Éric Cantona, Rodolphe Burger and director Apichatpong Weerasethakul at the opening of the FID on July 19


Documentaries, fictions, short and feature films, the international film festival is back, to the delight of the public and professionals. More than a hundred films to discover from July 19 to 25, including some world premieres. Focus on this 32nd edition.

A beautiful setting for a reunion. The Silvain theater in Marseille will host the launch party, outdoors.

Kick-off of an intense week of screenings and meetings which should seduce an audience keen on discoveries and sharing after months of cultural scarcity.

If last year the organizers had to reduce the wing somewhat, this time it is an – almost – normal edition that will take place. A little later, of course, than usual and with an adapted sanitary protocol.

The Silvan Theater is one of the sites that hosts the FID, as here in 2019

The Silvan Theater is one of the sites that hosts the FID, as here in 2019

© FID Marseille

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Grand Prix d’Honneur

For the opening of the FID, a menu of choice has been concocted. First of all, the evening will take place in the presence of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The Thai director is indeed the Grand Prix d’Honneur of this 32th editing.

He, who unveiled his first film in Marseille in 2001, has become one of the most important living contemporary filmmakers: awarded several times at Cannes, Palme d’Or in 2010 with Uncle boonmee, he is currently in competition on the Croisette for his film Memoria, with Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar.

“Weerasethakul is at the origin of a unique and very precious vision of the world: both magical and sensual, of extreme delicacy and great political precision” underlines Jean-Pierre Rehm, general delegate of FID. “A large part of his filmography will be screened during the festival, from the first (restored by Martin Scorsese) to the last opus included.”

A film followed by a concert

Another highlight of the opening night: it’s the film Mano to Mano with Eric Cantona and Rodolphe Burger which will be screened. A film born from a meeting during the Printemps des Poètes: the former footballer and the musician-composer mix, for the first time, guitars and vocals, verses and music.

Both will be present at the screening, along with the film’s co-directors, Priscilla Telmon and Vincent Moon Saura, and actress Rachida Brakni.

Rodolphe Burger will then go on stage with Sofiane Saidi and Mehdi Haddab, his two accomplices of the group “Mademoiselle”, for a live concert of oriental blues.

The Mademoiselle group: from left to right Sofiane Saidi, Rodolphe Burger and Mehdi Haddab

The Mademoiselle group: from left to right Sofiane Saidi, Rodolphe Burger and Mehdi Haddab

© Xavier Lemettre – Blue Suburbs

110 films presented until July 25

Throughout the FID, the public will be able to discover a good hundred films, coming from 39 countries. The result of a careful selection: the organizers received no less than 2,648 films! Suffice to say that this 2021 vintage promises to be rich in revelations and nuggets.

For the spectators, it is also an opportunity to meet the professionals since a large number of screenings will be followed by debates. Like last year, the ticket office is exclusively online.

The poster for the 32nd edition of FID Marseille: this photograph of seaweed is part of a work carried out by the artist Nicolas Floc'h on the representation of the seabed

The poster for the 32nd edition of FID Marseille: this photograph of seaweed is part of a work carried out by the artist Nicolas Floc’h on the representation of the seabed

© FID Marseille

Among the films presented, 50 are in competition (including 43 world premieres and 4 international premieres) in 5 categories: International, French, First films, CNAP (National Center for Plastic Arts) and Flash. This last competition, intended for short films, was initiated last year and on the strength of its success, it is repeated this year, like the Alice Guy Prize which rewards a female director.

8 places in Marseille

In addition to the Silvain theater, the FID is investing several sites: the Baleine cinema, that of the Varieties, the Videodrome 2, the Bernardines theater, the FRAC but also – new this year – the Odeon theater as well as the courtyard of the Vieille Charité which will host free open-air screenings almost every evening at 10 p.m.

Meetings for professionals

In parallel with the FID, specific meetings are also held.

  • The FIDCampus, a sort of residence for young filmmakers: 14 of them will thus follow a week of intense training, accompanied by internationally renowned professionals.
  • FIDLab, a support platform for international co-production: it connects film project leaders (around ten are selected each year) with film professionals from around the world. Like last year, it was held online and upstream of the FID.

Note that 3 FIDLab projects were selected this year in Cannes: Ghost song, by Nicolas Peduzzi (FIDLab 2018) – screened at the opening of the ACID – as well as The parents’ room by Diego Marcon (FIDLab 2019) and A night of knowing nothing by Payal Kapadia (FIDLab 2021), presented in the Directors’ Fortnight.

This is proof of the influence of FID, which is now establishing itself as a breeding ground for new films and new talents …

FID Marseille, July 19 to 25

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