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The Montréal World Film Festival, a melting pot of cultures through film

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- La pelle dell’orso by Marco Segato, Everybody Happy by Nic Balthazar and La madre by Alberto Morais in the World Competition

The Montréal World Film Festival, a melting pot of cultures through film
La pelle dell’orso by Marco Segato

The 40th edition of the Montréal World Film Festival (25 August-5 September) will open with the screening of the latest endeavour by André Forcier, who was a member of the jury back in 2006 and has competed at the Festival a number of times. His film, Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes, touches on the delicate issue of the sexuality of a young paraplegic and her brother’s attempt at rejecting her, in 1940s Montreal.

In the World Competition section, Western Europe is well represented by Czech film Tiger Theory [+see also:
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 by Radek Bajgar and and Croatian film The Constitution [+see also:
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by Rajko Grlic, as well as Summer’s Over by Romanian director Radu Potcoavã and Titanium White by Polish filmmaker Piotr Smigasiewicz. France’s entries include Toril [+see also:
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 by Laurent Teyssier and Le paon de nuit [+see also:
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 by Dai Sijie, which was co-produced by China. Also worth mentioning are Belgian-Dutch co-productions Everybody Happy [+see also:
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 by Nic Balthazar and The Fury [+see also:
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 by André Van Duren, along with the co-production by Germany and Qatar directed by Soleen YusefHouse Without Roof. Sweden, Italy and Turkey have one representative apiece: While We Live by Dani KouyatéLa pelle dell’orso [+see also:
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by Marco Segato, and Swaying Waterlily by Seren Yüce. Spain, on the other hand, has three co-productions in the running: Spanish-Mexican co-production La 4º compania by Amir Galván Cervera and Mitzi Vanessa Arreola, Spanish-Uruguayan co-production Migas de pan by Manane Rodríguez, and Spanish-French-Romanian piece La madre [+see also:
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 by Alberto Morais.

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In line with the Festival’s aim of ‘encouraging the convergence of cultural differences and mutual awareness between nations’, the debut works in the World Competition line-up include Italian production Due euro l’ora [+see also:
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by Andrea D'Ambrosio, the story of two women, one Italian and one Venezuelan, who are brought together by their illegal jobs at a dressmakers in Southern Italy. The theme of emigration also comes into New World [+see also:
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 by Polish filmmakers Elżbieta Benkowska and Łukasz OstalskiMichał Wawrzecki, who follow the journey of three youngsters from Belarussia, the Ukraine and Afghanistan, for whom Poland becomes a sort of ‘New World’. Another Italian film to feature is The Habit of Beauty [+see also:
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, directed by Mirko Pincelli. Family relations are right at the heart of We Were Dining and I Decided [+see also:
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 by Görkem Yeltan, and another Turkish piece comes in the form of Dust by Gözde Kural. France features with Twisting Fate [+see also:
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by Christophe Lioud, whilst Belgium is represented by Achter de Wolken [+see also:
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 by Cecilia Verheyden. The two countries produced Comment j’ai rencontré mon père, directed by Maxime Motte, together. Serbia has just one representative in the shape of Name: Dobrica, Last Name: Unknown by Srdja Penezic, whilst Germany is represented by Longing for a Kiss by Julia Ziesche and one co-production with Kosovo directed by Dren Zherka, ECHO.

The jury for the World Competition, a section which will also feature short films, will be made up of people from the most diverse sectors of the audiovisual industry. To name but a few, they will include Russian screenwriter and director Sergei Bodrov, Canadian producer Claude Gagnon, and Serbian filmmaker Goran Markovic, who works in both film and television and theatre.

(Translated from Italian)

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