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140 films lined up for the FID - Marseille


- From 11-17 July, the Phocaean city will host the 28th edition of its film festival, open to films of all kinds

140 films lined up for the FID - Marseille
Braguino by Clément Cogitore

Today the 28th edition of the FID – the Marseille International Film Festival got underway. Between now and 17 July, the festival will showcase, in a dozen or so locations all around the city, a vast programme of 140 films from 34 countries, and will be opened this evening by Le masque de la mort rouge (1964) by famous American filmmaker Roger Corman (who the FID is this year dedicating a retrospective of almost 20 films to, and who will hold a masterclass at the MuCEM on 13 July). 

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Among the 15 titles participating in the international competition, the jury for which is presided over by Lithuanian filmmaker Sharunas Bartas, are eight world premieres. Among them are French productions As Known as Jihadi by Eric Baudelaire (on the journey of a young Frenchman to Syria, with photography by Claire Mathon), Braguino by Clément Cogitore (which takes us to the heart of the Siberian taiga, into a sect of Old Believers who made the decision back in the17th century to keep their distance from society and live according to their own laws) and L'héroïque lande - La frontière brûle by duo Nicolas Klotz - Elisabeth Perceval (on the migrants in the "Calais jungle").

Also being shown in their world premieres are Playing Men by Matjaz Ivanisin (Slovenia/Croatia), What I Remember by Austrian director Antoinette Zwirchmayr, and Karl's Perfect Day by Rikrit Tiravanija (a co-production between Mexico and Germany). Also in the running are Edith Walks by British director Andrew Kötting, Belgian production Tremor es ist immer krieg by Annick Leroy, French-German co-production Tinselwood [+see also:
film profile
 by Marie VoignierLet the Summer Never Come Again by Alexandre Koberidze (Germany/Georgia), and Trembling Crystals by Alessandro Focareta (Cuba/Italy), with the international competition completed by three other feature films (two Colombian and one Brazilian) and a Russian medium-length feature.

Turning to the French competition, this includes 11 world premieres, including Va Toto! by Pierre CretonVitalium, Valentine! by Jean-Charles Fitoussi, Sauvagerie by duo Jonathan Le Fourn - Rémi De Gaalon and Southern Belle by Nicolas PeduzziLe coeur du conflit by Judith Cahen and Masayasu Eguchi (France/Japan), 7 Veils by Sepideh Farsi (Afghanistan/France), Sans bruit, les figurants du désert by Michal Madracki, Maciej Madracki and Gilles Lepore (Poland/France), L'exilé by Marcelo Novais Teles (France/Brazil/Portugal/Ireland/United Kingdom), and medium-length feature Unrest by Philippe Grandrieux

Two other competition sections also feature in the programme, one for debut films and the other run by the Groupement National des Cinémas de Recherche (notably featuring Casting [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Wackerbarth
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 by German filmmaker Nicolas Wackerbarth, which was unveiled at and opened the Berlin Film Festival Forum).

Also worth mentioning, looking at the selection of special screenings that will be held, are a work-in-progress piece on the filming of Le lion est mort ce soir by Nobuhiro Suwa (starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Pauline Etienne and Maud Wyler) and Until the Birds Return [+see also:
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interview: Karim Moussaoui
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 by Algerian director Karim Moussaoui (acclaimed at Cannes in Un Certain Regard).

Last but not least, among the 11 projects selected this year for co-production support platform FIDLab (the 9th edition of which will be held on 13 and 14 July) are fictional feature film projects Sparrow by Sharunas Bartas (currently being written – centering around a young female immigrant who falls into the criminal underworld in Marseille while she works as an au pair for a forty-something year-old man raising his child alone) and A Portuguesa by Rita Azevedo Gomes (currently under development – an adaptation of Die Portugiesin byRobert Musil), documentaries Barchini by Italian director Yuri Ancarini (under development) and Michelle Remembers by British director Pia Borg, as well as Spanish fictional film Letters to Paul Morissey by Armand Rovira, which is currently in post-production.

(Translated from French)

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