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NAMUR 2022

An important French presence at the 37th Namur Film Festival

- The 37th edition of the Namur International French-Language Film Festival will take place from 30 September to 7 October, with a programme of no fewer than 120 films

An important French presence at the 37th Namur Film Festival
The Origin of Evil by Sébastien Marnier

The Namur International French-Language Film Festival (FIFF) will offer nearly 120 films during its upcoming edition, throughout its three main competitive sections. Among them are many French films that have delighted international festivals these past few months. Thus, the Festival will open with great fanfare with a screening of The Innocent [+see also:
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, the new film from Louis Garrel, presented last May in the Cannes Premiere section. The film is among ten titles in the Official Competition. By its side are four other French films: Forever Young [+see also:
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by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, selected in Competition in Cannes; Angry Annie [+see also:
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by Blandine Lenoir, starring the unmissable Laure Calamy, and discovered this summer on the Piazza Grande in Locarno; Laure Calamy is also in The Origin of Evil [+see also:
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by Sébastien Marnier (auteur of the very striking School's Out [+see also:
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), unveiled in Venice; and finally The Gravity [+see also:
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, the second feature film from Cédric Ido, which was also shown in Toronto. In addition to these five French films, we’ll also find the Switzerland-Belgium co-production Last Dance [+see also:
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by Delphine Lehericey (projected on the Piazza Grande in Locarno); the Romanian film (co-produced with Bulgaria) Men of Deeds [+see also:
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by Paul Negoescu, which premiered in Sarajevo; the Rwandan film Father’s Day by Kivu Ruhorahoza, selected at the Berlinale; and finally, two more films first unveiled in Cannes: Return to Seoul [+see also:
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from French-Cambodian filmmaker Davy Chou, and Under the Fig Trees [+see also:
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from Tunisian director Erige Sehiri.

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Since last year, the Festival also includes a competition dedicated to feature debuts, which will bring together ten films. There, too, French productions are well represented, with six selections. We therefore find three films first shown this summer in Angoulême, including two feature debuts from actors-turned-directors: Amore Mio by Guillaume Gouix, Le Marchand de Sable by Steve Achiepo, and Le Sixième Enfant [+see also:
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by Leopold Legrand, which won four awards there. Also programmed are The Worst Ones [+see also:
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, the excellent film from Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, also awarded in Angoulême, but most importantly in Cannes where it won the Un certain regard award; Three Nights A Week [+see also:
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by Florent Gouelou, which open the International Film Critics’ Week in Venice; and Little Ones [+see also:
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by Julie Lerat-Gersant, unveiled in Locarno. Also in the feature debut competition are two documentaries: Le Film de mon père from Swiss filmmaker Jules Guarneri, which premiered at Visions du Réel, and We, Students! [+see also:
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, from the Central African filmmaker of Congolese descent Rafiki Fariala, and which premiered in Berlin. This section will also welcome the Tunisian film Ashkal [+see also:
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by Youssef Chebbi, shown in Directors’ Fortnight, and finally the Belgian film Dalva [+see also:
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by Emmanuelle Nicot, which won the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award,  the Fipresci prize and the Rail d’or at the last Critics’ Week in Cannes. 

The Festival also features a Short Film Competition which will gather 25 films, a large programme for young audiences, as well as many events for professionals. 

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