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The 21st edition welcomes Catherine Bizern at the head of the art direction of the festival.
The program includes: a tribute to the Diagonale productions and its founder, Paul Vecchiali ; a retrospective of the italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio, from his first film Les Poings dans les poches (1965) to Sourire de ma mère (2001), including Le Saut dans le vide (1980).
This year is also the occasion to pay a tribute to one of the more complex and emblematic female characters of the world cinema, through "Heroines !", a transversal program, which gathers about thirty films, from Gertrud to Monika, from Johnny Guitare to Sans toit ni loi, from Jeanne Dielman to Jacky Brown.
Finally, the section "Fragments d'une oeuvre" is dedicated to the italian experimental filmmakers Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: A look back at the awards
Albert Serra is the great winner of the international competition: he wins the Grand Prix of the Jury for his second feature film Honor de cavalleria and the actress Montse Triola, the Janine Bazin Best Performance award.
Substitute, the first film of the french composer Fred Poulet, co-directed with the football player Vikash Dhorasoo, wins the Best French Film award.
For his first section at Entrevues, João Nicolau wins for Rapace, both the Audience Best short film award and the Grand Prix for the Best Foreign short film (ex-aequo with Company of Mushrooms by Tan Chui Mui).
Clément Cogitore wins the Grand Prix for the Best French short film, for his first short film, Chroniques.
The Grand Prix for the Best Documentary short film is given ex-aequo to Julien Samani (Sur la piste) and Vincent Meessen (N12°13.062'/ W001°32.619' Extended). Laurent Achard, selected for the fourth time, wins the Audience Best Feature film award for his second feature film, Le Dernier des fous.
Many international filmmakers were also selected this year at Entrevues: Yorgos Lanthimos (Kinetta), Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy), Raya Martin (A Short Film About The Indio Nacional) or also Patric Chiha (Home).
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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...