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CINEMED 2018

Mediterranean cinema shines at Montpellier

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- The 40th edition of Cinemed Film Festival – due to take place in the Occitan city from 19 to 27 October – boasts a rich and diverse programme

Mediterranean cinema shines at Montpellier
Meteorites by Romain Laguna

A sign of our times, Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year (from 19 to 27 October), with the French actress Clotilde Coureau as guest of honour, will open tomorrow with the first two episodes of the TV series Il miracolo by the Italian directors Niccolò Ammaniti, Francesco Munzi and Lucio Pellegrini. As for the rest of the festival, this edition boasts an impressive programme dedicated exclusively to cinema, with Italian cinema in the spotlight this year thanks to a retrospective on Italian comedy, a special session on the documentary Quando c'era Berlinguer by Walter Veltroni and the festival's closing film, Lucia's Grace [+see also:
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by Gianni Zanasi.

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Ten feature films will compete for the 2018 Golden Antigone, which will be awarded by a jury chaired by the director Robert Guédiguian. Standing out in particular is Meteorites [+see also:
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by the French director Romain Laguna (discovered at San Sebastian in the new New Directors section, two years after pitching for the Cinemed Development Fund). The competition also includes two Italian features that made their debut at Toronto: Twin Flower [+see also:
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by Laura Luchetti and The Vice of Hope [+see also:
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by Edoardo de Angelis. Also being showcased are three feature films shown at Venice: Screwdriver (Mafak) by the Palestinian director Bassam Jarbawi (unveiled at the Giornate degli autori at Venice – watch the interview here), the subtle comedy Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
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by the Israeli-Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi (discovered on the Lido in the Horizons section) and The Day I Lost My Shadow [+see also:
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interview: Soudade Kaadan
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by the Syriandirector Soudade Kaadan (awarded Best First Film at Venice after its premiere in the Horizons section). Two films appreciated at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes are also taking part: The Load [+see also:
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interview: Ognjen Glavonić
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by the Serbian director Ognjen Glavonic and Petra [+see also:
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interview: Jaime Rosales
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by the Spanish director Jaime Rosales. The line-up is completed by Sibel [+see also:
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by the Turkish director Çagla Zencirci and the French director Guillaume Giovanetti (unveiled in competition at Locarno) and Good Day's Work [+see also:
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by the Slovenian director Martin Turk.

Seven more feature films will be presented in the Panorama section: the Romanian production Hawaii [+see also:
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by the Spanish director Jesús Del Cerro, Journey to a Mother's Room [+see also:
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interview: Celia Rico Clavellino
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by his compatriot Celia Rico Clavellino (special mention in the New Directors section at San Sebastian), If Life Gives You Lemons [+see also:
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by the Italian director Ciro D'Emilio, the French-Italian co-production Amare Amaro by Julien Paolini, Who Killed Lady Winsley? by Irako-Kurdish director Hiner Saleem and two documentaries: Chjami è rispondi by the French director Axel Salvatori-Sinz and the Spanish-American co-production The Silence of Others [+see also:
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interview: Almudena Carracedo, Esther …
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by the directing duo Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar.

The documentary competition will feature Railway Men by the Tunisian director Erige Sehiri, Before Father Gets Back [+see also:
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by the Georgian director Mari Gulbiani, When Pigs Come [+see also:
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interview: Biljana Tutorov
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by the Serbian director Biljana Tutorov, Troublemaker [+see also:
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by the Austrian-Spanish director Fernando Romero Forsthuber, Momsy by the Croatian director Josip Lukic, What Madness by the French director Diego Governatori, Erased,__Ascent of the Invisible by the Lebanese director Ghassan Halwani and Amal [+see also:
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by the Egyptian director M. Siam.

14 premieres complete the programme, including the French films Bad Seeds [+see also:
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by Kheiron, Whatever Happened to My Revolution by Judith Davis, Conviction by Antoine Raimbault, Edmond by Alexis Michalik, Remi, Nobody's Boy [+see also:
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by Antoine Blossier, Les Invisibles by Louis-Julien Petit and the documentary Mimi by Laure Pradal. The Venetian award-winning Real Love [+see also:
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interview: Claire Burger
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by Claire Burger will also be screened, along with La vida lliure [+see also:
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interview: Marc Recha
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by the Spanish director Marc Recha and five titles from Cannes: Carmen & Lola [+see also:
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interview: Arantxa Echevarría
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by Arantxa Echevarria, The Trouble With You [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Salvadori
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 by Pierre Salvadori, Dear Son [+see also:
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interview: Mohamed Ben Attia
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by Mohamed Ben Attia, the documentary Samouni Road [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Savona
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by Stefano Savona and Diamantino [+see also:
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interview: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Sc…
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by the duo Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt.

The rich programme also includes a documentary competition, a short film competition and panorama, a meeting with the Spanish documentary filmmaker José Luis Guerin, a night of genre films, and a section on Mediterranean film masterpieces.

The 40th Mediterranean Film Festival is also organising an industry event from 23 to 25 October – Cinemed Meetings – which Cineuropa will cover in more detail at a later date – this year’s focus is on young Lebanese cinema.

(Translated from French)

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