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It’s home from home for young European talent at the Premiers Plans

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- The 34th Angers-based festival will spotlight a myriad of European first films, as well as paying tribute to German filmmaker Christian Petzold

It’s home from home for young European talent at the Premiers Plans
Bruno Reidal by Vincent Le Port

An unmissable event for young and high-quality European cinema, which is once again teasing a jam-packed and highly diverse showcase of works, the 34th Angers Premiers Plans Festival (running 24 – 30 January) is set to kick off on Monday under the aegis of Claude-Eric Poiroux.

The ten feature films battling it out in the international competition will be picked apart by a jury presided over by French actor Melvil Poupaud (flanked by Daphnée Patakia, Fanny Burdino, Manele Labidi and Antoine Barraud). Five films unveiled in Cannes are included in the line-up, namely Bruno Reidal, Confessions of a Murderer [+see also:
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by French director Vincent Le PortLibertad [+see also:
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by Spain’s Clara Roquet, Unclenching the Fists [+see also:
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by Russia’s Kira Kovalenko, Moneyboys [+see also:
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by Chinese-Austrian director C. B. Yi and Women Do Cry [+see also:
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by Bulgarian duo Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova. Three titles which turned countless heads in Berlin are also in on the act, entitled What Do We See When We Look at the Sky [+see also:
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by Georgia’s Alexandre Koberidze, Ninjababy [+see also:
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by Norway’s Yngvild Sve Flikke and The World After Us [+see also:
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by France’s Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas, and rounding off the line-up, we find the multi-award-winning animated documentary Flee [+see also:
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by Denmark’s Jonas Poher Rasmussen (which is opening the festival) and Broadway [+see also:
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by Greek director Christos Massalas.

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The competitive Diagonale section, dedicated to especially audacious works (with a jury led by Anaïs Volpé), will screen two films presented at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori (Romanian film Immaculate [+see also:
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by Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillemark, and the documentary Three Minutes - A Lengthening [+see also:
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by Holland’s Bianca Stiegter), alongside Our Eternal Summer [+see also:
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by French director Émilie Aussel (which won the Special Jury Prize in Locarno’s Cineasti del Presente section), Moon, 66 Questions [+see also:
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by Greece’s Jacqueline Lentzou (unveiled on the Berlinale’s Encounters agenda) and Laure Portier’s French-Belgian documentary Soy Libre [+see also:
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(coming to the event via Cannes’ ACID line-up).

In addition to the various short film competitions (featuring a main jury presided over by French filmmaker Chloé Mazlo), film schools, animated works and titles for younger audiences, the Angers-based festival - set to be closed by Éric Gravel’s Venice-endorsed work Full Time [+see also:
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– will also treat attendees to a new section entitled Vertiges (involving genre film evenings composed of double bills), which will notably play host to Cannes title The Innocents [+see also:
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by Norway’s Eskil Vogt, After Blue [+see also:
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by Bertrand Mandico (unveiled in competition in Locarno) and Hatching [+see also:
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by Finland’s Hanna Bergholm (currently showcasing at the Sundance Film Festival).

Four Cannes titles stand out in the realm of premières (Zero Fucks Given [+see also:
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by the duo Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre, Softie [+see also:
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interview: Samuel Theis
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by Samuel Theis, Robust [+see also:
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interview: Constance Meyer
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by Constance Meyer and The Braves [+see also:
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by Anaïs Volpé), alongside Alice Diop’s documentary We [+see also:
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(which won multiple trophies in Berlin), Petite Solange [+see also:
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by Axelle Ropert (discovered in competition in Locarno), The Young Lovers [+see also:
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by Carine Tardieu, L’horizon [+see also:
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by Émilie Carpentier, Faithful [+see also:
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by Hélier Cisterne, Icarus and the Minotaur by Carlo Vogele and South Sentinel [+see also:
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by Mathieu Gérault.

Last but not least, the line-up also includes (among a raft of other events) retrospectives dedicated to the German filmmaker Christian Petzold, his Italian counterpart Jonas Carpignano (notably involving A Chiara [+see also:
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) and to Portuguese animation names Regina Pessoa and Abi Feijó; a Q&A session with French actress Laure Calamy, showcasing three works from her back catalogue; the usual script-readings, which this year will include the feature films Faire feu by Lucas Gloppe, Lumière noire by Karim Bensalah and Les tempêtes by Dania Reymond-Boughenou; and the Angers Workshops’ residency involving five selected projects, which Cineuropa will come back to in greater detail at a later date.

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(Translated from French)

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