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CINEMED 2020

Mediterranean cinema set for the showcase in Montpellier

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- Despite the health restrictions, the 42nd edition of the Cinemed Festival will unspool from 16 to 24 October, notably screening nine fiction feature films competing for the Antigone d'Or

Mediterranean cinema set for the showcase in Montpellier
Teddy by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma

Tomorrow will see the fascinating and Venice-approved film The Man Who Sold His Skin [+see also:
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, by Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania, open the 42nd Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, an edition which is set to unspool between 16 and 24 October in physical form and in full compliance with the health recommendations set out by the public authorities, notably the 9pm – 6am curfew (decided upon last night for eight French cities and the Ile-de-France region) which will come into force on Saturday evening and which has forced the team behind the event to carry out an acrobatic, last-minute re-jig of the festival programme.

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In all, nine fiction feature films will battle it out for the 2020 Antigone d'Or, which will be awarded by a jury presided over by French director Grand Corps Malade. Stealing focus among then are four films selected for Cannes this year: Teddy [+see also:
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by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma (boasting the Official Selection label), Skies of Lebanon by Chloé Mazlo (Critics’ Week label), Should the Wind Drop [+see also:
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by Nora Martirosyan (decorated with both the ACID and the Official Selection labels) and Here We Are by Israel’s Nir Bergman (Official Selection label). Likewise in the running are two titles unveiled in Venice’s Orizzoni line-up: Zanka Contact [+see also:
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by Morocco’s Ismaël El Iraki (a film which scooped the Best Actress trophy on the Lido) and Gaza mon amour [+see also:
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by Palestinian directors Arab and Tarzan Nasser). Rounding off the showcase are two films discovered in the Berlinale’s Panorama section (Sow the Wind [+see also:
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by Italy’s Danilo Caputo and Father [+see also:
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by Serbia’s Srdan Golubovic), not to mention Flashdrive by Turkey’s Dervis Zaim.

Five more fiction features will be screened in Montpellier’s Panorama offering: Padrenostro [+see also:
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by Italy’s Claudio Noce, The Lamb [+see also:
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by his compatriot Mario Piredda, Mica by the French director of Moroccan origin Ismaël Ferroukhi, A Thief’s Daughter [+see also:
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by Spain’s Belén Funes and Between Heaven and Earth [+see also:
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by Palestinian filmmaker Najwa Najjar.

Meanwhile, the Documentaries competition will see eight titles pitted against one another, including Fadma: Even Ants Have Wings [+see also:
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by Belgian-Moroccan director Jawad Rhalib, Acasa, My Home [+see also:
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interview: Radu Ciorniciuc
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by Romania’s Radu Ciorniciuc, Their Algeria [+see also:
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by French-Algerian-Palestinian filmmaker Lina Soualem, A Tunnel by the Georgian duo composed of Nino Orjonikidze and Vano Arsenishvili, Express Scopelitis by Greece’s Emilia Milou, We Are From There by Lebanon’s Wissam Tanios, A Class Story [+see also:
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by Italian-Swiss director Valerio Jalongo and Parle-moi d’elles by Egypt’s Marianne Khoury.

Rounding off the programme are 13 premieres, in the form of two French feature films adorned with Cannes’ Official Selection label (Red Soil by Farid Bentoumi and The Speech [+see also:
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by Laurent Tirard), four films coming courtesy of Italian directors (Michele Pennetta’s documentary Il mio corpo [+see also:
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, decorated with Cannes’ ACID label, Giorgio Diritti’s Berlin-award-winning work Hidden Away [+see also:
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, Gabriele Muccino’s The Best Years [+see also:
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and Gianni Amelio’s Hammamet [+see also:
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), the Spanish titles Rosa’s Wedding [+see also:
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by Icíar Bollaín and The Endless Trench [+see also:
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by Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi and José Mari Goenaga, When Tomatoes Met Wagner [+see also:
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by Greece’s Marianna Economou and a further three French features: À l’abordage ! [+see also:
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by Guillaume Brac, Zaï Zaï Zaï by François Desagnat, and Margaux Hartmann by Ludovic Bergery which will be presented by actress Emmanuelle Béart, the guest of honour  (who’s also scheduled to deliver a masterclass) at this year’s Cinemed Festival.

Likewise worth a mention are the Special Screenings on the agenda, including that of Fernanda Valadez’s Identifying Features [+see also:
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and Jean-Patrick Benes’ documentary Le Président d’Yves Jeuland, Le Sens de la famille, which is closing the festival, the line-up dedicated to the complete works of Federico Fellini, the five horror films screening within the La Nuit en Enfer (litt. “Night in Hell”) section, three titles jostling within the Rendez-Vous Fantastiques (litt. “Sci-fi Meetings”) offering, the pat on the back planned for the Toulouse-based animation company TAT Productions, the Cinemed for Children line-up, the short films competition and its associated Panorama section, the festival’s many meetings and, from 20-22 October, the professional event Cinemed Meetings, which Cineuropa will provide further details on at a later stage.

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(Translated from French)

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