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Les Arcs heads back to the peaks

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- The immensely popular Les Arcs European Film Festival has unveiled a superb programme for its sixth edition, which will unspool from 13-20 December 2014

Les Arcs heads back to the peaks

Now firmly established in the international film event landscape, the Les Arcs European Film Festival has unveiled a very attractive-looking programme for its sixth edition (13-20 December 2014), which will screen over 100 movies.

Selected by the gathering’s artistic director, Frédéric Boyer, the 12 competition titles that will be duking it out for the Crystal Arrow 2014 include three Scandinavian films: 1001 Grams [+see also:
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interview: Bent Hamer
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by Norway’s Bent Hamer (read the interview with the director), the revelation Underdog [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Ronnie Sandahl
film profile
]
by Swedish filmmaker Ronnie Sandahl (read the review) and A Second Chance [+see also:
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 by Danish director Susanne Bier. Two British films (The Duke of Burgundy [+see also:
film review
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film profile
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by British director Peter Strickland and Hyena [+see also:
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film focus
interview: Gerard Johnson
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by Gerard Johnson) and the Irish feature Frank [+see also:
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by Lenny Abrahamson will also be in competition.

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The competition is rounded off by Waste Land [+see also:
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film focus
interview: Pieter Van Hees
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by Belgium’s Pieter Van Hees, Labyrinth of Lies [+see also:
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making of
interview: Giulio Ricciarelli
interview: Giulio Ricciarelli
film profile
]
by German filmmaker Giulio Ricciarelli (read the interview), Fidelio, l'odyssée d'Alice [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lucie Borleteau
film profile
]
by French director Lucie Borleteau (which won at Locarno – read the review and the interview), the Venice revelation These Are the Rules [+see also:
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film profile
]
by Croatia’s Ognjen Svilicic and the Russian title Durak [+see also:
film review
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interview: Yury Bykov
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by Yury Bykov.

In the Panorama section, the Les Arcs Festival will be offering The Gambler [+see also:
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interview: Ignas Jonynas
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by Lithuanian director Ignas Jonynas, Stockholm [+see also:
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by Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen (read the review), A Blast [+see also:
film review
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interview: Syllas Tzoumerkas
film profile
]
by Greek filmmaker Syllas Tzoumerkas (read the review), Blind [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Eskil Vogt
interview: Eskil Vogt
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]
by Norway’s Eskil Vogt, Blind Dates [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Levan Koguashvili
film profile
]
by Georgian director Levan Koguashvili (read the review), Tour de force (Hin und weg) [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by German filmmaker Christian Zübert, the Portuguese feature All Is Well by Pocas Pascoal, the British production Still Life [+see also:
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film focus
interview: Uberto Pasolini
festival scope
film profile
]
by Italian director Uberto Pasolini, White Shadow [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Noaz Deshe
festival scope
film profile
]
by Noaz Deshe (read the review) and Violet [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Bas Devos.

The programme is further enhanced by a Focus on Irish cinema (with 13 films on the menu) and around ten preview screenings. Standing out among these are three titles that were revealed at Cannes (the Grand Prix winner The Wonders [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alice Rohrwacher
interview: Tiziana Soudani
film profile
]
by Italy’s Alice Rohrwacher, the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner Force Majeure (Turist) [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ruben Östlund
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]
by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund and Amour fou [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
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by Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner – read the review) and two world premieres: Valentin Valentin by French director Pascal Thomas and the Franco-Irish documentary A Turning Tide in the Life of Men by Loïc Jourdain.

Also set to be screened as French premieres are the Venice competitor Far from Men [+see also:
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film profile
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by France’s David Oelhoffen (read the review), Gaby Baby Doll [+see also:
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film profile
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by his fellow countrywoman Sophie Letourneur (read the article), the German production Who Am I - No System is Safe [+see also:
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interview: Baran bo Odar
film profile
]
by Swiss director Baran bo Odar, X+Y [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Britain’s Morgan Matthews and The Clearstream Affair by Vincent Garenq (read the article), which will bring the festival to a close.

Also of note among the gathering’s special sessions are the new sections entitled “Musical Films” (which includes such movies as Eden [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
film profile
]
by Mia Hansen-Love) and “Frights” (featuring the German film Der Samurai [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Till Kleinert, the Latvian production The Man in the Orange Jacket [+see also:
film review
interview: Aik Karapetian
interview: Roberts Vinovskis
film profile
]
by Aik Karapetian and the Irish title The Canal by Ivan Kavanagh, among others), a master class by Bertrand Tavernier, and the Les Arcs Festival’s very popular professional sidebar, featuring the 25 projects in the Coproduction Village, the ten Work In Progress films, the Low Budget Film Forum, a number of workshops and round tables, and the Distributors’ and Exhibitors’ Summit – more details of all these events will be revealed shortly. In addition, we mustn’t neglect to mention the new Music Village, the Igloo events, a privileged screening for the “happy few” on the Aiguille Rouge (3,200 metres above sea level) and the traditional European Cinema Ski Cup.

(Translated from French)

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