Three aces for Arizona at Karlovy Vary
by Fabien Lemercier
- Three of the Paris-based company’s co-productions are in competition at the festival: Corn Island, Paris of the North and Adventure
Arizona Productions has hit the bull’s eye with three co-productions that have been accepted in the official selection for the competition of the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July 2014). This hat trick once again serves to highlight the quality and the global reach of the Paris-based outfit headed by Guillaume de Seille, Bénédicte Thomas and Rémi Roy.
Arizona will be pinning its hopes on Corn Island by George Ovashvili in the race for the Crystal Globe at the Czech event. The Georgian filmmaker’s second feature, following The Other Bank [+see also:
film profile] (which won awards in 2009 at Paris Cinéma, Yerevan, Copenhagen, Kiev, Fribourg, Wiesbaden and Granada, among others), was co-produced by Georgia (Alamdary), Germany (42film), France (Arizona), the Czech Republic (Axman), Kazakhstan (Kazakhfilm) and Hungary (Focus Fox). Presented at Kiev and at the Busan APM, the feature film received backing from the Georgian National Film Center and the Adjara film fund, the MDM German regional film fund, the MEDIA programme and the Fonds Sud Cinéma in France, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, Eurimages and Visions Sud-Est. It is due to be released by Arizona Distribution in around 20 French cinemas at the end of December 2014.
At Karlovy Vary, Arizona will also be unveiling Paris of the North [+see also:
film profile] by Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (whose feature debut, Either Way [+see also:
interview: Hafstein Gunnar Sigurdsson
interview: Hilmar Gudjônsson - Shootin…
film profile] – which inspired Prince Avalanche by David Gordon Green – was premiered at San Sebastián in 2011 and received awards at Turin). Presented last December as part of the Work in Progress selection at the Les Arcs European Film Festival, the film was co-produced by Iceland (Zik Zak and Kjartansson), Denmark (Profile) and France (Arizona), with backing from the Icelandinc Film Centre and Eurimages.
The third Arizona co-production that will be duking it out in the Czech Republic is Adventure by Kazakh director Nariman Turebayev. This is the filmmaker’s third feature (following two films that were presented at Locarno) and received support from Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (CNC/MAE/IF).
It is also interesting to note that on 17 September, Arizona will release another of its co-productions, To Kill a Man [+see also:
film profile] by Chilean director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (read the article), the winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, in French cinemas.
For the record, Arizona Productions also took centre stage last year, boasting such co-productions as Harmony Lessons [+see also:
film profile] by Emir Baigazin, In Bloom [+see also:
interview: Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simo…
film profile] by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß, and I Am Not Him [+see also:
film profile] by Turkey’s Tayfun Pirselimoglu.
(Translated from French)
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