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A look at "L'Europe autour de l'Europe"

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- The 11th edition of the festival kicks off tomorrow in Paris, with nine films yet to be seen in France battling it out for the Prix Sauvage

A look at "L'Europe autour de l'Europe"
Illegitimate by Adrian Sitaru

Hinging on new discoveries and works chosen from the 47 member states of the European Council, the L'Europe autour de l'Europe festival will raise the curtain for its 11th­ edition on Wednesday 16 March and will run until 17 April in around 20 Parisian cinemas. The most notable item on the run sheet for the event headed by Irena Bilić is a competition bringing together nine fiction feature films, which have yet to be screened in France and which will be judged by a jury chaired by Norwegian director Anja Breien. Another notable jury member is international vendor Hengameh Panahi.

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Amongst the titles competing for the 2016 Prix Sauvage are Romanian director Adrian Sitaru’s Illegitimate [+see also:
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(recently revealed in the Forum section at the Berlinale), Austrian filmmaker Daniel Hoesl’s dark satire Winwin [+see also:
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(shown at the most recent edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam), The Petrov File [+see also:
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by Bulgaria’s Georgi Balabanov, Estonian filmmaker Veiko Ounpuu’s Roukli [+see also:
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and a Hungarian production by brothers Igor and Ivan Buharov, Most of the Souls that Live Here. Also in the running are Autumn Fall [+see also:
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by Norwegian filmmaker Jan Vardøen, Russian director Vassily Sigarev’s Land of OZ, the Greek-British co-production Oxi: An Act of Resistance by Ken Mcmullen and Dutch director Jan-Willem van Ewijk’s ever-popular film Atlantic [+see also:
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.

For the first time in its history, the festival will also have a competitive section dedicated to feature-length documentaries, showcasing another nine films: Democrats [+see also:
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by Denmark’s Camilla Nielsson, Maja WeissBanditenkinder – Stolen Slovene Children, Dutch director Ramon Gieling’s Matthaus Passion Stories (Erbarme Dich)Morgan Knibbe’s Those Who Feel the Fire Burning, Russian director Vitaly Mansky’s Under the Sun [+see also:
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, Romanian director Alexander Nanau’s Toto and his Sisters [+see also:
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, Swedish filmmaker Per Anders RudeliusKiss of War – The Children of the Hated, Vladimir Tomic’s Flotel Europa [+see also:
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(a co-production between Denmark and Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Lou McLoughlan’s Icelandic-British co-production 16 Years Till Summer.

Also on the festival’s rich menu (mixing heritage films with contemporary works) are a number of retrospectives dedicated to filmmakers Bela Tarr, Peter Watkins and Krzysztof Kieslowski, a Focus on Dutch cinema, a carte blanche given to Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo, several guests including Spanish director Carlos Saura, and editing workshops with Denmark’s Anders Refn (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Antichrist [+see also:
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) and Poland’s Michal Leszczylowski (The Sacrifice, Lilya 4-Ever [+see also:
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, Miss Julie [+see also:
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]
).

(Translated from French)

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