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CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES 2021

The Champs-Elysées Film Festival blows out the candles on its 10th birthday cake

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- The Paris event dedicated to French and US independent film celebrates its 10th edition, running 14 – 21 September

The Champs-Elysées Film Festival blows out the candles on its 10th birthday cake
The Braves by Anaïs Volpé

Today will see Cannes competitor The Restless [+see also:
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, by Belgian director Joachim Lafosse, screening out of competition in the opening slot of the 10th Champs-Elysées Film Festival, an event which is set to unspool in person only, in cinemas dotted along this famous Parisian avenue, following a 2020 edition which unfolded entirely online on account of the pandemic.

Presided over by French filmmaker Thomas Lilti, who’s flanked by fellow directors Elie Wajeman and Aurel, the actress Agathe Rousselle (Titane [+see also:
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) and the musician Yaël Naïm, the feature film jury will deliver its verdict on two competitions dedicated to independent film, one consisting of eight American films and the other boasting an equivalent number of French titles. The latter will notably showcase The Braves [+see also:
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by Anaïs Volpé (discovered in the latest Directors’ Fortnight), Mi iubita, mon amour [+see also:
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by Noémie Merlant (likewise discovered on the Croisette in an Official Selection Special Screening), The World After Us [+see also:
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interview: Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas
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by Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas (the revelation of the Berlinale’s 2021 Panorama section), Atomic Summer [+see also:
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by Gaël Lépingle and Trop d’amour by Frankie Wallach. Three documentaries are also in the running: We [+see also:
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interview: Alice Diop
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by Alice Diop (awarded the Grand Prize within the Berlinale’s Encounters competition), Ladies of the Wood [+see also:
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by Claus Drexel (which scooped FIPADOC’s National Grand Prize) and L’Énergie positive des dieux by Laetitia Møller.

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Rounded off by two short film competitions, an ACID “carte blanche” section (featuring I Comete – A Corsican Summer [+see also:
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interview: Pascal Tagnati
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by Pascal Tagnatti, Down with the King by Diego Ongaro and the documentary Soy Libre [+see also:
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by Laure Portier), a Riot Girls line-up (exploring the 1980s underground scene as filmed by women), various retrospectives celebrating 10 years of independence for this festival founded by Sophie Dulac, and a tribute to American director Jim Cummings, which he is set to attend in person, the event will ultimately be closed by Zero Fucks Given [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Marre and Julie Le…
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(unveiled in July during Cannes’ Critics’ Week) courtesy of Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre.

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(Translated from French)

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