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Montpellier: Window on Mediterranean cinema

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Montpellier: Window on Mediterranean cinema

Having opened last Friday with Emir Kusturica’s Promise Me This [+see also:
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, the 29th edition of the Mediterranean Film Festival in Montpellier will be in full swing until November 4.

The programme features 206 films, including previews such as The Secret of the Grain [+see also:
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interview: Hafsia Herzi
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by Abdellatif Kechiche (see interview), an award winner at Venice; Summer Rain [+see also:
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by Antonio Banderas (Label Europa Cinemas at the Berlinale 2007, see news); Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s Actresses [+see also:
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; and Shelter [+see also:
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by Marco Simon Puccioni.

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There will also be special screenings of Mario Monicelli’s The Roses of the Desert, One Hundred Nails [+see also:
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by Ermanno Olmi and Romanian director Nicolae Caranfil’s The Rest is Silence [+see also:
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Eleven film make up the feature film competition, including The Contestant and Butterfly by Spanish directors Rodrigo Cortés and Pablo García, respectively; Andalucia [+see also:
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by French/Senegalese director Alain Gomis; Greek/German co-production Eduart [+see also:
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by Angeliki Antoniou; L'Abbuffata [+see also:
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(“The Feast”) and Don’t Think About It [+see also:
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by Mimmo Calopresti and Gianni Zanasi, respectively; and Philippe Aractingi’s Lebanese/French/UK co-production Under The Bombs [+see also:
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The 16 films of the Panorama section include the German/Romanian co-production Offset [+see also:
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by Didi Danquart, Night and Day by Bulgarian director Krassimir Krumov, Estrellita [+see also:
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interview: Danijel Hočevar
interview: Metod Pevec
interview: Nerina Kocjančič
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by Slovenian director Metod Pevec (Slovenia, 2007), Lino by French director Français Jean-Louis Milesi and two Spanish features: Life on the Edge [+see also:
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by Ventura Pons and Modesty [+see also:
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by duo David Ulloa and Tristán Ulloa.

Italian films nonetheless steal the show with Andrea Molaioli’s The Girl by the Lake [+see also:
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, Davide Marengo’s Notturno Bus [+see also:
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(“Night Bus”) and Una Notte by Toni D'Angelo.

Offering a selection of films rarely seen in France, Montpellier also pays tribute to Spanish director Vicente Aranda and gives carte blanche to French director Pierre Salvadori. In addition, there will be a Screenplay Day with Alain Guiraudie and professional symposia on regional production.

(Translated from French)

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