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Les Arcs unfurls avalanche of avant-premieres

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Having kicked off last Saturday, the 2nd Les Arcs European Film Festival is in full swing in the Alps resort.

The 2010 selection (see news) has been completed by three titles in competition (Essential Killing [+see also:
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by Poland’s Jerzy Skolimowski, Three [+see also:
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by Germany’s Tom Tykwer and Tilva Ros [+see also:
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by Serbia’s Nicola Lezaic); Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen’s Finnish documentary Steam of Life; Irish director Ian Power’s The Runway [+see also:
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in the Panorama; and several avant-premieres including Nicolas Cuche’s La Chance de Ma Vie [+see also:
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(“The Chance of My Life”), Thierry Jousse’s Je Suis Un No Man’s Land, Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino’s The Four Times [+see also:
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and Brit helmer Daniel Barber’s Harry Brown [+see also:
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Opening tomorrow and running until Saturday, DIRE Days (United European Independent Distributors) will present 11 films in avant-premiere. Highlights include German director Burhan Qurbani’s Shahada (Faith) [+see also:
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(to be released in France on January 26, 2011 by Memento Films); The Solitude of Prime Numbers [+see also:
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by Italy’s Saverio Costanzo (Le Pacte on March 23); Morgen [+see also:
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by Romania’s Marian Crisan (Les Films du Losange on February 2); Jesper Moller and Sinem Sakagolu’s German/French co-production The Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams (Bac Films on February 9); Sound of Noise [+see also:
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by Sweden’s Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson (Wild Bunch Distribution on December 29); Cirkus Columbia [+see also:
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by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic (Happiness Distribution); and On the Path by fellow Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic (Diaphana on February 9).

Four French productions complete the line-up: José Alcala’s Coup d’Éclat (“Remarkable Feat”, formerly known as Fabienne, see news – distribution: Ad Vitam); Anne Giafferi’s Qui A Envie d’Être Aimé? (“Who Wants To Be Loved?”, Haut et Court on February 9); JR’s documentary Women Are Heroes [+see also:
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(Rezo Films on January 12); and Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s Jimmy Rivière (Pyramide Distribution on March 16).

Among other events, Les Arcs Festival has selected 20 projects from 11 countries for its Co-production Village (see list). It has also organised several conferences: the Zentropa model looking at the example of financing for Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (with Peter Aalbæk Jensen and Marianne Slot in attendance); European distribution of Xavier Beauvois’s Of Gods and Men [+see also:
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(with representatives from Artificial Eye, Non Stop End, MCF, Lumière and Mars Distribution); and European co-production focusing on the case of The Solitude of Prime Numbers.

(Translated from French)

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