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ARRAS 2020 Arras Days

Hello di Stephan Komandarev premiato agli Arras Days

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- Il progetto del cineasta bulgaro che chiuderà la sua trilogia, si aggiudica la borsa di aiuto allo sviluppo. Menzione per I Had Nowhere To Go di Lina Lužyte

Hello di Stephan Komandarev premiato agli Arras Days
Il regista Stephan Komandarev

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Despite having to cancel the 2020 edition of the event on account of the health crisis, the team of the Arras Film Festival, steered by Nadia Paschetto and Éric Miot, nonetheless decided to uphold (by organising online) the 9th edition of Arras Days, its pitching platform for new projects in development coming courtesy of European filmmakers selected to take part in the wider festival.

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The jury, composed of producer Cécile Vacheret (Sedna Films), her counterpart Nicolas Brévière (Local Films) and the author of this text, awarded the only development grant to grace this year’s edition (consisting of €7,500 put forward by the festival itself) to Hello by Bulgaria’s Stephan Komandarev, "a project which follows on from Directions [+leggi anche:
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and Rounds [+leggi anche:
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to complete the filmmaker’s trilogy about the economic and moral crisis oppressing modern-day Bulgaria, which is explored via the edifying journey of a retired teacher who’s conned and sucked into a terrible downwards spiral, resulting in a work that’s part thriller, part psychological portrait."

Written by the director together with Simeon Ventsislavov, Hello’s story revolves around Blaga, a 70-year-old retired teacher who falls victim to a telephone scam and loses all her savings, notably the funds she’d put aside for a tombstone for her recently deceased husband. In order to claw back her money, and as a result of a string of circumstances relating to the police inquiry, Blaga makes contact with the con artists in question and starts to work for them as a mule. Little by little, this resilient and honest woman begins to sacrifice her moral values… It’s a story which will see Stephan Komandarev continue his portrait of modern-day Bulgaria, this time tackling the topic of retired folk who are left to live out a humiliating life, characterised by day-to-day survival and loneliness, against the backdrop of the total moral crisis weaving its way through society as a whole.

Production is steered by Katya Trichkova in league with the director and on behalf of Argo Film, in co-production with French firm EZ Films and doubtless Germany, too (advanced talks are underway).

The Arras Days jury also awarded a Special Mention to I Had Nowhere To Go by Lithuania’s Lina Lužyte (who recently drew attention with her fiction feature The Castle [+leggi anche:
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), describing it as "an ambitious creative documentary project about Jonas Mekas’s youth, before he became a world renowned figure in the world of underground cinema. A film which will reconstruct an epic journey from Lithuania to New York, incorporating footage taken from the artist’s immense personal archives".

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