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High calibre competition at Les Arcs

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- Berger, Cipri, Kormakur, Lindholm, Paskaljevic, Wajnberg, Lygizos, Shkolnik, and Woodworth – Brosens to compete for the Crystal Arrow

High calibre competition at Les Arcs

Selector Frédéric Boyer last night in Paris revealed nine of the 12 titles to take part in the competition at the fourth Les Arcs European Film Festival (from December 15 to 22, 2012). The contenders for the 2012 Crystal Arrow, to be handed out by a jury presided by Romanian filmmaker Christian Mungiu, do not lack in style. Indeed, the competition is to feature three films that were selected by their countries to compete for the 2013 Oscar for best film in a foreign language and were well reviewed in Toronto: Spanish director Pablo Berger’s Snow White [+see also:
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interview: Pablo Berger
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(which also did very well at the San Sebastian Film Festival), Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur’s The Deep [+see also:
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(Kormákur became famous worldwide this year with his blockbuster Contraband [+see also:
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), and Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic’s When Day Breaks [+see also:
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(photo).

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They will be joined by four films discovered in Venice: Italian director Daniele Ciprì’s award-winning It Was the Son [+see also:
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, Belgian duo Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens’ fascinating The Fifth Season [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Woodworth
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(screened in the international competition in Venice), Belgian director Marc-Henri Wajnberg's exciting Kinshasa Kids [+see also:
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interview: Marc-Henri Wajnberg
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, and Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s thrilling A Hijacking [+see also:
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interview: Tobias Lindholm
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. For the moment, the other contenders will be Greek director Ektoras Lygizos’s Boy Eating the Bird’s Food [+see also:
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(a nice surprise in Toronto) and British filmmaker Tom Shkolnik’s The Comedian [+see also:
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In the festival’s Panorama section, there will also be Danish director Mads Matthiesen’s Teddy Bear [+see also:
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, Czech director Jan Hrebejk’s The Holy Trinity, and Spanish director Alberto Rodríguez’s Unit 7 [+see also:
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. The programme is also to include the premieres of Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf’s Berlinale laureate Just the Wind [+see also:
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interview: Bence Fliegauf
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, English director James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer [+see also:
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, and Belgian director Patrick Ridremont’s Dead Man Talking [+see also:
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, as well as three French features: Edouard Delluc’s Mariage à Mendoza, Brigitte Rouän’s A Greek Type of Problem, and Stephan Archinard and François Prévôt-Leygonie’s Amitiés sincères [+see also:
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. Finally, there will be a Focus on Belgium and many professional events, like the much sought-after Co-production Village, the DIRE days (DIRE stands for European United Independent Distributors), and Work In Progress (which last year selected the films directed by Ciprì and Kormákur that are this year in the competition).

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(Translated from French)

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