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Avalanche of prestigious avant-premieres at Paris Cinéma

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There’s a Cannes flavour to the 8th Paris Cinéma (July 3-13), whose rich line-up, unveiled yesterday, includes no fewer than 16 features that won acclaim on the Croisette.

Among the seven titles vying for honours in competition are three European films: Romanian director Florian Serban’s If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle [+see also:
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interview: Ada Condeescu
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(Grand Jury Prize at Berlin); Benjamin Heisenberg’s The Robber [+see also:
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interview: Benjamin Heisenberg
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; and Swiss director Jean-Stéphane Bron’s remarkable documentary Cleveland Versus Wall Street [+see also:
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(see review).

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Screening out of competition in avant-premiere are 49 features, including four Cannes victors: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Palme d’Or-winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives [+see also:
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; Xavier Beauvois’s Grand Prize-winning Of Gods and Men [+see also:
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; Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s A Screaming Man [+see also:
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, which scooped the Jury Prize; and Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry.

Other titles fresh from the Croisette include Stephen Frears’s Tamara Drewe [+see also:
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(which will close Paris Cinéma), Gilles Marchand’s Black Heaven [+see also:
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, Julie Bertuccelli’s The Tree [+see also:
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, Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s Young Girls In Black [+see also:
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, Fabienne Bertaud’s Lily Sometimes [+see also:
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, Franck Richard’s The Pack [+see also:
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, Rebecca Zlotowski’s Belle Epine [+see also:
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, Marc Fitoussi’s Copacabana [+see also:
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and Michel Leclerc’s The Names of Love [+see also:
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.

Europe is particularly well-represented with five Italian films: Ferzan Ozpetek’s Loose Cannons [+see also:
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, Cristiano Bortone’s Red Like the Sky [+see also:
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, Gabriele Muccino’s Kiss Me Again [+see also:
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, Silvio Soldini’s What More Do I Want [+see also:
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and Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love [+see also:
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Spain will put in an appearance with Antonio Naharro and Alvaro Pastor’s Me Too [+see also:
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, Isabel Coixet’s Map of the Sounds of Tokyo [+see also:
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and Daniel Monzon’s Cell 211 [+see also:
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interview: Daniel Monzón
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.

The showcase also includes German titles Everyone Else [+see also:
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by Maren Ade, Orly [+see also:
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by Angela Schanelec and The Eagle Hunter’s Son by René Bo Hansen (co-produced with Sweden); Thomas Vinterberg’s Danish film Submarino [+see also:
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; Double Take by Belgium’s Johan Grimonprez; Berlin Golden Bear-winner Honey [+see also:
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interview: Semih Kaplanoglu
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by Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu; Wild Target by UK director Jonathan Lynn; and Ondine [+see also:
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by Ireland’s Neil Jordan.

The prestigious line-up is completed by several unreleased French titles, including Yann Samuel’s With Love...From the Age of Reason (see news); Manuel Pradal’s The Blonde With Bare Breasts (see news); Gabriel Le Bomin’s Beyond Suspicion (see news); Angelo Cianci’s Dernier Etage, Gauche, Gauche (“Top Floor, Left, Left”, see news); and Isabelle Czajka’s Living on Love Alone (see news).

Paris Cinéma will this year pay homage to M. Night Shyamalan, Jane Fonda, Eugène Green and Louis Garrel, as well as to Japanese cinema. It will also host several events, including Nuit du Cinéma (“Cinema Night”), and the co-production platform Paris Project (July 5-7).

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(Translated from French)

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