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ARRAS 2016

The curtain rises on Arras

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- Today sees the start of the 17th edition of the increasingly attractive and popular event, which brings together European arthouse film and more mainstream titles

The curtain rises on Arras
Two Is a Family by Hugo Gélin

The 17th edition of the Arras Film Festival (read the interview with general delegate Eric Miot) kicks off today. Boasting ever-rising attendance levels, the gathering has a winning strategy: treating audiences to a fine balance between exploring various European film industries that may not be so well known in France, and a line-up rich in more popular titles, complete with premiere screenings in the presence of the films’ casts and crews.

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Besides the competition, which awards the Golden Atlas to the winning film, and the "Eastern Selection" and "European Discoveries" sections (read the presentation news), the ten-day gathering will stand out from the rest thanks to its programme of 32 features receiving a premiere screening, starting with the opening film, Two Is a Family [+see also:
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by Hugo Gélin (toplined by Omar Sy). 

Also included in the showcase are works that were unveiled at major international festivals this year: at Cannes (the award-winning Graduation [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristian Mungiu
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by Romania’s Cristian Mungiu, competitors Loving [+see also:
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by Jeff Nichols, Paterson [+see also:
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by Jim Jarmusch, Tour de France [+see also:
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by Rachid Djaïdani and Sweet Dreams [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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by Italy’s Marco Bellocchio, screened in the Directors’ Fortnight, and Pierre Filmon’s documentary Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond, presented in Cannes Classics), Locarno (Ceasefire [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Courcol, In the Forest [+see also:
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by Gilles Marchand, Vincent and the End of the World [+see also:
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by Belgian director Christophe van Rompaey), Berlin (The Commune [+see also:
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by Denmark’s Thomas Vinterberg and Miss Impossible [+see also:
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by Emilie Deleuze), Telluride (Lost in Paris [+see also:
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by Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel), Toronto (150 Milligrams [+see also:
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by Emmanuelle Bercot, Souvenir [+see also:
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by Belgian filmmaker Bavo Defurne, Beyond Flamenco [+see also:
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by Spaniard Carlos Saura and the British co-production Lion [+see also:
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by Garth Davis) and Venice (Hacksaw Ridge by Mel Gibson and A Woman’s Life [+see also:
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by Stéphane Brizé, who is the festival’s guest of honour).

Arras audiences will also be able to enjoy A Bun in the Oven [+see also:
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by Nadège LoiseauThe Eavesdropper [+see also:
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by Thomas Kruithof, Elementary [+see also:
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by Hélène Angel, The Fabulous Patars [+see also:
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by Sophie Reine, Trainee Day [+see also:
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by Marc Fitoussi, Open at Night [+see also:
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by Edouard BaerIl a déjà tes yeux [+see also:
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by Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Un jour mon prince by Flavia Coste and The Confession [+see also:
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by Nicolas Boukhrief.

Also of note among the premieres are four films produced in the Hauts-de-France region: the animated movie Louise by the Shore [+see also:
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by Jean-François Laguionie, Souffler plus fort que la mer [+see also:
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 by Marine Place, Comment j'ai rencontré mon père by Maxime Motte and Carole Matthieu [+see also:
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by Louis-Julien Petit (toplined by Isabelle Adjani).

This vast programme will be rounded off by the World Cinema section, which includes such films as the Cannes-awarded The Salesman [+see also:
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by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, the Berlin revelation Hedi [+see also:
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by Tunisia’s Mohamed Ben Attia, Neruda [+see also:
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by Chile’s Pablo Larrain, the British co-production Theeb [+see also:
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by Naji Abu Nowar and One Week and a Day [+see also:
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by Israeli filmmaker Asaph Polonsky.

We should also point out the 15-film focus on "The Spanish War, a European Tragedy", a section for youngsters (including the German production Not Without Us by Sigrid Klausmann, Solan and Ludvig: The Big Cheese Race [+see also:
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by Norwegian director Rasmus A Sivertsen, the Danish title Julius et le père Noël by Jacob Lay and Les enfants de la chance [+see also:
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by Malik Chibane, among others), a selection of 15 "Great Escapes" and a number of cine-concerts. Last but not least, the gathering will host the fifth edition of the Arras Days (12-13 November), which will hand out Development Aid Grants (the main one courtesy of the CNC) to feature-length fiction projects initiated by the directors and producers of the films selected at Arras this year in the "Competition", "Eastern Selection" and "European Discoveries" sections.

(Translated from French)

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