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CANNES 2013 Selection

United Colours of France

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- Building ties with filmmakers around the world, French production sparkles back home in the showcase provided by the world's greatest film festival

United Colours of France

On the filmmaking side, French cinema will flaunt its finest jewels. Involved in the production of 12 of the 20 feature films competing for the Palme d’Or, it will also be represented by five French filmmakers, including two who are regulars on the Croisette (Arnaud Desplechin and François Ozon - article) and three newcomers (Valeria Bruni TedeschiAbdellatif Kechiche and Arnaud des Pallières – article). Three majority French productions (article) are to be added to this list, signed by Polish director Roman Polanski, Iranian director Ashgar Farhadi and Chadian director Mahamat Saleh Haroun. Four minority coproductions are also in the running: La grande bellezza [+see also:
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 by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (coproduced by Babe FilmsPathé Films and France 2 Cinéma), Only God Forgives [+see also:
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 by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (coproduced by Gaumont and Wild Bunch), The Immigrant [+see also:
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 by American director James Gray (coproduced by Wild Bunch) and Heli [+see also:
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by Mexican director Amat Escalante (coproduced by Le Pacte). 

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In Un Certain Regard, French cinema will again be center-stage with Bastards [+see also:
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 by Claire Denis (news – coproduced by Germany), Grand Central [+see also:
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 by Rebecca Zlotowki (article – coproduced by Austria) and L’inconnu du lac [+see also:
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 by Alain Guiraudie (article), but also with majority productions such as My Sweet Pepper Land [+see also:
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 by Kurdish director Hiner Saleem (article – coproduced by Germany) and L’image manquante [+see also:
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 by Cambodian director Rithy Panh (Catherine Dussart Production with Arte in coproduction). Also worth noting, the minority productions Miele [+see also:
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interview: Valeria Golino
interview: Valeria Golino
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 by Italian director Valeria Golino (coproduced by Les Films des Tournelles and Cité Films) and Wakolda [+see also:
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 by Lucia Puenzo (coproduced by Pyramide with Argentina, Spain and Norway).  

In the Official Selection out of competition, Blood Ties [+see also:
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 by Guillaume Canet (filmed in New York - article) stands out, together with the documentary Le dernier des injustes [+see also:
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 by Claude Lanzmann (coproduced by Austria) and Zulu [+see also:
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 by Jérôme Salle (news – coproduced by South Africa). It is also worth mentioning the special screening of the Franco-British documentary Week End of a Champion by Frank Simon (coproduced by RP Productions).

Finally, echoes of this French tidal wave surfing along on globalized production will also reverberate in the Directors’ Fortnight (eight majority and four minority productions - article) and the Critics’ Week (three majority productions and one minority production - article).

(Translated from French)

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