The Les Arcs Film Festival has unveiled the 18 European feature film projects that will be presented as part of the 14th edition of its Les Arcs Co-production Village, which will take place from December 10 to 13 against the backdrop of the French Alps.
The meeting, intended to connect projects with co-producers, financiers, sales agents and distributors, received 311 submissions this year, 40% more than in 2021.
Coming from 13 territories, seven projects are led by women directors and 11 by men, a proportion equal to the applications received for the Co-production Village.
Nine of them are first feature films, six are second feature films, and three are more established filmmakers.
They include British director Henry Blake The golden glow of a beetlee, his second feature film after a wild debut County lines. The 1919 drama follows an Englishwoman who falls in love with a Chinese dock worker and then turns into a beetle due to societal hatred.
Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov will be present with Kaia project inspired by his own difficult life experiences, which he began to develop before his 2014-2019 detention by Russian authorities.
Austrian filmmaker Sandra Wollner, whose second feature film The problem of being born won the special jury prize in the Berlin Encounters sidebar in 2020, will present his third feature film Everytimeabout the tangled relationship between the mother of a deceased teenager and the young girl’s first great love.
From Spain, Júlia De Paz Solvas will present fed up, who expands on his 2021 short film of the same name, exploring domestic violence from a child’s perspective. De Paz Solvas’ first feature film amaa gritty drama about a young homeless single mother, won Best Film at the 2021 Malaga Spanish Film Festival.
All projects will compete for the ArteKino International Prize of €6,000 ($6,000).
The Coproduction Village is part of the Les Arcs Industry Village.
The program, which welcomes some 550 film professionals each year, will also offer round tables and three workshops with sustainability as the common thread.
It also includes the Music Village, connecting music and film professionals; the Talent Village, intended to bring out eight emerging filmmakers and the Works in Progress day, the selection of which is not yet known.
The parent event Les Arcs Film Festival runs from December 10-17.
The 2022 Selection of Projects from the Coproduction Village (*indicates 1st movie, ** 2nd movie)
A good day (This)
Real. Francesco Matuzzi
Products. Planck Films (Italy)
Real. David Maldi
production Ring Movie
Real. Josza Anjembe
production Yukunkun Productions
boys only* (fri)
Real. Prince Car
production Production after hours
Real. Sandra Wollner
Products. Panama Film KG (At), Les Barricades (All)
fed up** (Sp)
Real. Julia De Paz Solvas
production Mayo Movies
Real. Martin Gonda
production silver art
Golden age* (fri)
Real. Berenger Thouin
production GoGoGo Movies
The golden glow of a beetle** (UK)
Real. Henry Blake
Products. Two Birds Entertainment, Bosena
Real. Vania Leturcq
Real. Oleh Sentsov
production by ArthouseTraffic
Real. Johanna Moder
production FreibeuterFilm (At), Match Factory Productions (Germany), tellfilm (Switzerland)
Real. Tadeusz Lysiak
production Movie Production
Real. Dusan Kasalica
production Meander Movie
Songs of the Fallen Mountains* (Fr-Bel)
Real. Manon Coubia
Products. EL Films (Fr), The Blue Raincoat (Bel)
Real. Vytautas Katkus
production M-Films (Lithuania)
Real. Mees Peijnenburg
Real. Faraz Shariya
production Junglinge Film