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ARRAS 2018

A torrent of premiere screenings at Arras

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- The 19th Arras Film Festival, which gets under way today, will present the world premiere of The Emperor of Paris by Jean-François Richet

A torrent of premiere screenings at Arras
Lola et ses frères by Jean-Paul Rouve

Shining the spotlight on European film industries whose movies do not often find distribution in France (see the article and read the news) while simultaneously giving a mainstream impetus to the event with myriad premiere screenings of French movies, accompanied by their cast and crew: the ever-growing success of the Arras Film Festival owes a great deal to the fine balance that has been struck between these two strategies. Indeed, it’s the deluge of top-quality premieres that really shine on the line-up of the 19th edition, which will unspool from 2-11 November 2018, and which will be opened today by Lola et ses frères by Jean-Paul Rouve (who will be in attendance together with Ludivine Sagnier and Ramzy).

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The undeniable proof of people’s affection for the festival and the huge amount of trust they place in it is the world premiere of The Emperor of Paris by Jean-François Richet (which will come out on 19 December in France) on Saturday 3 November, in the presence of the director, lead actor Vincent Cassel, and producers Éric and Nicolas Altmayer.

Also featuring on the jam-packed programme are An Impossible Love [+see also:
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by Catherine Corsini (in the presence of the director and her actors Virginie Efira and Niels Schneider), Sauver ou périr by Frédéric Tellier (who will make the journey to Arras, accompanied by Pierre Niney) and Best Intentions by Gilles Legrand (who will be coming to Arras with Agnès Jaoui). Several other filmmakers will also be taking part in person, such as Julie Bertuccelli for Claire DarlingKheiron for Bad Seeds [+see also:
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Diane Kurys for Ma mère est folleFabienne Godet for Nos vies formidablesJeanne Herry for In Safe Hands [+see also:
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Elsa Amiel for Pearl [+see also:
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Nils Tavernier for The Ideal PalaceFélix Moati for Deux fils, Louis-Julien Petit for Les Invisibles, David Roux for Breath of Life [+see also:
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Ludovic Bernard for In your HandsAntoine Raimbault for Conviction, Elise Otzenberger for My Polish Honeymoon and Judith Davis for Whatever Happened to My Revolution.

Also of note are the national premieres of the Venice competition entries Non-Fiction [+see also:
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interview: Olivier Assayas
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by Olivier Assayas and The Favourite [+see also:
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 by Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos, as well as those of Amanda [+see also:
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interview: Mikhaël Hers
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by Mikhaël Hers (also unveiled at the Mostra), The Bookshop [+see also:
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by Spaniard Isabel CoixetKursk [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Vinterberg
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 by Denmark’s Thomas VinterbergArctic [+see also:
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by Joe PennaColette [+see also:
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 by Wash Westmoreland and Edmond by Alexis Michalik, which will have the honour of serving as the closing film of this rich 19th edition of the gathering, during which director Pascale Ferran will come along to teach a film class.

(Translated from French)

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