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ROTTERDAM 2016 France

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France involved in 35 movies in the Rotterdam showcase

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- French film production once again demonstrates its global influence with 17 majority and 18 minority productions on the line-up

France involved in 35 movies in the Rotterdam showcase
Suite armoricaine by Pascale Breton

Despite the lack of French directors among the contenders for the Tiger Awards for the sixth year in a row, French film production will be very well represented at the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (27 January-7 February 2016 – read the interview with the new director of the gathering, Bero Beyer), once again demonstrating the extent and depth of its reach and standing at the heart of the global film industry.

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Standing out in the Bright Future section, which centres on emerging talents, are Evolution [+see also:
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by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Suite armoricaine [+see also:
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by Pascale Breton and three minority French co-productions: The Here After [+see also:
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interview: Magnus von Horn
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by Swedish director Magnus von Horn, Montanha [+see also:
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interview: João Salaviza
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by Portugal’s João Salaviza and Tenemos la carne [+see also:
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interview: Emiliano Rocha Minter
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 by Mexican filmmaker Emiliano Rocha Minter (which will have its world premiere and was co-produced by Sedna Films).

The Voices section includes This Summer Feeling [+see also:
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by Mikhaël Hers, Les ogres [+see also:
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 by Léa Fehner, 21 Nights with Pattie [+see also:
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by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, as well as the minority co-productions The White Knights [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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by Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse, The Other Side [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Minervini
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by Italy’s Roberto Minervini, Memories of the Wind [+see also:
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by Turkey’s Ozcan Alper, Love & Friendship [+see also:
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by US director Whit Stillman, The Apostate [+see also:
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by Uruguay’s Federico Veiroj and The Fourth Direction [+see also:
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by India’s Gurvinder Singh.

Also worth pointing out in Voices, but in the Limelight subsection, are Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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interview: Eva Husson
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by Eva Husson and the minority co-productions Arabian Nights [+see also:
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interview: Miguel Gomes
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by Portugal’s Miguel Gomes, Much Loved [+see also:
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by Morocco’s Nabil Ayouch, The Endless River [+see also:
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by South Africa’s Oliver Hermanus, The Assassin by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien, An [+see also:
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by Japan’s Naomi Kawase and Cemetery of Splendour [+see also:
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by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. We should also highlight that the Generic Self selection (which is also part of the Voices section) will screen The Woods Dreams Are Made of [+see also:
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by Claire Simon and the minority co-production Mountains May Depart [+see also:
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by Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke.

On its Signatures programme, the Deep Focus section will screen In the Shadow of Women [+see also:
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by Philippe Garrel, the Franco-Canadian co-production Malgré la nuit [+see also:
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by Philippe Grandrieux, Bienvenue à Madagascar by Franssou Prenant and, among the minority co-productions, Per amor vostro [+see also:
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interview: Giuseppe M Gaudino
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by Italy’s Giuseppe M Gaudino. Also of note in this section are Bla Cinima by Lamine Ammar-Khodja, which is being shown in Community Cameras, in addition to The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin by Yves Montmayeur and Nuytten/Film by Caroline Champetier in Regained.

Perspectives, the fourth and final section of the IFFR, will present the French executive-produced Francofonia [+see also:
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by Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov in the Critics’ Choice and La montagne magique by Andreï Schtakleff in Blind Spots, not to mention Baron noir by Ziad Doueiri and the minority production Suburra [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Sollima
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by Italy’s Stefano Sollima, which will be on the menu in Episodic/Epidemic, which has TV series on offer.

Finally, As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
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interview: Leyla Bouzid
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by Leyla Bouzid is one of the five titles featuring in the second edition of the IFFR Live programme (screening the films simultaneously in over 40 theatres and on VoD platforms around Europe – read the news).

(Translated from French)

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