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The filmmakers of tomorrow in the limelight at Belfort

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- The 32nd Entrevues festival is organising an international competition with 12 features, and six films will vie for post-production support

The filmmakers of tomorrow in the limelight at Belfort
No Man Is an Island by Dominique Marchais

Young, innovative independent film will once again be in the spotlight at the Entrevues Belfort Film Festival, the 32nd edition of which will unspool from 25 November-4 December. The inspiring programme includes an international competition with 12 features (first, second or third films), comprising eight fictions and four documentaries (seven of which are European productions), which will be judged by a jury that includes filmmakers Emmanuelle Cuau and Radu Jude, among others. 

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Standing out among the titles duking it out is the documentary No Man Is an Island by Dominique Marchais (Le Temps des grâces, La Ligne de partage des eaux). Lensed by Claire Mathon and Sébastien Buchmann, the film begins at the Palazzo Publico in Siena, considering Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s The Allegory of Good and Bad Government fresco panels, before applying this question to more contemporary settings, on Sicily and in various Alpine regions, where local initiatives demonstrate good governance and, above all, common sense for the greater good. Produced by Mélanie Gerin and Paul Rozenberg for Zadig Films, the feature will be distributed in France on 4 April by Météore Films.

Also locking horns are two titles awarded at Locarno in the Filmmakers of the Present section (the Golden Leopard for 3/4 [+see also:
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 by Bulgaria’s Ilian Metev and the Special Jury Prize for Milla [+see also:
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 by Valérie Massadian, which will be distributed in France from 11 April by JHR Films), the Swiss production I Am Truly a Drop of Sun on Earth [+see also:
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 by Elene Naveriani and three other docs: Spain’s Niñato [+see also:
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 by Adrián OrrPlaying Men [+see also:
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 by Matjaz Ivanisin (co-produced by Slovenia and Croatia) and La Liberté by Guillaume Massart (which is set in the “open” prison of Casabianda on Corsica – produced by Triptyque Films and Films de Force Majeure). The competition is rounded off by titles hailing from the USA, South Korea, Brazil and Chile.

A competitive section of five French debut fiction features is also on the menu, with Cornelius, The Howling Miller by Yann Le Quellec (on general release in France from 2 May 2018, courtesy of Ad Vitam), The Starry Sky Above Me [+see also:
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 by Ilan Klipper (which was premiered in the ACID at Cannes – released in France on 7 March 2018 by Happiness Distribution), The Wild Boys [+see also:
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 by Bertrand Mandico (revealed in the Critics’ Week at Venice – out in France on 28 February 2018, courtesy of UFO Distribution), Naufragé volontaire by Didier Nion and La Position d’Andromaque by Erick Malabry.

The preview screenings include the sensational Venice title Custody [+see also:
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by Xavier Legrand (released in France on 7 February by Haut et Court), the striking documentary Makala [+see also:
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 by Emmanuel Gras (Grand Prize in the Cannes Critics’ Week – on general release in France from 6 December via Les Films du Losange), the tender The Night I Swam [+see also:
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 by French-Japanese duo Damien Manivel and Kohei Igarashi (also unveiled at Venice, in Orizzonti), the surreal Mrs. Hyde [+see also:
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 by Serge Bozon (premiered in competition at Locarno – released in France on 28 March via Haut et Court), The Lion Sleeps Tonight [+see also:
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 by Suwa Nobuhiro (popular in competition at San Sebastián and set to be distributed in France on 27 December by Shellac) and the Israeli-Polish production Scaffolding [+see also:
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by Matan Yair (out in France on 21 March, thanks to Les Acacias).

In addition, six features at the end of the editing phase will be presented to the professionals present as part of the Films en cours post-production support programme, which has now reached its ninth edition. They include The Load by Serbia’s Ognjen GlavonicVitória by Portugal’s Ico Costa and One and a Half Prince by Romania’s Ana Lungu. Three French titles top off the selection: L'Amour debout by Michaël DacheuxL'Époque by Matthieu Bareyre and Seuls les pirates by Gaël Lépingle.

This year, Entrevues Belfort will also give a carte blanche to Saïd Ben Saïd (of SBS Films), who has cobbled together his "dream festival" including his absolute favourite films, others that he has produced and meetings with his associates. The festival’s jam-packed programme also boasts a section entitled "The secret history of cinema on French television", showcasing works for TV helmed by such names as Leos CaraxPhilippe FauconPhilippe GarrelClaude ChabrolJacques RozierAgnès VardaJean-Luc GodardChantal Akerman and Jean Renoir.

(Translated from French)

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