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LOCARNO 2016 France

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Maud Alpi and Caroline Deruas included in Filmmakers of the Present

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- Gorge Coeur Ventre and Daydreams are on the line-up of the competitive section, while ten French (co-)productions will screen on the Piazza Grande

Maud Alpi and Caroline Deruas included in Filmmakers of the Present
Gorge Coeur Ventre by Maud Alpi

Two French feature debuts directed by female filmmakers will have their world premieres in the competitive Filmmakers of the Present section of the 69th Locarno Film Festival (3-13 August 2016). In addition, four majority productions and six minority co-productions will be on the programme of the Piazza Grande open-air screenings.

The Filmmakers of the Present competition includes Gorge Coeur Ventre [+see also:
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by Maud Alpi (read the article), starring Virgile Hanrot and Dimitri Buchenet, and boasting a screenplay written by the director herself, together with Baptiste Boulba-Ghigna. Produced by Mathieu Bompoint for Mezzanine Films, the movie had a budget of €1.65 million, including co-productions by M 141 and Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, in addition to an advance on receipts from the CNC. It will be distributed in France by Shellac and is being sold internationally by MPM Film.

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Also set to be unveiled in Filmmakers of the Present is Daydreams [+see also:
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by Caroline Deruas. The cast includes Clotilde Hesme, Jenna Thiam, Tchéky Karyo, Bernard Verley, Pascal Rénéric, Marilyne Canto, Lolita Chammah, Tanya Lopert, Filippo Timi and Renato Carpentieri, and the story revolves around a relationship between two young female artists, one a photographer and the other a writer. Produced by Christine Gozlan for Thelma Films and boasting a budget of €1.64 million, the feature was co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and pre-purchased by Ciné+. It will be distributed in France and is being sold abroad by Les Films du Losange.

On the Piazza Grande, four majority French productions will have their world premieres, most notably the French-Swiss co-production Moka [+see also:
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 by Frédéric Mermoud (read the article), starring Emmanuelle Devos and Nathalie Baye. Produced by Diligence Films together with Tabo Tabo Films, and co-produced by Sampek Productions, the feature is being sold internationally by Pyramide, which will also bring it out in French theatres on 17 August.

Another title featuring in the showcase is the French-Belgian co-production Cessez-le-feu [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Courcol (read the article), which stars Romain Duris, Grégory Gadebois and Céline Salette, was executive-produced by Polaris Film, will be distributed in France by Le Pacte and is being sold by Indie Sales.

Yet another French-Swiss co-production, In the Forest [+see also:
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by Gilles Marchand (read the article), the cast of which includes Jérémie Elkaïm, was staged by Les Films de Françoise. Pyramide will take care of its release in France on 15 February 2017, while its international sales are being handled by Wild Bunch.

There is also a world premiere on the cards for Le ciel attendra [+see also:
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by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (Once in a Lifetime [+see also:
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). With a cast comprising Clotilde Courau, Sandrine Bonnaire, Noémie Merlant, Naomi Amarger and Zinédine Soualem, the movie explores the online recruitment and radicalisation of teenagers. Produced by Willow Films and sold internationally by Gaumont, the feature will be out on 5 October in France, courtesy of UGC.

Six minority French co-productions will also be screened on the Piazza Grande: Paula [+see also:
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 by Christian Schwochow (co-produced with Germany, by Alcatraz Films), Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe [+see also:
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interview: Maria Schrader
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by Maria Schrader (co-produced by Idéale Audience, Maha Productions and Arte France Cinéma with Germany and Austria – sold by Films Distribution – released in France on 10 August via ARP), Vincent [+see also:
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by Christophe Van Rompaey (co-produced with Belgium by Les Films de la Croisade and Les Enragés), Comboio de sal e açucar [+see also:
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by Licinio Azevedo (co-produced by Les Films de l’Étranger together with Portugal, Brazil, South Africa and Mozambique) and two titles revealed at Cannes: the Palme d’Or-winning I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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by Ken Loach (produced with the United Kingdom and Belgium by Why Not Productions, Le Pacte – which will handle the French release on 26 October - and Wild Bunch, which is managing the international sales) and Endless Poetry [+see also:
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by Alejandro Jodorowsky (co-produced with Chile by Satory Films and Le Pacte, which is in charge of the sales and will bring the film out in France on 5 October). Lastly of note on the programme of the Piazza Grande is Interchange by Dain Iskandar Said (Malaysia/Indonesia), which is being sold by French sales agent Reel Suspects.

(Translated from French)

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