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D’Ardennen Belgian entry Oscars 2017

The entries of the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film are known. The feature debut D'Ardennen from filmmaker Robin Pront, which was shown at IFFR 2016, is this year's Belgian entry. And the Australian submission Tanna screened at IFFR 2016.
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Director Hany Abu-Assad on The Idol

Following Oscar nominations for the politically charged films Paradise Now (2005) and Omar (2013), with The Idol Dutch-Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad tells a smaller, more hopeful story about life in Palestine, which secured second place in the Warsteiner Audience Award rankings at IFFR this year.
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Anders Thomas Jensen on Men & Chicken

It's a weird interview. Director Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam's Apples) and actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Søren Malling are funny and serious and all over the place. Just like their weird, unpredictable, absurd Social Realist horror comedy Men & Chicken. "I had like this totally big penis on my face."
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Laurie Anderson on Heart of a Dog

It's the first feature-length movie by multi-talented New York singer, performer, multimedia-artist and filmmaker Laurie Anderson. Heart of a Dog, now in cinemas in the Netherlands, is a light-hearted, impressionistic meditation on love and death. An ode to the loss, in recent years, of her mother, husband Lou Reed, and dog Lolabelle.
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Rebecca Daly on Mammal: "My film is disturbing – in the good sense of the word"

In the sober character study Mammal, the introvert Margaret takes a street kid under her wing. Although not stated in so many words, for the viewer the link between this boy and the son Margaret left with her ex from an early age is clear. Filmmaker Rebecca Daly and the setting are Irish, but there are quite a few Dutch names mentioned on the end credits, while the film was mainly shot in Luxembourg.
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Jean-Marc Vallée on Demolition: "Predict anything about this film? You won’t be able to do it"

In Demolition (now in cinemas in the Netherlands), Jean-Marc Vallée tackles his own traumatic divorce. Widower Jake Gyllenhaal realises that he never loved his wife – and that material wealth means nothing to him. “That’s how it goes sometimes: a project grabs hold of you and before you know it, it’s a completely personal experience.”
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