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ANGOULÊME 2020

Angoulême unveils a tantalising line-up

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- An armload of new works - notably several films bearing the Cannes 73 Label - will be unveiled at the 13th Angoulême Francophone Film Festival, unspooling 28 August – 2 September

Angoulême unveils a tantalising line-up
My Donkey, My Lover and I by Caroline Vignal

Pushed back by a week as a result of the health crisis, today saw the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival (FFA) unveil the bulk of its programme for its 13th edition (running 28 August – 2 September this year). A highly valued event for French distributors who like to test their films here, in front of large audiences, and to use the occasion as a springboard in France before releasing their works in the autumn, the festival steered by Dominique Besnehard and Marie-France Brière will chiefly be offering a competition, as per usual, whose jury will this time be presided over by the duo Gustave Kervern - Benoît Delépine (whose new opus Delete History [+see also:
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- honoured with a Special Prize Silver Bear at the Berlinale in February - will open the festival out-of-competition two days after its release in French cinemas), who will be assisted by Manele Labidi, Elsa Zylberstein, Claude Barras and Marc Zinga, among others.

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Set to battle it out for the 2020 Valois d’Or are three titles bearing the Cannes 73 Official Selection Label (My Donkey, My Lover and I [+see also:
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by Caroline Vignal, My Best Part by Nicolas Maury and The Big Hit by Emmanuel Courcol), but also Éléonore by Amro Hamzawi (read our article), L’Étreinte by Ludovic Bergery (article), Small Country: An African Childhood [+see also:
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by Éric Barbier and L’Ennemi by Belgium’s Stephan Streker. The three remaining titles (the selected Quebec opus in particular) will be revealed at a later date.

Four world premières will be on the agenda as part of the Carte Blanche initiative for French films awarded the Cannes Critics’ Week Label this year: Skies of Lebanon by Chloé Mazlo (starring Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher), Gold for Dogs by Anna Cazenave Cambet, hotly anticipated fantasy film The Swarm by Just Philippot and Beasts by Naël Marandin (starring Diane Rouxel, Jalil Lespert, Olivier Gourmet and Finnegan Oldfield).

A generous helping of previews are also in the offing, including Home Front by Belgium’s Lucas Belvaux (awarded with the Cannes 73 Official Selection Label), Old Fashioned by Antonin Peretjatko, Appearances by Marc Fitoussi, 5ème Set by Quentin Reynaud, The Rose Maker by Pierre Pinaud, Sœurs by Yamina Benguigui (starring Isabelle Adjani, Rachida Brakni, Maïwenn and Hafsia Herzi), Night Shift [+see also:
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by Anne Fontaine (discovered out-of-competition in Berlin), The Case by Bernard Stora, Poly by Nicolas Vanier, The ABCs of Love by Noémie Saglio, 30 jours max by Tarek Boudali, Miss by Ruben Alves and Mama Weed [+see also:
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by Jean-Paul Salomé (selected to close the festival).

Similarly deserving of attention is the traditional distributor focus (dubbed Family Jewels) which will this year be dedicated to Ad Vitam, the tribute set to be paid to the much missed Anna Karina, the inauguration of a new documentaries section (notably showcasing The Squad #notheretodance [+see also:
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by Stéphanie Gillard), the presentation of Spring Blossom [+see also:
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by Suzanne Lindon (awarded the Cannes 73 Official Selection Label and likewise topping the bill in Toronto), among other works, within the Premiers Rendez-Vous programme, and the screening of the first two episodes of Call My Agent!, Season 4.

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(Translated from French)

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