In keeping with the festival's commitment to presenting a broad selection of films from around the world, the 37th edition of the event will showcase 160 feature films (including 100 world premieres) and 190 short films split between various sections, including the Official Competition.
Judged by a jury led by the Italian actor Sergio Castellitto, two French films are competing in the Official Competition: The Statesman, the second feature by Pierre Courrège after La Cible , along with Now or Never, also the second feature by Serge Frydman (screenwriter for Patrice Leconte among others, and director of Mon Ange starring Vanessa Paradis). One Franco-Belgian co-production completes the French selection: Melody by Bernard Bellefroid (director of the acclaimed Régate four years ago).
The festival's opening film will beSalaud, on t'aime by Claude Lelouch, who will be in attendance, while Hippolyte Girardot will present Life of Riley as closing film in a posthumous tribute to director Alain Resnais.
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French feature films (and co-productions) presented at the festival:
The Statesman by Pierre Courrège
Now or Never by Serge Frydman
Melody by Bernard Bellefroid (co-production)
FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION
Pure Life by Jeremy Banster
Nomadic Childhood by Christophe Boula
New Territories by Fabianny Deschamps
Fever by Raphaël Neal
Next Year by Vania Leturcq (co-production)
OUT OF COMPETITION
Life of Riley by Alain Resnais
Salaud, on t'aime by Claude Lelouch
Ariane's Thread by Robert Guédiguian
FOCUS ON WORLD CINEMA
Fièvres by Hicham Ayouch
Elephant Blues by Philippe Gautier
Mateo by Maria Gamboa (co-production)
Maria y el araña by Maria Victoria Menis (co-production)
Suis ma voix by Huseyin Karabey (co-production)
Le Pont au bout du monde by Branko Istvancic (co-production)
Révoltés by Simon Leclère (co-production)
Certifiée halal by Mahmoud Zemmouri (co-production)
DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD
Agnès Letestu, l'apogée d'une étoile by Marlène Ionesco
Man Vs Trash by Martin Esposito
No Land's Song by Ayat Najafi (co-production)
Je vous écris par-delà les mers by Olivier Horn (co-production)
Parcours d'amour by Bettina Blümner (co-production)