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ARRAS 2018

The Arras Film Festival pulls out all the stops

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- The 19th edition of the event dedicated to European cinema will take place from 2-11 November, and will boast a barrage of premiere screenings and films as yet unreleased in France

The Arras Film Festival pulls out all the stops
Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu

Simultaneously a mainstream gathering (with more than 45,000 viewers) and a highly demanding event on the artistic level, the Arras Film Festival, whose programme is almost entirely devoted to European cinema, has unveiled the scintillating line-up for its 2018 edition, which will unspool from 2-11 November. 

Nine films that have not yet been released in France will be battling it out for the 2019 Golden Atlas, which will be handed out by a jury chaired by French filmmaker Emmanuel Finkiel. Standing out among them are three features that were unveiled in competition at Karlovy Vary: Winter Flies [+see also:
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 by Slovenia’s Olmo Omerzu, which won the Best Director Award at the Czech festival (and which has been chosen as the Czech candidate for the 2019 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film), Panic Attack [+see also:
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interview: Pawel Maslona
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 by Poland’s Pawel Maslona and Jumpman [+see also:
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interview: Ivan I Tverdovsky
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 by Russia’s Ivan I Tverdovsky. Also vying for the top prize will be Mothers’ Instinct [+see also:
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 by Belgium’s Olivier Masset-Depasse (popular recently at Toronto), Genesis [+see also:
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interview: Árpád Bogdán, Andrea Taschler
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 by Hungary’s Bogdan Arpad (unveiled in the Berlinale Panorama), One Step Behind the Seraphim [+see also:
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 by Daniel Sandu (the winner of eight Gopo Awards in 2018, including Best Romanian Film of the Year), The Eternal Road [+see also:
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interview: Antti-Jussi Annila
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by Antti Jussi Annila (crowned with six Jussi Awards in 2018, including Best Finnish Film of the Year), The Most Beautiful Couple [+see also:
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interview: Sven Taddicken
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by Germany’s Sven Taddicken (premiered at Toronto) and Take It or Leave It [+see also:
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 by Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo (the Estonian Oscar candidate).

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The juicy European Discoveries menu includes pictures such as Amanda [+see also:
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 by France’s Mikhaël Hers (very popular at Venice, in the Orizzonti section), Border [+see also:
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interview: Ali Abbasi
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 by Denmark’s Ali Abbasi (Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes), Boys Cry [+see also:
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interview: Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
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 by Italy’s Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo (a real revelation in the Berlinale Panorama), Sibel [+see also:
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by Turkey’s Cagla Zencirci and France’s Guillaume Giovanetti (revealed in competition at Locarno) and Styx [+see also:
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by Germany’s Wolfgang Fischer (Europa Cinemas Label in the Berlinale Panorama). Other movies in the showcase include Emma Peeters [+see also:
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 by Belgian-American director Nicole Palo (which brought the Giornate degli Autori to a close at Venice), U – July 22 [+see also:
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interview: Erik Poppe
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 by Norway’s Erik Poppe (presented in competition at Berlin), Sámi Blood [+see also:
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interview: Amanda Kernell
interview: Lars Lindstrom
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 by Sweden’s Amanda Kernell (thus wrapping a long festival run that has been ongoing since its premiere at Venice in 2016), the fascism comedy I’m Back [+see also:
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 by Italy’s Luca Miniero and Heavy Trip [+see also:
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 by Finnish duo Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren. Also of note is a Focus on Flanders (including Don’t Shoot [+see also:
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 by Stijn ConinxKing of the Belgians [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Br…
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 by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, and Cargo [+see also:
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interview: Gilles Coulier
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 by Gilles Coulier) plus a Focus on Animation (boasting the Cannes titles Chris the Swiss [+see also:
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interview: Anja Kofmel
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 by Anja Kofmel and Another Day of Life [+see also:
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interview: Raul de la Fuente
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 by Raul de la Fuente and Damian Nenow, in addition to Funan [+see also:
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 by Denis Do, which was triumphant at Annecy). 

The Visions of the East section is also particularly tantalising, with Sunset [+see also:
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interview: László Nemes
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 by Hungary’s László NemesAlice T [+see also:
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interview: Radu Muntean
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 by Romania’s Radu MunteanSecret Ingredient [+see also:
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interview: Gjorce Stavreski
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 by Macedonia’s Gjorce StavreskiThe Interpreter [+see also:
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interview: Martin Šulík
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 by Slovakia’s Martin ŠulíkLeto (The Summer) [+see also:
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interview: Ilya Stewart
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 by Russia’s Kirill SerebrennikovThe Little Comrade by Estonia’s Moonika Siimets and Miss Hanoi by Czech filmmaker Zdenek Viktora, not to mention a Focus on Poland comprising four films: Fugue [+see also:
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interview: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
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 by Agnieszka SmoczynskaThe Man with the Magic Box [+see also:
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by Bodo KoxOnce Upon a Time in November [+see also:
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interview: Andrzej Jakimowski
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 by Andrzej Jakimowski and Back Home [+see also:
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 by Magdalena Łazarkiewicz

Lastly, the World Cinema programme will offer several top-drawer European co-productions, such as Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Sameh Zoabi
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 by Israeli-Palestinian director Sameh ZoabiA Twelve-Year Night [+see also:
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interview: Álvaro Brechner
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 by Uruguay’s Alvaro BrechnerÁga [+see also:
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interview: Milko Lazarov
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 by Bulgaria’s Milko LazarovBirds of Passage [+see also:
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 by Colombia’s Ciro Guerra and Cristina GallegoThe Reports on Sarah and Saleem [+see also:
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 by Palestine’s Muayad AlayanThe Heiresses [+see also:
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 by Paraguay’s Marcelo MartinessiThe Testament [+see also:
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interview: Amichai Greenberg
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 by Israel’s Amichai Greenberg and Ash Is Purest White [+see also:
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 by China’s Jia Zhang-ke.

A slew of almost 30 premiere screenings, including myriad French movies (which Cineuropa will cover in more detail at a later date), accompanied by their cast and crew, round off the programme of this mouth-watering 19th edition of the Arras Film Festival, with the world premiere of The Emperor of Paris [+see also:
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by Jean-François Richet, among others.

(Translated from French)

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