Barnaby Southcombe’s “Butterfingers,” Hiam Abbass’s “Girl Made of Dust,” Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s “A Real Bastard” and Jonas Alexander Arnby’s “We Watched The Sun Disappeared” are among the 25 projects selected for the 7th edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival’ Coproduction Village.
Produced by U.K. shingle Embargo Films, “Butterfingers” is Southcombe’s follow up to “I, Anna” which premiered at Berlin and went to play at Locarno.
“Girl Made Out of Dust” is produced by Alliance de production Cinématographique. Born in Israel, Abbass is critically-acclaimed actress who made her directorial debut with “Inheritance,” which competed at Venice and Karlovy Vary.
“A Real Bastard,” the sophomore outing of Teddy Lussi-Modeste, is co-written by up-and-comer Rebecca Zlotowski whose last film “Grand Central” played in Un Certain Regard. Lucia-Modeste’s debut, “Jimmy Riviere” earned its star Guillaume Gouix a Cesar nomination. “A Real Bastard” is produced by Kazak Productions.
Jonas Alexander Arnby’s follow up to Cannes Critics’ title “When Animals Dream,” “We Watched the Sun Disappear” is produced by Danish outfit Profile Pictures.
Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, CEO of Les Arcs European Film Festival and Co-Production Village, said the market received 200 projects and came up with a balanced selection. “We have projects from seasoned and emerging directors, or well-known producers like Motlys who are accompanying young filmmakers,” said Fleurantin, citing Arnby, Southcombe, Abbas and Lussi-Modeste as some of the directors to track down at Les Arcs.
Les Arcs will also showcase five Norwegian projects as part of its focus on Norway. Projects include “Children” and “Eternal Summer.”
“Children” is directed by Dag Johan Haugerud, whose short “I’m The One You Want” played at Toronto and feature “I Belong” won two nods in Norway. “Children” is produced by leading Norwegian shingle Motlys, the producer of Joachim Trier’s films.
“Eternal Summer” is helmed by Jakob Rørvik, whose short film “My friends kills time” competed at SXSW. “Eternal Summer” is produced by another top Norwegian shingle, Maipo Film.
Addressing the focus on Norway, Fleurantin argued the “Nordic country’s tremendous investment in local movies has paid off.” “Just look at our opening movie ‘The Wave,’ which is such as a well-crafted disaster movie with top-level production values,” added Fleurantin.
The selection of projects spans 13 different countries and includes eight feature debuts.
The confab will also host several roundtables, including one on the financing Joachim Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs” which shot in New York and was financed in Europe, and another one about the distribution and sales of Laszlo Nemes’ Cannes’ Grand Prix winner “Son of Saul,” which was previously presented at Les Arcs’ Co-Production Village.
Set in the French Alps and nicknamed the European Sundance, Les Arcs Co-Production Village has presented a flurry of projects that went to become festival hits, including “Son of Saul,” Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, which won the Cannes’ Grand Prix in 2014, Grimur Hakonarson’s Un Certain Regard winner “Rams” as well as Runar Runarsson’s San Sebastian player “Sparrows” and Clément Cogitore’s “The Wakhan Font” which opened at Critics’ Week this year.
Full Lineup of Projects:
“10/30,” directed by Patxi Amezcua, produced by Morena Film (Spain)
“30 Eggs,” directed by Paddy Breathnach, produced by Treasure Entertainment (Ireland)
“Album,” directed by Diana Gaye, produced by Andolfi (France)
“And Breathe Normally,” directed by Isold Uggadóttir, produced by Zik Zak Filmworks (Iceland)
“Butterfingers,” directed by Barnaby Southcombe, produced by Embargo Films (UK)
“Charlton Heston,” directed by Andrei Cretulescu, produced by Icon Production and Kinosseur (Romania)
“Couple Life,” directed by Dominique Baumard, produced by Bizibi (France)
“Disco Boy,” directed by Giacomo Abbruzzese, produced by Stromboli Films (France)
“Girl Made of Dust,” directed by Hiam Abbass, produced by Alliance de production Cinématographique (France)
“The Land of No One,” directed by Aran Hughes & Christina Koutsospyrou, produced by Plays2place (Greece)
“Merican Chick,” directed by Viktor Taus, produced by Axman Production (Czech Republic)
“Mister,” directed by Emily Atef, produced by Eaux Vives Productions (France)
“Moon Hotel Kabul,” directed by Anca Damian, produced by Aparte Film (Romania)
“Our Struggles,” directed by Guillaume Senez, produced by Iota Production (Belgium)
“Power,” directed by Matyas Prikler, produced by MPhilms (Slovakia)
“The Staffroom,” directed by Sonja Tarokic, produced by Kinorama (Croatia)
“Today We Live,” directed by Sylvestre Sbille, produced by Panache Production (Belgium)
“A Real Bastard,” directed by Teddy Lussi-Modeste, producedby Kazak Productions (France)
“To Love,” directed by Esteban Crespo, produced by Avalon (Spain)
“We Watched the Sun Disappear,” directed by Jonas Alexander, produced by Profile Pictures (Denmark)
Lineup of Norwegian Focus:
“Children,” directed by Dag Johan Haugerud, produced by Motlys
“Eternal Summer,” directed by Jakob Rørvik, produced by Maipo Film
“Lake Over Fire,” directed by Joern Utkilen, produced by Ape&Bjorn
“Loot,” directed by Trygve Allister Diesen, produced by Tenk.tv
“Swamp,” directed by Camilla Strøm Henriksen, produced by Hummelfilm