Over 125 films to be showcased at FIDMarseille
by Fabien Lemercier
- From 9-15 July, Marseille is playing host to the 30th edition of its ever-audacious festival, with Bertrand Bonello and Sharon Lockhart among the very special guests
The Unknown Saint [+see also:
film profile] by Morocco’s Alaa Eddine Aljem, which was first unveiled in the Cannes Critics’ Week, will tonight open the 30th edition of FIDMarseille, which is set to unspool until 15 July, presenting an extremely diverse programme that, as always, displays a keen interest in artistic exploration. The menu boasts more than 125 films hailing from 35 countries, including 33 world and three international premieres across its four competitive sections. And this year, the Marseille International Film Festival will hand out an Honorary Grand Prix and will pay tribute to French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello as well as US photographer-director Sharon Lockhart, who will also be giving master classes.
Standing out among the 16 titles (13 of which will be having their world premieres) taking part in the international competition (set to be weighed up by a jury chaired by Sharon Lockhart herself) are The Whalebone Box by Brit Andrew Kötting, Cemetery [+see also:
film profile] by Spaniard Carlos Casas (a co-production involving France, the UK, Poland and Uzbekistan), Rights-of-Man [+see also:
film profile] by his fellow countryman Juan Rodrigañez, Visiting Card by France’s Michel Zumpf and Timeless Havana by Jeissy Trompiz (produced by Cuba, Venezuela and Italy).
This international competition is rounded off by five additional features (one from Lebanon, one from Chile, one from Brazil, one from Mexico and one from Japan), six medium-length movies (including one from Portugal helmed by Leonor Noivo, an Italian one by Gaia Formenti and Marco Piccarreda, the British title Ghost Strata by Ben Rivers, and an Algerian-French joint effort by Narimane Mari) and one French-Moroccan short film.
As for the French competition (the jury for which will be chaired by actress Agathe Bonitzer), 12 world premieres are on the cards, including Danses macabres, Skeletons, and Other Fantasies by Pierre Léon and Rita Azevedo Gomes, A Beautiful Summer [+see also:
film profile] by Pierre Creton and Noli me tangere by Christophe Bisson. Also of note among the features are Sad Song by Louise Narboni, Attack the Sun by Gwendal Sartre and Fabien Zocco, Mittelmer by Jean-Marc Chapoulie and Slits by Carlos Segundo.
Two other competitive sections have been organised at FIDMarseille, one for debut films (including such movies as Pagine di storia naturale by Italy’s Margherita Malerba and Status and Terrain by Germany’s Ute Adamczewski), and the other under the auspices of the National Association of Research Cinemas, encompassing such standout titles as Ghost Tropic [+see also:
interview: Bas Devos
film profile] by Belgium’s Bas Devos (unveiled in the most recent Cannes Directors’ Fortnight), Delphine and Carole by Callisto Mc Nulty and Chaos [+see also:
film profile] by Sara Fattahi (Golden Leopard in the Filmmakers of the Present competition at Locarno last year).
Also of note in the exceedingly rich programme are a work-in-progress screening of Zorn by Mathieu Amalric (a portrait summing up his encounters with US composer and musician John Zorn since 2009), a Focus dedicated to Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang, and a selection of seven movies in the context of Doc Alliance, a partnership that brings together seven European festivals (FIDMarseille, Denmark’s CPH:DOX, Portugal’s Doclisboa, Germany’s DOK Leipzig, the Czech Republic’s Ji.hlava, Poland’s Docs Against Gravity and Switzerland’s Visions du Réel).
Lastly, industry professionals will be present in their droves on 11 and 12 July, at the 11th edition of the FIDLab co-production support platform (see the news), the standout titles among the 14 projects selected being Heart of Light by Cynthia Beatt, which will boast Tilda Swinton among the cast, and Human Flowers of Flesh by Germany’s Helena Wittmann (whose feature debut, Drift [+see also:
interview: Helena Wittmann and Theresa…
film profile], proved popular in the Venice International Film Critics’ Week in 2017).
(Translated from French)
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