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Aubagne celebrates the 20th birthday of Music & Cinema

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- 700 professionals are due to attend the 20th edition of the European festival, which is a benchmark event for film music

Aubagne celebrates the 20th birthday of Music & Cinema
Benedikt Erlingsson and David Thor Jonsson, one of the director/composer teams taking part in the "Accords en duo" programme

Scottish composer Patrick Doyle (singled out with two nominations for the Oscars, amongst other awards) and his South African counterpart Trevor Jones (two Golden Globe nominations), Belgian filmmaker Felix van Groeningen and French director Catherine Corsini will be the guests of honour at the 20th edition of Music & Cinema, the Aubagne International Film Festival (18-23 March 2019), the only gathering in Europe dedicated entirely to bringing together professionals from the worlds of the moving image and sound.

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Also in attendance will be three director/composer teams taking part in a new programme dubbed "Accords en duo" (“Agreements in Pairs”): Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson and David Thor Jonsson (Woman at War [+see also:
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interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
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), Ireland’s Tom Moore and France’s Bruno Coulais (Song of the Sea [+see also:
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interview: Tomm Moore
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), and France’s Denis Dercourt and Jérôme Lemonnier (The Page Turner [+see also:
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interview: Denis Dercourt
interview: Michel Saint-Jean
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). Lastly, four composers who have benefited from the various creative support mechanisms offered by the festival in past years will also take centre stage in the “Ils repasseront par là" (“They’ll Come Around Again”) section: Valentin Hadjadj for Girl [+see also:
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interview: Lukas Dhont
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 by Lukas Dhont (which will open the festival in the presence of its director), Erwan Chandon for A Polar Year [+see also:
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Rémi Boubal for the documentary Women of Venezuelan Chaos and Romain Trouillet for Edmond [+see also:
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interview: Alexis Michalik
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 by Alexis Michalik (who will also be making the journey to the Provençal city). Meanwhile, the traditional master class focusing on original composition for film will this year be led by France’s Christophe Héral (Black Mor’s Island, Kérity, la maison des contes [+see also:
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 and the upcoming movie The Prince's Journey [+see also:
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 by Jean-François Laguionie, as well as computer-game music for popular titles such as Beyond Good and EvilRayman OriginsThe Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Rayman Legends for Ubisoft).

The feature-film competition will see ten films go head to head: Take It or Leave It [+see also:
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 by Estonia’s Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo (her country’s candidate for the 2019 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film – composer: Sten Seripov), the multi-award-winning documentary A Woman Captured [+see also:
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 by Hungary’s Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (music by Csaba Kalotás), Meltem [+see also:
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 by Greek-French helmer Basile Doganis (currently on the cinema listings in France; music by Kyriakos Kalaitzidis), Erased [+see also:
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interview: GoCritic! Interview: Miha M…
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 by Slovenia’s Miha Mazzini (a film produced by Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia; music by Jura Ferina and Pavle Miholjevic), the German-Spanish production La Palma by Erec Brehmer (music by David Reichelt), My Foolish Heart [+see also:
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 by Dutch director Rolf van Eijk (music by David Dramm), the Belgian-Luxembourgish movie For a Happy Life [+see also:
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 by Dimitri Linder and Salima Sarah Glamine (music by Antoine Honorez), the Lithuanian-Finnish co-production Sasha Was Here [+see also:
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 by Ernestas Jankauskas (composer: Paulius Kilbauskas), Alone at My Wedding [+see also:
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interview: Marta Bergman
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 by Marta Bergman (produced by Romania, Belgium and France – set to be released in France on 17 April; music by Vlaicu Golcea) and Island of the Hungry Ghosts [+see also:
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 by Gabrielle Brady (produced by the UK, Germany and Australia; music by Aaron Cupples). 

Besides another jam-packed menu of short films, this year the Music & Cinema festival will also be giving a “carte blanche” to four European festivals, which will present a number of film productions from their countries along with their firm favourites: Encounters (which unspools in Bristol and is the most important event in the UK for short films, animation and virtual reality), the NexT International Film Festival (Bucharest, Romania), the Leuven International Short Film Festival (Belgium) and Meeting of Young European Cinema (Sofia, Bulgaria).

Furthermore, four European schools will take part in a composing workshop from 13-23 March, as an integral part of the Regards Croisés (“Converging Views”) programme: SATIS, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Academy of Performing Arts (Slovakia) and the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

Finally, professionals will have the chance to get together at the European Market for Music Composition, which has been enjoying heightened success recently thanks in particular to the component entitled "Le troisième personnage" (“The Third Character”, in reference to a quote by Fellini), which enables producers and directors (who have projects that have already been financed) to liaise with composers handpicked by the festival.

(Translated from French)

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