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European promises at Premiers Plans

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- Films by Emma Dante, Emir Baigazin, Rok Bicek, Juraj Lehotsky, Jones, Mirko Locatelli and Mar Coll compete at the Angers Festival

European promises at Premiers Plans

Great line-up for the Festival Premiers Plans in Angers whose 26th edition begins today and as usual presents the best of European first films, true to its vocation as a pioneer and advocate for artistic renewal (read the interview of the General and Artistic Director, Claude-Eric Poiroux).

Opened tonight by the splendid Ida [+see also:
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interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
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by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski and closed on January 25 by Un beau dimanche [+see also:
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by French filmmaker Nicole Garcia, the festival will present seven features in competition that will be judged by a jury presided by filmmaker Catherine Corsini and including amongst others Maria de Medeiros, Bruno Todeschini, Nadir Moknèche and Anne-Louise Trividic.

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The seven titles are Via Castellana Bandiera [+see also:
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interview: Emma Dante
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by Italian director Emma Dante (for which Elena Cotta won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress in Venice), Harmony Lessons [+see also:
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by Emir Baigazin (Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution at the Berlinale 2013), the surprising Class Enemy [+see also:
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interview: Rok Biček
interview: Rok Bicek
interview: Rok Bicek
film profile
]
by Slovenian director Rok Bicek (unveiled at the Critics’ Week in Venice and Cineuropa Prize in les Arcs), Miracle [+see also:
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by Slovakian director Juraj Lehotsky (attraction of the East of the West section in Karlovy Vary), the British title Everyone's Going to Die [+see also:
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by Jones (nominated for the Raindance Prize of the British Independent Film Awards), I Corpi estranei [+see also:
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interview: Mirko Locatelli
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by Italian director Mirko Locatelli (discovered in competition in Rome) and Todos queremos lo mejor para ella [+see also:
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by Spanish director Mar Coll.

The French competition includes two titles to be released on January 29 in France: Tonnerre [+see also:
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by Guillaume Brac (discovered in competition in Locarno) and Under the Starry Sky [+see also:
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by Dyana Gaye (which premiered in Toronto, in the Contemporary World Cinema section). Also on the programme, two first features unveiled in Venice: The Good Life [+see also:
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interview: Jean Denizot
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by Jean Denizot (winner of the Label Europa Cinemas at the Journées des Auteurs – to be released in France on April 9) and Salvation Army [+see also:
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by Abdellah Taïa (which went to the Lido for the Critics’ Week).

Out of competition, in the Figures Libres section, The Strange Little Cat [+see also:
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interview: Ramon Zürcher
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by German director Ramon Zürcher (noticed last year at the Berlinale’s Forum) notably stands out, as well as British film Beat by Aneil Karia, El Futuro [+see also:
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by Spanish director Luis Lopez Carrasco and the French productions Une pâte brisée, une histoire sans drame by Elisabeth Boisson Caravella, Wipeout by Amine Berrada and Pour faire la guerre by duo Cosme Castro - Léa Forest.

It is also worth noting, amongst others, the avant-premières of L'arbitro [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Zucca
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by Italian director Paolo Zucca (discovered in Venice), Sense of Humor [+see also:
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by Maryline Canto and The Coat of the Zebra [+see also:
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by Belgian filmmaker Benoît Mariage.

The rich programme of this 2014 edition of Premiers Plans is completed by short films, student movies, animated works, screenplay readings, seminars and round tables, a Lars von Trier retrospective, tributes to Robert Bresson, the late Patrice Chéreau, Swedish director Bo Widerberg and actor Denis Podalydès, and a panorama for Chinese first films named Beijing First Film Festival.

(Translated from French)

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