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Seven projects for the Arras Days

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- Among the titles being pitched at the writing stage are the upcoming films by Grimur Hakonarson, Sonja Prosenc, Ivan Ostrochovsky, Ozcan Alper and Svetla Tsotsorkova

Seven projects for the Arras Days
Director Grimur Hakonarson (© Canarias7)

As an integral part of the 16th Arras International Film Festival (6-15 November 2015 – read the article), the fourth edition of the Arras Days will unveil seven previously unseen projects at the writing stage, which will be pitched next Saturday to a jury comprising three European professionals, and which will be duking it out for two awards (€5,000 from the City of Arras and €10,000 from the CNC).

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Among the projects going head to head is The County by Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson, whose feature debut, Rams [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Grimur Hakonarson
film profile
]
, the winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes last May, has just been nominated for the 2015 European Film Award for Best Film and is Iceland’s candidate for the 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film. The project will be presented by the producer, Grimar Jonsson (of Netop Films).

The new projects by two filmmakers whose previous movies are also in the 2016 Oscars race will be presented at Arras by their directors: Slovenian filmmaker Sonja Prosenc will pitch History of Love, her second feature, following The Tree [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(revealed at Karlovy Vary last year), and Slovakia’s Ivan Ostrochovsky will be fighting for The Disciple, his third feature, following Velvet Terrorists [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and the multi-award-winning Koza [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ivan Ostrochovský
film profile
]
, two titles that were screened in the Berlinale Forum in 2014 and 2015.

Bulgarian director Svetla Tsotsorkova will also be in action at Arras with her project Sister, after she turned heads in the New Directors section of San Sebastián in September with her feature debut, Thirst [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Svetla Tsotsorkova
film profile
]
.

Turkey’s Ozcan Alper, who was awarded at Locarno in 2008 with Autumn [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and who then directed Future Lasts Forever [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(selected at Toronto in 2011) and Memories of the Wind [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(unveiled this summer at Montreal), will present his project Sunset. Lastly, Polish screenwriter Kinga Krzemińska will be pitching Letter I (produced by MD4 with Grzegorz Jaroszuk as the attached director) and filmmaker Viktor Tauss (nominated last year for the Czech Lions with Clownwise [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) will be in attendance to describe his project American Chick.

Also devised as a co-production platform, the Arras Days will allow producers interested in these projects to find out more about them at the event.

(Translated from French)

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