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FESTIVALS Germany

French anyone?

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From November 1-7, Tübingen and Stuttgart are hosting the 24th International Francophone Film Festival, which will present almost 80 films from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and Africa.

In Tübingen, the festival will open with the French comedy drama Le Fils de l'épicier [+see also:
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(“The Grocer’s Son”) by Eric Guirado, whereas Stuttgart will open with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Actresses [+see also:
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There are nine titles in the competition section, with female directors very well represented. These include French films Charly [+see also:
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by Isild le Besco, Her Name Is Sabine [+see also:
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by Sandrine Bonnaire, L'Homme qui marche [+see also:
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(“The Man Who Walks”) by Aurélia Georges and Water Lilies [+see also:
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by Céline Sciamma (see interview).

Jean-Marc Fabre’s Beluga, Amor Hakkar’s The Yellow House [+see also:
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and Belgian title Comme à Ostende (“As In Ostend”) by Delphine Lehericey are amongst the other films featured.

The New Films section offers some interesting films which have already attracted attention, such as Michel Spinosa’s Anna M. [+see also:
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, starring Isabelle Carré; Gaël Morel’s After Him [+see also:
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, with Catherine Deneuve; Jean Becker’s Conversation With My Gardener [+see also:
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; Claude Chabrol’s A Girl Cut In Two [+see also:
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; and Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain [+see also:
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interview: Hafsia Herzi
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The festival will also hold a retrospective on French actor and director Jacques Nolot, as well as offer sections devoted to Africa, film shorts, the Holocaust in French cinema, horror films and the avant-garde.

The event, which has always boasted a distinguished guest list, will carry on that tradition this year – most of the above-mentioned directors will be present and other filmmakers are expected to attend.

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(Translated from French)

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