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The Appointment with New French Cinema returns to Italy

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- On 6 April the festival dedicated to films from beyond the Alps kicks off, starting in Rome and stopping off in Bologna, Naples, Palermo, Turin, Milan, Lecce, Florence and Bergamo

The Appointment with New French Cinema returns to Italy
Chocolat by Roschdy Zem

Back in Rome, from 6 to 11 April, is the Appointment with New French Cinema. In its sixth edition this year, the festival dedicated to brand new films from beyond the Alps will kick off in the Italian capital, subsequently stopping off, with focuses and special guests between 7 April and 8 May, in Bologna, Naples, Palermo, Turin, Milan, Lecce and, as of this year, Florence and Bergamo. This year’s edition of the festival will feature over thirty films, an exclusive platform that lays bare the stories and nature of contemporary French cinema which, for the third year running in 2015, celebrated the best results abroad that it has had in twenty years. The festival has a diverse programme in terms of genre and content, with arthouse and independent film standing side by side with box office hits of more popular appeal.

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The patron of the VI edition of the event is Chiara Mastroianni, and the opening film Chocolat [+see also:
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, which is being distributed in Italy by Videa. Actor and director Roschdy Zem will be presenting his portrayal of the clown Chocolat, the first black artist in France, played by the intense Omar Sy, which will have its premiere in Rome.

Of the emerging talents participating in the Festival, Éva Husson will present her debut piece Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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, which is being distributed by Good Films, a scandalous film screened at Cannes in 2015 dedicated to a ‘hyperconnected’ adolescence. Another film that was shown at Cannes last year, in the Un Certain Regard section, is Disorder [+see also:
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, an original thriller by Alice Winocour, the director of Augustine [+see also:
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, which is being distributed by Movies Inspired. Irreplaceable [+see also:
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by Thomas Lilti is the story of a provincial doctor who is played by François Cluzet. Also being shown in its Italian premiere is Un début prometteur [+see also:
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, a comedy by Emma Luchini. Then there’s Mikhaël Hers with his second film This Summer Feeling [+see also:
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, and Iranian actor and comedian Kheiron with his debut piece All Three of Us [+see also:
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The programme also features more well-established writers. Straight from the 2016 edition of the Berlin Film Festival comes the Italian premiere of Saint Amour [+see also:
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(distributed by Movies Inspired) by pair Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine, who direct another explosive pair, Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde, in an on-the-road comedy. Also from the Berlin Film Festival comes News from Planet Mars [+see also:
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(distributed by Good Films) by Dominik Moll. Then Michel Gondry’s one-of-a-kind style of film is back with Microbe et Gasoil [+see also:
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(distributed by Movies Inspired), whilst Christian Carion will accompany the screening of his film En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît [+see also:
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After the opening of the Festival in Rome, a large group of writers will travel from the south to the north of the peninsula. First up there’s Benoît Jacquot, who, after holding a masterclass in Rome with Chiara Mastroianni, will meet audiences at the Cineteca di Bologna for a focus dedicated to him. Philippe Faucon, who has just won three César awards, will present his multi-award-winning film Fatima [+see also:
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in Rome, and will also be a special guest at a focus in Palermo. Emmanuel Mouret will also present romantic comedy Caprice [+see also:
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in Rome and Naples.

After the success of Cycling with Moliere [+see also:
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and The Women on the 6th Floor [+see also:
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, Philippe Le Guay is back in Italy, first in Rome and then in Bergamo, with his latest film Florida [+see also:
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, which is being distributed by Academy Two. And of course the Festival couldn’t not include a tribute to Sólveig Anspach, the Franco-Icelandish director who recently passed away.

New to this year’s edition of the event is the French Cinema Award, which, this year, will be awarded to Andrea Occhipinti who, with Lucky Red, has contributed to promoting French cinema all over the world.

An initiative of the Embassy of France in Italy, the event is held by the Institut français Italia with the support of Unifrance, and the cooperation of the Centre Saint-Louis and the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici.

(Translated from Italian)

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