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Paris Cinéma : Blue is the Warmest Colour tops the bill

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- The Palme d’Or from Cannes shines out on the very rich menu of the Parisian festival (June 28th to July 8th), which will open with Venus in Fur

Paris Cinéma : Blue is the Warmest Colour tops the bill

The recent Palme d’Or from Cannes, Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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by Abdellatif Kechiche, is the star attraction on the opulent programme of the 11th Paris Cinéma Festival (June 28th to July 8th, 2013), which was unveiled today just before the Mayor of the French capital awarded the City’s Medal to Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (who excelled on the Croisette and is currently a big hit in French theatres with The Past [+see also:
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- review), the guest of honour of this edition.

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Maintaining the tone set by films presented in Cannes, another competitor, Venus in Fur [+see also:
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by Roman Polanski (read the review and the interview of the director) will open Paris Cinéma, whilst the closing film will be Alabama Monroe [+see also:
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interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
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by Belgian director Felix van Groeningen (Prize of the Public at the Berlinale).

Amongst the nine titles selected in competition, La bataille de Solférino by French director Justine Triet (article – an attraction in Cannes in the ACID selection) stands out, together with Kid [+see also:
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by Belgian director Fien Troch (news) and three films discovered in Berlin: Lifelong [+see also:
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by Turkish director Asli Ozge (Panorama), In Bloom [+see also:
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interview: Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simo…
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by duo Nana Ekvtimishvili - Simon Gross (review) and Youth [+see also:
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by Tom Shoval (review). The Caméra d’Or from Cannes, Ilo Ilo, will also be on the programme, as well as two award-winners from Berlin (the Canadian film Vic + Flo Saw a Bear and the American movie Prince Avalanche) and the Brazilian film Celui que nous laissons.

As for the 46 scheduled avant-premières, the Cannes contingent is equally massive with contenders Jeune et Jolie [+see also:
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interview: François Ozon
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by François Ozon, Michael Kohlhaas [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud des Pallières
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by Arnaud des Pallières (review) and Grisgris [+see also:
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by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (review), not forgetting Bastards by Claire Denis (review) and Grand Central [+see also:
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by Rebecca Zlotowki (review).

Eight more titles from Cannes will also be presented to Parisian film-buffs: The Congress [+see also:
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by Ari Folman (review), Tip Top [+see also:
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interview: Serge Bozon
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by Serge Bozon (read the review and watch the video interview), Les Apaches [+see also:
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by Thierry de Peretti, Henri [+see also:
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interview: Yolande Moreau
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by Yolande Moreau (review), 3X3D [+see also:
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by trio Jean-Luc Godard - Peter Greenaway - Edgar Pêra, 2 automnes 3 Hivers by Sébastien Betbeder, Salvo [+see also:
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interview: Fabio Grassadonia and Anton…
interview: Sara Serraiocco
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by Italian duo Fabio GrassadoniaAntonio Piazza (Grand Prix of the Critics' Week) and Suzanne [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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by Katell Quillevéré (review and video interview).

Other films selected for Berlin are also worth mentioning, such as Elle s’en va [+see also:
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by Emmanuelle Bercot (review), Gold by Thomas Arslan (review and interview), Layla Fourie [+see also:
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by Pia Marais (review) and Love Battles [+see also:
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by Jacques Doillon (review), but also titles screened in Venice (The Fifth Season [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Woodworth
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by duo Jessica WoodworthPeter Brosens, Hijacking [+see also:
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interview: Tobias Lindholm
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by Tobias Lindholm) and Rotterdam (La tendresse [+see also:
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interview: Marion Hänsel
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by Marion Hansel, review), not forgetting the animated film Ogy and the Cockroaches by Olivier Jean-Marie, La légende de Kaspar Hauser by Italian director Davide Manuli, the powerful Northwest by Danish director Michael Noer, and the documentaries Michael H. Profession: Director by Yves de Montmayeur and Sur le chemin de l’école by Pascal Plisson.

Finally, Paris Cinéma, which will notably pay tribute to Natacha Régnier and Alain Robbe-Grillet, will organize a street-art programme revolving around Keith Haring, a Focus christened Made in Belgiëque (with 100 films that Cineuropa will cover in more detail), a night of cinema, a Paris CinéMômes programme and the traditional Paris Project coproduction platform.

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(Translated from French)

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