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French productions take Karlovy Vary by storm

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The 42nd Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which opens today and runs until July 7, is an excellent opportunity for French cinema to showcase its quality, density and internationalisation, with no fewer than 31 domestic productions and co-productions featuring at the Czech event.

Among the titles vying for the Crystal Globe in official competition are Jean Becker’s Conversation With My Gardener [+see also:
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(see news), starring Daniel Auteuil and Jean Pierre Darroussin, which is currently doing very well at the box office with almost 800,000 admissions in three weeks. Other films up for the Globe include Saturno contro by Italian-Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek, a 20% co-production by France, and Anne Feinsilber’s documentary Requiem for Billy the Kid [+see also:
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The festival’s packed line-up is also offering Cannes winner Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [+see also:
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(see article) in the Open Eyes section, as well as a slew of majority French productions in the Horizons section: Roschdy Zem’s Bad Faith [+see also:
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(see news), Pascale Ferran’s multi-award winning Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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(see news), Raphaël Nadjari’s Cannes title Tehilim [+see also:
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(see article), Jean Pierre Darroussin’s Premonition [+see also:
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(see news), François Ozon’s Angel [+see also:
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(see interview), Hou Hsiao Hsien’s The Flight of the Red Balloon [+see also:
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(news), Private Fears in Public Places [+see also:
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byAlain Resnais (see interview), and Emanuele Crialese’s Italian co-production The Golden Door [+see also:
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interview: Alexandre Mallet-Guy
interview: Charlotte Gainsbourg
interview: Emanuele Crialese
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interview: Fabrizio Mosca
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(see Focus).

The Variety Critic's Choice features Alanté Kavaïté’s Fissures [+see also:
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(see interview), while the Another View category is hosting Laurent SalguesRêve de poussière and Laurent Achard’s Demented [+see also:
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interview: Dominique Barneaud
interview: Laurent Achard
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(see Focus).

French involvement in international quality productions is strongly on show in the selection of 16 minority co-productions in the different festival sections, films by Daniele Luchetti (My Brother is an Only Child [+see also:
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interview: Daniele Luchetti
interview: Riccardo Tozzi
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, see article), Sam Garbarski (Irina Palm [+see also:
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interview: Sam Garbarski
interview: Sébastien Delloye
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, see Focus), Jeanne Waltz (A Parting Shot, see interview), Jean-Stéphane Bron (My Brother is Getting Married [+see also:
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interview: Jean-Stéphane Bron
interview: Thierry Spicher
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, see Focus), Joachim Lafosse, Javier Rebollo (Lola [+see also:
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), Koen Mortier, Manoel de Oliveira, Naomi Kawase, David Lynch, Hal Hartley, Harmony Korine, Ariel Rotter, Eran Kolirin, Tom Kalin and Diego Lerman.

(Translated from French)

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