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Robinson disembarks at Locarno

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Last minute surprise on Wednesday by the Locarno International Film Festival with the late inclusion of two films to the official competition. As weel as Canadian Louise Archambault’s (Familia), the other is a Belgian film arriving late, by Yvan Le Moine, Friday or Some Other Day , an adaptation of the first novel by Frenchman Michel Tournier Vendredi ou Les Limbes du Pacifiques, itself a reworking of the mythical classic by Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, which concentrates on the indigenous character Friday.

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This is Yvan Le Moine’s second feature, played by Philippe Nahon, Alain Moraïda, Ornella Muti and the mythical Hanna Schygulla. After several well received shorts, his first feature, Le Nain Rouge in 1997, was screened at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight the following year, adapted from a novel by Michel Tournier.

Mostly shot on Réunion Island, Friday, whose budget totals is 3,100 million euros, is a coproduction bringing together the Belgians A.A. Les Films Belges and Cosmokino with France (Artisan Films), Italy (Classic Films), Slovakia (Vera Productions), and Holland (Riba Filmproductions )

(Translated from French)

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