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BERLINALE 2013 Selection

France to the power 22

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- The French film industry puts in an impressive appearance in Berlin with 22 (co)productions in various sections of the festival, including six in competition

France to the power 22

The diversity and international scope of French cinema are once again in evidence with 22 productions or co-productions selected for the 63rd Berlinale which kicks off today. Three majority French productions (article) out of 19 films in competition stand out in particular : Camille Claudel 1915 [+see also:
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 by Bruno Dumont (photo), The Nun [+see also:
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by Guillaume Nicloux and Elle s'en va [+see also:
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 by Emmanuelle Bercot. Three minority co-productions also have high hopes in the hunt for the Golden Bear: An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker [+see also:
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 by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic (co-produced by Cedomir Kolar for Asap Films), Layla Fourie [+see also:
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 by Pia Marais of Germany (co-produced by Tom Dercourt for Cinéma Defacto) and Paradise: Hope [+see also:
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 by Austrian director Ulrich Seidl (co-produced by the Société Parisienne de Production – Coproduction Office).

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The Berlinale Special programme features the documentary Fatal Assistance [+see also:
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byRaoul Peck (produced by Velvet Film as delegate with Haiti, the USA and Belgium).

Seven titles involving France have been selected for the Panorama including Mes séances de lutte [+see also:
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 (My Fighting Sessions) by Jacques Doillon (article) together with three documentaries : La Maison de la radio [+see also:
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 by Nicolas Philibert (production Les Films d’Ici), Bambi [+see also:
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 by Sébastien Lifshitz (production Un monde meilleur) and Parade [+see also:
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 by Olivier Meyrou (Hold Up Films). They are accompanied by three co-productions: Inch´Allah [+see also:
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 by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette (co-produced by Happiness Distribution with Canada), Rock the Casbah [+see also:
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 by Yariv Horowitz (13 ProductionCrescendo Films and Arte France Cinéma with Israel) and Burn it up Djassa [+see also:
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 by Lonesome Solo (Banshee Films with Ivory Coast).

France is also represented in the Forum by six films including I'm Not Dead [+see also:
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 by Mehdi Ben Attia (news) and five minority co-productions: Everyday Objects [+see also:
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 by Nicolas Wackerbarth (Les Films d’Antoine with Germany), To the Wolf [+see also:
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 by the Christina Koutsospyrou - Aran Hughes duo (French Kiss Production with Greece), In Bloom [+see also:
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 by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross (Arizona Films with Georgia and Germany), Circles [+see also:
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 by Sdran Golubovic (already distinguished at the Sundance Festival - La Cinéfacture and Arte France Cinéma with Serbia, Germany, Slovenia and Croatia) and the documentary Boundary by Nontawat Numbenchapol (Vicky Films with Thailand and Cambodia).

This broadside of French productions in Berlin is completed in the Generation Kplus section by Marussia [+see also:
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by Eva Pervolovici (KinoElektron with Russia), and on the Culinary Cinema programme with La rizière de Xialing Zhu (Orient Studio Productions).

(Translated from French)

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