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LA ROCHELLE 2018

215 films to be showcased at La Rochelle

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- Running until 8 July, the 46th edition of the festival will showcase Bergman, Bresson, Philippe Faucon, Aki Kaurismäki, Lucrecia Martel and Nick Park

215 films to be showcased at La Rochelle
Dogman by Matteo Garrone

Having always shunned the diktats of competitions and focused its editorial line on a mixture of great films from the past and quality titles from the present, La Rochelle International Film Festival (which beat its attendance record last year with 90,000 attendees) will be opened tonight by Italian director Matteo Garrone’s Dogman [+see also:
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(and will be closed by the French premiere of Soldiers. Story from Ferentari [+see also:
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by Ivana Mladenovic) and will be hosting a very rich programme of 215 films – made up of 160 feature films and 55 short films – until 8 July.

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This year’s retrospective section features 20 feature films by the Swedish maestro, Ingmar Bergman, in celebration of the centenary of his birth. While a second big name in the history of world cinema will also be in the spotlight: the French director Robert Bresson, with an honorary screening of his 13 feature films. Finally, a selection of nine titles is due to showcase "The funny ladies of silent cinema."

This year’s festival is due to pay homage – in their presence – to three brilliant contemporary filmmakers and will be screening the entirety (17 feature films) of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki's filmography, eight French films by Philippe Faucon (including his latest film, Amin [+see also:
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– very popular at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes) and four feature films by Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel. There will also be a programme dedicated to British animation maestro Nick Park with Studios Aardman.

Also on the agenda is the "Ici et Ailleurs" section, devoted to the 41 most popular films of the year. Among them is the world premiere of Au poste! [+see also:
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by the whimsical Quentin Dupieux, as well as French premieres Messi and Maud [+see also:
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by the Dutch director Marleen Jonkman, and documentaries Young Solitude [+see also:
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by Claire Simon (discovered at Berlin), The Dead Nation [+see also:
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by Romanian director Radu Jude and The Other Side of Everything [+see also:
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by Serbian director Mila Turajlic. A plethora of feature films is due to touch down straight from Cannes, including the Palme d'Or winner Une affaire de famille by the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, Best Screenplay winner Happy as Lazzaro [+see also:
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by Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, competitors The Wild Pear Tree [+see also:
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by the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Summer [+see also:
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by Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov and Yomeddine [+see also:
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interview: A.B. Shawky, Dina Emam
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by Egyptian director A.B. Shawky, the scandalous and passionate film The House That Jack Built [+see also:
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interview: Lars von Trier
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by Danish director Lars von Trier, the thrilling Woman at War [+see also:
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interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
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by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, the Un Certain Regard award-winners Donbass [+see also:
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interview: Sergei Loznitsa
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by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa and Sofia [+see also:
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interview: Meryem Benm'Barek
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by Moroccan director Meryem Benm’Barek, Petra [+see also:
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interview: Jaime Rosales
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by the Spanish director Jaime Rosales, Our Struggles [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Senez
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by Belgian director Guillaume Senez, The Harvesters [+see also:
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interview: Etienne Kallos
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by Greek-South African director Etienne Kallos, My Favourite Fabric [+see also:
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by Syrian director Gaya Jiji, The Gentle Indifference of the World [+see also:
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interview: Adilkhan Yerzhanov
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by Adilkhan Yerzhanov from Kazakhstan, and the documentaries Samouni Road [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Savona
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by the Italian director Stefano Savona, Libre [+see also:
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by Michel Toesca, The State Against Nelson Mandela and the Others by Gilles Porte and Nicolas Champeaux, Dead Souls [+see also:
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by Chinese director Wang Bing and Cassandro the Exotico [+see also:
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by Marie Losier.

A top-of-the-range programme complemented, among other things, by a focus on contemporary Bulgarian cinema (on which Cineuropa will be back in more detail), a night of three films starring Christopher Walken and several classics and rarities – an ample film-focused selection that gives La Rochelle Film Festival all its charm.

(Translated from French)

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