (which was triumphant at San Sebastian – read the review and the interview – released on 15 August by Version Originale/Condor), Why Me? [+see also:
film review
trailer
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interview: Tudor Giurgiu
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]
by Romanian director Tudor Giurgiu (unveiled in the Berlinale Panorama – read the review and the interview), the Austrian-German co-production Life Eternal [+see also:
trailer
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by Wolfgang Murnberger and Cruel [+see also:
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by French filmmaker Éric Cherrière. On top of this, we should also mention Sunrise [+see also:
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by Partho Sen-Gupta (co-produced by India and France).

The 2015 edition of the Beaune Festival will also pay tribute to directors Bertrand Tavernier and John McTiernan (who will teach a film master class), as well as to actor Claude Brasseur. Lastly, the Claude Chabrol Prize – which recognises a French film that has come out in the past year and whose cinematographic qualities do credit to the crime/thriller genre – has been given to The Blue Room [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mathieu Amalric
film profile
]
by Mathieu Amalric.

(Translated from French)

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