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European film gleams at Arras

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- 120 features, including 52 premieres and 19 as-yet unreleased films, are on the menu at the 16th edition of a festival that favours eye-openers from the Old World

European film gleams at Arras
The Fencer by Klaus Härö

Always on the ball when it comes to discovering new European talent, the Arras International Film Festival is offering a top-quality line-up for its 16th edition (6-15 November 2015), comprising 120 features, including 52 having their premieres and 19 that have never been seen before in France.

Standing out among the nine features in the running for the Golden Atlas 2014, and which will be screened for the first time ever in France, are three movies that are representing their countries in the race for the upcoming Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film: The Fencer [+see also:
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interview: Ivo Felt
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 by Finnish director Klaus HäröHome Care [+see also:
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interview: Slávek Horák
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 by Czech filmmaker Slavek Horak and 1944 [+see also:
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by Estonia’s Elmo Nüganen. Also on the line-up are The Red Spider [+see also:
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 by Polish director Marcin Koszalka (popular in competition at Karlovy Vary), Virgin Mountain [+see also:
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by Iceland’s Dagur Kári (which was premiered at Berlin and recently won the Nordic Council Film Prize), Thirst [+see also:
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 by Bulgarian filmmaker Svetla Tsotsorkova (revealed at San Sebastián, in the New Directors section), Memories of the Wind [+see also:
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by Turkey’s Ozcan AlperWhat's Between Us [+see also:
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 by Swiss director Claudia Lorenz and The Culpable [+see also:
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 by Germany’s Gerd Schneider.

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On the menu in the "Visions of the East" section are three other hopefuls for the 2016 Oscar: The Tree [+see also:
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 by Slovenian filmmaker Sonja ProsencThe High Sun [+see also:
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interview: Tihana Lazovic
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 by Croatia’s Dalibor Matanic (awarded at Cannes) and Koza [+see also:
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by Slovakian director Ivan Ostrochovsky. In addition, we have the Venice revelation No One's Child [+see also:
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 by Serbian filmmaker Vuk Rsumovic, two more Slovenian features (Silent Sonata [+see also:
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 by Janez Burger and The Beat of Love by Boris Petkovic) and three Romanian movies: The Treasure [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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 by Corneliu Porumboiu (also a winner at Cannes), Why Me? [+see also:
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interview: Tudor Giurgiu
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 by Tudor Giurgiu (which was shown in the Berlinale’s Panorama Special) and The Magic Mountain [+see also:
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 by Anca Damian (unveiled at Karlovy Vary). 

Standing out on the "European Discoveries" programme are 12 features, including the multi-award-winning Rams [+see also:
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interview: Grimur Hakonarson
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 by Iceland’s Grimur HakonarsonA Perfect Day [+see also:
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interview: Fernando León de Aranoa
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 by Spaniard Fernando Leon de AranoaLucia de B [+see also:
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 by Dutch director Paula van der Oest (which was among the nine titles shortlisted last year for the 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film), the head turner My Skinny Sister [+see also:
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interview: Sanna Lenken
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 by Swedish director Sanna LenkenYou're Ugly Too [+see also:
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interview: Mark Noonan
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 by Irish filmmaker Mark NoonanA Second Chance [+see also:
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 by Denmark’s Susanne BierA Uma Hora Incerta [+see also:
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 by Portuguese director Carlos SabogaDough [+see also:
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 by British director John GoldschmidtThe Lies of the Victors [+see also:
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interview: Christoph Hochhäusler
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 by Germany’s Christoph Hochhäusler and three French films: This Summer Feeling [+see also:
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interview: Mikhaël Hers
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 by Mikhaël HersLand Legs [+see also:
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 by Samuel Collardey (awarded in Orizzonti at Venice, thanks to its lead actor) and The New Kid [+see also:
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interview: Rudi Rosenberg
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 by Rudi Rosenberg (winner of the New Directors section at San Sebastián). 

Rounded off by 26 premieres (for more details, click here), the Arras Film Festival’s line-up also includes tributes to French actress Michèle Mercier and famous director Jim Sheridan, whose home country will also take pride of place with a programme of 16 movies dubbed "Ireland, from One Conflict to Another".

Lastly of note among the other professional events is the fourth edition of the Arras Days, which will see a jury dish out development support grants to feature-length fiction projects initiated by the directors and producers of European films selected in competition at Arras, or in the Visions of the East and Discoveries sections.

(Translated from French)

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