Meurtrière unveiled at FID - Marseille
by Fabien Lemercier
- Philippe Grandrieux’s new cinematic experiment is getting a world premiere in international competition
The playful and clever The Treasure [+see also:
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
film profile] by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu, which recently won the Un Certain Talent Prize at Cannes (read the review and watch the interview), will have the honour of opening the 26th FID – International Film Festival Marseille today; the gathering, which unspools until 6 July, will present 140 films from a total of 36 countries.
A notable movie among the 15 titles taking part in the international competition (the jury for which is chaired by Lebanon’s Rasha Salti – an author and programmer for the Toronto Film Festival – and includes Ben Russel and Dennis Lim) is the world premiere of Meurtrière [+see also:
film profile] by Philippe Grandrieux, a film with no dialogue that is the second instalment in a trilogy about anxiety that began with White Epilepsy (screened in Spectrum at Rotterdam in 2013). For the record, the filmmaker was selected in competition at Locarno in 1998 with Sombre and at Toronto in 2002 (in the Visions section) with A New Life. He also snagged a Special Mention at Venice in 2008, in the Horizons section, with A Lake [+see also:
film profile]. He also currently has a fiction feature in post-production, called Malgré la nuit, which is a story of unbridled love and jealousy starring Roxane Mesquida, Ariane Labed, Paul Hamy, Kristian Marr, Johan Leysen and Sam Louwyck.
Also of note among the myriad European productions in international competition are the world premieres of By Our Selves by British director Andrew Kötting, Maesta by Andy Guerif and the Franco-Lebanese co-production And the Living Is Easy by Lamia Joreige, as well as the international premieres of Buildings by Austria’s Johannes Hammel, Pawel and Wawel by Krzysztof Kaczmarek (co-produced by Poland and Austria) and Al centro de la tierra by Daniel Rosenfeld (co-produced by Argentina, France, Germany and the Netherlands).
The French competition (the jury for which is chaired by filmmaker Thierry de Peretti) includes the features Je me suis mis en marche by Martin Verdet, Le divan du monde [+see also:
film profile] by Swen de Pauw, La montagne magique by Andrei Schtakleff and the co-production A Round-about in My Head [+see also:
film profile] by Hassen Ferhani, while the world premieres of the Belgian production The Movement of Phill Nibblock by Maurits Wouters, the Serbian title Abdul & Hamza by Marko Grba Singh and the French feature Terra di nessuno by Jean Boiron Lajous, among others, will emerge in the showcase that is the competition for debut films.
Another of the many excellent events at the Marseilles-based festival, which aims to defy the boundaries of both genre and format, is a 21-film tribute to late Portuguese maestro Manoel de Oliveira.
Lastly of note among the ten selections for this year’s FIDLab co-production support platform (the seventh edition of which takes place on 3 and 4 July) is the project in development Entre les frontières [+see also:
film profile] by Avi Mograbi, staged by Paris-based outfit Les Films d'Ici.
(Translated from French)