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A flurry of crime films descend on Reims

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- 56 features and one series are on the menu of the third edition of the Reims Polar crime-film festival, which will unspool until 9 April

A flurry of crime films descend on Reims
Lost & Found by Jorge Dorado

Yesterday, The Last Night of Amore [+see also:
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by Andrea di Stefano (which will be released in France on 7 July) opened the third Reims Polar crime-film festival (4-9 April), as part of the wider homage paid to Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino (who also stars in the programmed titles The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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, Nostalgia [+see also:
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interview: Mario Martone
interview: Pierfrancesco Favino
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, Suburra [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Sollima
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and A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Sollima
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).

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Standing out on the menu at the Champagne-based event are 56 features and one series hailing from 19 countries, including nine films in the main competition, which will be weighed up by a jury comprising Patricia Mazuy, Cédric Jimenez, Émilie Dequenne, Alexis Manenti, Caroline Proust, Yannick Renier and Pierre Rochefort. Also locking horns are Lost & Found [+see also:
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by Spaniard Jorge Dorado, Upon Entry [+see also:
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interview: Alejandro Rojas and Juan Se…
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 by Spanish-based Venezuelan directors Alejandro Rojas and Juan Sebastián Vásquez (first screened at Tallinn Black Nights), and The Bone Breakers [+see also:
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interview: Vincenzo Pirrotta
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by Italy’s Vincenzo Pirrotta.

The competing titles also include the award-festooned Brighton 4th [+see also:
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interview: Levan Koguashvili
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 by Georgia’s Levan Koguashvili, Goliath by Kazakh helmer Adilkhan Yerzhanov, the Brazilian flick Property by Daniel Bandeira, and three Asian titles (About Kim Sohee by July Jung, Limbo by Soi Cheang and Beyond the Wall by Vahid Jalilvand).

The competitive Sang Neuf (lit. “New Blood”) section will pit six titles against each other (including the European features Inside [+see also:
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interview: Vasilis Katsoupis
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by Greece’s Vasilis Katsoupis and Burning Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Pippo Mezzapesa
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by Italy’s Pippo Mezzapesa), and they will be judged by a jury chaired by novelist Maxime Chattam, flanked by Cédric Kahn, Laurent Stocker, Tracy Gotoas and Anne Azoulay.

Of note among the out-of-competition films are Darkland: The Return by Denmark’s Fenar Ahmad, The Daughter of Albino Rodrigue by French director Christine Dory (see the article), Killing Blues by her fellow countrywoman Cécilia Rouaud and Prison 77 [+see also:
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 by Spaniard Alberto Rodriguez, as well as the latest outings by Paul Schrader and Lav Diaz.

Also on the programme are the first three episodes of the series Grace of Heaven, which has just earned Margot Bancilhon an acting award at Series Mania.

Tribute will be paid to French crime films, with the festival welcoming as its special guests Dominik Moll, Vincent Lindon, Thierry de PerettiSébastien Marnier (who will pick up the 2023 Claude Chabrol Award), Yann Gozlan, Olivier MarchalOlivier Megaton and Frédéric Tellier. They will each present a title from their filmographies, as will jury members Cédric Kahn and Patricia Mazuy. For his part, Olivier Assayas will give a “film class”, while Elsa Zylberstein will dispense an “acting lesson”. Also worth noting is a programme called “Nod to Bertrand Tavernier”.

Lastly, this year, Reims Polar will dedicate a special programme to Scandinavia through six films (The Guilty [+see also:
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interview: Gustav Möller
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by Gustav Möller, The Nile Hilton Incident [+see also:
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interview: Tarik Saleh
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by Tarik Saleh, A Hijacking [+see also:
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interview: Tobias Lindholm
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by Tobias Lindholm, Let the Right One In [+see also:
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interview: John Nordling
interview: Tomas Alfredson
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by Tomas Alfredson, With Blood on My Hands – Pusher II [+see also:
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by Nicolas Winding Refn and The Keeper of Lost Causes [+see also:
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interview: Eugenio Mira
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by Mikkel Norgaard), and will organise a tribute to Warner Bros Studios (in partnership with the Cinémathèque française) plus a section devoted to restored films.

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(Translated from French)

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