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Contemporary Israeli film honoured at La Rochelle

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- A focus of 16 titles spanning a generation of Israeli filmmakers at the 45th edition of a high-end festival showcasing almost 250 films

Contemporary Israeli film honoured at La Rochelle
Hotline by Silvina Landsmann

Mixing recent high-quality films and works that have shaped the history of world film since the days of silent film, whilst succeeding in making the whole thing a welcoming and popular event (with 85,000 admissions in 2016), the La Rochelle International Film Festival, the 45th edition of which will open this evening with Barbara [+see also:
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 by Mathieu Amalric and close on 9 July with Montparnasse Bienvenüe [+see also:
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 by Léonor Serraille, once again brings us a very rich programme this year, featuring almost 250 films in total (see interview with general delegate Prune Engler). 

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After Turkish filmmakers last year, this year the La Rochelle Film Festival is focusing on contemporary Israeli film with 16 titles from a generation of filmmakers born in the 1970s, who use fiction and documentary to decipher the complexities of their country. A generation marked by a strong presence of female directors, who use their female sensitivities to question some of the patriarchal and warlike values of Israeli society. The line-up most notably includes three films that have yet to be released in France: She is Coming Home by Maya Dreifuss and documentaries Post partum and Hotline by Silvina Landsmann. Also featured are This is My Land [+see also:
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 by Tamara Erde, documentary Women in Sink by Iriz ZakiMountain [+see also:
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 by Yaelle Kayam and Room 514 by Sharon Bar-Ziv. The programme is completed by three films by Nadav Lapid (PolicemanThe Kindergarten Teacher [+see also:
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 and Diary of a Wedding Photographer), Sharqiya [+see also:
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 by Ami LivneYouth [+see also:
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 by Tom Shoval, and documentaries 5 Broken Cameras [+see also:
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 by the duo Emad Burnat - Guy DavidiMr. Gaga [+see also:
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 by Tomer Heymann, and Censored Voices [+see also:
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 by Mor Loushy.

Five filmmakers will also be paid tribute to this year: French filmmaker Laurent Cantet (with an unabridged tribute including his latest film, The Workshop [+see also:
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), German director Volker Schlöndorff (11 films), Romanian Andrei Ujica (with his documentary trilogy on the end of communism), Colombian director Rubén Mendoza (full filmography) and Japanese filmmaker Katsuya Tomita (full filmography). Looking to the past, the festival’s 2017 retrospectives will be dedicated to Andreï TarkovskiAlfred Hitchcock and Michael Cacoyannis, and the "D'hier à aujourd'hui" section will focus on 22 films from the history of film.

Audiences will also have the opportunity to see 47 very contemporary and high-quality titles, including a selection fresh from Cannes featuring Palme d’Or winner The Square [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
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 by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, the award-winning BPM (Beats per Minute) [+see also:
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interview: Robin Campillo
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 by French director Robin Campillo, and Loveless [+see also:
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 by Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyaguintsev, competition participants Happy End [+see also:
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Q&A: Michael Haneke
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 by Austrian director Michael HanekeA Gentle Creature [+see also:
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interview: Sergei Loznitsa
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 by Ukranian Sergei Loznitsa, and Radiance [+see also:
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 by Japanese director Naomi Kawase, along with Directions [+see also:
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interview: Stephan Komandarev
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 by Bulgarian director Stefan KomandarevThe Intruder [+see also:
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 by Italian filmmaker Leonardo Di CostanzoPure Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Roberto De Paolis
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 by fellow Italian Roberto de PaolisThe Nothing Factory [+see also:
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interview: Pedro Pinho
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 by Portuguese director Pedro PinhoOut [+see also:
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interview: György Kristóf
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 by Slovak filmmaker Gyorgy KristofGabriel and the Mountain [+see also:
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 by Brazilian Felipe Gamarano Barbosa, and Until the Birds Return [+see also:
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interview: Karim Moussaoui
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 by Algerian Karim Moussaoui. Other French films on the menu include Makala [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Gras
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 d'Emmanuel GrasBright Sunshine In [+see also:
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by Claire DenisBloody Milk [+see also:
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interview: Hubert Charuel
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 by Hubert Charuel and A Violent Life [+see also:
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 by Thierry de Peretti. Also worth mentioning is Berlin Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul [+see also:
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interview: Ildiko Enyedi
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 by Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi, Sundance winner The Nile Hilton Incident [+see also:
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interview: Tarik Saleh
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 by Swedish director Tarik SalehSummer 93 [+see also:
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interview: Carla Simón
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 by Spaniard Carla SimonInsyriated [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Van Leeuw
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 by Belgian filmmaker Philippe van LeeuwColo [+see also:
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interview: Teresa Villaverde
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 by Portuguese director Teresa VillaverdeSummer Lights [+see also:
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 by Jean-Gabriel PériotThe Last Family [+see also:
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 by Polish director Jan P. Matuszynski, and the premiere of documentary Latifa, le coeur au combat [+see also:
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 by Olivier Peyon and Cyril Brody.

(Translated from French)

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