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French cinema: The lifeblood of Rotterdam

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- Around 40 recent French productions and co-productions are on the line-up of the 46th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam

French cinema: The lifeblood of Rotterdam
Rey by Niles Atallah

The programme of the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam, which kicks off today and will unspool until 5 February, offers yet another chance to note the enormous involvement of the French film industry in the production of films from all over the globe.

A majority French production is in competition for the Tigers this year: Rey [+see also:
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by Niles Atallah, produced by Paris-based outfit Mômerade together with Chile, the Netherlands, Germany and Qatar, was also backed by the CNC’s World Cinema Support. There's also a minority French co-production: The Burglar [+see also:
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by Hagar Ben Asher, co-produced by Les Films du Poisson with Israel and Germany.

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The French-Belgian feature This Is Our Land [+see also:
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interview: Lucas Belvaux
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by Lucas Belvaux (executive-produced by Synecdoche, co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, among others, and sold overseas by Le Pacte) will be in the running for the Big Screen Award and will have its world premiere in the Voices section. Also featuring on the menu are the majority French production Zin'naariya! by Rahmatou Keïta and the minority productions Worldly Girl [+see also:
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interview: Marco Danieli
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]
, The Road to Mandalay [+see also:
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interview: Midi Z
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]
and The Ornithologist [+see also:
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interview: João Pedro Rodrigues
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]
.

In the Bright Future section, which shines a spotlight on emerging talents, we have three majority French productions out of competition: Heis (Chroniques) [+see also:
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by Anais Volpé, Wùlu [+see also:
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by Daouda Coulibaly (which made a splash at Toronto) and the documentary Where Is Rocky II? [+see also:
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by Pierre Bismuth. They are joined by the minority co-productions Burning Birds [+see also:
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by Sri Lanka’s Sanjeewa Pushpakumara (European premiere), Mimosas [+see also:
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interview: Oliver Laxe
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by Spaniard Oliver Laxe and By the Time It Gets Dark [+see also:
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by Thailand’s Anocha Suwichakornpong.

The Limelight programme will host screenings of Orphan [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud des Pallières
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by Arnaud des Pallières, Raw [+see also:
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interview: Julia Ducournau
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]
by Julia Ducournau, Heal the Living [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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]
by Katell Quillévéré, Personal Shopper [+see also:
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interview: Artemio Benki
interview: Olivier Assayas
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]
by Olivier Assayas and Staying Vertical [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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]
by Alain Guiraudie, in addition to the minority productions Sieranevada [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristi Puiu
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]
, Wolf and Sheep [+see also:
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interview: Shahrbanoo Sadat
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]
, Harmonium [+see also:
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, Tramontane [+see also:
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, Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Bogdan Mirica
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]
, Porto [+see also:
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interview: Gabe Klinger
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]
and The Untamed [+see also:
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]
.

The A Band Apart section has selected A Taste of Ink [+see also:
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interview: Morgan Simon
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by Morgan Simon and Nocturama [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Bonello
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]
by Bertrand Bonello, while Thousand Cuts [+see also:
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]
by Eric Valette will have its world premiere on the Criss Cross programme, and the Signature section welcomes three majority French productions: Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
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interview: Albert Serra
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]
by Albert Serra, Un rêve solaire by Patrick Bokanowski and Sleeping Beauty [+see also:
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interview: Ado Arrietta
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]
by Adolfo Arrieta.

Lastly of note are the French-Israeli feature The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev [+see also:
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by Noam Pinchas and Tal Barda on the Scopitone programme, the minority co-production A Wedding [+see also:
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interview: Stephan Streker
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]
in IFFR Live and the mini-series Beyond the Walls by Hervé Hadmar in Voices.

(Translated from French)

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