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EFA, Sundance and Golden Globes: French cinema gets around

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French co-productions were lauded at the European Film Awards held in Berlin on Saturday.

France was honoured as Alexandre Desplat (article) received the award for Best European Composer for The Queen [+see also:
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and Best European actor went to Sasson Gabai for Eran Kolirin’s The Band’s Visit [+see also:
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, a feature co-produced by France and Israel and financed by Sophie Dulac, who will release the film in French cinemas on December 19.

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Alain Resnais received the Fipresci Award for Best European Film 2007 for Private Fears in Public Places [+see also:
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; Rithy Panh won Best European Documentary (news) for Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers and Margaret Ménégoz (producer at Films du Losange and president of Unifrance) won the first Eurimages Award for Co-production, shared with Veit Heiduschka (Wega Films).

The Sundance Festival (January 17-27, 2008) announced its selection for the World Cinema Dramatic section. Selected films include Samuel Benchetrit’s I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster [+see also:
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(see Special Report) and French/British/Lebanese co-production Under the Bombs [+see also:
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by Philippe Aractingi.

In the New Frontier section, screenings will include Eat, For This Is My Body [+see also:
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by Michelange Quay starring Sylvie Testud and the animated collective film Fear(s) of the Dark [+see also:
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, while the Park City at Midnight section will unveil Michael Haneke's much-awaited US remake of his Funny Games [+see also:
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, starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Michael Pitt and co-produced by France's Celluloïd Dreams.

Lastly, there are eight French films among the 61 hopefuls for the Golden Globe 2008 nominations for Best Foreign Language Film. Contenders include Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en Rose [+see also:
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, Persepolis [+see also:
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by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (see Focus), Pascale Ferran’s Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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, Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [+see also:
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, Patrice Leconte’s My Best Friend [+see also:
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, Claude Lelouch’s Crossed Tracks [+see also:
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, Julie Gavras’s Blame It On Fidel! [+see also:
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and Laurent Tirard’s Molière [+see also:
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The nominations will be announced on December 13 and the awards ceremony will be held on January 13.

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(Translated from French)

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