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Entrevues Belfort celebrates its 30th birthday

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- Tomorrow sees the kick-off of the 30th edition of the festival specialising in young, independent and groundbreaking cinema

Entrevues Belfort celebrates its 30th birthday
Sac la mort by Emmanuel Parraud

True to its editorial policy hinging on cinematic innovation, the Entrevues Belfort Film Festival will celebrate its 30th birthday from 28 November-6 December. The festivities will include a retrospective dubbed Exquisite Corpse, for which 30 filmmakers who have helped the gathering to make history (names such as Yorgos Lanthimos, Miguel Gomes, Jafar Panahi, Abderrahmane Sissako, Pedro Costa, Alain Gomis, Sébastien Lifshitz, Patricia Mazuy, Nicolas Philibert and Joao Pedro Rodrigues) have agreed to partake in the well-known surrealistic game by choosing a film based on the final image of another movie.

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Glittering on the festival programme this year is an international competition comprising 12 feature films. Standing out among them is Sac la mort [+see also:
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 by Emmanuel Parraud (who turned heads in the ACID selection at Cannes in 2009 with his feature debut, Avant-poste). Unfolding on modern-day Réunion, where witchcraft and symbolism pervade daily life, the film recounts the misfortunes of Patrice, who is having a very bad day: not only does he find out (from the mouth of the killer himself) that his brother has been beheaded, but he also gets evicted from his home straight afterwards...

Also battling it out are Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter [+see also:
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by Romanian director Ana Lungu, John From [+see also:
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by Portugal’s Joao Nicolau, the Algerian-French co-production Dans ma tête un rond-point [+see also:
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by Hassen Ferhani and the French documentary Bienvenue à Madagascar by Franssou Prenant. The competition is rounded off by titles hailing from the United States, Mexico, Israel, China and Japan.

A number of special screenings will feature such titles as The Academy of Muses [+see also:
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interview: José Luis Guerín ­
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by José Luis Guerin, 21 Nights with Pattie [+see also:
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by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, Gaz de France [+see also:
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by Benoit Forgeard, The Treasure [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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by Corneliu Porumboiu, C'est l'amour [+see also:
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by Paul Vecchiali and The Wood Dreams Are Made Of [+see also:
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by Claire Simon. Other interesting events are a master class entitled "Composing for Film" (with director Serge Bozon); La Fabbrica, which will welcome Otar Iosseliani as a guest; the complete works of Bong Joon-ho; and the seventh edition of the [Films en cours] post-production support, which will see a jury chaired by Carlo Chatrian (artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival) decide between such titles as La Papesse Jeanne by Jean Breschand (read the article) and the documentaries La Nouvelle Medellin by Catalina Villar, Un ami de Sibérie by Yuki Kawamura and La Terre ferme by Laurent Aït Benalla.

(Translated from French)

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