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VENICE 2009 Selection

French wave hits Lido

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French wave hits Lido

Five majority and five minority French productions will vie for the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival, which opens tomorrow.

Contenders include Jacques Rivette’s French/Italian co-production 36 Views of Saint-Loup Peak [+see also:
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(news). Patrice Chéreau also returns to the Venice competition (after Gabrielle [+see also:
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in 2005) with Persécution [+see also:
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(news), starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Romain Duris.

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Claire Denis also makes her second appearance in the race for the Golden Lion (after The Intruder [+see also:
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in 2004) with White Material [+see also:
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(Why Not Productions; with co-production backing from France 3 Cinéma), starring Isabelle Huppert.

Also in competition are two other majority French productions: Belgian director Jaco van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody [+see also:
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(interview - produced by Pan-Européenne) and Between Two Worlds by Sri-Lanka’s Vimukthi Jayasundara (produced by Les Films Hatari and co-produced by Unlimited).

Minority co-productions in competition include Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s Lourdes [+see also:
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(co-produced by Société Parisienne de Production and Arte France Cinéma), whose cast features Sylvie Testud, Léa Seydoux and Bruno Todeschini; Lebanon by Israel’s Samuel Maoz (co-produced by Arsam International); Iranian/US director Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men [+see also:
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(Parisienne de Production); and two Italian/French titles: Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baarìa [+see also:
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(Quinta) and Michele Placido’s Il Grande Sogno [+see also:
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(“The Big Dream”, Babe Film).

Screening out of competition are Yona Yona Penguin by Japan’s Rintaro (co-produced by Denis Friedman Productions) and Green Days by Hana Makhmalbaf (co-produced by Wild Bunch). Meanwhile, the Horizons section will show one majority production (the documentary The Dance: Paris Opera Ballet) and two minority films: Tunisian director Raja Amari’s La Berceuse (“Lullaby”, co-produced by Les Films d'Ici), featuring Hafsia Herzi; and Adrift by Vietnam’s Thac Chuyen Bui (co-produced by Acrobates Films).

Venice Days will present Claude and Nathan Miller’s I’m Glad That My Mother Is Alive [+see also:
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(news); Merzak Allouache’s French/Algerian feature Harragas [+see also:
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(helmed by Libris Films and co-produced by France 2 Cinéma); The Horde [+see also:
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by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher(news); Léa Fehner’s Silent Voice [+see also:
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(produced by Rezo); Daniel Monzón’s Spanish/French co-production Cell 211 [+see also:
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(La Fabrique de Films); and Sherry Hormann’s Desert Flower [+see also:
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(co-produced by Bac Films).

Finally, Venice Critics’ Week has selected Patric Chiha’s Domaine [+see also:
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and Iranian director Nader T. Homayoun’s Tehran [+see also:
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(co-produced by Alias Films).

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(Translated from French)

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