Magazine article Screen International

Les Arcs Works in Progress Offers Strong Crop in Fourth Year

Magazine article Screen International

Les Arcs Works in Progress Offers Strong Crop in Fourth Year

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The Les Arcs European Film Festival is in full swing, including the sixth edition of the ever-growing Co-Production Village.

The industry events kicked off with the popular Works-In-Progress session, now in its fourth year, that showcases ten (European) films in post-production, looking for financing, distribution or a sales agent.

The event's artistic director, Frederic Boyer, confirmed the films must be feature length, with a completion target of spring the following year. "The presentations that include three short clips are exclusive to this festival, and have not been presented at other neighbouring festivals such as Thessaloniki or Torino," said Boyer.

Receiving 15% more entries than previous years, the event's 'first-look' line-up spanned a wide range of themes and production styles. The full list included Family Film (Czech Republic/Slovenia); Galloping Mind (Belgium); The High Sun (Croatia/Slovenia); It's Time (Romania); Magic Mountain (Poland/ Romania/ France); My Name is Emily (Ireland); Pioneer Heroes (Russia); Rams (Iceland); Sparrows (Iceland) and We are Dead (Switzerland).

Irish producers Lesley McKimm and Kathryn Kennedy presented the heartfelt My Name is Emily [picured] starring Michael Smiley, promising newcomer George Webster and Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch. The much talked about film is directed by Simon Fitzmaurice who directs with motor neuron disease, limiting his communication to blinking his eyes.

"This film is about grief and tragedy, but also romance. Fitzmaurice has a very clear vision of what he wants, and has been incredibly inspiring to work with day in and day out," said McKimm and Kennedy. …

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