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Luxembourg City Film Festival: a remarkable programme in the Grand Duchy

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- For its eighth edition, the event has brought together a wide variety of films, events and meetings

Luxembourg City Film Festival: a remarkable programme in the Grand Duchy
Gutland by Govinda Van Maele

The programme of the 8th Luxembourg City Film Festival (22 February to 4 March) was unveiled at a press conference marked by a public screening of the latest film by Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread. The screening was held in the presence of the Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps, who has caused a stir with her remarkable performance alongside co-star, Daniel Day-Lewis.

Traditional official competitions divide feature films and documentary films into two sections, offering film lovers a chosen selection of film productions from all over the globe. Among the ten fiction features in competition for the festival's Grand Prix are productions from Luxembourg (Gutland [+see also:
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by Govinda Van Maele), Romania (Pororoca [+see also:
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by Constantin Popescu), the United Kingdom (Lean on Pete [+see also:
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by Andrew Haigh), Greece (Pity [+see also:
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by Babis Makridis), Denmark (Holiday [+see also:
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by Isabella Eklöf), Israel (Foxtrot [+see also:
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by Samuel Maoz), Indonesia (Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts [+see also:
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by Mouly Surya), Iran (Disappearance by Ali Asgari), China (Free and Easy by Geng Jun), and Australia (Sweet Country by Warwick Thornton). Filmmaker Atom Egoyan will also be returning to chair the international jury at this year’s festival. 

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The six feature films in competition for the Documentary Prize deal with topics that resonate with the most recent headlines, from modern slavery (A Woman Captured [+see also:
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by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter) to terrorism (Of Fathers and Sons [+see also:
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by Talal Derki) the training of athletes in Russia (Over the Limit [+see also:
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by Marta Prus), the reigning violence in Mexico (La libertad del diablo by Everardo González), and the Spanish economic crisis (Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle [+see also:
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by Gustavo Salmerón). Artistic Director of Chicago Film Festival, Mimi Plauché will be chairing the jury for the documentary competition. 

In addition to the programming of films aimed at young audiences, the Made in/with Luxembourg category will be judging national film productions and a special evening will also be dedicated to short films made in the area. Launched in 2017, the Virtual Reality Pavilion will be reopening on 21 February at the Casino Luxembourg-Forum d'Art contemporain. It's also worth noting that Atom Egoyan will be holding a masterclass at the Cinémathèque du Luxembourg (24 February), and many renowned guests are expected to make an appearance, such as Volker Schlöndorff, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival for The Tin Drum in 1979. The German filmmaker will be holding a masterclass with the critic Michel Ciment on Saturday 3 March. Outside the city walls, guests can also discover - or revisit – a film by Clement Cogitore, shot in Siberia (Braguino, 2017), an original exhibition of films that are yet to be made at the Galerie des Rotondes (Expo PITCH), and an exhibition dedicated to the illustrator John Howe at Cercle Cité (There and back again. Visions de Tolkien et d’ailleurs, on display until 18 March 2018).

Year after year, Luxembourg City Film Festival gains in popularity and visibility. It has a bright future ahead, at the forefront of technical and aesthetic innovation.

(Translated from French)

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