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Mohamed Ben Attia’s Hedi opens the second edition of the Valletta Film Festival

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- More than 60 films will be screened in the Maltese capital from 3-11 June

Mohamed Ben Attia’s Hedi opens the second edition of the Valletta Film Festival
Hedi by Mohamed Ben Attia

The Valletta Film Festival is kicking off its second edition, which will run from 3-11 June and be opened by Mohamed Ben Attia’s Hedi [+see also:
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, featuring the winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 2016 Berlinale. More than 40 films will be screened in competition, including seven feature-length fictions, seven documentaries and 26 shorts.

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“Following the success of the first edition, this year’s VFF will include more films, more events and a new sidebar entitled ‘Teens Only’, showcasing films for teenagers from the ages of 13-18,” Oliver Mallia, one of the directors of the festival, said.

The Official Feature Film Competition boasts a line-up including Anne Zohra Berrached’s 24 Weeks [+see also:
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Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
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(Germany), Måns Månsson’s The Yard [+see also:
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(Sweden), Tomasz Wasilewski’s United States of Love [+see also:
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interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
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(Poland, Sweden), and Barış Kaya and Soner Caner’s Rauf [+see also:
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(Turkey), all four of which were unveiled at Berlin, as well as Rebecca Daly’s Mammal [+see also:
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(Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands), Christian Tafdrup’s Parents [+see also:
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(Denmark) and Ben Sharrock’s Pikadero [+see also:
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(Spain, United Kingdom).

When it comes to the Documentary Competition, Patric Chiha’s Brothers of the Night [+see also:
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(Austria), Walls by Pablo Iraburu and Migueltxo Molina (Spain), Emmanuel Licha’s Hotel Machine (France), Jordi Esteva’s Socotra – The Island of Djinns (Spain), Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened [+see also:
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(Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany), Hotel Dallas [+see also:
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by Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang (United States, Romania), and Marta Minorowicz’s Zud [+see also:
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(Germany, Poland) will all have their Maltese premieres.

Two master classes called “Directing Actors” and “Writing the Short Film”, as well as a conference entitled “Cinema of Small Nations”, are also on the schedule. There will be a number of sidebars taking place alongside the festival dedicated to adolescence, and films from the Middle East and islands from all over the world.

The festival will welcome Sir Alan Parker (Evita, Midnight Express, etc) as guest of honour and will host a special screening for the world premiere of Abigail Malia’s Maltese feature film, Limestone Cowboy.

(Translated from French)

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