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ARRAS 2021 Arras Days / Awards

Bleach wins at Arras Days

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- The project from Kosovar filmmaker Kaltrina Krasniqi wins the main development support grant of the Arras Film Festival, while Hesitation Wound by Selman Nacar was also awarded

Bleach wins at Arras Days
Kosovar filmmaker Kaltrina Krasniqi during her participation at the Arras Film Festival (© Arras Film Festival)

At the end of an intensive day of pitching, the jury (Charles Tesson, Dennis Ruh and Dominique Welinski) of the 10th edition of the Arras Days, which hands out development support grants as part of the 22nd Arras Film Festival, awarded two sophomore feature film projects.

The main grant (€7,500 given by the Arras Film Festival) went to Bleach from Kosovar filmmaker Kaltrina Krasniqi, discovered this year in the Orizzonti section in Venice with her feature debut Vera Dreams of the Sea [+see also:
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. Bleach’s main character is 50-year-old Fatime, a domestic worker from the Prishtina outskirts, mother of two and wife to Avdi, a forklift driver. Having built her experience working in other people’s homes ever since she was a teenager, Fatime seizes the opportunity to work as a cleaner in a company in the city, expecting a safer and more transparent work environment. The company is run by charismatic woman Elvira (40s), who charms Fatime to the point of making her believe that the two have become friends. But an incident which discloses Elvira’s private life to Fatime tarnishes their relationship so badly, that no amount of bleach would be able to clean it up… 

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The second development support grant (€5,000 given by the City of Arras) went to Hesitation Wound from Turkish director Selman Nacar, revealed this year in the New Directors competition at the San Sebastián Film Festival with Between Two Dawns [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Selman Nacar
film profile
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. The story of Hesitation Wound centrs on a lawyer who finds herself face to face with her own conscience on the day of the sentencing hearing for a murder suspect she believes to be innocent and who she has been defending for a long time.

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(Translated from French)

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