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European talents at Premiers Plans

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The official selection was revealed yesterday for the 18th festival Premiers Plans at Angers which runs from 20 -29 January 2006. On the programme for the event dedicated to young European cinema, the feature competition shows off eight filmmakers, for the most part this year having stood out at the big festivals. Heading the bill is Bodhan Slama with Something Like Happiness [+see also:
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interview: Bohdan Slama
interview: Pavel Strnad
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(Stesti), winner at San Sebastian and its country’s candidate in the run in for the Oscar 2006 Best Foreign Film (read Focus dedicated to the film by Cineuropa). Also screening at San Sebastian, Sauf le respect que je vous dois by Frenchwoman Fabienne Godet will bring to Angers her impressive cast for a first feature: Olivier Gourmet, Dominique Blanc, Marion Cotillard and Julie Depardieu. Produced by Le Bureau Films with a budget of 1,99 million euros including 420 000 euros of Advance on Receipts National Film Centre (CNC), the film will be distributed in France on the 15th February 2006 by Haut et Court.

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The 2006 competition at Premiers Plans will also see the participation of young Belgian Fien Troch, recent winner at Thessalonica with Someone Else's Happiness [+see also:
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, produced by Prime Time with Dutch Motel Films and aided to the tune of 625 000 euros by Flemish Audiovisual Fund. Also in the running is Pavee Lackeen, The traveller girl [+see also:
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by Irishman Perry Ogden, at first feature much appreciated at the Venice Mostra (read compte-rendu and the interview) and the German-Austrian co-production Schläfer by Benjamin Heisenberg, screened at Cannes 2005 in the section Un Certain Regard (consult critique). The line-up for 2006 at the festival in Angers is completed by The Passenger by François Rotger (France - Canada - Japan) which was screened in the section Filmmakers of the Present at Locarno, by the Swiss-Rumanian co-productionRyna [+see also:
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by Ruxandra Zenide (awarded at Cottbus, Bordeaux, Genève and Mannheim-Heidelberg) and by Melegin Düsüsü (La Chute de l'ange) by Turc Semih Kaplanoglu.

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(Translated from French)

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