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ANGOULÊME 2021

The 14th fight for the Valois d’Or kicks off in Angoulême

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- Boasting an abundant programme featuring a competition composed of ten titles, this year’s edition of the Francophone Film Festival is unspooling 24–29 August

The 14th fight for the Valois d’Or kicks off in Angoulême
Eiffel by Martin Bourboulon

Today’s European premiere of Martin Bourboulon’s Eiffel [+see also:
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is opening the 14th Angoulême Francophone Film Festival (FFA), which is now unfolding until 29 August. The event will be closed by Marc Dugain’s Eugénie Grandet [+see also:
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and is once again offering up a bumper line-up, including a competition comprising ten titles and set to be deliberated upon by a jury led by Nicole Garcia (flanked by actor Reda Kateb, director Antonin Baudry, rapper Oxmo Puccino and novelist Marie Ndiaye, among other names).

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Three notable titles battling it out for the 2021 Valois d’Or were unveiled to audiences in Cannes last month: A Tale of Love and Desire [+see also:
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by Leyla Bouzid, Softie [+see also:
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by Samuel Theis (both of which were well-received in Critics’ Week) and the French-Belgian production Our Men [+see also:
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by Rachel Lang (which closed the Directors’ Fortnight).

Likewise in the running for the award are Rose [+see also:
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by Aurélie Saada (handed a trophy on Locarno’s Piazza Grande), The Family by Fabien Gorgeart, Ils sont vivants by Jérémie Elkaïm, Black Box [+see also:
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by Yann Gozlan, Le chemin du bonheur by Luxemburg’s Nicolas Steil, the brilliant Night of the Kings [+see also:
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by Philippe Lacôte and Une révision by Canada’s Catherine Therrien.

18 premieres are also stealing focus on the agenda, including Cannes competitor Paris, 13th District [+see also:
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by Jacques Audiard, another two titles unveiled on the Croisette (during Critics’ Week) in the form of Anais in Love [+see also:
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by Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet and A Radiant Girl [+see also:
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by Sandrine Kiberlain, not to mention Drift Away [+see also:
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by Xavier Beauvois (well received in competition in Berlin), The Man in the Basement by Philippe Le Guay, Third Grade by Jacques Doillon, The Young Lovers by Carine Tardieu, Le Test by Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud, Beautiful Minds by the directorial duo Bernard Campan and Alexandre Jollien, On est fait pour s’entendre by Pascal Elbé, and Aline, The Voice of Love [+see also:
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by Valérie Lemercier (screened out of competition in Cannes).The section going by the name of Les Flamboyants will present Chère Léa by Jérôme Bonnell, alongside two Cannes films (competitor The Restless [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse and Love Songs for Tough Guys [+see also:
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by Samuel Benchetrit), while the Premiers Rendez-Vous line-up includes Besties by Marion Desseigne Ravel, Pierre et Jeanne by Clémentine Célarié and L’horizon by Émilie Carpentier.

There’s also a new section in the festival line-up: Les Nouveaux Regards, which will showcase The Braves [+see also:
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by Anaïs Volpé (discovered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight), Roaring 20s [+see also:
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by Elisabeth Vogler (which scooped an award in Tribeca), Les lendemains de veille by Loïc Paillard and Savage Days by David Lanzmann.

The remainder of the festival’s copious programme further boasts a documentary section, various screening events (notably involving Cannes titles Jane by Charlotte [+see also:
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by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Freda [+see also:
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by Haiti’s Gessica Généus), the usual Bijoux de Famille distributor focus which will be dedicated to Memento Distribution, a spotlight on the work of director Martin Provost (who is set to deliver a masterclass, alongside Nicole Garcia and costume designer Catherine Leterrier), a tribute to Algerian cinema (showcasing La famille by Merzak Allouache, and Lina Soualem’s documentary Their Algeria [+see also:
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, to name just two), a mega screening for Denis Imbert’s Vicky and Her Mystery [+see also:
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, and a Ciné & Concerts agenda featuring Fabrice Maruca’s Si on chantait and two films discovered in Cannes: the energetic Casablanca Beats [+see also:
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by Nabil Ayouch, and Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu’s side-splitting flick Tralala [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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