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        LA ROCHELLE 2019

        200 films to be showcased at the La Rochelle International Film Festival

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        - Unspooling from 28 June-7 July, the 47th edition will pay tribute to Dario Argento, Caroline Champetier, Jessica Hausner, Jean-Fran?ois Laguionie and Elia Suleiman, among others

        200 films to be showcased at the La Rochelle International Film Festival
        It Must Be Heaven by Elia Suleiman

        Today marks the opening of the 47th La Rochelle International Film Festival, a popular non-competitive film gathering (which recorded 86,000 admissions last year) offering a high-quality yet very eclectic menu. Running until 7 July, the event (the patron of which this year is Canadian actress Alexandra Stewart) will present around 200 movies, including the opening film, the Cannes-awarded It Must Be Heaven [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Elia Suleiman
        film profile
        ]
        by Elia Suleiman. The festival will pay tribute not only to the Palestinian filmmaker (with a screening of all four of his features to date), but also to cult Italian helmer Dario Argento (with nine of his movies and the documentary Dario Argento: Soupirs dans un corridor lointain [+see also:
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Jean-Baptiste Thoret), French DoP Caroline Champetier (seven films), Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner (all five of her features, including Little Joe [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Jessica Hausner
        film profile
        ]
        , which won the Best Actress Award at Cannes in May) and French animation director Jean-Fran?ois Laguionie (eight short films and six features, including the premiere of The Prince’s Journey [+see also:
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        ]
        , which he co-directed with Xavier Picard), all of whom will be in attendance.

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        Other highlights on the line-up include a focus on Icelandic cinema, with 13 films that have been made since 2008 (including A White, White Day [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Hlynur Pálmason
        film profile
        ]
        by Hlynur Pálmason, which earned actor Ingvar E Siguresson the Rising Star Award in the 2019 Cannes Critics’ Week), ten silent films by Swede Victor Sj?str?m (ten movies), retrospectives dedicated to French-US actor Charles Boyer (five films),?US filmmaker Arthur Penn (ten movies) and Ukrainian director Kira Mouratova (six films), plus a section dubbed "Demented Slapstick" with Louis de Funès?(ten titles) and?Jim Carrey (six movies).

        Standing out in the "Near and Afar"?section, featuring 46 firm favourites from the year so far, is a slew of Cannes titles: Atlantics [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Mati Diop
        film profile
        ]
        by Mati Diop, Les Misérables [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Ladj Ly
        film profile
        ]
        by Ladj Ly, Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Céline Sciamma
        film profile
        ]
        by Céline Sciamma, Bacurau [+see also:
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        trailer
        interview: Kleber Mendon?a Filho, Juli…
        film profile
        ]
        by Brazilian duo Kleber Mendon?a Filho and Juliano Dornelles, The Traitor [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
        film profile
        ]
        by Italy’s Marco Bellocchio, Oh Mercy! [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Arnaud Desplechin
        film profile
        ]
        by Arnaud Desplechin, The Whistlers [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
        film profile
        ]
        by Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu, Sorry We Missed You [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        Q&A: Ken Loach
        film profile
        ]
        by Brit Ken Loach, Fire Will Come [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: óliver Laxe
        film profile
        ]
        by French-Spanish director Oliver Laxe, On a Magical Night [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Christophe Honoré
        film profile
        ]
        by Christophe Honoré, Alice and the Mayor [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Nicolas Pariser
        film profile
        ]
        by Nicolas Pariser, An Easy Girl [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
        film profile
        ]
        by Rebecca Zlotowski, Oleg [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Juris Kursietis
        film profile
        ]
        by Latvia’s Juris Kursietis, Tlamess [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Ala Eddine Slim
        film profile
        ]
        by Tunisia’s Ala Eddine Slim, Burning Ghost [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Stéphane Batut, Blind Spot [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Patrick-Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic, and the documentaries Living and Knowing You’re Alive [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Alain Cavalier and Kongo [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Hadrien La Vapeur and Corto Vaclav. Also of note are the Romanian films Monsters. [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Marius Olteanu
        film profile
        ]
        by Marius Olteanu and A Decent Man [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Hadrian Marcu
        film profile
        ]
        by Hadrian Marcu (both as-yet unreleased in France), as well as the animated feature Marona’s Fantastic Tale [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by their fellow countrywoman Anca Damian, Flesh Out [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Italy’s Michela Occhipinti, Stitches [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Miroslav Terzi?
        film profile
        ]
        by Serbia’s Miroslav Terzi?, The Souvenir [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Brit Joanna Hogg and the Dutch doc Miel-Emile [+see also:
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Peter van Houten, not to mention Rojo [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Benjamín Naishtat
        film profile
        ]
        by Benjamín Naishtat, Belmonte [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Federico Veiroj, Monos [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Alejandro Landes and the documentary Talking About Trees [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Suhaib Gasmelbari.

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        (Translated from French)

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