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Arras unveils its line-up

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- 114 feature films, of which 90% are European, will feature on the programme of the 17th edition of the festival, which will run from 4 to 13 November

Arras unveils its line-up
A Woman's Life by Stéphane Brizé

It’s a mouth-watering line-up in store for the 17th Arras Film Festival (from 4 to 13 November 2016), which includes 80 of the 114 featured titles appearing in the "Previews and Premieres” section. Among the 150 guests from all over Europe, the festival will also welcome French director Stéphane Brizé with his latest film, A Woman’s Life [+see also:
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, as well as a film lesson.

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Nine films will have their French premieres, judged by a jury chaired by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Améris, in competition for the 2016 Golden Atlas. Of these titles, three are also representing their country in the race for the upcoming Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature: On The Other Side [+see also:
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interview: Tihana Lazovic
interview: Zrinko Ogresta
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by Croatia’s Zrinko Ogresta, Houston, We Have a Problem! [+see also:
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interview: Žiga Virc
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by Slovenian director Ziga Virc and the Hungarian title, Kills on Wheels [+see also:
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, by Attila Till.

Also in the running are Glory [+see also:
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by the Bulgarian duo of  Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (appreciated in competition at Locarno), Welcome to Norway [+see also:
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interview: Rune Denstad Langlo
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by Rune Denstad LangloWaldstille [+see also:
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interview: Martijn Maria Smits
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by the Netherlands’ Martijn Maria Smits (screened in the New Directors section at San Sebastián), We Are Never Alone [+see also:
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interview: Petr Vaclav
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by Czech director Petr Vaclav (unveiled in the Forum at the Berlinale), Paula [+see also:
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by Germany’s Christian Schwochow (presented out of competition at Locarno) and Georgian director Nino Basilia’s Anna's Life [+see also:
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interview: Nino Basilia
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The festival’s “Eastern Selection” features the Latvian title Mellow Mud [+see also:
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interview: Renars Vimba
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by Renars Vimba (adjudged best film in Berlin’s Generation 14Plus section), Enclave [+see also:
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by Serbia’s Goran Radovanovic (the winner of the 2016 Bergamo Film Meeting’s competitive section), Ministry of Love [+see also:
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by Croatian filmmaker Pavo MarinkovicNightlife [+see also:
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interview: Damjan Kozole
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by Slovenia’s Damjan Kozole, Estonian thriller The Spy and the Poet [+see also:
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by Toomas Hussar and United States of Love [+see also:
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interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
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by Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski (winner of the Silver Bear for Best Script at Berlin). 

The “European Discoveries” section will offer The Giant [+see also:
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interview: Johannes Nyholm
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by Sweden’s Johannes Nyholm (Special Jury Prize at San Sebastián), Worldly Girl [+see also:
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making of
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interview: Marco Danieli
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by Italian director Marco Danieli (the winner of five awards at this year’s Venice Days), A Wedding [+see also:
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by Belgian filmmaker Stefan Strekker (selected at Toronto), Turkish director Emin Alper’s Frenzy [+see also:
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interview: Emin Alper
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 (Special Jury Prize at last year’s Mostra), Sébastien Laudenbach’s French animation The Girl Without Hands [+see also:
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 (unveiled in the alternative line-up of Cannes’ ACID and winner of a Jury Distinction at Annecy), Le Voyage au Groenland [+see also:
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by his compatriot Sébastien Betbetder (another film that appeared in Cannes’ ACID line-up), Land of Mine [+see also:
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interview: Martin Zandvliet
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by Denmark’s Martin Zandvliet (his country’s candidate for the 2017 Oscar), Suntan [+see also:
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interview: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
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by Greek director Argyris Papadimitropoulos (winner of countless awards from a number of festivals), El destierro [+see also:
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by Spanish filmmaker Arturo Ruiz, the collaborative film from Switzerland, Wonderland [+see also:
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interview: Carmen Jaquier and Lionel R…
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(unveiled in competition at Locarno last year) and two titles presented in competition at Berlin last February: 24 Weeks [+see also:
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Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
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by Germany’s Anne Zohra Berrached and Portuguese director Ivo M Ferreira’s Letters from War [+see also:
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Q&A: Ivo M Ferreira
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. Ferreira.

Rounded out by thirty-odd advance screenings (including the festival’s opening film, Demain tout commence by Hugo Gélin), the programme of the Arras Film Festival will also include a World Cinema section, a selection of films concerning "The Spanish War”, a “Kids Festival”, a "Great Escapes" section and a number of film-concerts.

As a final note, as well as other professional events, the 5th edition of the Arras Days (12-13 November) will see a jury award development support grants to fiction feature film projects conceived by European directors and producers in the Arras Film Festival’s official line-up.

(Translated from French)

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