Declaration of War, She Monkeys play Paris Cinéma
Partly unveiled yesterday, the line-up for the 9th Paris Cinéma Festival (July 2-13) includes eight titles in international competition.
Highlights are French director Valérie Donzelli’s exhilarating Declaration of War [+see also:
film profile] (which caused a stir at the recent Cannes Critics’ Week: see review) and Swedish helmer Lisa Aschan’s She Monkeys [+see also:
interview: Lisa Aschan
film profile], which was crowned Best Nordic Film at Gothenburg Film Festival and won acclaim last February in the Berlinale’s Generation 14Plus section (see review).
Three European co-productions will also vie for honours: Paula Markovitch’s Mexican/French/Polish/German film The Prize [+see also:
film profile] (Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement at Berlin); Leïla Kilani’s Moroccan/French/German flick On a Plank [+see also:
film profile] (discovered in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight); and Mario Losier’s US/French movie The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye.
Paris Cinéma will open with an out-of-competition screening of Maïwenn’s Poliss [+see also:
film profile] (Jury Prize at Cannes – see review and interview) and close with Dominik Moll’s The Monk (see news). It will also show about 40 films in French avant-premiere.
The Parisian festival will pay homage to Italian star Isabella Rossellini (centred around the avant-premiere of Julie Gavras’s Late Bloomers [+see also:
interview: Julie Gavras
film profile]); French actor Michael Lonsdale; French director Michel Ocelot (via a masterclass and a screening of Tales of the Night [+see also:
interview: Michel Ocelot
film profile]); Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski (with a full retrospective of his works); Mexican cinema (including Gael Garcia Bernal); and 25 years of Pixar animation.
Last but not least, the festival will host the co-production platform Paris Project (July 4-7).
(Translated from French)
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