Les Arcs European Film Festival (December 13-20) headed by Frédéric Boyer is growing from strength to strength each year and attracting a large crowd of Nordic delegates especially from Iceland, Sweden and Norway.
Swedish newcomer Ronnie Sandahl (Underdog) will be competing against the established Bent Hamer (1001 Grams) and Susanne Bier (A Second Chance) for the festival’s top Crystal Award. Ruben Östlund will be on hand to present Force Majeure (retitled Snow Therapy for the French market) in the Premiere programme and former FEMIS film student Eskil Vogt will bring Blind to the festival’s European Panorama.
The industry days running December 13-16 has 25 projects in development plus 10 works in progress. Nordic projects to be pitched at the Co-Production Village include Norway’s What Will People Say by Iram Haq (Mer Film) and Iceland’s The Tree by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson (Zik Zak Filmworks). Ireland’s Samson Films will represent Cycle by top Finnish director Aku Louhimies.
Two Icelandic titles pitched last year in development stage are back as Works in Progress: Runar Rúnarsson’s Sparrow and Grimur Hakonarson’s The Rams.