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A dazzling line-up at La Rochelle

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- There is an exceptionally high-quality programme in store for the 43rd edition of the festival, which includes tributes to Marco Bellocchio and Olivier Assayas

A dazzling line-up at La Rochelle
Des Apaches by Nassim Amaouche

Cannes competitor Mia Madre [+see also:
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by Nanni Moretti (read the interview) will have the honour of opening the 43rd edition of the La Rochelle International Film Festival (26 June-5 July) tomorrow and, as is the case every year, the programme rustled up by artistic director Prune Engler will showcase a plethora of top-notch titles. In total, more than 250 films (including almost 200 fiction features) will be on the line-up in the Charente-Maritime city, and the crème de la crème of the world’s arthouse films will be on offer in the Ici et Ailleurs (“Here and Elsewhere”) section (either shown as preview screenings ahead of their French theatrical releases or as-yet unreleased in the country).

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Two world premieres are even on the menu with Le Caravage [+see also:
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by Alain Cavalier (which centres on a horse belonging to celebrity Bartabas) and Des Apaches [+see also:
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by Nassim Amaouche (read the article). They will be accompanied by a host of titles hailing from the recent Cannes Film Festival: the Grand Prix winner Son of Saul [+see also:
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Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
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by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes (read the interview), competitors Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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by Norwegian director Joachim Trier (watch the interview), Mountains May Depart [+see also:
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by Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke and Our Little Sister by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, The High Sun [+see also:
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interview: Dalibor Matanic
interview: Tihana Lazovic
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by Croatia’s Dalibor Matanic (watch the interview), One Floor Below [+see also:
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interview: Radu Muntean
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by Romanian filmmaker Radu Muntean (watch the interview), The Treasure [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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by his fellow countryman Corneliu Porumboiu (watch the interview), The Other Side [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Minervini
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by Italy’s Roberto Minervini (read the interview), Cemetery of Splendour [+see also:
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by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Arabian Nights [+see also:
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interview: Miguel Gomes
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triptych by Portugal’s Miguel Gomes (read the interview), Peace to Us in Our Dreams [+see also:
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interview: Sharunas Bartas
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by Lithuanian filmmaker Sharunas Bartas (read the interview), The Here After [+see also:
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interview: Magnus von Horn
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by Swedish director Magnus von Horn (read the interview), the Swiss production Amnesia [+see also:
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by Barbet Schroeder, Fatima [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Faucon
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by Philippe Faucon (read the interview), Les Deux amis [+see also:
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by Louis Garrel and Cosmodrama [+see also:
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by Philippe Fernandez, not to mention The Brand New Testament [+see also:
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interview: Jaco van Dormael
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by Belgium’s Jaco Van Dormael (read the interview), which will bring the festival to a close.

Also of note among the other titles in this section are the Berlinale-awarded 45 Years [+see also:
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by Andrew Haigh (read the interview) and The Pearl Button [+see also:
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by Patricio Guzman, The Lesson [+see also:
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interview: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Val…
interview: Margita Gosheva
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by Bulgarian duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (read the interview), Koza [+see also:
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interview: Ivan Ostrochovský
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by Slovakian director Ivan Ostrochovský (read the interview), At Home [+see also:
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by Greek filmmaker Athanasios Karanikolas, Forever [+see also:
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by his fellow countrywoman Margarita Manda, The Reaper [+see also:
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interview: Zvonimir Jurić
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by Croatia’s Zvonimir Juric (read the interview), Tsamo [+see also:
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by Finnish directors Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio, The Life of Jean-Marie by Dutch filmmaker Peter van Houten, and Until I Lose My Breath [+see also:
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by Turkey’s Emine Emel Balci

The rest of the gathering’s programme boasts the same high level of quality, with tributes to Italy’s Marco Bellocchio (15 films scheduled), French director Olivier Assayas (ten films), Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien (13 films) and the Maakhmalbaf family (16 films), all with the respective honourees in attendance; a Discovery section dedicated to Georgian productions (ten films, including Brides [+see also:
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interview: Tinatin Kajrishvili
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by Tinatin Kajrishvili, among others); a number of retrospectives (Louis Feuillade and Musidora, Alexander Mackendrick); the complete works of Luchino Visconti; a selection of 14 restored or re-edited films that have made their mark on cinematic history; 28 animated titles made by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio; a music class given by Jean-Claude Petit; and a John Carpenter Night.

(Translated from French)

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