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CINEMED 2021

Over 200 Mediterranean films set to be showcased in Montpellier

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- The 43rd edition of the Cinemed Festival will unspool in the Occitan city between 15 and 24 October, notably spotlighting ten fiction feature films battling it out for the Antigone d'Or

Over 200 Mediterranean films set to be showcased in Montpellier
Anima bella by Dario Albertini

Tomorrow will see Thierry de Peretti’s Undercover (victorious in San Sebastián) opening the 43rd Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, which is set to unfold between 15 and 24 October with Hafsia Herzi (Good Mother [+see also:
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) as a guest of honour and with retrospectives dedicated to Dusan Makavejev, Luis Buñuel and the Lebanese duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (Memory Box [+see also:
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).

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Stealing focus among the 200-plus films on the agenda are the ten fiction feature films due to battle it out for the 2021 Antigone d'Or, which will be handed over by a jury led by Italy’s Asia Argento. The works in question are Anima bella by fellow Italian Dario Albertini, the Spanish titles Libertad [+see also:
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by Clara Roquet (unveiled in Critics’ Week) and The Odd-Job Men [+see also:
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by Neus Ballús (rewarded in Locarno), As Far As I Can Walk [+see also:
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by Serbia’s Stefan Arsenijevic (victorious at Karlovy Vary), Hive [+see also:
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by Kosovo’s Blerta Basholli (triumphant at Sundance), Luzzu [+see also:
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by Maltese director Alex Camilleri (likewise rewarded in Park City), Let It Be Morning [+see also:
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by Israel’s Eran Kolirin (presented in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section), Costa Brava, Lebanon [+see also:
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by Lebanon’s Mounia Akl (unveiled within the Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti Extra line-up) and two Egyptian contenders: Souad [+see also:
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by Aytem Amin (discovered within the Berlinale’s Panorama section and rewarded in Tribeca) and Amira by Mohamed Diab (which premiered in Venice’s Orizzonti line-up).

Five other full-length fiction films are set to screen in the Panorama section, including Small Body [+see also:
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by Italy’s Laura Samani, The Inner Cage [+see also:
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by her compatriot Leonardo Di Costanzo, Kerr by Turkey’s Tayfun Pirselimoglu and Streams [+see also:
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by Tunisia’s Mehdi Hmili.

The Documentaries competition will pit nine titles against one another, including May God Be with You by French director Cléo Cohen, Landscapes of Resistance [+see also:
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by Serbia’s Marta Popivoda, Divinations [+see also:
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by Italy’s Leandro Picarella, Taming the Garden [+see also:
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interview: Salomé Jashi
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by Georgian filmmaker Salomé Jashi, Miguel’s War [+see also:
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by Lebanese director Eliane Raheb, All-In [+see also:
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by Belgian-Turk talent Volkan Üce, Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege) [+see also:
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by Palestine’s Abdallah Al-Khatib, The Forgotten Ones [+see also:
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by Israel’s Michale Boganim and Les Enfants terribles [+see also:
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by Turkish filmmaker Ahmet Necdet Cupur.

A raft of premieres will be rounding off the programme, in the form of A Chiara [+see also:
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by Italy’s Jonas Carpignano, Three Floors [+see also:
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by fellow Italian Nanni Moretti, Parallel Mothers [+see also:
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by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, Schoolgirls [+see also:
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by his compatriot Pilar Palomero, O fim do Mundo [+see also:
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by Swiss-Portuguese filmmaker Basil da Cunha and the French titles La Traviata, My Brothers and I [+see also:
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by Yohan Manca, The Accusation [+see also:
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by Yvan Attal, Kung Fu Zohra by Mabrouk El Mechri, Presque by directorial duo Bernard Campan and Alexandre Jollien, and Marine Barnérias’ documentary Rosy.

Likewise worth a mention are the various Special Screenings on the festival agenda, which include that of the animated film The Crossing [+see also:
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by France’s Florence Miailhe and of the documentary Black Notebooks (I: Vivianne & II: Ronit) by Israel’s Shlomi Elkabetz, a competition and a short films overview, sections entitled "Four Italian Western Gems" and "A Night in Hell" (comprised of five films, including Censor [+see also:
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by Welsh director Prano Bailey-Bond), a "Children’s Cinemed" section (notably involving Vicky and Her Mystery [+see also:
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by France’s Denis Imbert) and Rose [+see also:
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by Aurélie Saada, which is closing the festival, not to mention the professional Cinemed Meetings event, running 19 to 21 October, which Cineuropa will explore in greater detail very soon.

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(Translated from French)

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