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Les Arcs: an increasingly attractive Coproduction Village


- Amongst the 29 projects, the next films by Radu Jude, Rúnar Rúnarsson, Daniele Vicari, Adrian Sitaru and Sharunas Bartas. And 10 titles in the Work-in-Progress

Les Arcs: an increasingly attractive Coproduction Village

A week after the announcement of its very rich programme (read the article), the European Film Festival of Les Arcs (5th edition from December 14 to 21, 2013) unveiled the list of 29 projects selected for the Coproduction Village. Increasingly popular amongst professionals of the cinematographic industry of the Old Continent, the event (December 14-17) was blessed with choice with 250 candidates, a figure clearly higher than that of last year. As the festival’s General Director Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin explained to Cineuropa, "it’s a very homogenous selection, without doubt the best since we began. We favoured the projects’ artistic quality and the previous paths of the directors; then we evaluated their potential compared to the market, because they not only have to attract coproducers, but also distributors and international sellers. Thanks to the experience acquired from previous editions, we selected a good mixture of experienced producers and rising companies in Europe.”

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Amongst the projects (see the complete list below) some projects stand out: the next films by Romanian director Radu Jude (appreciated at the Berlinale 2012 with Everybody in Our Family [+see also:
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interview: Radu Jude
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), his compatriot Adrian Sitaru (Venice Days 2008 with his first feature Picnic and rewarded in Locarno in 2011 with a Best Actor award for Best Intentions [+see also:
film profile
), Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson (discovered at the Directors’ Fortnight 2011 with Volcano [+see also:
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), Italian filmmaker Daniele Vicari (Best Film in Venice in 2001, selected for the Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2005 and last year for the Panorama of the Berlinale with Diaz - Don’t Clean Up This Blood), Slovenian director Jan Cvitkovic (revealed in San Sebastian in 2005 with Gravehopping) and Lithuanian director Sharunas Bartas (in the parallel sections of Berlin in 1992, 1994 and 2010, in Venice in 2000, and in Cannes in 1996, 1997 and 2005.

Amongst other French projects, we find Le Front du Wakhan by Clément Cogitore, which just received a promise for an advance on receipts from the CNC (news) and Le véritable sosie de Ceausescu by Philippe Pollet-Villard (Oscar 2008 for Best Short).

Ten films (see the list below) whose scenes will be unveiled on Sunday, December 15, were selected as part of the Work-in-Progress section, which Cineuropa will cover in detail soon with Frédéric Boyer, the Festival’s artistic director.

It is also worth mentioning that on that same day, an enticing conference dedicated toThe evolution of funding: private equity, foreign investments and linguistic strategy for European films” will take placewith Danish producer Peter Aalbeck Jensen (General Director of Zentropa), his Spanish counterpart Alvaro Longoria (Morena Films) and American producer Anna Kokourina (Vice-president of production for Fox International).

List of Projects for the Coproduction Village:

Appetite by John Huddles - Deal Productions (Luxembourg)

Un autre jour viendra by Tamara Erde - Illiade & Films (France) and Transfax Films (Israel)

Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Bogdan Mirica
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Bogdan Mirica - 42 km Film (Romania) and EZ Films (France)

Equator - Hans Van Nuffel - Savage Film (Belgium)

The Fixer by Adrian Sitaru - 4 Proof Film (Romania) and Petit Film (France)

Freedom or Die by Valdimir Bazevski - Pank Film (Macedonia)

Le Front du Wakhan by Clément Cogitore - Kazak Productions (France), Komplizen Film (Germany) and Tarantula (Belgium)

The Good Soldier by Balint Kenyeres - Mirage Film (Hungary)  

Heartstone [+see also:
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interview: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
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 by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson - Frae Films (Iceland)

Histoire Rouge by Annarita Zambrano - Sensito Films (France)

I’ll Take Care of It by Ian Fitzgibbon - Grand Pictures (Ireland)

Ivan’s Confirmation by Branko Schmidt - Spiritus Movens (Croatia), Dart Film (Serbia) and Dor Film (Austria)

Je suis le véritable sosie de Ceausescu by Philippe Pollet Villard - Karé Productions (France)

The Key by Timur Makarevic - SCCA/PRO.BA (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Long Way Down by Daniele Vicari - MIR Cinematografica (Italy)

The Longest Summer on Earth by Masa Neskovic - Dart Film (Serbia), Spiritus Movens (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Mercedes - Fire Horse by Jan Cvitkovic - Staragara (Slovenia), Transmedia (Italy) and Propeler Film (Croatia)

Les murs écorchés by Regine Abadia - Metaluna Productions (France) 

No Fun by Martine Doyen - Helicotronc (Belgium) 

Oktoberflesh (sans réalisateur pour l'instant) - Penny Dreadful Films (UK) and Little Kong Films (Germany)

Ola Kala byDidier Barcelo - Synecdoche (France)

Pass This On by Pedro Aguilera who produces himself (Spain) 

Peace to us in our Dreams bySharunas Bartas - Unlimited Films (France)

The Rams byGrimur Hakonarson - Netop Films (Iceland) 

Scarred Hearts byRadu Jude, produced by Ada Solomon - Hi Film Productions (Romania)

Sister of Mine de Pedro Aguilera - produced by Pedro Aguilera (Spain)

Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson - Nimbus Film (Denmark)

Under the Pyramid [+see also:
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Axel Petersén - Idyll (Sweden), SF (Denmark) and Laila Films (Israel)

The Yard by Mans Mansson - Anagram (Sweden)

Work-in-Progress films:

In Your Name by Marco van Geffen - Lemming Film (the Netherlands), KinoElektron (France) and A Private View (Belgium)

The Judgment by Stephan Komandarev - Argo Film (Bulgaria), Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion (Germany), Propeler Film (Croatia) and Sektor Film (Macedonia) 

Liebling by Jeroen Perceval - Savage Film (Belgium)

Paris of The North byHafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson - Zik Zak Filmworks (Iceland), Profile Pictures (Denmark) and Arizona Fims (France)

No One’s Child byVuk Rsumovic - Art & Popcorn (Serbia)

The Reaper by Zvonimir Juric - Kinorama (Croatia) 

Sud Eau Nord Déplacer by Antoine Boutet - Les Films du Présent (France) and Sister Productions (France) 

Things I Cannot Tell by Nisan Dag and Esra Saydam - Karlakum Film (Turkey) 

The Way Out by Petr Vaclav - Cinema Defacto (France), Moloko Film (Czech Republic)

Land by Jan-Willem van Ewijk - Augustus Film (the Netherlands), Endorphine Produktion (Germany) and Man’s Film (Belgium)

(Translated from French)

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