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FIDMARSEILLE 2018

150 films to be showcased at FIDMarseille

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- From 10-16 July, Marseille will host the 29th edition of its festival, with such big names as Isabelle Huppert and Albert Serra topping the bill

150 films to be showcased at FIDMarseille
Roi Soleil by Albert Serra

Tomorrow marks the start of the 29th FIDMarseille, which will unspool until 16 July, presenting an opulent programme of 150 films hailing from 37 countries, 27 of which will enjoy their world premieres across its four competitive sections. In addition, this year, the Marseille International Film Festival’s godmother is none other than Isabelle Huppert, who will have a tribute dedicated to her through a clutch of 13 films and who will also lead a master class.

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Standing out among the 15 titles (13 of which will be having their world premieres) taking part in the international competition (judged by a jury chaired by Brazilian filmmaker Paula Gaitán) is Roi Soleil [+see also:
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 by Spaniard Albert Serra. Following Honour of the Knights (Quixotic) [+see also:
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 (Directors’ Fortnight 2006), Birdsong (Directors’ Fortnight 2008), The Lord Worked Wonders in Me (out of competition at Locarno in 2011), Story of My Death [+see also:
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 (Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2013) and Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
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 (unveiled as a Special Screening at Cannes in 2016), the Catalan filmmaker has once again decided to take on the figure of King Louis XIV, this time entrusting the role to a non-professional actor and dramatically scaling back the setting of the palace to the bare minimum. The movie delivers a reflection of the aristocracy, billed as lying somewhere between the sublime and the ludicrous, between the derisory and derision, and between Buñuel and Dalí. The feature, which flirts with recording performance art, was produced by Andergraun Films.

Also duking it out are Summerhouse [+see also:
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 by Croatia’s Damir CucicPaul est mort [+see also:
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 by France’s Antoni Collot, the Belgian-Norwegian production Second Time Around [+see also:
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 by Dora Garcia, the Belgian-French production Mitra by Jorge LeónOf Time and the Sea [+see also:
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 by Peter Sant (Malta/UK), Reporting from Darkness [+see also:
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 by Elvin Adigozel (Azerbaijan/France), Tomorrow [+see also:
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 by Belarus’ Yuliya Shatun and two German titles: short film Backyard by Khaled Abdulwahed and Out of the Gardens [+see also:
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by Quimu Casalprim. The international competition is rounded off by two Chilean films, a Brazilian one, a South Korean one and a medium-length title, J by Gaetano Liberti (Bosnia/Italy).

As for the French competition (the jury for which will be chaired by actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart), ten world premieres are on the menu, including the features Les Grands Squelettes by Philippe Ramos (the new opus by the director of Captain Achab [+see also:
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The Silence of Joan [+see also:
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Farewell Homeland and Mad Love [+see also:
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, which is toplined by Melvil Poupaud), Goldilocks Planets [+see also:
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 by Gaël LepingleNo Key by Pascale BodetA Smoky Season [+see also:
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by Quentin Papapietro, Carwash by Claude Schmitz and Flesh Memory by Jacky Goldberg.

Two other competitive sections form part of FIDMarseille, one for debut films and the other under the auspices of the National Association of Research Cinemas (including, most notably, Obscuro Barroco [+see also:
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by Evangelia Kranioti, which was revealed this year in Berlin’s Panorama Dokumente, and Drift [+see also:
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 by Germany’s Helena Wittmann).

Worth mentioning among the myriad works being screened as part of the "Parallel Screens" programme are the impressive Dead Souls [+see also:
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 by Wang Bing (unveiled as a Special Screening at Cannes in May), who will be in attendance at the gathering, and among the special screenings, Samouni Road [+see also:
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 by Italy’s Stefano Savona (winner of the Golden Eye for Best Documentary on the Croisette), who will be serving up advice (flanked by DoP Caroline Champetier) for the benefit of the 16 young filmmakers selected to take part in the FIDCampus.

Also worth highlighting are the work-in-progress version of Charge Corporelle (working title) by Florence Lazar (produced by Sister Productions) and, as part of Doc Alliance (a partnership between FIDMarseille, CPH:DOX, DocLisboa, DOK Leipzig, Jihlava IDFF, Docs Against Gravity and Visions du Réel), the screenings of Interior by Camila Rodríguez Triana (Colombia/France) and Srbenka [+see also:
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by Croatia’s Nebojša Slijepčević. Lastly, on 12 and 13 July, industry professionals will be heading to the tenth edition of the FIDLab co-production support platform (see the news).

(Translated from French)

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