The Les Arcs Co-Production village, running December 13-16 within the Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 13-20), will present 25 projects in development and a further 10 works-in-progress. Several of the projects chosen for this year’s event are Irish films and films with Irish producers’ backing.
For the first time, Arte will award a €4,000 prize to one of the projects in the co-production village. For the second year, post-production company LVT will offer film in the Work-in-Progress section €6,000 worth of services.
In the Co-Production village, a number of Irish projects have been selected. ‘Trade’ is directed by special effects specialist David Roddham and produced by Alan Maher of Roads Entertainment. Mark O’Halloran (‘Adam & Paul’, ‘Garage’) is attached to write. Finnish director Aku Louhimies will direct ‘Cycle’, produced by David Collins (‘Once’, ‘Grabbers’) through Samson Films. A project by Neasa Hardiman will also be included in the village. ‘Sea Fever’ will be produced by Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell of Fantastic Films (‘The Summit, ‘Stitches’).
Another first for the festival is that documentaries will be presented at the village this year. One of these projects is UK-Ireland co-production ‘Grace Jones – The Musical of My Life’, which captures the private and public worlds of the iconic performer, with personal footage and staged sequences. The doc is directed and produced by Sophie Fiennes, with Katie Holly producing with Blinder Films and Amoeba Films also on board.
In the Works-in-Progress section, ‘My Name is Emily’ has been selected. Directed by Simon Fitzmaurice and produced by Lesley McKimm and Kathryn Kennedy from Newgrange Pictures and Kennedy Films, ‘My Name is Emily’ sees a teenage girl escape from her foster home and with the help of Arden, the boy who loves her, she sets out to find her father, who is locked up in a psychiatric institution. The film is currently in post and stars Evanna Lynch, Michael Smiley and George Webster.
In other events during the co-production village, Irish producer Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures will participate in a case study on Yorgos Lanthimos’s first English-language film ‘The Lobster’, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw and Léa Seydoux, alongside its French co-producer and distributor Carole Scotta of Haut et Court.
The futuristic love story was shot in Ireland and is produced by Element Pictures, Limp and Scarlet Films, with support from the UK’s Film4, the BFI Film Fund and the Irish Film Board. The film also involves several continental Europe partners alongside Haut et Court.
Alongside the mainstream project and Works-In-Progress sidebar, the village will also host the Low Budget Film Forum, organised in collaboration with the London Film School. The sidebar will show first professional features from recent graduates from eight top film schools. Within this category, ‘The White Cell’ will be presented by Allyn Quigley and Simon Doyle from Ireland’s National Film School.