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Entrevues pays tribute to two French filmmakers: Robert Bresson, who disappeared this year, and François Truffaut, through a complete retrospective of their work.
And, honour to women in the transversale program: "La Tête dans les étoiles" is dedicated this year to the actresses. Lillian Gish, Louise Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Ingrid Berman, Brigitte Bardot or Catherine Deneuve, thirty actresses that turned cinema upside down.
The Grand Prix for the Best French Feature film is given ex-aequo to Laurent Cantet for his first feature film Ressources humaines and to Jean-Paul Civeyrac for Les Solitaires.
Those last two directors also won the Gérard Frot-Coutaz award (Jean-Paul Civeyrac) and the Audience Feature Film award (Laurent Cantet). The Grand Prix for the Best Documentary is given to the film La Vallée close by Jean-Claude Rousseau.
Also in the international competition: Sebastien Lifshitz with Les Terres froides, Jacques Maillot with Nos vies heureuses or Arnaud des Pallières with his documentary Is dead, portrait incomplet de Gertrude Stein.
You can read or download all the catalogues of the festival since 1986, here.
Many first films by young directors who are now renowned for their work were originally selected by Entrevues Belfort. Amongst the discovered directors were: Pedro Costa, Alain Guiraudie, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Jafar Panahi, Miguel Gomes, Rabah Ameur-Zaimèche, Leos Carax, Josh and Benny Safdie, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Radu Jude, Yousry Nasrallah, José Luis Guerin, Nicolas Pereda, Sergei Loznitsa, Kelly Reichardt, Raya Martin, Abdellatif Kechiche, Yorgos Lanthimos, Laurent Cantet, Serge Bozon, Claire Simon, Lars von Trier, Laurent Achard, Brillante Mendoza, David Gordon Green, Albert Serra, Darren Aronofsky, Gianfranco Rosi, Abderrahmane Sissako, Patric Chiha, Corneliu Porumboiu, Arnaud des Pallières or Tariq Teguia...