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Paris Cinéma unveils programme

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Paris Cinéma unveils programme

The programme for the 4th Paris Cinéma Festival (June 27-July 11) is a very enticing one, featuring screenings of over 400 films in 15 theatres in the French capital for only €4 per screening.

Presided over this year by Charlotte Rampling, the event will feature a competition of 15 films that include Into Great Silence [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philip Groening
film profile
]
by Germany’s Philip Gröning (see Focus); The Court [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Abderrahmane Sissako; Beyond Hatred by French director Olivier Meyrou;Birds of Heaven (Oiseaux du ciel) by fellow French director Eliane de Latour; and The Legend of Time by Spain’s Isaki Lacuesta (see news and interview).

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German and Austrian films include Montag by Ulrich Köhler and Longing [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Valeska Grisebach (both from Germany); Our Daily Bread (Unser Tägliches Brot) by Austria’s Nikolaus Geyrhalter; and the French/German co-production To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Tajik director Djamshed Usmonov, presented in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at last month’s Cannes Film Festival (see article).

A rich selection of preview screenings is also lined up with several films coming straight from Cannes, such as Lights in the Dusk [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Aki Kaurismäki (news), The Weakest Is Always Right [+see also:
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film profile
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by Lucas Belvaux (see interview), Climates [+see also:
trailer
interview: Zeynep Ozbatur
film profile
]
by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, La Californie [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Jacques Fieschi (see news), Nouvelle chance [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Anne Fontaine (see article) and The Page Turner [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Denis Dercourt
interview: Michel Saint-Jean
film profile
]
by Denis Dercourt (see news), as well as long-awaited films such as Autumn Gardens by Otar Iosseliani and The Science of Sleep [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Michel Gondry.

Also featured on the varied Paris Cinéma menu is a focus on Austrian documentary maker Nikolaus Geyrhalter; a special "renaissance in German cinema" with films by Christian Petzold, Christoph Hochhäusler, Henner Winckler and Angela Schanelec; retrospectives on French director Claude Chabrol and Spanish actress Rossy de Palma; a focus on horror films, in particular by Italian director Dario Argento; discussions between French and German industry professionals with a presentation of the Filmstiftung NRW fund; a children’s section, Paris CinéMômes (including the preview screening of U [+see also:
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by Grégoire Solotareff and Serge Elissalde); the Paris Project 2006 co-production workshop; open-air screenings; cinema concerts, and a shorts festival.

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(Translated from French)

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