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FESTIVALS / AWARDS France

The diversity of new European talent on display at Premiers Plans

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- From 21 to 29 January, the festival will continue to highlight first European films and will also pay tribute to Mia Hansen-Løve and Rodrigo Sorogoyen

The diversity of new European talent on display at Premiers Plans
Spare Keys by Jeanne Aslan and Paul Saintillan

François Ozon's The Crime is Mine [+see also:
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will open tomorrow as the out-of-competition premiere of the 35th Premiers Plans Festival in Angers (21-29 January), directed by Claude-Eric Poiroux. A sanctuary for the best young European talent, the event will, as usual, offer a very rich programme reflecting the diversity and quality of European cinema, whose diversity, quality and talent are constantly being renewed.

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The ten feature films competing in the international competition will be judged by a jury chaired by French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (with the support of Rebecca Marder, Mikhaël Hers, Félix Moati and Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, aka Para One). Two films unveiled at the Cannes Critics' Week are also in the running: Aftersun [+see also:
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by Scotland's Charlotte Wells and Simon Rieth's Summer Scars [+see also:
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), three in San Sebastián (the Spanish attraction Suro [+see also:
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by Mikel Gurrea, Spare Keys [+see also:
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by the French duo Jeanne Aslan- Paul Saintillan, which won New Directors, and the Franco-German-Italian-Iranian co-production A Tale of Shemroon [+see also:
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by Emad Aleebrahim-Dehkordi), one in Locarno (Valentina Maurel's Belgian-French-Costa Rica production I Have Electric Dreams [+see also:
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interview: Valentina Maurel
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, which won three prizes), one in Berlin (Annika Pinske's Talking About the Weather [+see also:
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interview: Annika Pinske
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) and one in Karlovy Vary (Andrea Bagney's Ramona [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Bagney
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). Added to these are Chien de la casse by Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Durand and Day of the Tiger [+see also:
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 by Romanian Andrei Tănase.



The Diagonale competitive section, which focuses on particularly daring works (and whose jury will be chaired by Samir Guesmi), includes, among others, the feature films Astrakan [+see also:
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by Frenchman David Depesseville (discovered at Locarno), Unrest [+see also:
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interview: Cyril Schäublin
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by Swiss director Cyril Schäublin (Best Director Encounters prize in Berlin) and the documentaries How To Save A Dead Friend [+see also:
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by Russian exile Marusya Syroechkovskaya (special mention at Visions du réel and screened at ACID Cannes) and Fragile Memory [+see also:
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interview: Igor Ivanko
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by Igor Ivanko (special prize at Sarajevo).

In addition to the various competitions for short films (with a main jury chaired by French director Vincent Le Pors), school films, animated works and titles for young audiences, the Angevin festival, which will close with Noémie Lvovsky's The Great Magic [+see also:
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, will offer genre cinema in the Vertigo section which will include the Cannes title Sick of Myself [+see also:
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by Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli, Attachment [+see also:
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by Danish director Gabriel Bier Gislason, El doble (the episode by Rodrigo Sorogoyen of the mini-series Historias para no dormir [+see also:
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) and Earwig [+see also:
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interview: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
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by French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic.


Finally, the programme also includes tributes and retrospectives (dedicated to Mia Hansen-Løve, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Jeanne Moreau, Sandrine Kiberlain and animation today in Central Europe), a day with the animation filmmaker Florence Miailhe (The Crossing [+see also:
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) and the traditional script readings (with this year's feature films Jonathan Millet's Les Fantômes, Winter in Sokcho by Koya Kamura and Big Sky by Akihiro Hata), not forgetting the Ateliers d'Angers residency with five selected projects, which Cineuropa will discuss in detail later.

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(Translated from French)

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