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LES ARCS 2019

Finland and the Baltic states in the spotlight at Les Arcs Film Festival

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- The 11th Les Arcs Film Festival, taking place from December 14 to 21, launches its call for submissions to its Coproduction Village

Finland and the Baltic states in the spotlight at Les Arcs Film Festival

For the first time in the history of the popular Les Arcs Film Festival, a valued meeting place for professionals of independent European cinema, four countries will be in the spotlight as part of the festival’s traditional Focus, usually reserved to just one territory. Dedicated to Finland and the Baltic states (Lituania, Estonia and Latvia), this 11th edition (taking place from December 14 to 21) will thus showcase, in the sports resort of the Savoie, features and short films from this region of Europe that has grown more and more active in terms of production (thanks to the work of the Finnish Film Foundation, of the Lithuanian Film Centre, of the Estonian Film Institute, and of the National Film Centre of Latvia).

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The dynamics of European co-production of these four territories will also be closely examined at the heart of the Industry Village (attracting more than 550 professionals every year, and programmed from December 14 to 18), a very efficient platform for films in development that has now officially launched its call for submissions to the Coproduction Village of 2019. The deadline is September 6 and 20 projects in development seeking co-producers and financing partners will be selected.

Notable recent films already under the belt of the Arcs Film Festival’s Coproduction Village are Oleg [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juris Kursietis
film profile
]
, from Latvian director Juris Kursietis, and The Orphanage [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Shahrbanoo Sadat
film profile
]
, from Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat, both of which had their world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival last month. Worth mentioning, among other films selected in the Village’s previous editions, are Son of Saul [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile
]
, from Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes (Village 2010), The Wonders [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alice Rohrwacher
interview: Tiziana Soudani
film profile
]
from Italian director Alice Rohrwacher (Village 2012), Rams [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Grimur Hakonarson
film profile
]
from Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson (Village 2013), Summer 1993 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carla Simón
film profile
]
from Spanish director Carla Simón (Village 2014), The High Sun [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dalibor Matanic
interview: Tihana Lazovic
film profile
]
from Croatian director Dalibor Matanic (Village 2011), The Wakhan Front [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
from French director Clément Cogitore (Village 2013), One Step Behind the Seraphim [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Daniel Sandu
film profile
]
from Romanian director Daniel Sandu (Village 2014), and Echo from Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson (Village 2017) (read the news) which we will soon discover.

(Translated from French)

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