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Mediterranean films shine at Montpellier

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This evening, Pierre Salvadori’s Full Treatment (see news) will open the 32nd Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, which will close on October 30 with François Ozon’s Potiche [+see also:
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In official selection, 49 films will screen in competition (features, shorts and documentaries) and 51 films in the Panorama (features, shorts and experimental films). The event’s line-up also includes homages and retrospectives dedicated to Carmen Maura, Marco Ferreri, Ronit Elkabetz, Hiam Abbas and Dario Argento.

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Among the 12 features in competition are Italian director Paolo Virzi’s The First Beautiful Thing [+see also:
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(Italy’s representative in the nomination race for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar); Venice competition title The Passion [+see also:
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by fellow Italian Carlo Mazzacurati; Black Field [+see also:
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by Greece’s Vardis Marinakis; Reha Erdem’sTurkish/Bulgarian co-production Kosmos [+see also:
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; Rajko Grlic’s Just Between Us [+see also:
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(Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia); Srdjan Koljevic’s German/Serbian co-production The Woman with a Broken Nose [+see also:
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; The Mosquito Net [+see also:
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by Spain’s Agustí Vila; and Tayfun Pirselimoglu’s Turkish/Greek co-production Hair.

Among the avant-premieres, highlights include four French films: Angelo Cianci’s Top Floor, Left Wing (see news); Audrey Estrougo’s Toi, Moi, Les Autres (“You, Me, The Others”, see news); Philippe Le Guay’s Service Entrance; and Michel Leclerc’s The Names of Love [+see also:
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(unveiled in Cannes Critics’ Week – see review).

Also in the programme are Eran Riklis’s Israeli/German/French/Romanian co-production The Human Resources Manager (winner of the Audience Award at Locarno); Kiss Me Again [+see also:
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by Italy’s Gabriele Muccino; Draquila – Italy Trembles [+see also:
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Interview Sabina Guzzanti [IT]
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by fellow Italian director Sabina Guzzanti; Portuguese maestro Manoel de Oliveira’s The Strange Case of Angelica [+see also:
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; and Damjan Kozole’s Slovenian Girl [+see also:
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The festival is also hosting a Panorama including four Spanish features: Carlos Martín Ferrera’s Suspicious Minds, Ventura Pons’s A la Dériva, David Marqués’s Desechos (“Waste”) and Elisa K. [+see also:
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by directorial duo Judith Colell and Jordi Cadena. They are joined by four Italian titles: Massimo Coppola’s Afraid of the Dark (Bruises) [+see also:
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, Rocco Papaleo’s Basilicata Coast to Coast [+see also:
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, Edoardo Leo’s 18 Years Later [+see also:
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and Marco Righi’s Days of Harvest. Finally, the bumper line-up includes 4 Black Suits by Greece’s Renos Haralambidis, Motel Nana by Serbia’s Predrag Velinovic and Vavien by Turkey’s Durul and Yagmur Taylan.

(Translated from French)

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