The Police Film Festival, which was traditionally organized in Beaune (Côte-d’Or) before breaking with this city, has chosen to set up in Reims from 2022, the organizers announced on Tuesday, May 4.
Popular with fans of black films, thrillers and police, the festival is held this year only online, from May 26 to 30, and promises an event in Reims for next year. “alive, modernized, open to creation, but which does not forget its classics”.
“This prestigious festival which sets a benchmark all over the world allows Reims to reconnect with its history linked to the thriller”, greeted the mayor (LR) Arnaud Robinet, whose city hosted for several years a festival of literature and police cinema.
The event, directed by Bruno Barde, who oversees two other major festivals in France, that of American film in Deauville and that of fantastic film by Gérardmer, has been organized since 2008 in the wine capital of Burgundy. But relations between the festival, canceled last year due to a pandemic, and the city deteriorated, to the point of ending up in court on financial aspects, before the organizers launched an appeal to find a new host city.
Five cities were in line to host the event, which brings together around 13,000 spectators each year, and can boast of having had as guests the filmmakers David Cronenberg, Bertrand Tavernier, Brian De Palma, Park Chan-wook, David Lynch …
The 38th edition of the Detective Film Festival is being held online this year from May 26 to 30, and presents twenty international films, nine of which are in official competition. Among these, a French, Black Box by Yann Gozlan with two promising young thirties, Pierre Niney and Lou de La age, imagining an investigation after the crash in the Alps of a Dubai-Paris plane.
Also compete Berlin Alexanderplatz, adaptation in today’s German capital of Alfred Döblin’s inter-war novel by German-Afghan director Burhan Qurbani, two films by Iranian directors in their thirties (Tehran law by Saeed Roustaee and The Slaughterhouse by Abbas Amini) …
In parallel selection (“New Blood”), virtual festival-goers will be able to see The Third War, by Giovanni Aloi, who follows a patrol of soldiers from Operation Sentinel between paranoia and frustration, with Karim Leklou, Anthony Bajon and Leïla Bekhti, or Rascal, by Peter Dourountzis, which tells the icy and disturbing wandering of a marginal in a town in the South, carried by Pierre Deladonchamps.
Like the Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival, the Detective Film Festival is accessible to everyone with the purchase of a pass at 40 euros or per screening (5 euros), on a computer or cinema screen. The number of places is limited.
The International Police Film Festival was first held in Cognac (Charente) from 1982 to 2007, before moving to Beaune in 2008.