Les Arcs: A female-led Work-in-Progress
by Fabien Lemercier
- Eight out of the ten features in post-production, generous excerpts from which will be presented at the mountain resort on 14 December, are directed by women
After revealing its programme (read the article) and its selection of 25 projects accepted for the Coproduction Village (read the news), the Les Arcs European Film Festival (seventh edition from 12-19 December 2015) has now unveiled the list of the ten films in post-production that will be presented as part of a new edition of Work-in-Progress, a section of the gathering that is often extremely fascinating and productive, as illustrated by the presence last year of titles such as Rams [+see also:
interview: Grimur Hakonarson
film profile], The High Sun [+see also:
interview: Dalibor Matanic
interview: Tihana Lazovic
film profile] and Sparrows [+see also:
interview: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
film profile], which then went on to be the star attractions of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and the winner of San Sebastián, respectively.
This year, the selection rustled up by Frédéric Boyer, the artistic director of the Les Arcs Film Festival, has a very feminine hint to it, as eight out of the ten films in Work-in-Progress 2015 (see the complete list below) are directed by women: Greece’s Elina Psikou, Belgium’s Fien Troch, Italy’s Irene Dioniso, Switzerland’s Anja Kofmel, Poland’s Alina Skrzeszewska (who has lived in both Berlin and the United States), Croatia’s Hana Jusic, Georgia’s Mariam Khatchvani (with a British production) and Afghanistan’s Shahrbanoo Sadat (with a Danish movie). They are joined by Romania’s Daniel Sandu and Norway’s Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen. Interestingly, the programme includes five feature debuts and two documentaries (including an animated one), and ten countries are represented in all.
The films selected for Work-in-Progress are:
Chris the Swiss [+see also:
interview: Anja Kofmel
film profile] by Anja Kofmel – an animated documentary produced by Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion (Switzerland) and Nukleus Film (Croatia) – feature debut
Dede by Mariam Khatchvani – produced by 20 Steps Production (Georgia) - coproduced by Film & Music Entertainment (UK) – feature debut
Game Girls by Alina Skrzeszewska – a documentary produced by Films de Force Majeure (France)
The Last Things by Irene Dioniso – produced by Tempesta Film (Italy)
Son of Sofia by Elina Psikou – produced by Heretic (Greece)
Valley of Shadows by Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen – produced by Film Farms (Norway) – feature debut
(Translated from French)
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