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European cinema set to take Les Arcs by storm

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The impressive line-up for the 1st Les Arcs European Film Festival (December 5-12, 2009) was unveiled yesterday in Paris. The selection was put together by Frédéric Boyer, head of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Set to open with German director Fatih Akin’s Soul Kitchen [+see also:
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(Special Jury Prize at Venice: see review and video interview), the event at the Savoyard ski resort will present 50 features, reflecting the quality, diversity and future of European film production.

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In the competition, whose jury is presided by Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo, 12 titles will battle it out for honours. These include Dorothée van den Berghe’s Belgian/Dutch/Luxembourg co-production My Queen Karo [+see also:
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; Norwegian director Rune Denstad Langlo’s North [+see also:
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interview: Rune Denstad Langlo
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; Piggies [+see also:
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by Poland’s Robert Glinski (see news); Alexis dos Santos’ UK production Unmade Beds [+see also:
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, starring Belgian actress Deborah François; Filippos Tsitos’ Greek/German co-production Plato’s Academy [+see also:
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interview: Constantin Moriatis
interview: Filippos Tsitos
interview: Filippos Tsitos
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(winner of three awards at Locarno); Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic’s Honeymoons [+see also:
Interview with Goran Paskaljevic, dire…
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 (unveiled at Venice: see review); Slovakian/Austrian/Czech co-production Cooking History by Peter Kerekes (see interview); The Good Heart [+see also:
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by Iceland’s Dagur Kari; Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love [+see also:
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interview: Luca Guadagnino - director
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; and Cell 211 [+see also:
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interview: Daniel Monzón
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by Daniel Monzón (see video interview), which received great acclaim at Venice (see review).

The Panorama section will give audiences the chance to discover 33 Scenes from Life [+see also:
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by Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska (see interview); Ole Christian Madsen’s Danish blockbuster Flame and Citron; Finnish director Dome Darukoski’s The Home of Dark Butterflies [+see also:
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; Nae Caranfil’s Rest is Silence [+see also:
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(Best Romanian Film 2009); and Javor Gardev’s film noir Zift [+see also:
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(Bulgarian representative in the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination race - see news).

Also on the Panorama line-up are Damjan Kozole’s Slovenian/German/Serbian/Croatian co-production Slovenian Girl [+see also:
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(see news); Estonian director Liina Paakspuu’s A Wish Tree; and Irish/Scandinavian co-production Kisses [+see also:
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by Lance Daly (crowned Best Director at the IFTA Awards 2009).

Avant-premieres include Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s Sweet Rush [+see also:
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(see news); Felix Van Groeningen’s The Misfortunates [+see also:
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interview: Felix van Groeningen
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(Belgian hopeful for the 2010 Oscar - lauded in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight - see review); French director Jean-Paul Guyon’s Sommeil Blanc (“White Sleep”); and Tommy Wirkola’s Norwegian parodic horror movie Dead Snow [+see also:
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The festival is also hosting a Focus on Hungarian cinema and numerous professional meetings (see news).

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(Translated from French)

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