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CINEMED 2020

El cine mediterráneo se reúne en Montpellier

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- A pesar de las medidas sanitarias, la 42a edición del Festival Cinemed tendrá lugar del 16 al 24 de octubre, con nueve largometrajes de ficción luchando por la Antígona de Oro

El cine mediterráneo se reúne en Montpellier
Teddy, de Ludovic y Zoran Boukherma

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Tomorrow will see the fascinating and Venice-approved film The Man Who Sold His Skin [+lee también:
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, by Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania, open the 42nd Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, an edition which is set to unspool between 16 and 24 October in physical form and in full compliance with the health recommendations set out by the public authorities, notably the 9pm – 6am curfew (decided upon last night for eight French cities and the Ile-de-France region) which will come into force on Saturday evening and which has forced the team behind the event to carry out an acrobatic, last-minute re-jig of the festival programme.

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In all, nine fiction feature films will battle it out for the 2020 Antigone d'Or, which will be awarded by a jury presided over by French director Grand Corps Malade. Stealing focus among then are four films selected for Cannes this year: Teddy [+lee también:
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by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma (boasting the Official Selection label), Skies of Lebanon by Chloé Mazlo (Critics’ Week label), Should the Wind Drop [+lee también:
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by Nora Martirosyan (decorated with both the ACID and the Official Selection labels) and Here We Are by Israel’s Nir Bergman (Official Selection label). Likewise in the running are two titles unveiled in Venice’s Orizzoni line-up: Zanka Contact [+lee también:
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by Morocco’s Ismaël El Iraki (a film which scooped the Best Actress trophy on the Lido) and Gaza mon amour [+lee también:
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by Palestinian directors Arab and Tarzan Nasser). Rounding off the showcase are two films discovered in the Berlinale’s Panorama section (Sow the Wind [+lee también:
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by Italy’s Danilo Caputo and Father [+lee también:
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by Serbia’s Srdan Golubovic), not to mention Flashdrive by Turkey’s Dervis Zaim.

Five more fiction features will be screened in Montpellier’s Panorama offering: Padrenostro [+lee también:
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by Italy’s Claudio Noce, The Lamb [+lee también:
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by his compatriot Mario Piredda, Mica by the French director of Moroccan origin Ismaël Ferroukhi, A Thief’s Daughter [+lee también:
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entrevista: Belén Funes
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by Spain’s Belén Funes and Between Heaven and Earth [+lee también:
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by Palestinian filmmaker Najwa Najjar.

Meanwhile, the Documentaries competition will see eight titles pitted against one another, including Fadma: Even Ants Have Wings [+lee también:
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by Belgian-Moroccan director Jawad Rhalib, Acasa, My Home [+lee también:
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entrevista: Radu Ciorniciuc
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by Romania’s Radu Ciorniciuc, Their Algeria [+lee también:
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entrevista: Lina Soualem
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by French-Algerian-Palestinian filmmaker Lina Soualem, A Tunnel by the Georgian duo composed of Nino Orjonikidze and Vano Arsenishvili, Express Scopelitis by Greece’s Emilia Milou, We Are From There by Lebanon’s Wissam Tanios, A Class Story [+lee también:
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by Italian-Swiss director Valerio Jalongo and Parle-moi d’elles by Egypt’s Marianne Khoury.

Rounding off the programme are 13 premieres, in the form of two French feature films adorned with Cannes’ Official Selection label (Red Soil by Farid Bentoumi and The Speech [+lee también:
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by Laurent Tirard), four films coming courtesy of Italian directors (Michele Pennetta’s documentary Il mio corpo [+lee también:
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, decorated with Cannes’ ACID label, Giorgio Diritti’s Berlin-award-winning work Hidden Away [+lee también:
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, Gabriele Muccino’s The Best Years [+lee también:
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and Gianni Amelio’s Hammamet [+lee también:
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), the Spanish titles Rosa’s Wedding [+lee también:
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by Icíar Bollaín and The Endless Trench [+lee también:
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by Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi and José Mari Goenaga, When Tomatoes Met Wagner [+lee también:
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by Greece’s Marianna Economou and a further three French features: À l’abordage ! [+lee también:
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by Guillaume Brac, Zaï Zaï Zaï by François Desagnat, and Margaux Hartmann by Ludovic Bergery which will be presented by actress Emmanuelle Béart, the guest of honour  (who’s also scheduled to deliver a masterclass) at this year’s Cinemed Festival.

Likewise worth a mention are the Special Screenings on the agenda, including that of Fernanda Valadez’s Identifying Features [+lee también:
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and Jean-Patrick Benes’ documentary Le Président d’Yves Jeuland, Le Sens de la famille, which is closing the festival, the line-up dedicated to the complete works of Federico Fellini, the five horror films screening within the La Nuit en Enfer (litt. “Night in Hell”) section, three titles jostling within the Rendez-Vous Fantastiques (litt. “Sci-fi Meetings”) offering, the pat on the back planned for the Toulouse-based animation company TAT Productions, the Cinemed for Children line-up, the short films competition and its associated Panorama section, the festival’s many meetings and, from 20-22 October, the professional event Cinemed Meetings, which Cineuropa will provide further details on at a later stage.

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