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New York hosts emerging European auteur cinema

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European films will be out in force at the 36th New Directors/New Films (March 21-April 1), a prestigious showcase organised by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in collaboration with the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The annual event opens this evening and will present the latest trends in auteur cinema.

A number of French-speaking films will feature, including Stealth [+see also:
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by Switzerland’s Lionel Baier; Philippe Falardeau’s Congorama [+see also:
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, a co-production between Quebec and Belgium, starring Olivier Gourmet (see interview); and two French films, Jean-Pascal Hattu’s 7 Years [+see also:
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and Kim Massee’s Cowboy Angels.

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Flemish production The Only One [+see also:
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, Geoffrey Enthoven’s second feature, will also be on show.

Scandinavian cinema will be represented by Norwegian helmer Joachim Trier’s Reprise [+see also:
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and Danish director Peter Schonau Fog’s The Art of Crying [+see also:
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, while southern Europe is represented by Italy with Alessandro Angelini’s Salty Air [+see also:
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and Marco Simone Puccioni’s Shelter [+see also:
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The programme features one Irish and two UK films: Once [+see also:
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by Ireland’s John Carney, Red Road [+see also:
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by UK director Andrea Arnold and Alexis Dos Santos’ Argentinean co-production Glue.

The two other Argentinean films that will screen at New York are also co-productions: Rodrigo Moreno’s El Custodio [+see also:
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(Germany’s Pandora Filmproduktion and France’s Charivari) and Meanwhile by Diego Lerman (international sales of which are being handled by French outfit Pyramide).

Michal Rosa’s Polish film What the Sun Has Seen [+see also:
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and Algerian/French/German production, Rome Rather Than You by Tariq Teguia round off a showcase of young, and not so young, directors who are, for the most part, Europe-oriented or Europe-funded.

Even the opening film, US writer Paul Auster’s fourth film The Inner Life of Martin Frost is a European joint production with Portuguese producer Paulo Branco (see news). The film also features some strong European talent, among which UK actor David Thewlis and French actress Irène Jacob, Belgium’s DoP Christophe Beaucarne, French composer Laurent Petitgand and Portuguese production designer Zézé Branco.

Of the six US films presented at this year’s festival, one is a European co-production: Julia Loktev’s remarkable Day Night Day Night [+see also:
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, a French/German co-production (ARTE). Cinematography is by Belgian DoP Benoît Debie (see interview), who received the prestigious 2007 Cinematography Award at Sundance this year for George Ratliff’s Joshua.

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(Translated from French)

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