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Crime dramas hit Beaune

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- The programme includes works by Noer, Lindholm, Marcimain, Vicari, Hallström, Alvarez, Creevy, Doueiri and Johnnie To. David Lynch set to be the guest star

Crime dramas hit Beaune

The British American thriller Welcome to the Punch [+see also:
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 by Eran Creevy (distribution in France by Seven Sept in collaboration with Films Distribution) will open the competition tomorrow in the fifth edition of the Beaune International Thriller Film Festival. The jury, overseen by director Pierre Jolivet (accompanied, among others by colleagues Cédric Kahn and Florent Emilio Siri, as well as Italian actress Maya Sansa), will judge nine feature length films in the main competition.  

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Among these are two Danish titles: Northwest [+see also:
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 by Michael Noer (article – selected for the next Tribeca festival and coming out in its country on April 18 – French distribution by Bac Films) and Hijacking [+see also:
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 by Tobias Lindholm (Venice 2012 revelation, coming out in France on June 26 with Ad Vitam). Others on the list include French L'Autre vie di Richard Kemp (Back to Crimearticle) by Germinal Alvarez (coming out with Haut et Court on June 15), Icelandic film Corruption (City State) by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson (distribution in France by Synergy Cinéma), A Single Shot by David M. Rosenthal (an American, Canadian and British coproduction)  and Drug War by Johnnie To.

Four European productions are among the six to be selected for the competitive section Sang Neuf (for young talents): Call Girl [+see also:
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by Swedish Mikael Marcimain (review – distribution in France by Pretty Pictures), Diaz [+see also:
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 by Italian Daniele Vicari (which Le Pacte will be launching on June 5 in France), Spanish coproductionThesis on a homicide by Hernan Goldfrid (Eurozoom) and L’attentat by Ziad Doueiri (article – special mention in San Sebastian – coming out with Wild Bunch Distribution on May 29).

The Beaune Festival (which will come to an end on April 7) will also be showing The Hypnotist [+see also:
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by Lasse Hallström (review – presented in competition in San Sebastian and candidate to the 2013 Oscars representing its country – out on May 8 with UGC Distribution). Among other events programmed are a homage to filmmaker David Lynch (who will be holding a master class), to actress Kathy Bates and to the cities of Rome and Naples for their influence and their mythological dimension for the genre.

Finally, the Claude Chabrol award will give a prize to the French film that best represented the thriller genre from the previous year, this year going to 38 Témoins [+see also:
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 by Lucas Belvaux and Mains armées [+see also:
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 by Pierre Jolivet.

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(Translated from French)

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