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European cinema heads to Haifa

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- European titles will land in Israel for the 32nd edition of the Haifa International Film Festival, which will run until 24 October

European cinema heads to Haifa
Graduation by Cristian Mungiu

The Haifa International Film Festival started on 15 October and will run until 24 October in what will be the 32nd edition of the annual celebration in Haifa, Israel, after it was inaugurated in 1983. The event will play host to a wide audience of cinema and media professionals from Israel and abroad and feature competitions, screenings, talks, meetings with professionals, industry events, masterclasses, exhibitions and outdoor activities. Many European titles will be showcased across all of the festival’s film categories.

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The line-up of the Carmel Competition for international films includes a number of European films: Graduation [+see also:
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by Cristian Mungiu, a Romanian, French and Belgian co-production, the co-production between Georgia, Russia, Spain and Croatia, House of Others [+see also:
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, directed by Rusudan Glurjidze, All of a Sudden [+see also:
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co-produced between Germany, Netherlands and France and directed by Asli Özge, the Japanese-French production directed by Koji Fukada Harmonium [+see also:
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, the co-production between Romania, Poland and France, Illegitimate [+see also:
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, by Adrian Sitaru, Hungary’s Lily Lane [+see also:
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by Benedek Fliegauf, German title Original Bliss [+see also:
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by Sven Taddicken, and the Argentinean-Spanish production, The Distinguished Citizen [+see also:
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, by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn. These titles, as well as a number of other international films, will compete for the Carmel Award for Best Film, which will be awarded by a jury composed of Andrei Plakhov, a film critic and historian, filmmaker Judith Katzir and Janos Szasz, one of the most gifted Hungarian filmmakers.

In the Mediterranean Golden Anchor Competition, European titles from the Mediterranean coast will hit Haifa to duke it out. The films that have been selected for this section are After Love [+see also:
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, co-produced between Belgium and France and directed by Joachim Lafosse, Blind Sun [+see also:
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by Joyce Nashawati, Yesim Ustaoglu’s Clair Obscur [+see also:
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, Mustafa Kara’s Cold of Kalandar [+see also:
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, Memories of the wind [+see also:
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by Özcan Alper, Moka [+see also:
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by Frédéric Mermoud, Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams [+see also:
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, Roberto Andò’s The Confessions [+see also:
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, The Exile by Arturo Ruiz and The Last Resort [+see also:
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by Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan.

European cinema will also be present in a number of non-competitive sections, such as the Gala, Panorama, East of West, Documentary Cinema, Animation, Double Feature, Retrospective and Haifa Classics.

The Israeli Feature Films Competition will bring together the best of Israeli cinema, with acclaimed titles such as Maysaloun Hamoud’s In Between [+see also:
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. The Tobias Szpancer Award for Best Film will feature movies dealing with Israeli and Jewish identity, like Hadas Ben Aroya's People That Are Not Me. The festival also includes sections dedicated to finding the best Israeli documentary, short and animated film.

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