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FESTIVALS / AWARDS La Roche-sur-Yon 2021

La Roche-sur-Yon welcomes the many faces of contemporary cinema

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- The 12th edition of the French festival will unfold from 11 to 17 October with a very rich and diverse programme of more than 100 films, including nine in international competition

La Roche-sur-Yon welcomes the many faces of contemporary cinema
My Night by Antoinette Boulat

Final preparations before the 12th edition of the La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival, which will unfold from 11 to 17 Octobre 2021 and open with Venice competition title Lost Illusions [+see also:
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by Xavier Giannoli and close with Chère Léa by Jérôme Bonnell.

In the international competition, the jury (which includes Charles Tesson, Sophie Mirouze and Hubert Viel) will have to choose the winner from among nine films, including the English language title Nobody Has To Know [+see also:
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, unveiled in Toronto, from Belgian director Bouli Lanners (who will be the subject of a dedicated Focus at the festival), Here Before from British director Stacey Gregg and two features discovered in Venice: My Night [+see also:
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from French director Antoinette Boulat and the German co-production Land of Dreams [+see also:
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from Iranian duo Shirin Neshat-Shoja Azari. Also in the competition will be the American film Pig, the Mexican title Una película de policías, the Canadian production Le bruit des moteurs, the Argentina-Brazil-Chile co-production Matar a la bestia and the documentary Faya Dayi from Mexican-Ethiopian director Jessica Beshir (winner at Visions du réel).

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Worth mentioning among the feature films playing in the Nouvelles Vagues competition are Atlantide from Italian director Yuri Ancarani, Our Eternal Summer [+see also:
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from French filmmaker Émilie Aussel, Jack's Ride [+see also:
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interview: Susana Nobre
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from Portuguese director Susana Nobre, It Snows in Benidorm [+see also:
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interview: Isabel Coixet
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from Spain’s Isabel Coixet and The Girl and the Spider [+see also:
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from Swiss filmmakers Ramon and Silvan Zürcher.

Among the special screenings will be Parallel Mothers [+see also:
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from Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, the two parts of The Souvenir [+see also:
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from British director Joanna Hogg, the European co-production Zeros and Ones [+see also:
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by Abel Ferrara and the French films En attendant Bojangles by Régis Roinsard, Drift Away [+see also:
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by Xavier Beauvois and Suprêmes by Audrey Estrougo.

Dedicated to singular and accessible visions, the Perspectives section will offer, among other titles, the Venice Golden Lion winner Happening [+see also:
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from French director Audrey Diwan and The Inner Cage [+see also:
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interview: Leonardo Di Costanzo
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from Italian filmmaker Leonardo di Costanzo. In the Variété section (focused on genre and fantasy films) stand out the Swedish film Knocking [+see also:
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by Frida Kempff, Last Night in Soho [+see also:
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from British director Edgar Wright and Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï from France’s François Desagnat.

Worth pointing out finally are the Focus sections dedicated to directors Clio Barnard (including her film Ali & Ava [+see also:
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) and Gia Coppola, as well as Olivier Alfonso (special effects/makeup work for Quentin Dupieux and Julia Ducournau, among others), conversations with actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos (as part of the preview of Rien à foutre [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre) and Judith Chemla, a carte blanche to Alain Guiraudie, and homages to Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Claude Carrière, Sean Connery and Monte Hellman, without forgetting the En Famille programme which will include the animated films Princesse Dragon from French director Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis and Even Mice Belong in Heaven from Czech directors Denisa Grimmova and Jan Bubenicek.

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(Translated from French)

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