‘The Favourite,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘High Life,’ ‘Blaze’ to Have French Premiere at La Roche-sur-Yon Festival

Yórgos Lánthimos’s “The Favourite,” Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” Claire Denis’s “High Life” and Ethan Hawke’s “Blaze” are among the many well-received films from Venice and Toronto set to be having their French premiere at La Roche-sur-Yon Festival which is headed by Paolo Moretti, the new topper of Cannes’s Directors Fortnight.

The international competition lineup of this 9th edition is headlined by “The Favourite,” Timur Bekmanbetov’s “Profile,” Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Maya,” and Berlin’s Golden Bear winner “Touch Me Not” directed by Adina Pintilie.

“Our idea is to shed light on contemporary films that were discovered in other festivals than Cannes in order to give our audiences an alternative image of cinema,” said Moretti.

Among the stars and filmmakers expected to attend La Roche-sur-Yon is Hawke who will be on hand to present his latest directorial outing, “Blaze” (pictured), as well as Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” in which he stars. Both films are slated for the Special Screenings section. The Oscar-nominated actor co-wrote, directed and produced “Blaze” with his banner Under the Influence Productions. The movie, which is about the life of American country musician Blaze Foley, won the special jury prize at Sundance and played at Locarno.

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