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KARLOVY VARY 2015 France

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36 French productions or co-productions to be showcased at Karlovy Vary

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- French film production is represented in competition by the titles Box, The Magic Mountain and Babai

36 French productions or co-productions to be showcased at Karlovy Vary
Box by Florin Serban

While there are no French filmmakers in the running for the Crystal Globe this year at the 50th Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which gets under way today, French film production is nevertheless very well represented on the programme of the Czech event. Indeed, a total of 36 feature films produced or co-produced by French companies are supplying the lifeblood of the various sections of the gathering, which goes to show once again that the French film industry has an extremely go-getting attitude and an openness to the rest of the world.

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Three French co-productions are being showcased in the international competition. Box [+see also:
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by Florin Serban (read the article) was co-produced by MPM Film together with Romania and Germany. Arizona Productions, which co-produced The Magic Mountain [+see also:
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by Anca Damian (read the article) with Romania and Poland, is also handling the movie’s international sales. Lastly, Eaux Vives Productions was involved in the production of Babai [+see also:
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interview: Visar Morina
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by Visar Morina, joining forces with Germany, Kosovo and Macedonia. Also of note among the titles in the running for the Crystal Globe 2015 is the fact that the Canadian feature The Sound of Trees by François Péloquin is being sold by Paris-based outfit Alpha Violet.

In the Horizons section, we find 13 French productions and co-productions, spearheaded by the Cannes-awarded The Measure of a Man [+see also:
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interview: Stéphane Brizé
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by Stéphane Brizé. Other titles featuring on the line-up are Love [+see also:
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by Gaspar Noé, All About Them [+see also:
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by Jérôme Bonnell, Reality [+see also:
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by Quentin Dupieux and seven minority co-productions unveiled recently on the Croisette: The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, Tale of Tales [+see also:
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Q&A: Matteo Garrone
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by Italy’s Matteo Garrone and Youth [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Sorrentino
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by his fellow countryman Paolo Sorrentino, The Brand New Testament [+see also:
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interview: Jaco van Dormael
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by Belgian filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael, One Floor Below [+see also:
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interview: Radu Muntean
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by Romania’s Radu Muntean, Mountains May Depart [+see also:
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by Chinese director Jia Zhangke and Land and Shade [+see also:
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by Colombian filmmaker César Augusto Acevedo. The programme also includes Wondrous Boccaccio [+see also:
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interview: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
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by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani and the Berlinale-awarded Ixcanul Volcano [+see also:
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interview: Jayro Bustamante
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by Guatemala’s Jayro Bustamante.

Nine titles boasting the involvement of France are on the menu in the Another View section, particularly the French executive-produced movies Mustang [+see also:
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interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
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by Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Lamb [+see also:
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by Ethiopia’s Yared Zeleke, which were both revealed at Cannes. They are joined by five minority co-productions that were also premiered on the Croisette: The Treasure [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu, The Here After [+see also:
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interview: Magnus von Horn
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by Sweden’s Magnus von Horn, the Arabian Nights [+see also:
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interview: Miguel Gomes
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trilogy by Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomez, The Other Side [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Minervini
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by Italy’s Roberto Minervini and Mediterranea [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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by his fellow countryman Jonas Carpignano. These Are the Rules [+see also:
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by Croatian director Ognjen Svilicic and Black Stone by Korea’s Gyeong-Tae Roh have also been selected.

Among the documentaries showing out of competition we find The Greasy Hands Preachers by Clément Beauvais and Arthur de Kersauson and Exotica, Erotica, Etc [+see also:
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by Greek director Evangelia Kranioti, while the Variety Critics’ Choice programme has selected Vincent [+see also:
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by Thomas SalvadorFidelio: Alice’s Journey [+see also:
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interview: Lucie Borleteau
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by Lucie Borleteau and the Franco-Lithuanian co-production The Summer of Sangaile [+see also:
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interview: Alanté Kavaïté
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by Alanté Kavaïté.

Lastly of note are six features co-produced by France on the "A week with Lebanese Cinema" programme, including the recent title The Valley [+see also:
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by Ghassan Salhab, which will rub shoulders with films by Nadine Labaki, Ziad Doueiri, and the duo Joana Hádjithomas and Khalil Joreige.

(Translated from French)

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