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The best of new, European thriller cinema is being showcased in Beaune

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- The 10th edition of the international festival dedicated to thrillers is taking place from 4 to 8 April and will pay homage to David Cronenberg in the presence of Viggo Mortensen

The best of new, European thriller cinema is being showcased in Beaune
Boys Cry by Damiano and Fabio d’Innocenzo

Inked into the film festival diary, the Beaune International Thriller Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary (from 4 to 8 April) and has once again chosen to pay homage to a world-renowned, first-rate filmmaker in the annual tribute section of the programme. Following in the footsteps of William Friedkin, James Gray, David Lynch, John McTiernan, Bertrand Tavernier, Brian De Palma and Park Chan-wook, it is Canadian director David Cronenberg who will be honoured this Friday 6 April, and one of his most emblematic actors, Viggo Mortensen, will be travelling to Beaune to take part in this particular celebration.

As a testament to the appetite for thrillers among young cinema-goers of the Old Continent, four full-length European first films will feature among the eight titles in the international competition: Boys Cry [+see also:
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by Italian directors Damiano and Fabio d’Innocenzo (stand-out film in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival, to be distributed in France by ARP Sélection), The Guilty [+see also:
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by Danish director Gustav Möller (winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Festival and in Rotterdam – also distributed by ARP Selection), Beast [+see also:
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 by British filmmaker Michael Pearce (in competition in Toronto - Bac Films distribution) and The Benefit of the Doubt [+see also:
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by Belgian director Samuel Tilman.

Also up for awards are The Third Murder by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-Eda (unveiled in competition in Venice and opening the festival), Piercing by American director Nicolas Pesce (discovered in competition in Rotterdam), The Looming Storm (working title) by Chinese filmmaker Dong Yue and La mémoire assassine (Memoir of a Murderer) by South Korean director Won Shin-yun. The jury deliberating over these films will be headed up by the actor Lambert Wilson, supported by Arnaud des Pallières, Hélène Fillières, Radu Mihaileanu, Jérôme Bonnell, Alice Pol and Géraldine Pailhas.

Five European productions feature among the six films headlining the Sang Neuf section of the competition (Belgian filmmaker Lucas Belvaux will preside over this jury, which will also include the actress Catherine Frot): Four Hands [+see also:
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by German director Oliver Kienle, Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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by the Italian filmmakers Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, A Prayer Before Dawn [+see also:
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by the French director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, Love Me Not [+see also:
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by Greek filmmaker Alexandros Avranas and Shelter by Eran Riklis (produced by Israel, Germany and France).

Worth noting outside of the competition are, among others, Black Tide by Erick Zonca, Maze [+see also:
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by Stephen Burke and the American-Swedish co-production Spinning Man [+see also:
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 by Simon Kaijser. The Claude Chabrol award, meanwhile (awarded to French films released in the past year and whose cinematographic qualities are a credit to the thriller genre), will go to Hubert Charuel for Bloody Milk [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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