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For the 24th edition, the festival travelled back to the 1970s, an era whose profusion and free spirit are an endless source of exultation: the films of Louis Skorecki (with the Hommage programme, here a tribute screening of 10 films), the whimsical cinema of Adolfo Arrietta (screening of the Complete works), Brian De Palma’s first films, as well as works by Swiss filmmakers, including Alain Tanner, Michel Soutter, and Claude Goretta who, in the middle of the 1960s, invented a Swiss cinematography in a common momentum filled with subversion and irony.
That year, Corneliu Porumboiu received the Grand Prize for a fiction feature for Police, Adjective [Politist, adjectiv]. The Grand Prize for a feature documentary film was awarded to Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher for October Country, while Sophie Letourneur’s La Vie au Ranch received the French film Award, as well as the Audience Award for a feature film. The One + One Award, sponsored by Barbara Carlotti, was given to We Don’t Care About Music Anyway, by Cédric Dupire and Gaspard Kuent, and Antoine Boutet won the Audience Award for a documentary film with Le Plein Pays.
The feature film competition additionally presented the first feature by the Safdie brothers, Lenny and the Kids (Go Get Some Rosemary), as well as Le Temps des graces, by Dominique Marchais, The Cat, the Reverend and the Slave, by Alain Della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita, Domain [Domaine], by Patric Chiha, and Perpetuum Mobile, by Nicolas Pereda, amongst others.
Joao Nicolau’s Canção de amor e saúde was rewarded with the Grand Prize for a short fiction film, and Dyana Gaye received the Audience Award for a short film for Un Transport en commun.
In 2009, Entrevues developed its support for young talents and launched [Films en cours], a support in post-production for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd French and international feature films that are near the end of their image editing process.
The first laureate of [Films en cours] was Renate Costa for Cuchillo de Palo (which was subsequently presented amongst others at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival, and which was then released in 2012).
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...