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Beaune twinkles behind the police tape

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- Viggo Mortensen, Paul Haggis and Walter Hill will make the trip to France for the festival. On the programme are films directed by Demange, Mackenzie, Moland, Taihuttu and Vigalondo

Beaune twinkles behind the police tape
We Love You, Bastard by Claude Lelouch

Tomorrow, the latest opus by Claude Lelouch, We Love You, Bastard [+see also:
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, starring, among others, Johnny Halliday (to whom an homage will be dedicated) and Sandrine Bonnaire, will open the 6th Beaune International Thriller Film Festival out of competition. The jury, chaired by director Cédric Klapisch, will have to decide between eight feature films in the main competition.

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Featuring among them are two surprising British films: ‘71 [+see also:
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Q&A: Yann Demange
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by Yann Demange (a revelation at the last competition in Berlin) and Starred up [+see also:
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by David Mackenzie (unveiled at Toronto). Also duking it out are another Berlinale competitor, the colourful In Order of Disappearance [+see also:
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interview: Hans Petter Moland
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by Norway’s Hans Petter Moland; Dutch film Wolf [+see also:
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interview: Marwan Kenzari
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by Jim Taihuttu (unveiled at San Sebastian – and the winner of the Best Direction Award and Best Actor Award at the annual Dutch film awards – read the news and watch the interview with Shooting Star Marwan Kenzari); the French production The Last Diamond [+see also:
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by Éric Barbier (read the article); the 2014 Berlinale Golden Bear winner Black Coal by China’s Diao Yinan (China and Hong Kong); and Blue Ruin by American director Jeremy Saulnier (revealed at the 2013 Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes).

Three 100% European productions feature among the six films within the Young Blood competition section (intended for young talent), with Open Windows [+see also:
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by Spaniard Nacho Vigalondo (see the news), Marseille [+see also:
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by French director Olivier Panchot (read the article) and Stereo [+see also:
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by Germany’s Maximilian Erlenwein (revealed at the Berlinale Panorama). Also on the line-up is To Kill a Man by Alejandro Fernandez Almendros (read the article), a co-production by Chile and France, and the winner of the Grand Prix in the World Cinema section at the last Sundance Film Festival.

The Beaune Festival (which ends on 6 April) will also be offering, out of competition, The Two Faces of January [+see also:
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(read the review) by British director Hossein Hamini (with the director and his lead actor Viggo Mortensen in attendance), 96 heures by France’s Frédéric Schoendoerffer, the Berlinale competitor Two Men in Town [+see also:
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by Rachid Bouchareb (read the review) and The Raid 2 by Gareth Evans. Additionally, standing out among the events scheduled for the programme are tributes to Canadian filmmaker Paul Haggis (who will be present to give a masterclass) and to his American counterpart, Walter Hill, who will also be in attendance.

Interestingly, the Claude Chabrol Prize, which is awarded annually to a French film released in the past year whose cinematographic qualities stand out in the crime-thriller genre, has been given to Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang [+see also:
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by Laurent Cantet

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(Translated from French)

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