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Love always at 27th FIFA

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The 27th Mons International Love Film Festival (FIFA) opens tomorrow and will run until February 25. This competitive festival hosts an International Competition and a Best European Debut Film Competition.

The event also organises numerous sidebars, which are both retrospective and original. Muses will have place of honour this year with a retrospective dedicated to favourite actresses, including Kati Outinen and Aki Kaurimaski, Carmen Maura and Pedro Almodóvar, Liv Ullman and Ingmar Bergmann, and Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard. The Danish star of My Life To Live will also be patron of this year’s edition.

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FIFA will host two selections focusing on productions from two European countries: Italy and Ireland. Also on the programme are some prestigious avant-premieres, including Darren Aronofsky’s highly-anticipated Black Swan; Nigel Cole’s recently BAFTA-nominated UK film Made in Dagenham [+see also:
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interview: Nigel Cole
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; and flicks by big French names, like Thierry Klifa’s His Mother’s Eyes [+see also:
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(starring Catherine Deneuve, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Jean-Marc Barr), to be released on March 30; Régis Wargnier’s The Straight Line, which stars Rachida Brakni and will be launched on March 9; and Alexandre Coffre’s debut feature Borderline [+see also:
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, with François Damiens in the lead role.

The International Competition will screen five European films, including two Belgian co-productions, Hitler in Hollywood [+see also:
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by Frédéric Sojcher (see interview), which was unveiled at Karlovy Vary where it won the International Critics’ Prize; and La Permission de Minuit [+see also:
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, the third film by Delphine Gleize (Carnage), co-produced by Frakas Productions.

The Best European Debut Film Competition will give Belgian audiences the chance to discover Babak Najafi’s Swedish title Sebbe [+see also:
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, which won an award at last year’s Berlinale and a Swedish Oscar; and Massimo Coppola’s Afraid of the Dark (Bruises) [+see also:
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, presented in Venice Critics’ Week 2010.

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(Translated from French)

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