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Aiming for the Valois d'Or at Angoulême

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- A highly rich selection of films in competition and premieres for the 8th edition of the Francophone Film Festival, which kicks off next Tuesday

Aiming for the Valois d'Or at Angoulême

By now a well-established event among film festivals in France that showcase the diversity of film, the Francophone Film Festival of Angoulême has devised an exciting programme for its eighth edition (25-30 August), which will be opened by Families [+see also:
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by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (see news article) and closed by the madcap The Brand New Testament [+see also:
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by Belgian filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael (see review and interview).

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The ten films in competition feature Je ne suis pas un salaud [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Finkiel (see article), Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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by Eva Husson (see article), Par accident [+see also:
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 by Camille Fontaine (see article), The Assistant by duo Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri (see article) and two films that were premiered in May at Cannes: Learn by Heart [+see also:
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by Mathieu Vadepied (which closed the Critics’ Week) and Much Loved [+see also:
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by Nabil Ayouch (the highlight of the Directors’ Fortnight – see review). Another film in the running for the Valois d'Or 2015 is Paris-Willouby by Quentin Raynaud and Arthur Delaire, a dramatic comedy produced by 2.4.7 Films starring Belgian actor Stéphane de Groodt, Isabelle Carré, Alex Lutz and Joséphine Japy in a story about a reconstituted family that finds itself reunited to go and bury the grandfather after his death. Also in competition are two Belgian films: Post Partum [+see also:
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interview: Delphine Noels
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by Delphine Noels (see news article) and All Yours [+see also:
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interview: David Lambert
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by David Lambert (whose film won the award for Best Actor (for Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) last year at Karlovy Vary – see review and interview).

The large number of films that will have their premieres at the festival include I am a Soldier [+see also:
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interview: Laurent Larivière
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by Laurent Larivière (review), which was selected for Cannes, The New Kid [+see also:
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interview: Rudi Rosenberg
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by Rudi Rosenberg (see news article), Arrêtez-moi là [+see also:
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by Gilles Bannier (see news article), animated film Long Way North [+see also:
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by Rémy Chayé (see news article – audience prize at Annecy), Au plus près du soleil [+see also:
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by Yves Angelo (see news article), Boomerang [+see also:
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by François Favrat (see news article), L'odeur de la mandarine [+see also:
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by Gilles Legrand (see news article), La dernière leçon [+see also:
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by Pascale Pouzadoux, Un début prometteur [+see also:
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by Emma Luchini and Un + une [+see also:
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by Claude Lelouch.

Other noteworthy films in the "Les Flamboyants" section include L'oeil du cyclone by Burkinabe filmmaker Sékou Traoré and three other Cannes-selected titles: Macadam Stories [+see also:
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by Samuel Benchetrit (see review), Marguerite & Julien [+see also:
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by Valérie Donzelli (see review) and Disorder [+see also:
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interview: Alice Winocour
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by Alice Winocour (see review). The festival will also feature The New Adventures of Aladin [+see also:
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 by Arthur Benzaquen in a special screening, a retrospective of 15 Belgian films, a distributors focus on ARP Sélection and a directors focus on Cédric Kahn.

(Translated from French)

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