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R.I.P: Yasmine Belmadi (1976-2009)

French auteur cinema is in mourning today. A bright star who began his career in the 1997 film Les Corps ouverts for Sébastien Lifshitz and would later re-team with him on Wild Side (2004), Yasmine Belmadi also worked with François Ozon on Les Amants criminels (1999), Gilles Marchand’s Who Killed Bambi? (2003), Au petit matin for Xavier Gens and most recently was in Cannes last May for Critic’s Week presentation of Adieu Gary from Nassim Amaouche.

French auteur cinema is in mourning today. A bright star who began his career with risky roles in the 1997 film Les Corps ouverts for Sébastien Lifshitz and would later re-team with him on Wild Side (2004), Yasmine Belmadi also worked with François Ozon on Les Amants criminels (1999), Gilles Marchand’s Who Killed Bambi? (2003), Au petit matin for Xavier Gens and most recently was in Cannes last May for Critic’s Week presentation of Adieu Gary from Nassim Amaouche. He was 33.

Adieu Gary depicts what occurs when a small factory town is literally shut down. It shows how some irreducible people stay to live in the factory city where they’ve been spending all their lives, while a group of them also keeps going to work, to repair the machinery.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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