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CINEMED 2019

Montpellier, capital of Mediterranean cinema

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- An enticing menu featuring more than 100 films at the 41st edition of the Cinemed, Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, which will unfold from 18 to 26 October

Montpellier, capital of Mediterranean cinema
Adults in the Room by Costa-Gravras

The excellent Adults in the Room [+see also:
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by Costa-Gavras will tomorrow open the 41st edition of the Cinemed, Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival (now presided by Palermo mayor Leoluca Orlando), which will unfold from 18-26 October. The guest of honour this year is French filmmaker André Téchiné, and this iteration of the gathering will close with Dominik Moll’s Only the Animals [+see also:
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Ten fiction features will be competing for the 2019 Antigone d'Or Award, which will be given out by a jury presided by French director Julie Bertuccelli (supported by filmmakers Çagla Zencirci and Karim Moussaoui, producer Yaël Fogiel and actor Shaïn Boumedine). Among them, four films presented at Venice stand out: A Son [+see also:
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from Tunisian director Mehdi M Barsaoui (winner of the Best Actor Orizzonti Award in Venice for Sami Bouajila), The Scarecrows [+see also:
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by Nouri Bouzid, Madre [+see also:
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from Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen (winner of the Best Actress Orizzonti Award for Marta Nieto) and Sole [+see also:
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interview: Carlo Sironi
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from Italian director Carlo Sironi. Also competing are four films presented in Toronto: France/Belgium/Luxembourg production Two of Us [+see also:
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from Italian director Filippo Meneghetti, Red Fields [+see also:
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by Israelian director Keren Yedaya, 1982 [+see also:
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from Lebanese filmmaker Oualid Mouaness and Certified Mail from Egyptian director Hisham Saqr. The competition line-up is completed by Stitches [+see also:
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from Serbian director Miroslav Terzic (winner of the Label Europa Cinemas award at the Panorama in Berlinale) and by Abou Leila [+see also:
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from Algerian director Amin Sidi-Boumediène (revealed in Critics’ Week in Cannes).

Six other features will be projected in the Panorama section: The August Virgin [+see also:
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from Spanish director Jonás Trueba, Aspromonte: Land of the Forgotten [+see also:
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from Italian director Mimmo Calopresti, I Had a Dream [+see also:
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interview: Claudia Tosi
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by Italian director Claudia Tosi, Morocco/Switzerland production Urgent [+see also:
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by Mohcine Besri, Passed by Censor [+see also:
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interview: Serhat Karaaslan
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from Turkish director Serhat Karaaslan and Jeunesse sauvage from French director Frédéric Carpentier.

The documentary competition will feature Collective [+see also:
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from Romanian director Alexander Nanau, Honeyland [+see also:
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interview: Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara K…
interview: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir S…
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from Macedonian duo Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, Campo [+see also:
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from Portuguese director Tiago Hespanha, When Tomatoes Met Wagner [+see also:
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from Greek director Marianna Economou, Mittelmeer from French director Jean-Marc Chapoulie, Ibrahim: A Fate to Define [+see also:
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from Palestinian director Lina al Abed, Israel/Germany production Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life [+see also:
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by Tomer Heymann and the medium-length film Ciudad de los muertos from Spanish director Miguel Eek.

Worth mentioning as well are a retrospective about Italian director Paolo Virzì, a presentation of the works of Spanish director Isaki Lacuesta, a focus on Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy, an exploration of the filmography of legendary Italian actress Anna Magnani, a focus on French production company Les Films du Poisson (with a Film en fabrication event on Mathieu Amalric’s upcoming film Serre-moi fort and a premiere of Christian Volckman’s The Room [+see also:
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as part of the Rendez-vous fantastiques).

14 premieres complete the programme with The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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from Italian director Marco Bellocchio, Some Time After [+see also:
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from Spanish director José Luis Cuerda, Trio from Romanian director Ana Dumitrescu, Noura's Dream [+see also:
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from Tunisian director Hinde Boujemaa, The Unknown Saint [+see also:
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from Moroccan director Alaa Eddine Aljem, South Terminal [+see also:
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from Franco-Algerian director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, and the French films The Prince's Voyage [+see also:
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by Jean-François Laguionie, Play [+see also:
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by Anthony Marciano, La Belle Équipe by Mohamed Hamidi, A Good Doctor [+see also:
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by Tristan Séguéla and Gloria mundi [+see also:
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interview: Robert Guédiguian
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by Robert Guédiguian. Not to mention a special screening of Nour by Italian director Maurizio Zaccaro and an homage to Agnès Varda.

The 41st Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival is also organising, from 22 to 24 October, the Cinemed Meetings industry days, which Cineuropa will detail in a later article.

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(Translated from French)

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