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CANNES 2018 Official Selection / Un Certain Regard

Un Certain Regard puts its faith in young talents

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- The Cannes selection features a strong European presence, six feature debuts, and films by Valeria Golino, Ulrich Köhler, Bi Gan and Ali Abbasi

Un Certain Regard puts its faith in young talents
Girl by Lukas Dhont

The Un Certain Regard programme, which was unveiled today in Paris alongside the entirety of the Official Selection (see the article) of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May), contains 15 features, a figure that is likely to increase slightly in the coming days. And the tone is the same as that found in the official competition, with a huge surge in the new generations taking part in the rendezvous (a trend that probably also stems from the fact that certain big names who were unsuccessful candidates for the hunt for the Palme d’Or refused exposure in Un Certain Regard, instead preferring to try their luck at other subsequent festivals).

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Featuring among the films accepted into the programme are three French feature debuts, with Angel Face [+see also:
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 by Vanessa FilhoLittle Tickles [+see also:
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 by duo Andréa Bescond and Eric Metayer, and Sofia [+see also:
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interview: Meryem Benm'Barek
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 by French-Moroccan director Meyem Benm’Barek. Also in the running is their fellow countryman Antoine Desrosières with Sextape [+see also:
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interview: Antoine Desrosières
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As expected, Belgium’s Lukas Dhont will be partaking with his feature debut, Girl [+see also:
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 (which has been generating quite a buzz since it was presented at the Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Work-in-Progress in December).

With Euphoria [+see also:
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, her second feature as a director, Italy’s Valeria Golino will be making a return to Un Certain Regard, where she revealed her directorial debut (Miele [+see also:
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interview: Valeria Golino
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) in 2013.

Europe will also be on show through Border [+see also:
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interview: Ali Abbasi
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by Danish director of Iranian heritage Ali Abbasi (popular in the Berlinale Panorama in 2016 with his feature debut, Shelley [+see also:
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, and whose new movie is being executive-produced by Sweden), In My Room [+see also:
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 by Germany’s Ulrich Köhler (crowned Best Director at Berlin in 2011 with Sleeping Sickness [+see also:
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interview: Ulrich Kohler
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) and My Favourite Fabric [+see also:
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 by Syria’s Gaya Jiji (a feature debut produced by France together with Germany and Turkey).

Interestingly, European productions have a strong presence left, right and centre, with The Harvesters [+see also:
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interview: Etienne Kallos
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 by South Africa’s Etienne Kallos (a feature debut co-produced by France, Greece, Poland and South Africa), the Argentinian-Spanish co-production El ángel [+see also:
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 by Luis Ortega, the French-Chinese title Long Day’s Journey Into Night [+see also:
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 by Bi GanRafiki [+see also:
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 by Kenya’s Wanuri Kahiu (a movie jointly staged by South Africa, Kenya, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Norway) and The Gentle Indifference of the World [+see also:
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 by Kazakhstan’s Adilkhan Yerzhanov (co-produced by France).

An Indian film rounds off the current Un Certain Regard line-up, in which North American filmmakers are especially conspicuous by their absence.

The selected films:

Un Certain Regard

Border [+see also:
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interview: Ali Abbasi
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]
 - Ali Abbasi (Sweden/Denmark)
Sofia [+see also:
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interview: Meryem Benm'Barek
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 - Meryem Benm'Barek (France/Qatar)
Little Tickles [+see also:
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 - Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer (France)
Long Day's Journey into Night [+see also:
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 - Bi Gan (France/China)
Manto - Nandita Das (India)
Sextape [+see also:
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interview: Antoine Desrosières
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 - Antoine Desrosières (France)
Girl [+see also:
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interview: Lukas Dhont
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 - Lukas Dhont (Belgium/Netherlands)
Angel Face [+see also:
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 - Vanessa Filho (France)
Euphoria [+see also:
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 - Valeria Golino (Italy)
Rafiki [+see also:
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 - Wanuri Kahiu (South Africa/Kenya/France/Netherlands/Germany/Norway)
My Favourite Fabric [+see also:
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 - Gaya Jiji (France/Germany/Turkey)
The Harvesters [+see also:
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interview: Etienne Kallos
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]
 - Etienne Kallos (France/Greece/Poland/South Africa)
In My Room [+see also:
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 - Ulrich Köhler (Germany/Italy)
El ángel [+see also:
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 - Luis Ortega (Argentina/Spain)
The Gentle Indifference of the World [+see also:
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]
 - Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan/France)

(Translated from French)

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