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Coixet featured at Verona’s Schermi d’Amore

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Spanish director-screenwriter-documentary filmmaker Isabel Coixet will be at the heart of the 2009 Schermi d’Amore (April 24-29), the film festival in Verona dedicated to big screen melodrama.

Five of her films made in the last 10 years – including the local premiere of Elegy [+see also:
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, starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, to be released in Italy on April 30 by 01 Distribution – will be the focus of one of the festival’s two retrospectives. The other celebrates legendary British director David Lean, with 10 restored prints of films made from 1942-54, before he began making international blockbusters such as Doctor Zhivago. This is the first part of a retrospective that will be completed over the course of the year as part of “Festival Tuesdays” promoted by the Verona Film Festival.

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The competition features 10 recent films, seven of which are European, which depict love in the new millennium. These include The Blind Sunflowers (Spain) José Luis Cuerda, winner of a Goya for Best Adapted Screenplay; Stéphanie Duvivier’s Un Roman Policier [+see also:
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; and A Year Ago in Winter [+see also:
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(Germany) by Caroline Link. Japan will be represented by Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Tokyo Sonata, an intense look at the collapse of patriarchal authority in the country.

Other sections include the non-competitive Panorama, a selection of titles from other festivals and restored films, including Nicolas Saada’s Spy(ies) [+see also:
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(France); Emily Atef’s The Stranger in Me [+see also:
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(Germany), about post-partum depression; and the Cinémathèque Française’s restored print of Max Ophuls’ Lola Montès.

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