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FESTIVALS Luxembourg

First take for DirActor’s Cut Film Festival

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The new DirActor’s Cut Luxembourg City International Film Festival will kick off today with a screening of My Best Enemy, by and starring Carlo Verdone. The new festival, which takes the place of the now defunct Cinénygma Fantastic Film Festival (see news), spotlights the work of actor-directors.

On the menu of its first edition, which is organised this year as part of the 2007 Luxembourg Capital of Culture celebrations, are encounters with several actor-directors as well as Luxembourg premieres. France is well represented, with Guillaume Canet, Sophie Marceau, Niels Arestrup, Nils Tavernier, Sam Karmann and Laure Duthilleul all expected to present their recent work as actor-directors in person.

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From neighbouring Germany, Dani Levy will present his Hitler comedy Mein Führer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler [+see also:
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, while UK-born actress Jane Birkin will present her directorial debut Boxes [+see also:
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, which earlier screened at Cannes. Portuguese actress and occasional director Maria de Medeiros is also part of the line-up, with several of her films screening in the “carte blanche” section.

The festival will also screen four films by one of France’s most well-known actor-directors of all time, Jacques Tati, including a 70mm print of his classic Playtime.

The festival will end on Sunday with the Luxembourg premiere of Woody Allen’s Venice entry Cassandra’s Dream [+see also:
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, the latest UK-set drama from New York’s most famous actor-director. Allen himself does not appear in the film that stars Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell.

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