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NAMUR 2021

The 36th Namur International French-Language Film Festival boasts a jam-packed programme

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- This edition will be opened and closed by two festival regulars: Joachim Lafosse (with The Restless) and Catherine Corsini (with The Divide)

The 36th Namur International French-Language Film Festival boasts a jam-packed programme
The Restless by Joachim Lafosse

Running 1st to 8th October, the Namur International French-Language Film Festival is once again treating Belgian audiences to a rich and engaging overview of French-speaking filmmakers’ creativity.

From Belgium to Niger and from Switzerland to Haïti, taking in Cambodia as well as Quebec, scores of new voices and established filmmakers gave been selected in the line-up of this 36th edition. Occupying the opening and closing slots, we find two directors whom the festival has been following with interest for many years now, and two films screened in competition in early July in Cannes: The Restless [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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by Joachim Lafosse and The Divide [+see also:
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interview: Catherine Corsini
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by Catherine Corsini.

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10 films will be presented in competition, two of which in world premières: La Mesure des Choses, which is the new documentary by Belgian director Patric Jean, who was notably responsible for La Domination Masculine, and Lui [+see also:
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, a film directed by and starring Guillaume Canet, which was written and shot during lockdown and which boasts an enticing cast composed of Virginie Efira, Laetitia Casta, Mathieu Kassovitz, Nathalie Baye, Gilles Cohen and Patrick Chesnais. Likewise in the running are 3 films discovered in the Directors’ Fortnight (Our Men [+see also:
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interview: Rachel Lang
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by Rachel Lang, The Braves [+see also:
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by Anaïs Volpé and Intregalde [+see also:
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interview: Radu Muntean
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by Radu Muntean), alongside The Fam [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Fred Baillif
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]
by Switzerland’s Frédéric Baillif, discovered in Berlin, and La Vraie famille by French director Fabien Gorgeart, unveiled a few days ago in the Angoulême Film Festival.

The First Films Competition, meanwhile, will include Simon Coulibaly Gillard’s Belgian title Aya [+see also:
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interview: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
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]
, which was discovered in the ACID line-up, as well as Romania’s Poppy Field [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Eugen Jebeleanu
film profile
]
by Eugen Jebeleanu, Haiti’s Freda [+see also:
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by Gessica Généus, Cambodia’s White Building [+see also:
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by Kavich Neang, Rwanda’s Neptune Frost by Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams, and Lebanon’s The Sea Ahead [+see also:
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by Ely Dagher, not to mention the French offerings Magnetic Beats [+see also:
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interview: Vincent Maël Cardona
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]
by Vincent Maël Cardona and Heroics [+see also:
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by Maxime Roy, all set to be screened in Namur from 1st to 8th October.

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(Translated from French)

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