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VALENCE 2021

La Mostra de Valence se remet à sillonner la Méditerranée

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- Le programme de la 36e édition de l’événement espagnol, qui va démarrer ce vendredi 15 octobre, déborde de films produits autour du Mare Nostrum

La Mostra de Valence se remet à sillonner la Méditerranée
El lodo de Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta

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The 36th Mostra de València – Cinema del Mediterrani opens on Friday 15 October and will draw to a close on Sunday 24th. This year, the gathering gets under way with a thriller: El lodo [+lire aussi :
interview : Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta
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by Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta (Zerø [+lire aussi :
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), which was shot on the Albufera lagoon, and sees Raúl Arévalo and Paz Vega play a married couple who return to the rice fields in order to protect Mother Nature. The festival will wrap with another thriller: El sustituto [+lire aussi :
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by Óscar Aibar, starring Pere Ponce, Vicky Luengo and Ricardo Gómez. In its Official Competition Section, there are 12 Spanish premieres duking it out for the Golden Palm, which, as stated by programmer Eduardo Guillot, “offer a striking overview of this season’s Mediterranean film and will allow audiences to discover titles that are guaranteed to leave no one indifferent”.

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They include Souad [+lire aussi :
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by Egypt’s Ayten Amin, which tells of how a girl struggles to navigate her traditional education and social networks. Another film that offers a glimpse of today’s youth is the feature debut by France’s Louda Ben Salah-CazanasThe World After Us [+lire aussi :
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. Another title hailing from France is Playlist [+lire aussi :
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interview : Nine Antico
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, the feature debut by comic-book artist Nine Antico

The Croatian contribution is Sonja Tarokic’s The Staffroom [+lire aussi :
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, a drama in which a school counsellor attempts to remain on the fringes of the power dynamics in the institution. Tailor [+lire aussi :
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interview : Sonia Liza Kenterman
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by Sonia Liza Kenterman is set in modern-day Athens and zooms in on a tailor who has pledged to keep his father’s profession alive.

Meanwhile, Luzzu [+lire aussi :
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is a Maltese drama helmed by Alex Camilleri: it depicts one man’s struggle when he joins the black-market fishing industry. The offering by Mehdi Hmili portrays a journey into a collapsing Tunisian society: Streams [+lire aussi :
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is a co-production with Luxembourg, France and the USA.

Syria is the country of origin of The Translator [+lire aussi :
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by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, a thriller that broaches the subject of the Arab Spring. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s representative is So She Doesn’t Live [+lire aussi :
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by Faruk Lončarević, based on the murder of a young woman.

Portugal’s Vencidos da vida by Rodrigo Areias takes place in a decrepit cinema, while the Official Section will be brought to a close by the black comedy Heavens Above [+lire aussi :
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, a co-production between the republics of the former Yugoslavia, directed by Srdjan Dragojevic

For its part, the Informative Section is taking a punt on Alephia 2053, the first animated film for adults in Arabic, directed by Jorj Abou Mhaya and made as a co-production with France; also hailing from Lebanon is Jimmy Keirouz’s Broken Keys (a co-production with France, Cyprus and the USA), in which a pianist attempts to escape from fundamentalists. Rocking up from Turkey, and also zooming in on music, is When I'm Done Dying [+lire aussi :
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by Nisan Dag

Egypt is represented by Trapped, in which Manal Khaled sets the action in Cairo in 2011. From Morocco comes the road movie Zanka Contact [+lire aussi :
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by Ismael El IrakiBlackberry Season, from Kurdistan and helmed by Hasim Aydemir, is an adaptation of a novel by Murat Turk.

The French contingent is made up of Just Like a Woman [+lire aussi :
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by Amro Hamzawi, starring his sister as a woman who sees her dreams of becoming a writer shattered; and Should the Wind Drop [+lire aussi :
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, which was made as a co-production with Armenia and Belgium, and is the feature debut by Nora MartirosyanBitch, a Derogatory Term for a Woman [+lire aussi :
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, directed by Slovenia’s Tijana Zinajić, tackles the subject of depression. This strand is rounded off by North Macedonia’s Only Human [+lire aussi :
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interview : Igor Ivanov
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by Igor Ivanov, a portrait of desperate characters doing their best to survive.

Detailed information about all of the sections, tributes and activities set to take place at the Mostra de València can be found on its website.

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