‘Poliss’ to open Paris Cinema

Vincent Cassel starrer 'The Monk' to close event

PARIS — Paris Cinema Intl. Film Festival will bow with Cannes Jury Prize winner “Poliss,” Maiwenn’s police ensembler, and close with Dominik Moll’s Vincent Cassel starrer “The Monk.”

Fest announced its complete lineup during a press conference presented by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe, jury president Charlotte Rampling as well as artistic director Aude Hesbert and general secretary Anne Barjot.

As in previous years, Paris Cinema will host French premieres of various Cannes titles, notably Pedro Almodovar’s “La Piel Que Habito” (The Skin I Live In), Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?,” Pierre Scholler’s “The Minister” and Bruno Dumont’s “Outside Satan.”

Fest will also preem J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8” before its Gallic release on Aug. 3.

Delanoe payed homage to French-British thesp Michael Lonsdale, giving him a Vermeil Medal for his cultural contributions to the city of Paris.

Lonsdale, who earned a flurry of kudos for his perf in “Of Gods and Men,” will be celebrated with a retrospective of 27 films, a presentation of Marguerite Duras’ 1974 drama “India Song,” and a discussion with French film critic and historian Jean Douchet.

Other homages include Italian-American thesp Isabella Rossellini and Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski.

The auteur-driven competition lineup features Valerie Donzelli’s “Declaration of War,” which opened Critics’ Week; Maryam Keshavarz’s “Circumstance,” winner of Sundance Dramatic Audience nod; and “Curling,” directed by Quebecois helmer Denis Cote, who nabbed Locarno’s director kudo, and actor prize for the film’s leading thesp Emmanuel Bilodeau. The competition will also boast four feature debuts: Paula Markovitch’s “The Prize,” Moroccan helmer Leila Kilani’s “Sur la planche,” Lisa Aschan’s “Voltiges” and Marie Losier’s “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye.”

Paris Cinema will put a spotlight on Mexico this year. Gerardo Naranjo’s “Miss Bala” will have its French preem, along with first-timer Jorge Michel Grau’s “We Are What We Are” and Eugenio Polgovsky’s “Los Herederos.”

Everardo Gout’s feature debut “Days of Grace” is another one of the 30 films, shorts and docus skedded to play in the Mexican Panorama section. As part as the tribute to Mexico, thesp-turned-producer Gael Garcia Bernal will be feted with an 11-pics retrospective.

Fest runs July 2-13.

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