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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.

Here are the tributes and retrospectives for the next edition!

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Ken Loach

In the presence of Pierre Chassagneux and Louis Mathieu
A key figure in British cinema, Ken Loach will be honoured at the 36th edition of the Festival Premiers Plans in Angers. From Kes (1969), through Looking for Eric (2009) to Sorry We Missed You (2021), a look back at the career of this committed artist who has upheld the tradition of social cinema for the past 60 years.

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Isabelle Huppert, European

In the presence of Isabelle Huppert, Élise Girard and Serge Toubiana
Isabelle Huppert’s career is one of the finest there is. From theatre to cinema, from auteur films to mainstream films, she is one of the most prolific actresses in both France and abroad. For its 36th edition, the Premiers Plans Festival is very proud to explore some of her European adventures with her. From the film that made her name, La Dentellière (The Lacemaker) by Swiss director Claude Goretta, to Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, through her outstanding performances with Claude Chabrol and Michael Haneke.
Isabelle Huppert will also present the première screening of Sidonie au Japon (Sidonie in Japan) alongside director Élise Girard.

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Carla Simón

In attendance
Winner of a Golden Bear in Berlin for her second film, Alcarràs, young Spanish director Carla Simón will be returning to the Premiers Plans Festival after one of her school films was screened here in 2015. She also developed the script for her first feature film, Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993), at the Angers Workshops.

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Jane Birkin

In the presence of Jean-Michel Frodon
As a tribute to the woman everyone simply called Jane, and also in memory of her loyalty to audiences in Angers, the Festival Premiers Plans will take you into the intimacy of a complete artist with three portraits: Jane B. par Agnès V. (Jane B. for Agnès V.) (1988), Boxes (2007) and Jane par Charlotte (Jane by Charlotte) (2021).

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Sport and Cinema

In the presence of Élie Grappe, Sacha Wolff, Kamal Ourahou, Noée Abita, Anastasia Budyashkina, Toki Pilioko, Sophie Charrier, Abdoullah Ait Bella, Oscar Constantin, Paul Bahin, Jean-Michel Frodon, Pierre Charpilloz, Bastien Moignoux, Louis Mathieu, Sébastien Farouelle, Pierre Pucelle et Dominique Terasas
For its next edition, the Festival will highlight the links that unite sport and cinema: history (the first Olympic Games of the modern era took place in 1896, just a few months after the invention of cinema), movement, heroes, suspense...