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Rising stars twinkle at Premiers Plans

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- The best of young European cinema is on show at the 28th edition of the Angers-based festival, which gets under way today

Rising stars twinkle at Premiers Plans

Having risen to fame in Angers in 1991 with La Vie des morts, Arnaud Desplechin is heading back to the Premiers Plans Festival (the 28th edition of which kicks off today) as chair of the jury. Flanked by Laetitia Casta Maya Sansa, Ruben Alves and Olivier Masset-Depasse, the filmmaker will judge the quality of the next generation of a young European film industry, which the Angers-based event has always been able to showcase so efficiently.

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Nine features are duking it out in the international competition. Among them are Diamant noir [+see also:
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by French director Arthur Harari (read the article – released in France on 8 June by Ad Vitam), Keeper [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Senez ­
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
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by Belgium’s Guillaume Senez (Europa Cinemas Label at Locarno and victorious at Turin – released in France on 23 March by Happiness Distribution) and Prejudice [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman Antoine Cuypers (out in France on 3 February, courtesy of Les Films du Losange), Lampedusa in Winter [+see also:
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by Austria’s Jakob Brossmann (unveiled at Locarno) and Montanha [+see also:
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interview: João Salaviza
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by Portugal’s Joao Salaviza (popular in the Venice Critics’ Week and triumphant at Montpellier – out in France from 4 May, via Pyramide Distribution). The competition is topped off by Cold of Kalandar [+see also:
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 by Turkey’s Mustafa Kara, the German-Greek-US co-production Petting Zoo by Micah Magee (unveiled in the Berlinale Panorama – released in France on 22 June by Bodega Films) and two titles that made a big splash at Karlovy Vary: Babai [+see also:
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interview: Visar Morina
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by Kosovo’s Visar Morina, which won the Best Director Award at the gathering, and The Wednesday Child [+see also:
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interview: Lili Horváth
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by Hungarian director Lili Horvath, which was victorious in the East of the West section.

The competitive section dedicated to French features includes five films, two of which will be on the line-up of the imminent Berlinale: Baden Baden [+see also:
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by Rachel Lang (read the article – released in France by Jour2Fête on 30 March) in the Forum and My Revolution [+see also:
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by Ramzi Ben Sliman (read the article – set to be presented in the Generation programme). They are joined by the Franco-Polish co-production Raging Rose [+see also:
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by Julia Kowalski (revealed at Cannes in the ACID programme – distributed in France by Zootrope Films from 17 February), D'une pierre deux coups [+see also:
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 by Fejria Deliba (read the article – released on 13 April courtesy of Haut et Court) and She Walks [+see also:
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by Naël Marandin (read the article – released on 3 February by Rezo Films).

Running until 31 January, the Premiers Plans Festival will also offer short-film competitions, a “Freestyle” section (featuring Lost and Beautiful [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello ­
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by Italy’s Pietro Marcello, John From [+see also:
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by Portugal’s Joao Nicolau and (Be)Longing [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman Joao Pedro Placido), The Here After [+see also:
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interview: Magnus von Horn
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by Sweden’s Magnus von Horn out of competition, a focus on Iceland (with 12 films, including Sparrows [+see also:
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interview: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
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by Runar Runarson and Virgin Mountain [+see also:
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by Dagur Kari), a selection dubbed "The Digital Air", tributes to and retrospectives of Alain Cavalier, Milos Forman, Michael Lonsdale and Andrey Zvyagintsev, screenplay read-throughs (Après la guerre by Annarita Zambrano and Delphine Agut, Bloody Milk [+see also:
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interview: Hubert Charuel
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by Hubert Charuel and Claude Le Pape, and Ava [+see also:
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interview: Léa Mysius
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by Léa Mysius and Paul Guilhaume), programmes entitled "Rebels" and "Today’s Migrants", a section for Chinese films and a lesson in animated films with Dutch director Paul Driessen.

(Translated from French)

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