French Festival to have Norwegian films in focus

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Unspooling between 12-19 December, France’s Les Arcs European Film Festival will this year focus on Norwegian cinema.

Norway will be guest country at France’s Les Arcs European Film Festival – one of Europe’s fastest-growing showcases, unspooling its 7th edition between 12-19 December.

Les Arcs founder and general manager Guillaume Calop arrived at the Norwegian International Film Festival yesterday (18 August) – he will be on today’s panel for New Nordic Films’ seminar about The Role of the Film Festivals – otherwise he will be looking for entries for his festival.

– In recent years Norway has been a very dynamic film country, bringing a lot of new talent to the European scene, explained Calob.

The Norwegian presentation will combine recent productions to discover the new generation of directors, as well as works by more confirmed filmmakers.

The Norwegian selection will include 14 features from the last 10 years as part of the main programme, adding a package of shorts, and in Haugesund Calob expects to find a Norwegian contender for the festival’s main competition as well as entries for other sections. 30-40 Norwegian film professionals will be invited to the event in the Alps.

Acknowledged as a gateway to the French market, last year taking 18,000 admissions to more than 100 films, Les Arcs European Film Festival also organises Les Arcs’ Coproduction Village, where 25 new European features are presented as works in progress to 250 international industry participants.

Last year Les Arcs screened four Norwegian films in the programme: Norwegians director Bent Hamer’s 1001 Grams (1001 gram), Eskil Vogt’s Blind, Hallvar Witzø’s short Yes We Love (Ja vi elsker) – and Iram Haq’s new project, What Will People Say, was introduced in Les Arcs’ Coproduction Village.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.