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The 8th Ramdam Film Festival ups its game

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- With some prestigious premieres, the festival is becoming increasingly relevant on the Belgian audiovisual scene

The 8th Ramdam Film Festival ups its game
Gangsta by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Tournai's Ramdam Film Festival is celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, and is quickly becoming a major festival on the Belgian audiovisual scene, thanks in particular to a programming policy that combines prestigious previews with bold choices. The festival opens on Monday with In the Fade [+see also:
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interview: Fatih Akin
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by the German director Fatih Akin, which earned Diane Krüger the award for Best Performance at Cannes. Tournai will also be screening Custody [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Legrand
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by Xavier Legrand (France), awarded twice in Venice, as well as the world premiere of the highly anticipated Gangsta [+see also:
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interview: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fal…
interview: Matteo Simoni
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, the new film by successful duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, a crazy action comedy about a group of layabouts in Antwerp who suddenly find themselves in over their heads with a serious drug deal. Two other Belgian films will also be making their European premiere at Tournai, the debut feature films Carnivores [+see also:
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interview: Jérémie and Yannick Renier
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by actors and brothers Jérémie and Yannick Renier, and Bitter Flowers [+see also:
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interview: Olivier Meys
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by Olivier Meys.

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The public will also have exclusive access to some more or less independent American films that have recently received rave reviews, such as A Ghost Story, The Florida Project, and the new film by Steven Spielberg, The Post, which will be closing the festival.

In terms of European programming, the following films are worth looking out for: Ice Mother [+see also:
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by Bohdan Slama (the Czech candidate for the 2018 Oscars), The Sower [+see also:
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interview: Marine Francen
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by Marine Francen (France), Hannah [+see also:
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by Andrea Pallaoro (Italy), Under the Tree [+see also:
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interview: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
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by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson (Iceland), Sister of Mine [+see also:
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interview: Pedro Aguilera
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by the Spanish director Pedro Aguilera, the black comedy Ugly Nasty People [+see also:
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by Cosimo Gomez (Italy), Pin Cushion [+see also:
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by Deborah Haywood (UK), The Insult [+see also:
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interview: Ziad Doueiri
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by Ziad Doueiri, a French-Libyan-Belgian co-production, I Am Not A Witch [+see also:
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interview: Rungano Nyoni
film profile
]
by Rungano Nyoni (UK/France/Germany), discovered at the Directors' Fortnight, The Captain [+see also:
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interview: Robert Schwentke
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by Robert Schwentke (Germany) selected at San Sebastian, Razzia [+see also:
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interview: Nabil Ayouch
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, the new film by Nabil Ayouch, a French-Moroccan-Belgian co-production, and Dog [+see also:
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]
by Samuel Benchetrit (France), award-winner last autumn at Namur Festival.

(Translated from French)

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