County Lines director Henry Blake, Ukraine’s Oleh Sentsov and Austria’s Sandra Wollner present projects at the Les Arcs Coproduction Village

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The French Les Arcs Film Festival has presented the 18 European feature film projects that will be presented at the 14th edition of the Les Arcs co-production town from December 10 to 13 against the backdrop of the French Alps.

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The meeting, which aims to connect projects with co-producers, financiers, commercial agents and distributors, received 311 contributions this year, 40% more than 2021.

Seven of the projects out of 13 areas are led by female filmmakers and 11 by men, a percentage that reflects the number of applications received for the Coproduction Village.

Nine of these are first films, six are second films and three are by more established filmmakers.

Including that of British director Henry Blake The golden appearance of a Beetle, his second feature film after a brilliant debut provincial lines. The 1919 drama follows an English woman who falls in love with a Chinese dock worker and then turns into a bug due to social hatred.

The Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov will be present Kaia project inspired by his own difficult life experiences, which he started working on before he was arrested by Russian authorities in 2014-2019.

The Austrian filmmaker Sandra Wollner, whose second feature film The problem with childbirth won the special prize of the jury in the sidebar of Encounters in Berlin in 2020 and presents her third feature film every timeabout the tangled relationship between the mother of a deceased teenager and the girl’s first love.

Júlia De Paz hosts Solvas from Spain sick of, which builds on her 2021 short film of the same name, in which she examines domestic violence from a child’s perspective. De Paz Solvas feature film debut mothera grim drama about a homeless young single mother, won the 2021 Spanish Film Festival in Malaga as best film.

All projects compete for the €6,000 ($6,000) ArteKino International Award.

The Co-Production Village runs as part of the Les Arcs Industry Village.

The program, which annually welcomes around 550 cinema professionals, also includes panel discussions and three workshops with sustainability as the common thread.

It also includes the Music Village, which connects music and film professionals; the Talent Village, which aims to nurture eight emerging filmmakers, and Works in Progress Day, the selection of which is yet to be announced.

The overarching event of the Les Arcs Film Festival takes place from 10 to 17 December.

The project selection of the co-production town 2022 (*indicates 1st film, ** 2nd film)

A good day (It)
Target. Francesco Mattuzzi
bumps Planck Films (Italy)

America* (This)
Target. David Maldy
Prod. Ring film

blueprints* (Free)
Target. Josh Anjembe
Prod. Yukunkun Productions

Boys only* (Free)
Target. prince car
Production by hours

every time (At)
Target. Sandra Woelner
bumps Panama Film KG (At), The Barricades (D)

sick of** (Sp)
Target. Julia de Paz Solvas
Prod. Mayo Films

flood* ((sk)
Target. Martin Gonda
Prod. Silver Art

The Golden Age* (Free)
Target. Berenger Thouin
Prod. GoGoGo movies

The golden appearance of a beetle** (Great Britain)
Target. Henry Blake
bumps Two Birds Entertainment, Bosena

Julia** (Bell Pot)
Target. Vania Leturcq
Prod. Helikotronc

Target. Oleh Sentsov
Prod. by Arthouse Traffic

labor (At-Ger-Switz)
Target. Johanna Moder
Prod. FreibeuterFilm (At), Match Factory Productions (Germany), tellfilm (Switzerland)

obsession* (pl)
Target. Tadeusz Lysiak
Prod. Film produced

Primavera** (mine)
Target. Dusan Kasalika
Prod. Meander Film

Songs of the fallen mountains* (Fr-Bel)
Target. Manon Coubia
bumps EL Films (Fr), The Blue Raincoat (Bel)

The visitor*(lt)
Target. Vytautas Katkus
Prod. M-Films (Lithuania)

volcano** (NL)
Target. Most Peijnenburg
Prod. Julia

Welwitschia** (Germany)
Target. Faraz Shariat
Prod. Jungle Film

Writer: Melanie Goodfellow

Source: Deadline

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