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Discovering the history and heritage of cinema through retrospectives on national cinematographies, tributes to major or little-known authors of cinema and thematic programming is one of the Festival's objectives.

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Chantal Akerman

In the middle of the 1970s, a young woman from Brussels called Chantal Akerman made a series of seminal films, on the borderline between essays and self-fiction. Each is different from the other through the use of individual directing styles producing works which are as conceptual as they are visceral, and which have been a constant source of inspiration for other filmmakers (Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes).

After being presented online in January and February on LaCinetek, the tribute to Chantal Akerman will be shown in theaters with restored prints from June 2 to 6 at the Forum des images in Paris (reservations on the Forum des images website from May 26), as well as for a day in Angers, during the Estival at the end of August.

In the presence of Claire Atherton, Céline Brouwez, Aurore Clément, Sylvie Testud, Marilyn Watelet, Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Jean-Michel Frodon, Christophe Honoré, Nadav Lapid, Stanislas Merhar, Alexandre Moussa and Dominique Païni.


Federico Fellini

100 years after the birth of Federico Fellini, a look back at around 10 films from the Italian maestro, each one of which, in their own way, reflects the evolution of an oeuvre with narratives that are as decadent as they are joyous and whose trajectory gradually moves away from neorealism towards the acceptance of the dream and the imaginary as tangible components of our reality.
Several films by Federico Fellini will be shown in Angers for one day during the Estival at the end of August. This program has been completed by an online selection proposed by LaCinetek.
In collaboration with the Bologna Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival and the Cineteca di Bologna.


Christian Petzold

Since the end of the 1990s, Christian Petzold has endeavoured to peel back the layers to reveal reunified contemporary Germany. Most of his fictions have gradually gone back in time to explore the sources of the traumas of his country. His latest film, Undine, is a variation around myth which both renews and continues his cinema.
The tribute to Christian Petzold is postponed to 2022. His films will be presented at the 34th edition of the Festival, in his presence.


From escaping prisoners to Thelma & Louise’s wild and liberating road trip, Escape is a cycle of films which breaks shackles, opens the mind and frees from dark influences. Fifteen films connected by a lust for life which cannot be contained!
This theme will be presented to the public during the 2022 edition of the Festival. This program has been completed by an online selection proposed by LaCinetek.