Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival

Takashi Miike, Alejandro Jodorowsky, James Gray or Ramzy Bedia are expected in this eclectic eighth edition of the Bordeaux Independent Film Festival.

Theo Bosschaert

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First Love, Last Japanese master Takashi Miike’s film opens the festival. Inside the French feature films, Ramzy Bedia is starring in two movies. The first one, Merveilles à Montfermeil, directed by Jeanne Balibar starring Emanuelle Béart and Mathieu Amalric. The second, Terminal Sud, previously presented at the TIFF or in Locarno, is directed by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche. In the meantime, Swaggers’ director Olivier Babinet gets into fiction with Sexfish, with Gustave Kervern leading. Also noticeable, Renaud Barret’s documentary about Kinshasa, Système K, after the incredible Benda Bilili ! The festival also presents two movies from an active country : Tunisia. Noura’s Dream, about divorce in a conservative and corrupt society. And Arab Blues, as a country’s psychoanalysis by Manele Labidi Labbé starring the great Golshifteh Farahani.

In the Contrebandes competition, aimed at alternatively financed films, we are interested in controversial comic duo Mehdi Meklat and Badroudine Saïd Abdallah’s documentary. The short selection puts in competition eight films among which Gabriel Abrantes’ Les Extraordinaires Mésaventures de la Jeune Fille de Pierre, poetic comedy starring Vimala Pons.

Competitions aside, we can enjoy Alejandro Jodorowsky’s retrospective, brilliant director of El Topo and The Holy Mountain. James Gray is also honored with is filmography projected from Little Odessa to Lost City of Z. Also presented outside competitions Fabrice Du Welz’s Adoration and Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ Swallow.

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