The Work in Progress section of Les Arcs crowns the Opponent its champion

– Milad Alami’s second feature won the TitraFilm and Sacha Polak awards Silver mist won a special mention, while Stranger in my own skin and Nika also came away with a prize

Director Milad Alami and producer Annika Rogell with their TitraFilm Award for Opponent (© Thomy Keat / Festival des Arcs)

Progress within the Industry Village organized as part of the 13th Les Arcs Film Festival, the Work in Progress competition, composed of 14 feature films, delivered its verdict with three prizes and a Special Mention.

The main jury (including Kathrin kohlstedde, Kevin chan and Mimi Plauché) awarded the TitraFilm Prize (made up of 10,000 euros in image and / or sound post-production services) to Opponent, the second feature film of the Swedes Milad Alami (discovered in the New Directors of San Sebastian line-up in 2017 via the charmer [+see also:
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). Written by the director himself, the story revolves around Iman (played by Payman Maadi) who is forced to flee Iran with his family following a devastating rumor. As refugees, they find themselves in a dilapidated hotel in northern Sweden. Despite his feeling of helplessness, Iman tries to maintain his role as the patriarch of the family, and in order to increase their chances of obtaining asylum, he breaks a promise made to his wife and joins the local wrestling club … Product through Annika rogell on behalf of Spicy (Sweden), and co-produced by the Norwegian company Monkey & Bjørn, the feature film benefits from the support of Swedish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute, Film V and Filmpool North.

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A Special Mention was awarded by the same jury to Silver mist by the Dutch director Sacha Polak (selected for the Berlinale Forum in 2012 and 2015 as Hemel [+see also:
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and Zurich [+see also:
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, chosen to compete at Sundance and to open the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2019 via Dirty god [+see also:
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). Produced by Viking movie (Netherlands) in co-production with Emu Movies (United Kingdom), his new film (with Vicky Night and Esme Creed Miles) revolves around 23-year-old Franky, who suspects Jane, her mother’s best friend, of setting fire to the pub she slept in as a child, an event for which she seeks revenge. She later meets Florence, a girl with whom she falls deeply in love, and runs away from home …

The Alphapanda Audience Engagement Award (focusing on the digital marketing of films and awarded by a jury comprising Didar Domehri, among others) went to the documentary Stranger in my own skin, which is the first feature film proposed by the French director Katia de Vidas, and is produced by the British company Wendy Production. The film follows the life of British artist, singer and songwriter Peter Doherty as he tries to continue his musical career while managing his addiction. Torn between his inner needs and the demands of the outside world, he strives to confront each of his demons in an attempt to conquer this little-known disease.

Finally, the new 22D Music Award (composed of 10,000 euros, to finance the production of an original musical piece, whose jury notably included the composer Amine Bouhafa) distinct Nika like its champion, which is Russia’s first feature film Vassilissa kuzmina, produced by his compatriots at Vodorod and Art Pictures Studio.

The winners are:

TitraFilm Award
Opponent – Milad Alami (Sweden / Norway)

Special mention
Silver mist – Sacha Polak (Netherlands / United Kingdom)

Alphapanda Audience Engagement Award
Stranger in my own skin – Katia de Vidas (United Kingdom)

22D Music Prize
Nika – Vasilisa Kuzmina (Russia)

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(Translated from French)


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