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8th Crossing Europe gets underway

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8th Crossing Europe gets underway

Linz is hosting the 8th Crossing Europe Festival (April 12-17), which kicks off today. The week-long annual event, generously backed by the European Union’s MEDIA Programme, turns the city into "an Austrian living room for European cinema", with its line-up of 160 titles representing 35 countries.

The focus of the festival, headed by Christine Dollhofer, remains the international competition for debut and second features on contemporary subjects. This year, pride of place goes to Eastern European films, with Hungarian director Ágnes Kocsis’s Adrienn Pal [+see also:
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, shown at last year’s Cannes Film Festival; Constantin Popescu’s Romanian film Principles of Life [+see also:
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; Nikola Ležaić’s Serbian title Tilva Ros [+see also:
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; Dad [+see also:
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by Slovenia’s Vlado Škafar; and Czech director Václav Kadrnka’s Eighty Letters, which was selected at the latest Berlinale.

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The four other films in competition are Pia Marais’s German production At Ellen‘s Age [+see also:
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, starring Jeanne Balibar; Lluís Galter’s Spanish flick Caracremada [+see also:
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(“Burnt Face”); Brit helmer Joanna Hogg’s Archipelago [+see also:
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; and Seren Yüce’s Turkish title Majority.

The Panorama Fiction section will show nine titles that have already won acclaim elsewhere, including the opening film Brownian Movement [+see also:
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by Dutch director Nanouk Leopold, who will also be the subject of a tribute, along with her producer Stienette Bosklopper. Also in the line-up are Hungarian auteur Kornél Mundruczó’s latest work, Tender Son - The Frankenstein Project [+see also:
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; Berlinale contender Our Grand Despair [+see also:
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by Turkey’s Seyfi Teoman; Copacabana [+see also:
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by France’s Marc Fitoussi; and White White World [+see also:
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by Serbia’s Oleg Novković. Ten documentaries complete the Panorama programme.

Among other special events and meetings, Crossing Europe will host the "Working Worlds" section, a selection of documentaries about the world of work in the era of globalisation; the "City – Migration – Identity" sidebar; the "Night Sight" section focusing on European genre films (including Lorraine-born director Franck Richard’s The Pack and Spanish helmer Miguel Ángel Vivas’s Kidnapped); and a line-up dedicated to “westerns” from Communist countries.

(Translated from French)

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