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The 32nd Mons International Love Film Festival kicks off tonight

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- Irreplaceable will open the gathering, which unspools from 19-26 February, and features two competitions and myriad parallel sections

The 32nd Mons International Love Film Festival kicks off tonight
Irreplaceable by Thomas Lilti

Eleven titles are on the international competition programme of the 32nd Mons International Love Film Festival, five of which are European. Thus we find films such as Bucharest Non-Stop [+see also:
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, the fifth work by Romanian director Dan Chisu, which depicts day-to-day life in a grocer’s shop and that of its customers; Agnus Dei [+see also:
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interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile
]
by Anne Fontaine, unveiled at Sundance, which plunges us into a Polish convent at the end of the Second World War; Per Amor Vostro [+see also:
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interview: Giuseppe M Gaudino
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]
, the second film by Giuseppe Gaudino, which made a splash at the Venice Film Festival at the end of the summer last year; Face Down [+see also:
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by Kamen Kalev, a co-production between Bulgaria, France and Belgium, starring such names as Melvil Poupaud; and lastly, Virgin Mountain [+see also:
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by Icelandic director Dagur Kari, revealed at Berlin last year.

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The European competition also includes 11 titles, among which we could single out Good Luck Algeria [+see also:
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by Farid Bentoumi, a co-production between France’s Les Films Velvet and Belgium’s Les Films du Fleuve, where Sami Bouajila gets it into his head that he will represent Algeria in the Olympic Games in order to save his cross-country ski business; and Home Care [+see also:
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interview: Slávek Horák
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]
by Slavek Horak, the Czech representative for the Oscars, which earned its lead actress the Best Actress Award at Karlovy Vary. Again, we find Melvil Poupaud, this time flanked by André Dussolier, on the cast list of the debut film by Nicolas Parisier, The Great Game [+see also:
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, while the Portuguese movie Montanha [+see also:
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interview: João Salaviza
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by Joao Salaviza, the winner of the Grand Prix at Montpellier last November, will also be screened. Added to these titles is The Here After [+see also:
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interview: Magnus von Horn
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]
, a Swedish-Polish co-production by Magnus von Horn, which was presented in the Directors’ Fortnight last May.

As for the opening film of the festival, audiences will be able to discover the premiere of Irreplaceable [+see also:
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, the new film by Thomas Lilti (Hippocrates [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Lilti
film profile
]
), starring François Cluzet and Marianne Denicourt

(Translated from French)

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