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Arizona riding a powerful wave

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- Nine titles are in the pipeline for the Paris-based outfit, which co-produced and is selling the Czech film I, Olga Hepnarova, selected in the Panorama at Berlin

Arizona riding a powerful wave
I, Olga Hepnarova by Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda

2016 is looking extremely promising for French outfit Arizona Productions, headed by Guillaume de Seille and Rémi Roy. The Paris-based firm (which is also active in the fields of French distribution and international sales), which already had one co-production on the line-up of the upcoming Sundance Film Festival (21-31 January 2016) with Much Ado About Nothing [+see also:
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by Chile’s Alejandro Fernández Almendras (read the article), will also be present in the showcase of the Panorama at the 66th Berlinale (11-21 February) with I, Olga Hepnarova [+see also:
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interview: Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda
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by Czech directors Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda.

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Arizona is selling the film abroad, and the French company also minority co-produced it with the Czech Republic (Black Balance and Frame 100R), Poland (Media Brigade) and Slovakia (Alef Film and Media Group). Featuring among the other partners on this feature debut that depicts the life of an angry young girl in the 1970s (played by Michalina Olszanska, also among the cast of The Lure [+see also:
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interview: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
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, the Polish film selected in competition at Sundance) are Love.Frame, Spoon, the Barrandov Studios, Michael Samuelson Lighting Prague and the FAMU. It is also worth highlighting the support provided by the Polish Film Institute, ODRA-Film, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, the Film Incentives of the Czech State Cinematography Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and the city of Usti Nad Orlici.

Seven other titles stand out in Arizona’s diary, including three currently being edited: Zoology by Ivan I Tverdovski (co-produced with Russia and Germany, and whose first images turned a lot of heads on Monday this week in Work-in-Progress at the seventh Les Arcs European Film Festival), Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim by Shérif El Bendary (co-produced with Egypt, and which won three awards at Work-in-Progress Final Cut at Venice) and the documentary The Last Resort by Thanos Anastopoulos (co-produced with Italy and Greece, with backing from such sources as RAI).

Four other features are being prepared for shoots scheduled for the first half of 2016: Khibula by George Ovashvili (co-produced with Georgia and Germany – the new opus by the multi-award-winning director of Corn Island [+see also:
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interview: George Ovashvili
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), My Happy Family [+see also:
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interview: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon G…
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 by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross (who rose to fame with In Bloom [+see also:
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and whose next film will also be co-produced with Germany and Georgia), Nanook by Milko Lazarov (with Bulgaria and Germany – a project already being supported by such schemes as the CNC’s World Cinema Support) and Free Subject by Stella Theodorakis (co-produced with Greece and Italy).

(Translated from French)

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