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Auxerre at the heart of film music

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The 6th international festival Music and Cinema, opened last night in Auxerre, the only event dedicated exclusively to film music in Europe. Launched with a screening of Merry Christmas [+see also:
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by Christian Carion, the festival proposes, until Sunday, a competition including La boîte noire by Richard Berry, Il était une fois dans l'Oued by Jamel Bensalah, Foon by Benoît Pétré, Déborah Saiag and Mika Tard, Habana Blues [+see also:
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by Benito Zambrano, Ladies in Lavender [+see also:
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by Charles Dance and Zaïna, cavalière de l'Atlas by Bourlem Guerdjou. Also on the programme, out of competition, is the Spanish animated film Mercenaire by David Iglesias, L'enfer [+see also:
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by Danis Tanovic, the French co-production Trois enterrements by Tommy Lee Jones, Backstage [+see also:
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by Emmanuelle Bercot, and Oliver Twist [+see also:
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by Roman Polanski. And the event also has a tribute by Robert Hossein to composer Francis Lai (long time partner of director Claude Lelouch) and his colleague Eric Serra, who worked on all of Luc Besson’s features. Elsewhere, professionals can get involved in the film music market which is in Auxerre for the second successive year.

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Many talented composers have passed though here, such as the award given at the Berlinale to Alexandre Desplat for De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté [+see also:
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by Jacques Audiard, with France this year setting aside specific aid for feature film music. Run by the National Film Centre (CNC) and given in 2005 400 000 euros, this support, as yet underused by producers, is there to develop the creation and originality in soundtracks. Open to budgets under 4 million euros, this aid is given in the form of a grant under certain conditions (a soundtrack that is at least 10% of the film’s length, a music budget for the film of at least 1,5% of the total budget...) and evaluation by a special committee of 5, including the filmmaker Christophe Barratier, composers Jacques Davidovici and Philippe Hersant, as well as the producer Jean-Louis Livi.

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(Translated from French)

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