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Unifrance from Prague to Mumbai

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The international promotion of French cinema is moving from one continent to another this week for tomorrow, the 13th Czech Republic French Film Festival will close, while Saturday will mark the opening of the 3rd Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in India. These two events are organised by Unifrance in collaboration with local French embassies.

The Czech Republic French Film Festival, which opened on November 25 and is taking place in 16 cinemas in Prague and seven provincial towns (Brno, Olomouc, Ostrava, Plzen, Ceske Budejovice, Pardubice and Hradec Kralove), has a line-up of 49 films. These include five avant-premières: François Ozon’s Potiche [+see also:
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, Gilles Marchand’s Black Heaven [+see also:
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, Alexandre Iordachescu’s The Childhood of Icarus [+see also:
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, Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Person [+see also:
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and Mammuth [+see also:
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by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine. The first three directors made the journey to the Czech Republic for the event.

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The line-up also includes a competition of ten unreleased films chosen by Czech film critics: Olivier Assayas’s Carlos [+see also:
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, Marc Fitoussi’s Copacabana [+see also:
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, F.J. Ossang’s Dharma Guns [+see also:
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, The Chameleon [+see also:
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by Jean-Paul Salomé (in attendance at the event), Illegal [+see also:
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by Belgian director Olivier Masset-Depasse (LUX Prize 2010 competition), The Hedgehog [+see also:
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by Mona Achache, Our Day Will Come [+see also:
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by Romain Gavras, Of Gods and Men [+see also:
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by Xavier Beauvois, Living On Love Alone [+see also:
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by Isabelle Czajka and The Tree [+see also:
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by Julie Bertucelli.

There will also be a “French Film Hits of 2010” section, including Pascal Chaumeil’s Heartbreaker [+see also:
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, Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist [+see also:
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, Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec [+see also:
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and Joann Sfar’s Je T’aime, Moi Non Plus [+see also:
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Unifrance will then head to India for the 3rd Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in India (December 4-7), which will unveil seven titles in Mumbai: Chaumeil’s Heartbreaker, Assayas’s Carlos, Gilles Paquet Brenner’s Her Name Was Sarah [+see also:
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, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud’s Oceans [+see also:
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, Ozon’s Potiche, Beauvois’s Of Gods and Men and Alain Corneau’s Love Crime.

The delegation travelling to Mumbai includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Julie Ferrier, Assayas, Ozon, Cluzaud and Jérôme Seydoux. Finally, in order to help Indian distributors to discover and circulate French films, Unifrance has set up specific funding for dubbing in three languages for theatrical distribution.

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(Translated from French)

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