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French contingent heads to Locarno

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French contingent heads to Locarno

Gallic production will be particularly in the spotlight at the 64th Locarno International Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday, August 3. Four films will indeed be shown in international competition, as Laurent Achard’s Last Screening (see news – sold by Les Films du Losange) has joined the selection alongside the three features revealed by Cineuropa at the end of June: Mia Hansen Love’s Goodbye First Love [+see also:
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(sold by Films Distribution); Nicolas Klotz’s Lovers (see news – sold by Les Films du Lossange); and Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s Smugglers’ Songs [+see also:
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(see news – sold by MK2).

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Three French co-productions will also vie for the Golden Leopard, including Lebanese helmer Danielle Arbid’s Beirut Hotel (see news – produced by Les Films Pelléas and Maïa Cinéma – sold by Films Distribution); Swiss duo Frédéric Choffat and Julie Gilbert’s Mangrove [+see also:
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(co-produced by Red Star Cinéma); and Tawfik Abu Wael’s Last Days in Jerusalem [+see also:
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(co-produced by Israel, Palestine, Germany and France through Sophie Dulac Productions).

Among the titles in competition, it should also be noted that Elle Driver is negotiating sales for Marco Van Geffen’s Dutch film Among Us [+see also:
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; Funny Balloons is handling Sebastián Lelio’s Chilean feature The Year of the Tiger; and Wide Management is managing international sales for Anca Damian’s Romanian/Polish co-production Crulic - The Path to Beyond [+see also:
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interview: Anca Damian
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and Nadav Lapid’s Israeli title Policeman.

The Piazza Grande open-air screenings will unveil in world premiere French/German co-productions Girls’ Sport [+see also:
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by Patricia Mazuy (see news) and And If We All Lived Together? [+see also:
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by Stéphane Robelin (with a very international cast including Jane Fonda, Daniel Brühl, Geraldine Chaplin, Pierre Richard, Guy Bedos and Claude Rich); and original director Emmanuel Mouret’s latest romantic comedy: The Art of Love [+see also:
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. Produced by Moby Dick and sold by Kinology, the latter film boasts a cast including François Cluzet, Julie Depardieu, Frédérique Bel, Judith Godrèche, Ariane Ascaride, Gaspard Ulliel, Pascale Arbillot, Laurent Stocker and Elodie Navarre.

Finally, screening in the competitive Filmmakers of the Present section are Valérie Massadian’s Nana [+see also:
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(a debut feature produced by Gaïjin – sold by Wide Management); and Italian director Alessandro Comodin’s L’Estate di Giacomo [+see also:
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(“Giacomo’s Summer”, co-produced by Les Films d’Ici).

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(Translated from French)

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