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Music and young cinema take centre stage at Aubagne

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- The 19th edition of the only festival in Europe dedicated entirely to film music and young filmmakers will take place from 19 to 24 March

Music and young cinema take centre stage at Aubagne
Beyond Dreams by Rojda Sekersöz

The 19th edition of Aubagne International Film Festival – the only festival in Europe dedicated entirely to film music and the promotion of films by young people – kicks off today and will bring together more than 700 professionals until 24 March.

10 films have been selected for the fiction feature film competition, including: Beyond Dreams [+see also:
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 by the Swedish filmmaker Rojda Sekersöz (winner of a Guldbagge in 2018 for Best Debut Feature Film, music composed by Lisa Holmqvist), Different Kinds of Rain [+see also:
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interview: Isa Prahl
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 by the German director Isa Prahl (winner of the Premiers Films section at Tallin Black Nights Festivak, music by Volker Bertelmann), Strange Daughter by her compatriot Stephan Lacant (music - Dürbeck & Dohmen) and Maze [+see also:
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 by the Irish director Stephen Burke (who saw some excellent results at the box office in Ireland last autumn, music by Stephen Rennicks).

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Also in the running are The Citizen [+see also:
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 by Hungarian filmmaker Roland Vranik (Hungarian Film Award 2018 for Best Supporting Actor and Best Director, music by Csaba Katolas and Krisztia Vranik), Secret Ingredient [+see also:
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interview: Blagoj Veselinov
interview: Gjorce Stavreski
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 by Macedonian director Gjorce Stavreski (appreciated at Tallin and Bergamo, special mention for his screenplay at Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival; Branislav NikolovPece Trajkovski and Goce Jovanoski), The Faithful Son [+see also:
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interview: Guérin Van de Vorst
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 by the Belgian director Guerin of Vorst (currently playing in Belgium, music by Manuel Roland and Maarten van Cauwenberghe) and Northern Wind [+see also:
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interview: Walid Mattar
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 by Wallid Mattar (co-production between Tunisia, France, and Belgium; Malek Saeed). An Iranian film and a Tunisian film complete the selection.

This year a masterclass focusing on original composition for film will be hosted by the Englishman Stephen Warbeck (Oscar in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love, nominated for a César in 2016 for My King [+see also:
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, as well as excellent contributions to Billy Elliot and Poliss [+see also:
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interview: Maïwenn
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).

Among the guests of honour at this year's festival are the composers Gabriel Yared (Oscar winner in 1997 and nominated in 2000 and 2004), Laurent Perez del Mar (nominated for a Lumières in 2017 for The Red Turtle [+see also:
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), Eric Neveux (Zombillénium), Gaspar Claus (nominated for a Lumières in 2018 for Makala [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Gras
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, which will be opening the festival), Julie Roué (Montparnasse Bienvenüe [+see also:
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interview: Léonor Serraille
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), the filmmakers Laurent Cantet and Edouard Deluc and the actor Philippe Rebbot. All guests have been granted cartes blanches and will be in sessions with the public.

Also worth a mention in the programme is a competition of 77 short films (14 animations, eight documentaries and 55 fiction films), best picks (the German documentary Flying Revolution - The Story of a Lifetime Battle by Steve Won in particular) and cartes blanches to four festivals (the Portuguese FEST event – Espinho New Directors/New Films Festival, the Poznan Short Film Festival in Poland, the Istria International Sound and Film Music Festival in Croatia, and Montreal New Cinema Festival), not forgetting the European market for music composition, which will be held from 22-23 March.

(Translated from French)

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