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200 films to be showcased at the La Rochelle International Film Festival

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- Unspooling from 28 June-7 July, the 47th edition will pay tribute to Dario Argento, Caroline Champetier, Jessica Hausner, Jean-François Laguionie and Elia Suleiman, among others

200 films to be showcased at the La Rochelle International Film Festival
It Must Be Heaven by Elia Suleiman

Today marks the opening of the 47th La Rochelle International Film Festival, a popular non-competitive film gathering (which recorded 86,000 admissions last year) offering a high-quality yet very eclectic menu. Running until 7 July, the event (the patron of which this year is Canadian actress Alexandra Stewart) will present around 200 movies, including the opening film, the Cannes-awarded It Must Be Heaven [+see also:
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by Elia Suleiman. The festival will pay tribute not only to the Palestinian filmmaker (with a screening of all four of his features to date), but also to cult Italian helmer Dario Argento (with nine of his movies and the documentary Dario Argento: Soupirs dans un corridor lointain [+see also:
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by Jean-Baptiste Thoret), French DoP Caroline Champetier (seven films), Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner (all five of her features, including Little Joe [+see also:
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, which won the Best Actress Award at Cannes in May) and French animation director Jean-François Laguionie (eight short films and six features, including the premiere of The Prince’s Journey [+see also:
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, which he co-directed with Xavier Picard), all of whom will be in attendance.

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Other highlights on the line-up include a focus on Icelandic cinema, with 13 films that have been made since 2008 (including A White, White Day [+see also:
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by Hlynur Pálmason, which earned actor Ingvar E Sigurðsson the Rising Star Award in the 2019 Cannes Critics’ Week), ten silent films by Swede Victor Sjöström (ten movies), retrospectives dedicated to French-US actor Charles Boyer (five films), US filmmaker Arthur Penn (ten movies) and Ukrainian director Kira Mouratova (six films), plus a section dubbed "Demented Slapstick" with Louis de Funès (ten titles) and Jim Carrey (six movies).

Standing out in the "Near and Afar" section, featuring 46 firm favourites from the year so far, is a slew of Cannes titles: Atlantics [+see also:
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by Mati Diop, Les Misérables [+see also:
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interview: Ladj Ly
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by Ladj Ly, Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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by Céline Sciamma, Bacurau [+see also:
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interview: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juli…
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by Brazilian duo Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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by Italy’s Marco Bellocchio, Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud Desplechin
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by Arnaud Desplechin, The Whistlers [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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by Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu, Sorry We Missed You [+see also:
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Q&A: Ken Loach
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by Brit Ken Loach, Fire Will Come [+see also:
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interview: Óliver Laxe
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by French-Spanish director Oliver Laxe, On a Magical Night [+see also:
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interview: Christophe Honoré
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by Christophe Honoré, Alice and the Mayor [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Pariser
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by Nicolas Pariser, An Easy Girl [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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by Rebecca Zlotowski, Oleg [+see also:
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interview: Juris Kursietis
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by Latvia’s Juris Kursietis, Tlamess [+see also:
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interview: Ala Eddine Slim
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by Tunisia’s Ala Eddine Slim, Burning Ghost [+see also:
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by Stéphane Batut, Blind Spot [+see also:
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by Patrick-Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic, and the documentaries Living and Knowing You’re Alive [+see also:
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by Alain Cavalier and Kongo [+see also:
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by Hadrien La Vapeur and Corto Vaclav. Also of note are the Romanian films Monsters. [+see also:
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interview: Marius Olteanu
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by Marius Olteanu and A Decent Man [+see also:
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interview: Hadrian Marcu
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by Hadrian Marcu (both as-yet unreleased in France), as well as the animated feature Marona’s Fantastic Tale [+see also:
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by their fellow countrywoman Anca Damian, Flesh Out [+see also:
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by Italy’s Michela Occhipinti, Stitches [+see also:
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interview: Miroslav Terzić
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by Serbia’s Miroslav Terzić, The Souvenir [+see also:
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by Brit Joanna Hogg and the Dutch doc Miel-Emile [+see also:
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by Peter van Houten, not to mention Rojo [+see also:
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interview: Benjamín Naishtat
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by Benjamín Naishtat, Belmonte [+see also:
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by Federico Veiroj, Monos [+see also:
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by Alejandro Landes and the documentary Talking About Trees [+see also:
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by Suhaib Gasmelbari.

(Translated from French)

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