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ANGOULÊME 2019

All eyes are on the 2019 Valois d'Or at Angoulême

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- Ten titles in competition and a slew of premieres await audiences at the 12th edition of the Francophone Film Festival, which will unspool from 20-25 August

All eyes are on the 2019 Valois d'Or at Angoulême
My Stupid Dog by Yvan Attal

Tomorrow, My Stupid Dog by Yvan Attal (an adaptation of the John Fante novel of the same name starring the director himself as well as Charlotte Gainsbourg) will have the honour of opening the 12th edition of the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival (20-25 August 2019) as a premiere screening, out of competition. Angoulême has become a very popular event for French distributors, who get the opportunity to test out their films before they are released in theatres after the summer holidays.

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Chaired by British actress Jacqueline Bisset (and also including such names as Swiss filmmaker Bettina Oberli and French director Louis-Julien Petit), the competition jury will be tasked with weighing up the ten contenders for the 2019 Valois d'Or. Four Cannes titles are in the running (Papicha [+see also:
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by Algeria’s Mounia Meddour, Adam [+see also:
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by Morocco’s Maryam Touzani, You Deserve a Lover [+see also:
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by France’s Hafsia Herzi and the animated flick The Swallows of Kabul [+see also:
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by her fellow countryfolk Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec), in addition to Lola [+see also:
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 by Belgium’s Laurent Micheli and four other movies by French helmers: Place des victoires by Yoann Guillouzouic, In the Name of the Land [+see also:
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by Édouard Bergeon and two features that were unveiled on the Piazza Grande at Locarno (The Girl with a Bracelet [+see also:
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by Stéphane Demoustier and Camille [+see also:
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by Boris Lojkine). The selection is rounded off by Canada’s Louis Bélanger and his Vivre à 100 milles à l’heure.

Standing out among the plethora of premiere screenings are movies such as Happy Birthday [+see also:
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 by Cédric Kahn, Someone, Somewhere [+see also:
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by Cédric Klapisch, Three Days and a Life [+see also:
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by Nicolas Boukhrief, The Dazzled by Sara Suco, Je voudrais que quelqu’un m’attende quelque part by Arnaud Viard, Fahim by Pierre-François Martin-Laval, Spread Your Wings by Nicolas Vanier, The Fool [+see also:
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by Jalil Lespert, L’Esprit de famille by Éric Besnard, Je ne rêve que de vous by Laurent Heynemann, the animated film (first revealed at Cannes) The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily [+see also:
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by Italy’s Lorenzo Mattotti and the documentary Le Regard de Charles by Marc Domenico, which will bring the gathering to a close.

Also of note are the “event screening” of School Life [+see also:
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by Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir; the Les Flamboyants programme, which includes the Cannes-awarded Atlantics [+see also:
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interview: Mati Diop
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by Mati Diop and Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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by Céline Sciamma, as well as The Holy Family [+see also:
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by Louis-do de Lencquesaing; a section entitled Premiers rendez-vous, with Truk [+see also:
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by Sarah Marx (unveiled at Venice last year, where it bore the French title L’Enkas), Frères d'arme [+see also:
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by Sylvain Labrosse, Long Time No See by Pierre Filmon and La Dernière Vie de Simon by Léo Karmann; and a number of special screenings, including Burning Ghost [+see also:
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by Stéphane Batut, Of Love and Lies [+see also:
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 by Julien Rappeneau, the Cannes title La Belle Époque [+see also:
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by Nicolas Bedos, Vagabondes by Philippe Dajoux, and Des gens bien [+see also:
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by Bruno Lopez and Emmanuel Vieilly.

Notre Dame [+see also:
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by Valérie Donzelli (premiered on the Piazza Grande at Locarno) and La Vertu des Impondérables by Claude Lelouch (who will also be giving a master class) will be presented as part of the Ciné & Concerts strand, while the selection of documentaries will encompass FilmmakErs by Julie Gayet and Mathieu Busson, Le Dernier Poumon du Monde by Yamina Benguigui, Rendre la justice by Robert Salis, and Philippe R Doumic, sous son regard, l’étincelle by Laurence Doumic and Sébastien Cauchon.

The rich and varied programme of this 12th edition of the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival will also feature a focus on distributors (dubbed Bijoux de famille, or “Family Jewels”) dedicated to Haut et Court, a director focus on Nabil Ayouch (who will give a master class to boot), and tributes to French director Michel Deville and Luxembourgish cinema (see the news).

(Translated from French)

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