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Les Apaches attack on both sides of the Alps

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- Discovered during the Directors’ Fortnight, Thierry de Peretti’s first feature film will be released in August in France and Italy

Les Apaches attack on both sides of the Alps

It is a rather unusual Corsica that is used as the backdrop of this promising feature film by French director Thierry de Peretti, Les Apaches [+see also:
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, which was discovered in May during the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and will be released on the same day, Wednesday, August 14th, in France (Pyramide Distribution) and Italy (Kitchen Film) – a rather rare event. Focused on five young people in serious trouble after they impulsively stole from a deserted and beautiful villa where they had already spent one night partying (one of them being the gardener’s son), the film builds its story in Porto-Vecchio and its surroundings, a zone encircled by marshes where urban and rural parts intertwine chaotically.

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Exploring without caricature the topic of the relation between locals and the island’s natives from immigration, Les Apaches also subtly portrays the fatality of violence without making use of the classical tricks of genre cinema, but rather by favouring an interesting offbeat and sociological approach.

Today, three French films are making their way to theatres: Bastards [+see also:
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by Claire Denis (discovered in the Certain Regard in Cannes – read the review - Wild Bunch Distribution), the animated title Ogy and the Cockroaches by Olivier Jean-Marie (based on a successful  TV series – distribution Bac Films) and I'm not Dead [+see also:
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by Mehdi Ben Attia (selected for the Forum of the Berlinale 2013 - review - Zelig Films Distribution). The list is completed by the post-apocalyptic film The Last Days [+see also:
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interview: Àlex and David Pastor
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by Spanish directors Alex and David Pastor (distribution Rezo Films), Cha Cha Cha [+see also:
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by Italian director Marco Risi (read the interview – only available in Italian – distribution Bellissima Films) and the Argentino-Deutch-French coproduction Leones [+see also:
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by Jazmin Lopez (selected for the Mostra in Venice 2012, in the Orizzonti section – distribution Premium Films)

On August 14th, besides Les Apaches, new releases include the competitor from Cannes (and Cineuropa Prize in Brussels) Michael Kohlhaas [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud des Pallières
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by Arnaud des Pallières (distribution Les Films du Losange), French production Un nuage dans un verre d’eau [+see also:
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by Srinath Christopher Samarasinghe (with Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca in the cast – A3 Distribution) and Keep Smiling [+see also:
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interview: Rusudan Chkonia
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by Georgian director Rusudan Chkonia (discovered during the Venice Days 2012 – read the review and watch the video interview - distribution ZED).

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(Translated from French)

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