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Four stars in the line-up for Doc & Film International

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- With Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi in competition and three other films in the selection, the French company is getting ready for a very busy EFM

Four stars in the line-up for Doc & Film International
Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi

Dedicated to the memory of Chantal Akerman, the line-up presented at the European Film Market of the 66th Berlin Film Festival (11-21 February 2016) by French film sales company Doc & Film International stands out not only for the number of films it includes (with four films in the selection, one of which is competing for the Golden Bear), but also rewards an editorial line open to documentaries and artists’ perception of the fissures in today’s contemporary world and the battles people brave to find solutions to them.

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Doc & Film is actually selling three documentaries that were selected for Berlin, one of which is Fire at Sea [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Gianfranco Rosi
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]
by Italian director Gianfranco Rosi (see news article), which will be screened in the official competition and will have its world premiere on Saturday 13 February. The filmmaker, whose previous opus (Sacro GRA [+see also:
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interview: Gianfranco Rosi
festival scope
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]
) took home the Golden Lion at Venice in 2013, has this time trained his camera on the island of Lampedusa, which has been the symbolic frontier for migrants desperately trying to reach Europe for years.

Israeli director Avi Mograbi also goes to the heart of the issue of immigration and the asylum applications of African men and women stuck in detention centres in the Negev desert in his film Between Fences [+see also:
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(the production of which was outsourced by French company Les Films d'Ici) which will be unveiled in the Forum section. 

Daniela Elstner will instead be negotiating for another documentary chosen for the Forum section: A Maid for Each [+see also:
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by Lebanese director Maher Abi Samra (also co-produced by Les Films d'Ici). 

The line-up also features Jamais contente [+see also:
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by Emilie Deleuze (see news article), which will have its world premiere as part of theGeneration Kplus programme.

Alongside the market screenings, Doc & Film International will be backing Kokoro [+see also:
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by Belgian filmmaker Vanja d'Alcantara (shooting – see news article - starring Isabelle Carré, Niels Schneider and Fabrizio Rongione), Heatwave [+see also:
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by French director Raphaël Jacoulot (which won the award for Best Actor at Turin) and three documentaries: About Heaven [+see also:
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by Swiss director Stéphane Goël (discovered at Locarno), Inside the Mind of Favela Funk by Dutch duo Fleur Beemster - Elise Roodenburg (which has just had its world premiere at Rotterdam) and German-French production Democracy [+see also:
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interview: David Bernet
film profile
]
(by David Bernet, who dives into the Kafkaesque European process of preparing a law on data protection.

Finally, Doc & Film will continue to sell a number of other titles acclaimed at the biggest festivals of last autumn at the EFM, like As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
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interview: Leyla Bouzid
film profile
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by Leyla Bouzid and animated film Phantom Boy [+see also:
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by the filmmaking duo Jean-Loup Felicioli - Alain Gagnol.

(Translated from French)

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