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LOCARNO 2015 France

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Catherine Corsini and Philippe Le Guay on the Piazza Grande

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- Summertime and Florida will have open-air screenings at Locarno, where French productions really supply the lifeblood of the programme

Catherine Corsini and Philippe Le Guay on the Piazza Grande
Summertime by Catherine Corsini

Beyond its presence in the international competition (read the article) and in Filmmakers of the Present (read the news), French film production will really take centre stage at the 68th Locarno Film Festival (5-15 August 2015), especially in the Piazza Grande section.

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Indeed, the Piazza Grande will host a screening of Summertime [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
(read the article) by Catherine Corsini. This film, produced by Chaz Productions and starring Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky, Kévin Azaïs, Laetitia Dosch, Benjamin Bellecour and Bruno Podalydès, is sold abroad by Pyramide.

The section’s line-up also includes Florida [+see also:
trailer
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]
(read the article) by Philippe Le Guay, which boasts a cast comprising Jean Rochefort, Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lucas and Anamaria Marinca. Produced by F comme Film and Ciné@, the feature was co-produced by Gaumont (which is also handling the international sales), Cinefrance 1888, France 2 Cinéma and Rhône-Alpes Cinéma.

Further to this, the programme of the Piazza Grande will also be offering two minority French co-productions with Switzerland, which were both shown at the most recent Cannes Film Festival. Co-produced and sold by Les Films du Losange, Amnesia [+see also:
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]
by Barbet Schroeder, which stars Marthe Keller, Max Riemelt and Bruno Ganz, was unveiled on the Croisette as a special screening in the official selection (read the review). Meanwhile, Vanity [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Lionel Baier
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]
 by Lionel Baier, co-produced by Les Films du Poisson and sold by Wide, was presented in the alternative ACID programme (read the review). Lastly of note among the titles set to liven up the Piazza Grande is Guibord S’en va-t-en-guerre by Canadian director Philippe Falardeau, which is sold internationally by Paris-based outfit Films Distribution.

On the Signs of Life programme, we have the Franco-Swiss co-production Deux Remi, Deux [+see also:
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trailer
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]
by Pierre Léon, a fantasy-comedy adapted from The Double by Dostoyevsky. The cast of this Ferris & Brockman production includes such names as Pascal Cervo, Luna Picoli-Truffaut, Serge Bozon, Bernard Eisenschitz and Jean-Christophe Bouvet.

Lastly, out of competition, Claire Simon will unveil the documentary The Wood Dreams Are Made of [+see also:
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trailer
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]
, which delves to the heart of the Bois de Vincennes park (produced by Just Sayin’ Films and Pio & Co, and co-produced by Tipi’mages Productions – international sales by Be for Films), and the Algerian-French co-production Contre-pouvoirs [+see also:
trailer
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]
by Malek Bensmaïl will also have its world premiere.

(Translated from French)

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