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Men Standing in competition at Turin

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Men Standing in competition at Turin

Opening today with Lola Doillon’s In Your Hands [+see also:
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(see ), the 28th Turin Film Festival, headed by Gianni Amelio, has one French film in its 16-strong competition line-up: Jérémy Gravayat’s Men Standing.

This debut feature, on the border between fiction and documentary, retraces the fragmentary, real or imagined stories of three characters who lived and worked in a former working-class industrial area of Lyon. This subject could win over the jury presided by Marco Bellocchio, and comprising Michel Ciment, among others.

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Featuring Hassan Guaid, Romuald Fogolin and Amor Boughanmi, Men Standing (also lensed and edited by the director) takes an original look at the question of working-class memory. "Walking through the factory ruins, remembering the repeated movements. Hearing the voices of workers gathered in the courtyard and the silence of the halted machinery. Wandering through the city’s muddy building sites, going off in search of a job. Knocking stones and bricks, watching things slowly collapse. Finding places, entering, changing the locks and connecting the electricity. Gathering together during the night, lighting a fire, building new shelters. Always telling the same story: the one that keeps men standing."

Produced by Les Inattendus, Men Standing received backing from Acsé, the Rhône-Alpes Region and the City of Lyon.

The Turin competition also includes two French co-productions: Julio Hernández Cordón’s Marimbas from Hell (Guatemala/France/Mexico – Les Films du Requin); and Anahí Berneri’s It’s Your Fault (Argentina/France – Tu Vas Voir).

In the Figure nel Paesaggio (“Figures in the Landscape”) sidebar, screenings of the following films are also planned: Mathieu Amalric’s Cannes prize-winner On Tour [+see also:
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interview: Mathieu Amalric
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; Christopher Thompson’s Bus Palladium [+see also:
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; Christophe Honoré’s Man at Bath [+see also:
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; and co-productions Mysteries of Lisbon [+see also:
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by Raoul Ruiz, Kaboom [+see also:
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by Gregg Araki and Neds [+see also:
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by Peter Mullan.

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(Translated from French)

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