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NAMUR 2012

Namur Film Festival to highlight Belgian feature debuts

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- The Namur Film Festival is to show off the diversity and vitality of French-language films, with particular attention to those from Belgium

Namur Film Festival to highlight Belgian feature debuts

The 27th Namur International Francophone Film Festival, to be held from September 28 to October 5, has just announced its rich and varied programme. The festival is to screen fiction features, as well as documentaries, short films, and even video clips in its competitive sections or via its retrospectives. It is to feature over 160 films from a great part of the 60 French-speaking territories all over the world.

Films from countries of the South are to make a graceful comeback at the festival, with the selection of two Senegalese films (Alain Gomis’s Today [+see also:
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discovered in Berlin, and Moussa Touré’s The Pirogue [+see also:
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, selected for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard) and three films from North Africa (Nabil Ayouch’s God’s Horses [+see also:
film review
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interview: Nabil Ayouch
film profile
]
, a film about the young suicide bombers responsible for the Marrakech attacks that was also selected for Un Certain Regard, Algerian director Djamila Sahraoui’s Yema [+see also:
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, and Hinde Boujemaa’s It was better tomorrow, a documentary that follows a homeless mother after the Tunisian revolution).

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But the Namur Film Festival will also screen 35 Belgian productions and co-productions, including a few great premieres. Two Cannes discoveries will thus be in the programme: David Lambert’s feature debut Beyond the Walls [+see also:
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interview: David Lambert
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and Amélie van Elmbt’s first film La Tête la première [+see also:
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(lit. “Head first” - photo). Others Belgian films will come straight from this month’s great film festivals: Tango Libre [+see also:
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interview: Frédéric Fonteyne
film profile
]
, a film awarded in Venice and now to open the Namur Film Festival, but also Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Kinshasa Kids [+see also:
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interview: Marc-Henri Wajnberg
film profile
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and Jonas d’Adesky’s Twa Timoun [+see also:
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. Finally, festival-goers will exclusively discover famous casting director Kadija Leclere’s feature debut Le Sac de Farine (lit. “The bag of flour”), actor and former Belgian television troublemaker Patrick Ridremont’s first film Dead Man Talking, as well as Au nom du fils by the prolific Vincent Lannoo (whose American adventure Little Glory [+see also:
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is currently out in cinemas).

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(Translated from French)

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