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ARRAS 2022

The Arras Film Festival pulls out all the stops

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- Unspooling 4–13 November, the event’s 23rd edition will boast 120 films, the Golden Atlas competition, European revelations and a multitude of French premieres

The Arras Film Festival pulls out all the stops
The Happiest Man in the World by Teona Strugar Mitevska

Surfing on an astute editorial line combining European films not yet seen in France and a raft of French feature films whose teams are more than happy to make their way to the welcoming Artesian city - an amalgam which has thus far ensured great mainstream success (attracting upwards of 50,000 viewers in 2019 and an impressive 38,000 despite last year’s ongoing context of onerous health restrictions) and cinephile appeal - the Arras Film Festival (steered by Nadia Paschetto and Éric Miot) has unveiled the bumper programme of its 23rd edition, which is unspooling between 4 and 13 November.

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Nine feature films not yet seen in France will be battling it out for the 2022 Golden Atlas (to be awarded by a jury led by French filmmaker Thomas Lilti), notably including Il Boemo [+see also:
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by Czech director Petr Václav (unveiled in competition at San Sebastian), three films discovered in Venice’s Orizzonti line-up (The Happiest Man in the World [+see also:
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by Macedonia’s Teona Strugar Mitevska, Victim [+see also:
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interview: Michal Blaško
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by Slovakia’s Michal Blasko, and Luxembourg, Luxembourg [+see also:
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interview: Antonio Lukich
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by Ukraine’s Antonio Lukic), two titles screened in competition in Sarajevo (Six Weeks [+see also:
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interview: Noemi Veronika Szakonyi
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by Hungary’s Noémi Veronika Szakonyi and Men of Deeds [+see also:
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interview: Paul Negoescu
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by Romania’s Paul Negoescu) and one in the Berlinale’s Panorama section (Working Class Heroes [+see also:
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interview: Miloš Pušić
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by Serbia’s Milos Pusic), not to mention Now/here [+see also:
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interview: Peter Monsaert
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by Belgium’s Peter Monsaert and Wolka [+see also:
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by late Icelandic director Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson.

Gracing the Eastern Visions line-up, we’ll find Metronom [+see also:
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by Romania’s Alexandru Belc (well-received in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section), Mikado [+see also:
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interview: Emanuel Pârvu
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by his compatriot Emanuel Parvu (unveiled in San Sebastian’s New Directors line-up), Klondike [+see also:
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interview: Maryna Er Gorbach
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by the Ukraine’s Maryna Er Gorbach (rewarded in Sundance and screened in the Berlinale’s Panorama section), After the Winter [+see also:
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interview: Ivan Bakrač
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by Montenegrin director Ivan Bakrač (discovered in Karlovy Vary), Natural Light [+see also:
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interview: Dénes Nagy
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by Hungary’s Denes Nagy (awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlin) and poignant title Moja Vesna [+see also:
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interview: Sara Kern
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by Slovenian-Australian director Sara Kern (presented in Berlin’s Generation line-up).

Stealing focus in the European Discoveries domain are Cannes titles Corsage [+see also:
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interview: Marie Kreutzer
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by Austria’s Maria Kreutzer, Love According to Dalva [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuelle Nicot
interview: Emmanuelle Nicot, Julie Esp…
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by Belgium’s Emmanuelle Nicot, Godland [+see also:
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interview: Hlynur Pálmason
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by Iceland’s Hlynur Pálmason, Nostalgia [+see also:
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interview: Mario Martone
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by Italy’s Mario Martone and Sick of Myself [+see also:
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interview: Kristoffer Borgli
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by Norway’s Kristoffer Borgli. There are also the Berliner attractions Alcarras [+see also:
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interview: Carla Simón
interview: Giovanni Pompili
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by Spanish director Carla Simon and Rabiye Kurnaz vs George W. Bush [+see also:
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interview: Andreas Dresen
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by Germany’s Andreas Dresen, as well as The Quiet Girl [+see also:
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interview: Colm Bairéad
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by Ireland’s Colm Bairéad and a first feature film unveiled in San Sebastian: Josephine [+see also:
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by Spanish helmer Javier Marco.

The World Cinema section will notably showcase European co-productions in the form of Burning Days [+see also:
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interview: Emin Alper
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by Turkey’s Emin Alper, Blanquita [+see also:
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by Chile’s Fernando Guzzoni, Houria [+see also:
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by French-Algerian director Mounia Meddour, and Huda’s Salon [+see also:
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by Dutch-Palestinian helmer Hany Abu-Assad.

Last but not least, 27 premieres of French films stand tall amongst the 120 films on the agenda (including 80 which haven’t yet been seen or are premieres), including Alice Diop’s French candidate for the Oscars Saint Omer [+see also:
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interview: Alice Diop
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and two other titles discovered in Venice (Our Ties [+see also:
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by Roschdy Zem and For My Country [+see also:
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interview: Rachid Hami
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by Rachid Hami), the reigning champion of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section The Worst Ones [+see also:
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interview: Romane Gueret and Lise Akoka
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by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, not to mention And Yet We Were All Blind [+see also:
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interview: Béatrice Pollet
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by Béatrice Pollet, 16 ans by Philippe Lioret and Les survivants by Guillaume Renusson, to name but a few of the participants in this jam-packed showcase, which is further rounded off by a French Perspectives section, showcasing Brillantes by Sylvie Gautier, Amore mio [+see also:
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by Guillaume Gouix and Thomas Salvador’s brilliant movie The Mountain [+see also:
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Likewise worth a mention are two retrospective sections (one organised by Positif magazine, the other named "Victoria: A Queen, An Empire"), a children’s festival (notably featuring Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia by Julien Chheng and Jean-Christophe Roger, No Dogs or Italians Allowed [+see also:
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interview: Alain Ughetto
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by Alain Ughetto, Neneh Superstar by Ramzi Ben Sliman, Tempête by Christian Duguay, and La guerre des Lulus by Yann Samuell), and, in the festival’s professional sidebar, the 16th edition of the Professional Northern Film Meetings (running 8 – 10 November) and Arras Days’ Development Aid Fund pitching sessions (on 12 and 13 November).

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(Translated from French)

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