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European thrillers showcased in Beaune

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European thrillers showcased in Beaune

There’s an impressive line-up for the 1st Beaune International Thriller Film Festival, which kicks off today and runs through April 5.

The event is sponsored by a group of 15 patrons dubbed Cercle Rouge (“Red Circle”), which includes Claude Miller, Alain Corneau, Olivier Marchal, Pierre Jolivet, Frédéric Schoendoerffer and Claude Chabrol (president of the competition jury). The guest of honour will be US actor-director Robert Duvall.

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There are nine titles in competition. These include the opening film In the Electric Mist [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Tavernier
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by Bertrand Tavernier (release date: April 15); Andrea Molaioli’s The Girl by the Lake [+see also:
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(2008 David di Donatello Award for Best Italian Film); Erik Van Looy’s Belgian blockbuster Loft [+see also:
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; Henrik Ruben Genz’s multiple award-winning Danish feature Terribly Happy [+see also:
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(lauded at Karlovy Vary, among other festivals); Scottish director Richard Jobson’s New Town Killers [+see also:
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; Agustin Diaz Yanes’ Spanish hit Just Walking [+see also:
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; and Jag Mundhra’s UK co-production Shoot on Sight.

The Sang Neuf (“New Blood”) section – whose jury is headed by Etienne Chatiliez – also features some quality films. These include Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s UK production Bronson [+see also:
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(release date: June 17); French director Fabienne Godet’s excellent documentary My Greatest Escape [+see also:
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(release date: April 8); UK film Helen [+see also:
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interview: Joe Lawlor and Christine M…
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by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy; Italian director Edoardo Winspeare’s Galantuomini [+see also:
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(unveiled at the Rome Film Festival - see review); and Austrian filmmaker Wolfgang Murnberger’s The Bone Man [+see also:
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, which was discovered in the Panorama section at the Berlinale.

Screening out of competition are the highly anticipated OSS 117, Rio ne répond plus [+see also:
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(“OSS 117: No Response from Rio”, release date: April 15) by France’s Michel Hazanavicius; and What No One Knows [+see also:
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by Denmark’s Soren Kragh-Jacobsen.

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(Translated from French)

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