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War on Screen al centro dei conflitti

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- Più di 100 tra lungometraggi e cortometraggi, di cui 10 in concorso, in mostra alla 9a edizione del festival francese che si svolgerà dal 28 settembre al 3 ottobre

War on Screen al centro dei conflitti
Mon légionnaire di Rachel Lang

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Tomorrow will see the opening, in Châlons-en-Champagne, of the 9th War on Screen Festival (running 28 September – 3 October), an event which is gaining increasing notoriety and whose high-quality programme is likewise growing in size at a time when cinema is reflecting the fiery nature of our world, now more than ever before.

The international competition jury (which notably includes French producer Patrick Sobelman and the Netherlands’ Bianca Stigter) will have to decide between ten feature films, six of which having already received Cannes’ stamp of approval. Jostling among them are two titles unveiled in the Directors’ Fortnight - the French-Belgian co-production Our Men [+leggi anche:
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by Rachel Lang (to be released in France on 6 October via Bac Films) and Europa [+leggi anche:
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by the Italian-Iraqi filmmaker Haider Rashid - another work awarded the SACD Prize at Critics’ Week (Swiss-French production Olga [+leggi anche:
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by Elie Grappe – due for release in France on 17 November via ARP Sélection) and a further film screened in the Un Certain Regard section (Israeli-French title Let It Be Morning [+leggi anche:
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by Eran Kolirin – which Pyramide will distribute in France in March). This flurry of films “made on the Croisette” also boasts two documentaries in the form of Lebanese-French title Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege) [+leggi anche:
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by Abdallah Al-Khatib (selected for the ACID line-up following its premiere at the Visions du Réel Festival) and Downstream to Kinshasa [+leggi anche:
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by Dieudo Hamadi (awarded Cannes’ Official Selection Label in 2020 and hitting screens on Wednesday courtesy of Laterit Productions).

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Rounding off this particular line-up are three films discovered in Venice (the Italian-Polish co-production Thou Shalt Not Hate [+leggi anche:
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by Italy’s Mauro Mancini, Gaza My Love [+leggi anche:
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by Tarzan and Arab Nasser – in cinemas on 6 October via Dulac Distribution – and the Oscar-nominated work The Man Who Sold His Skin [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Kaouther Ben Hania
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by Tunisia’s Kaouther Ben Hania) and former Berlin competitor Memory Box [+leggi anche:
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by Lebanese directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (due for release in France on 19 January courtesy of Haut et Court).

Stealing similar focus on the festival programme is a new “Perspectives” section showcasing 11 films, which include Cannes-award-winner Ahed’s Knee [+leggi anche:
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by Israel’s Nadav Lapid, animated feature The Crossing [+leggi anche:
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by Florence Miailhe, Cœurs vaillants by Mona Achache, the Oscar-nominated Venetian competitor Quo Vadis, Aida? [+leggi anche:
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by Bosnia’s Jasmila Zbanic, the remarkable Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Arthur Harari
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by Arthur Harari (which opened Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section), the documentaries There Will Be No More Light [+leggi anche:
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by Eléonore Weber and Notturno [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Gianfranco Rosi
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by Italian director Gianfranco Rosi, Faithful [+leggi anche:
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by Helier Cisterne, and the two titles scheduled to open and close the festival: A Radiant Girl [+leggi anche:
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by Sandrine Kiberlain (Cannes’ Critics’ Week) and Secret Name [+leggi anche:
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by Aurélia Georges (which competed in Locarno).

A very wide range of films featuring in the "Rock’n’War", "Surveillance, Manipulation, Sabotage", "War As Seen By…", "Cinema, A Fragile Resistance", "The Unknown" and "Shared Recollections" sections are also well worth a mention, without forgetting the festival’s young audiences line-up and guest of honour, the composer Michel Portal.

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