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European crime films top the bill at Beaune

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- The ninth edition of the festival dedicated to crime films will unspool from 29 March-2 April and will also pay tribute to Korean master Park Chan-Wook

European crime films top the bill at Beaune
The Nile Hilton Incident by Tarik Saleh

While the movement may still be receiving a fairly lukewarm welcome from TV channels and theatrical exhibitors, it cannot be denied that more and more French film projects currently in the pipeline are trying their hand at the crime genre. This trend echoes a wave that has been washing over the whole of Europe in recent years (spearheaded by Spain and Scandinavia, primarily), and which is being illustrated perfectly this year at the ninth Beaune International Thriller Film Festival (29 March-2 April 2017), where all eight features in the international competition hail from the Continent. 

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Chaired by director Jean-Paul Rappeneau (who is flanked by such names as Valeria Golino, Valérie Donzelli, Éric Lartigau and Éric Elmosnino), the jury will be able to discover The Nile Hilton Incident [+see also:
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by Sweden’s Tarik Saleh (which won at Sundance and will be distributed in France from 12 July by Memento)
 and the Spanish star attraction The Fury of a Patient Man [+see also:
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by Spaniard Raúl Arévalo (which won four Goyas, including Best Film, Best Actress in the Horizons section at Venice, and set to be released in French theatres on 26 April, courtesy of ARP Sélection).

Other titles in competition include Strangled [+see also:
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by Árpád Sopsits (nine Hungarian Film Awards, including Best Film of the Year), Blind Spot [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Nabil Ben Yadir, Message from the King [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman Fabrice du Welz (produced by the UK, France and Belgium – on general release in France from 10 May via The Jokers/The Bookmakers), the Austrian-German co-production Cold Hell [+see also:
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by Stefan Ruzowitzky, the British title The Limehouse Golem [+see also:
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by Spaniard Juan Carlos Medina and the UK-US co-production War on Everyone [+see also:
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by Irish director John Michael McDonagh, which will be given the honour of opening the gathering.

Three European productions are among the six titles being showcased in the competitive Fresh Blood parallel section: the African gangster film Wùlu [+see also:
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by Daouda Coulibaly (a feature debut that proved popular at Toronto), The Truth Lies in Heaven [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Faenza
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by Italy’s Roberto Faenza (which revisits the mysterious and infamous case of the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi) and the gripping Spanish feature May God Save Us [+see also:
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by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (winner of the Best Screenplay Award at San Sebastián, set to be distributed in France by Le Pacte – release date TBC).

Eight movies will also be screened out of competition, including Thousand Cuts [+see also:
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by French filmmaker Éric Valette (which screened at Rotterdam and will be released in French theatres on 5 April by New District Story), De Premier [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Erik Van Looy and The Lost Brother [+see also:
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by Israel Adrián Caetano (co-produced by Argentina, Spain, Uruguay and France).

This year, the Beaune Film Festival will pay tribute to Korean master Park Chan-Wook, who will also be in attendance to teach a Film Class. Other highlights on the programme include several restored films (helmed by Otto Preminger, Bong Joon-Ho, Jacques Rouffio and Jean-Paul Rappeneau) and the presentation of the Claude Chabrol Prize (which is given out each year to acknowledge a French film released in the past year whose cinematic qualities do the thriller genre proud), which will be bestowed upon Arthur Harari for his Dark Inclusion [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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