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Act 5 for the Champs-Élysées Film Festival

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- More than 80 films are on the line-up for the Parisian festival, which will run from 7-14 June and host Mia Hansen-Løve, Abel Ferrara and Brady Corbet as guests of honour

Act 5 for the Champs-Élysées Film Festival
Loving by Jeff Nichols

Created by producer, distributor and exhibitor Sophie Dulac, the Champs-Élysées Film Festival is celebrating its fifth birthday this year. Taking place between 7 and 14 June, the festival will offer around 100 screenings, featuring more than 80 films across the cinemas that line the iconic Parisian avenue: Le Balzac, Gaumont Champs-Élysées, Le Lincoln, Publicis Cinémas and the UGC George V. The event, which will be opened by Jeff Nichols’ Cannes competitor Loving [+see also:
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 (co-produced with the UK), includes two competition sections. The first of these brings together eight previously unreleased independent US feature films, while the second offers a line-up of 20 French and US short films. It is worth noting that a jury will be involved for the first time - this jury is co-chaired by filmmakers Nicole Garcia and Alexandre Aja, and includes actors Déborah FrançoisZita HenrotVincent Rottiers and Félix Moati, director Sophie Letourneur and writer Philippe Jaenada.

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Several advance screenings of French films will take place in the out-of-competition sections, including three that were recently unveiled at Cannes: Justine Triet’s In Bed with Victoria [+see also:
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 (which will be released on 14 September by Le Pacte), Stéphanie Di Giusto’s The Dancer [+see also:
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 (set to be released on 28 September by Wild Bunch Distribution) and Rachid Djaïdani’s Tour de France [+see also:
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 (which will come out on 23 November, courtesy of Mars Films). Tout de suite maintenant [+see also:
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 by Pascal Bonitzer (read the article – which will be released in France on 22 June by Ad Vitam) is also scheduled to be screened alongside the co-productions Race [+see also:
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 by Stephen Hopkins (distributed on 27 July by La Belle Company), Love & Friendship [+see also:
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 by Whit Stillman (which will be released on 22 June by Sophie Dulac Distribution) and Soy Nero [+see also:
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interview: Rafi Pitts
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by Rafi Pitts (which will come out on 21 September, via Sophie Dulac Distribution).

Featuring amongst the guests of honour at the festival this year are French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, US director Abel Ferrara and his young counterpart Brady Corbet, who will be giving master classes (as will jury chair Alexandre Aja). Also of note are the Industry Days, which will run from 8-10 June and will include the festival’s professional sections, including the fifth edition of US in Progress, the third Paris Coproduction Village (read the news featuring the list naming the selected projects) and a round-table on virtual reality.

(Translated from French)

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