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A scene from award-winning and highly controversial Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche.
By Pablo Suarez

Five gems, including controversial La vie d’Adèle, screened from November 3 to 10

A week of the best, award-winning European cinema is to be enjoyed at the V Semana del cine europeo, programmed and presented by Thierry Fremaux, Cannes Film Festival director, starting Wednesday 3 through 10 at the Gaumont Espacio INCAA movie theatre (Av. Rivadavia 1635). La vie d’Adèle (Blue Is the Warmest Colour), the winner of this year’s Palm d’Or, will be the event’s opening feature, with the presence of its director Abdellatif Kechiche, and actors Adèle Exarchopoulos, Jérémie Laheurte and Mona Walravens. The programme is as follows:

LA VIE D’ADÈLE (Abdellatif Kechiche, France, 2013) — November 3 and 7 at 8pm.

Based on a graphic novel by Julie Morah, La vie d’Adèle tells the story of Adèle and Emma, two intelligent and sensitive young women who, through simple cosmic fate, fall desperately in love. Their relationship is explored over the course of a decade, mostly through the eyes of Adèle, a very rare girl who always seems to be waiting for something. Emma, an unusual young woman with blue hair, will allow Adèle to assert herself as a woman and an adult. Thus, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.

MIELE (Valeria Golino, Italy, 2013) — November 4 and 8 at 8pm.

Irene, nicknamed Honey, is young and pretty — and surrounded by death. To her family and friends, she is carefree and sentimentally volatile, a reckless spirit with several affairs to fill her days. But she has another side to her, only seen by the terminally ill she helps to pass away. With them, she is a calm soothing presence who brings much needed relief.

BORGMAN (Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands, 2013) November 5 and 9 at 8pm.

A group of strange vagabonds directed by the scheming and mysterious Camiel Borgman gradually but definitely enter the life of a well-off family. It all starts when Borgman manipulates his way into the house of the rich, not famous, and very bored married couple by getting himself viciously beaten up by the husband. Driven by both guilt and nosiness, the wife secretly invites him into their lives.

LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy). November 6 at 8 pm.

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. He is both detached and passionate, cynical and elegiac about his city and its inhabitants. In a series of apparently disconnected episodes, Jep roams around the Italian capital.

JEUNE & JOLIE (François Ozon, France, 2013) November 7 at 6:15pm, November 10 at 8pm.

Isabelle is a seventeen year-old teen who, shortly after being deflowered by a young man on a holiday, is approached by an older man who offers her money for sex. Still curious about sex, she agrees and soon becomes a call girl and has several encounters with older men. But when one of her tricks takes a tragic turn, she’s forced to reveal her activities to her shocked family and friends.

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