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French film out in force at Rotterdam

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French film out in force at Rotterdam

Led by Juliette Garcias’ Be Good [+see also:
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– which is among the 14 films set to vie for the Tiger Awards – there will be a strong contingent of French productions at the 38th Rotterdam International Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow.

Starring Anaïs Demoustier (Grown Ups [+see also:
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), Bruno Todeschini and Nade Dieu, Be Good is Garcias’ debut feature (see news). A majority French co-production headed by Slot Machine and Denmark’s Zentropa, the film is sold internationally by TrustNordisk.

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The Bright Future section includes debut and second features by up-and-coming filmmakers. Screening out of competition are Samuel Collardey’s The Apprentice [+see also:
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(winner of Best Film at Venice Critics’ Week and the 2008 Louis-Delluc Award for Best Debut Film), Souad El-Bouhati’s Française [+see also:
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, Mabrouk El Mechri’s J.C.V.D. [+see also:
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, Puisque nous sommes nés [+see also:
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(“Because We Were Born”) by Jean-Pierre Duret and Andréa Santana, Jean-Charles Fitoussi’s I Did Not Die and Philippe Fernandez’s Léger tremblement du paysage (“A Faint Trembling of the Landscape”).

The Spectrum section will showcase Claire Denis35 Shots of Rum [+see also:
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, Philippe Garrel’s Frontier of Dawn [+see also:
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, Louise-Michel [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Delépine and Gustav…
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by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine, Raúl Ruiz’s Nucingen House [+see also:
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, Jean-Claude Brisseau’s À l'aventure [+see also:
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, Emmanuel Finkiel’s Nowhere Promised Land [+see also:
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and I Want To See [+see also:
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by Lebanese duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.

There will be a homage to documentary filmmaker Raymond Depardon with his triptych on country dwellers, including the final instalment, Country Profiles: Modern Life [+see also:
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Finally, the retrospective devoted to Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski includes his latest work, Four Nights With Anna [+see also:
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, which was co-produced by France.

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(Translated from French)

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