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GENEVA 2019

A myriad of guests to attend the 25th edition of the Geneva International Film Festival

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- A prestigious, international line-up will grace the Swiss festival this year

A myriad of guests to attend the 25th edition of the Geneva International Film Festival
An Officer and a Spy by Roman Polanski

On the dawn of its quarter-century of life, the Geneva Film Festival (GIFF) is pushing the boat out and looking to the future with undeniable enthusiasm.

From the 1st to the 10th of November, Geneva will sparkle, as it does every year, under the bright lights of the GIFF, now an unmissable event for cinephiles, industry professionals or, quite simply, the curious. Digital projects, special screenings and gatherings linked to the seventh art and to television will all bolster the offering of the GIFF, which will be welcoming, for its 25th edition, prestigious guests such as Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval, Park Chan-wook, David Cronenberg, Clotilde Courau and Costa-Gavras, not to mention Tom Fontana, Elia Suleiman, Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction screenwriter) and Rebecca Zlotowski, among many others.

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One hundred and eighty hitherto unknown works and a number of surprises await the audience, who will become more closely aquainted with forms of media which are still unfamiliar to many, such as VR cinema or immersive cinema (The Deserted by Tsai Ming-liang), as well as gaining exclusive access to the more traditional audiovisual forms, namely TV series (Catch-22, produced by and starring George Clooney) and film premieres courtesy of emblematic directors such as Roman Polanski, with An Officer and a Spy [+see also:
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, and Edward Norton, with his work Motherless Brooklyn.

Xavier Dolan will receive the Geneva Award and will be the focus of a unique retrospective within his genre, where he will present the Swiss premiere of his latest film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan [+see also:
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, before topping it all off with a hotly anticipated Masterclass.

This year’s digital offering will be bolstered by sixty digital projects, more or less, and a new VR cinema/room (a real 360° film auditorium).

The Festival will offer up a raft of long-awaited films, such as Perfect Nanny by Lucie Borleteau, The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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, a portrait of the mafia by Marco Bellocchio, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea [+see also:
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by Syllas Tzoumerkas and It Must Be Heaven [+see also:
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interview: Elia Suleiman
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by Elia Suleiman. Lastly, as regards the feature films in competition, over half of them are productions or co-productions of European origin: Koko-di Koko-da [+see also:
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interview: Johannes Nyholm
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by Johannes Nyholm (Sweden/Denmark), Martin Eden [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello
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by Italy’s Pietro Marcello (Italy/France/Germany), Burning Ghosts [+see also:
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by French director Stéphane Batut, Tlamess [+see also:
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interview: Ala Eddine Slim
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by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia/France), which was presented at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, and the Russian works Beanpole [+see also:
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by Kantemir Balagov (crowned Best Director in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section) and The Bull [+see also:
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by Boris Akopov (selected for the Karlovy Vary Film Festival).

(Translated from Italian)

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