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LES ARCS 2015

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A tempting seventh edition for Les Arcs

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- The Les Arcs European Film Festival has unveiled a tantalising programme for its seventh edition, which will take place from 12-19 December 2015

A tempting seventh edition for Les Arcs
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) by Eva Husson

Very popular with European industry professionals and a highly effective springboard for launching co-productions and promoting movies (as proven by recent titles Son of Saul [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile
]
, Sparrows [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
film profile
]
and The High Sun [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Dalibor Matanic
interview: Tihana Lazovic
film profile
]
, all of which were funnelled through the alpine resort at one stage or another of their production process), the Les Arcs European Film Festival has revealed the mouth-watering programme for its seventh edition (12-19 December 2015).

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Selected by artistic director Frédéric Boyer, the features in competition for the Crystal Arrow 2015 include Sparrows by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson (which won at San Sebastián), Chevalier [+see also:
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by Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari (unveiled in competition at Locarno, going on to win awards at London and Sarajevo), Venice competition entries A Bigger Splash [+see also:
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interview: Luca Guadagnino
film profile
]
by Italy’s Luca Guadagnino and 11 Minutes [+see also:
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Q&A: Jerzy Skolimowski
film profile
]
by Jerzy Skolimowki, Family Film [+see also:
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interview: Olmo Omerzu
film profile
]
by Slovenia’s Olmo Omerzu, and four titles that turned a lot of heads at Toronto: Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Eva Husson
film profile
]
by French director Eva Husson (read the article), The Ardennes [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Robin Pront
film profile
]
by Belgian filmmaker Robin Pront, the British-Franco-Belgian film Couple in a Hole [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Tom Geens
film profile
]
by Tom Geens (which won at Dinard) and the French production Parisienne [+see also:
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by Lebanese director Danielle Arbid (read the article). We should also point out that a tenth movie is due to round off the competition shortly.

A new section dubbed “Hauteurs” (“Heights”) will enable audiences to enjoy the explosive Frenzy [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Emin Alper
film profile
]
by Turkey’s Emin Alper (winner of the Special Jury Prize at Venice), The High Sun by Croatian director Dalibor Matanic (winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes), the stunning Bridgend [+see also:
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by Danish filmmaker Jeppe Rønde (revealed at Rotterdam and awarded at Tribeca), two movies that snagged prizes at Berlin (Body [+see also:
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interview: Malgorzata Szumowska
interview: Malgorzata Szumowska
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]
by Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska and Under Electric Clouds [+see also:
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trailer
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by Russia’s Alexey German Jr) and three French features: Evolution [+see also:
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by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (a double winner at San Sebastián), This Summer Feeling [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Mikhaël Hers
film profile
]
by Mikhaël Hers (read the article – crowned at Bordeaux recently) and Je ne suis pas un salaud [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by French director Emmanuel Finkiel (read the article).

Another novelty is the “Playtime” programme, which will present The Wave [+see also:
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interview: Roar Uthaug
film profile
]
by Norway’s Roar Uthaug (his country’s candidate for the upcoming Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film, and which will have the honour of opening the Les Arcs Film Festival), Truman [+see also:
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making of
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interview: Cesc Gay
film profile
]
by Spaniard Cesc Gay (awarded at San Sebastián, thanks to its two lead actors), Retribution [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Dani de la Torre
film profile
]
by his fellow countryman Dani de La Torre (unveiled in the Venice Days) and three French productions: Et ta soeur [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Marion Vernoux (read the article), Vicky Banjo [+see also:
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by Denis Imbert and The Great Game [+see also:
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by Nicolas Pariser.

The programme is further enriched by a Focus on Norwegian cinema, with 14 films on the menu, a number of master classes led by actor Niels Arestrup, director Xavier Beauvois and composers Valentin Hadjaj and Atli Orvarsson, a section entitled “Frayeur” (“Fright”), which includes Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead [+see also:
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]
by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, Ghoul [+see also:
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by Czech director Petr Jakl and the Franco-Spanish co-production Don’t Grow Up [+see also:
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 by Thierry Poiraud (read the article), a variety of special screenings (including the world premiere of La Mélancolie des Télésièges by Joséphine de Meaux), an educational programme, the Music Village and the brand-new Interactive Village complete with its virtual-reality headsets.

And we mustn’t forget the professional events, with the 25 projects in the Coproduction Village, the ten films in Work In Progress, the workshops, and the Distributors and Exhibitors’ Summit (with 12 features on the line-up, including The First, the Last [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Bouli Lanners
film profile
]
by Bouli Lanners, Keeper [+see also:
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trailer
making of
interview: Guillaume Senez ­
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
film profile
]
by Guillaume Senez, Sky [+see also:
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trailer
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]
by Fabienne Berthaud, Land Legs [+see also:
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by Samuel Collardey and Marie et les naufragés [+see also:
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]
by Sébastien Betbeder). All further details of this huge array of events will be unveiled soon.

(Translated from French)

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