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KARLOVY VARY 2013

Hungry Man, a surprise selection amongst a strong French presence

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- Philip Martin’s film will be screened in the Forum of Independents. L’écume des jours will open the festival and 11.6 is in competition

Hungry Man, a surprise selection amongst a strong French presence

French cinematographic production will be very well represented at the 48th Karlovy Vary Festival, which will open tomorrow with L’écume des jours [+see also:
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interview: Michel Gondry
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by Michel Gondry (see the video interview) out of competition. While 11.6 (article) by Philippe Godeau (see the video interview) and the minority coproduction Le grand cahier by Hungarian director Janos Szasz (Dolce Vita Films) are competing for the 2013 Cristal Globe, the French surprise on the programme is to be found in the Forum of Independents section with Hungry Man [+see also:
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by Philip Martin.

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Produced by the director (an experienced documentary filmmaker) and Xenia Maingot for Eaux Vives Productions, this first fiction feature film is set in a village hidden away in the swamps, at the mouth of the Danube in Romania. There, Constantin, 12 years old, lives a free and wild life, spending his time fishing to feed his family and playing in the forest. His father is in prison and his mother, an isolated woman, is struggling to make ends meet. One day, in the forest, Constantin discovers a foreigner, who is sick and wounded. The young boy feeds and looks after him, hiding him from the adults. A father-son relationship slowly emerges between the two of them. Constantin ends up bonding with this foreigner, both secretive and disturbing, who carries the scars of a world in decline...  

The 2013 Karlovy Vary Fetsival will propose four French titles discovered in Cannes in the Horizons section (Young and Beautiful [+see also:
film review
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interview: François Ozon
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by François Ozon, Grisgris [+see also:
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trailer
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by Mahamat Saleh Haroun – read the review -, The Missing Picture [+see also:
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by Rithy Panh and Blood Ties [+see also:
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by Guillaume Canetreview), the competitor from Berlin Camille Claudel 1915 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bruno Dumont
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by Bruno Dumont, the film selected in Venice Inheritance [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hiam Abbas
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by Hiam Abbass (video interview) and Just a Sigh [+see also:
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by Jérôme Bonnell.

It is also worth mentioning Paradjanov [+see also:
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by Serge Avédikian and Olena Fetisova (a minority coproduction via Araprod) in the competition section East of the West and The Devil by Jean-Gabriel Périot (a Local Films production) competing for the Cristal Globe for Best Documentary Feature Film.

As for French minority coproductions, La tendresse [+see also:
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interview: Marion Hänsel
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by Belgian director Marion Hänsel (review) stands out, as well as El muerto y ser feliz [+see also:
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by Spanish director Javier Rebollo (review) on the programme of Another View, with a tidal wave of titles in the Horizons section: Heli [+see also:
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by Mexican director Amat Escalante (review), La grande bellezza [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paolo Sorrentino
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by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, Miele [+see also:
film review
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interview: Valeria Golino
interview: Valeria Golino
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by his compatriot Valeria Golino, The Congress [+see also:
film review
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by Israeli director Ari Folman (review), An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker [+see also:
film review
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interview: Danis Tanović
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by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic (review), Tango Libre [+see also:
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interview: Frédéric Fonteyne
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by Belgian director Frédéric Fonteyne and The Lunchbox [+see also:
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by Indian director Ritesh Batra.

(Translated from French)

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