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ARRAS 2019

A sumptuous programme in store for the 20th Arras Film Festival

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- 126 films from 40 countries, including 78 premieres and titles as-yet unreleased in France, will be on the line-up from 8-17 November, accompanied by 156 guests from 16 European nations

A sumptuous programme in store for the 20th Arras Film Festival
Negative Numbers by Uta Beria

The Arras Film Festival, a real springboard for emerging European talents, and a congenial and highly popular event (boasting more than 47,000 audience members) that is much loved by the filmmaking teams thanks to its proximity to Paris, will be celebrating its 20th birthday in grand style from 8-17 November, propped up by a supersize and mouth-watering programme.

Nine films as-yet unseen in France will be duking it out for the 2019 Golden Atlas, which will be handed out by a jury chaired by French filmmaker Thierry Klifa. Standing out among them are the world premiere of Negative Numbers [+see also:
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by Georgia’s Uta Beria, the European premiere of Carturan [+see also:
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interview: Liviu Săndulescu
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by Romania’s Liviu Sandulescu and two international premieres: The Iron Bridge [+see also:
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interview: Monika Jordan-Mlodzianowska
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by Poland’s Monika Jordan-Mlodzianowska and Free Country [+see also:
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by Germany’s Christian Alvart. Also locking horns will be two features that were pitched in 2016 and 2018 at the Arras Days, in the hope of winning the Development Support Grant: The Father [+see also:
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by Bulgaria’s Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, and The Best of Dorien B. [+see also:
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interview: Anke Blondé
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by Belgium’s Anke Blondé. These two titles will be presented as French premieres, as will Dafne [+see also:
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by Italy’s Federico Bondi, Let There Be Light [+see also:
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interview: Marko Škop
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by Slovakia’s Marko Skop and Disco [+see also:
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interview: Jorunn Myklebust Syversen
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by Norway’s Jorunn Myklebust Syversen.

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Featuring on the menu of the European Discoveries section are Aurora [+see also:
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by Finland’s Miia Tervo, System Crasher [+see also:
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interview: Nora Fingscheidt
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by Germany’s Nora Fingscheidt, Madre [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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by Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen, The Champion [+see also:
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interview: Leonardo D’Agostini
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by Italy’s Leonardo D’Agostini and Forever You [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman Marco Danieli, Fight Girl [+see also:
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by the Netherlands’ Johan Timmers, Simon’s Got a Gift [+see also:
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by France’s Léo Karmann, Lola [+see also:
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interview: Laurent Micheli
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by Belgium’s Laurent Micheli, Smuggling Hendrix [+see also:
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interview: Marios Piperides
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by Cyprus’ Mario Piperides and the French-Belgian-Luxembourgish production Two of Us [+see also:
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by Italy’s Filippo Meneghetti.

The Visions of the East section includes two national candidates for the Oscar: Corpus Christi [+see also:
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interview: Jan Komasa
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by Poland’s Jan Komasa and the Cannes competitor The Whistlers [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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by Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu. Also being showcased are Erased [+see also:
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by Slovenia’s Miha Mazzini, I Am Frank [+see also:
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interview: Metod Pevec
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by his fellow countryman Metod Pevec, Irina [+see also:
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by Bulgaria’s Nadejda Koseva, Stitches [+see also:
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interview: Miroslav Terzić
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by Serbia’s Miroslav Terzic, A Shelter Among the Clouds [+see also:
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interview: Robert Budina
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by Albania’s Robert Budina and Parking [+see also:
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interview: Tudor Giurgiu
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by Romania’s Tudor Giurgiu.

The World Cinema programme will offer several European co-productions, four of which were first unveiled at Cannes: It Must Be Heaven [+see also:
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interview: Elia Suleiman
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by Palestine’s Elia Suleiman, The Wild Goose Lake [+see also:
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interview: Diao Yinan
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by China’s Diao Yinan, Lillian [+see also:
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interview: Andreas Horvath
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by Austria’s Andreas Horvath and To Live to Sing [+see also:
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by Chinese-Canadian director Johnny Ma. They will be joined by Made in Bangladesh by Rubaiyat Hossain, Maternal [+see also:
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interview: Maura Delpero
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by Italy’s Maura Delpero, Our Lady of the Nile [+see also:
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by French-Afghan helmer Atiq Rahimi and Passed by Censor [+see also:
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interview: Serhat Karaaslan
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by Turkey’s Serhat Karaaslan.

Among other gems, the programme is topped off by an impressive batch of French premieres, including Notre Dame [+see also:
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by Valérie Donzelli as the opening film and the Venice-awarded An Officer and a Spy [+see also:
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by Roman Polanski as a screening intended to celebrate the festival’s 20th birthday. Other titles getting an airing include Les Misérables [+see also:
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interview: Ladj Ly
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by Ladj Ly, Proxima [+see also:
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interview: Alice Winocour
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by Alice Winocour, The Girl with a Bracelet [+see also:
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by Stéphane Demoustier, Sympathy for the Devil [+see also:
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by Guillaume de Fontenay, The Best Is Yet to Come by Mathieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière, Gloria Mundi [+see also:
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interview: Robert Guédiguian
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by Robert Guédiguian, The Truth [+see also:
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interview: Hirokazu Kore-eda
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by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, Little Joe [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Hausner
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by Austria’s Jessica Hausner and Only the Animals [+see also:
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interview: Dominik Moll
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by Dominik Moll. And that’s not to mention Perfect Nanny [+see also:
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 by Lucie Borleteau, Little Man by Benjamin Parent, A Good Doctor by Tristan Seguela, The Dazzled by Sarah Suco, L’Esprit de famille by Éric Besnard, An Irrepressible Woman by Laurent Heynemann, I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere by Arnaud Viard, The Holy Family [+see also:
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by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Scents and Senses by Grégory Magne, Sol by Jézabel Marques, Les Vétos by Julie Manoukian, the omnibus film Selfie (by Tristan Aurouet, Thomas Bidegain, Marc Fitoussi, Cyril Gelblat and Vianney Lebasque), the US-German co-production Jojo Rabbit [+see also:
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by Taika Waititi and the UK production Official Secrets [+see also:
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by Gavin Hood.

Also shining bright on the spectacular menu are a Focus on Tunisia, a Children’s Festival, an in-depth look at Mussolini’s Italy, a section entitled “Fear in the Sixties” and a number of cartes blanches given to the Amiens, Odesa and Monstra Lisbon Film Festivals.

Lastly, the professional sidebar of this 20th edition of the Arras Film Festival includes pitching sessions for the Development Support Grant at the eighth Arras Days (16 and 17 November) and the 14th Rencontres du Nord (lit. “Northern Meetings”, where more than 200 French and Belgian professionals will gather from 13-15 November, with a particularly strong presence of exhibitors and distributors).

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(Translated from French)

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