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September 10, 2018

Ruben Östlund President of the Jury!

We are honored to reveal the name of the President of our feature film Jury: the Swedish director Ruben Östlund.

Ruben Östlund © Sina Gortz

Having directed five feature films, most of which rewarded in the most prestigious film festivals around the world, Ruben Östlund represents the avant-garde of the European cinema.

His latest film The Square won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. He also received several awards for The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Play (2011) and Snow Therapy (2014) which was partly shot in Les Arcs.

Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 on Styrsö, a small island on the West Coast of Sweden.

He studied graphic design before enrolling at the University of Gothenburg, where he met Erik Hemmendorff with whom he later founded Plattform Produktion. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films, alluding to his taste for long sequence shots, a taste he structured and developed throughout his film studies and which to this day remains an important trademark of his work.

Ruben has become well known for his humorous and accurate portrayal of human social behaviour, as well as for his renowned use of Photoshop and other forms of image processing software in his films.

His feature debut The Guitar Mongoloid, produced by the co‐founder of Plattform Produktion, Erik Hemmendorff, won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow in 2005. The film was then distributed in more than 20 countries and shown at numerous festivals, awarding Ruben international recognition. Two years later, he won the Golden Bear in Berlin for Incident by Bank,  a short film in which every camera movement was computer generated in post-production.

The premiere of his third feature film Play  was held in Cannes at the Director’s Fortnight, where he was awarded the ‛Coup de coeur’ Prize. After Cannes, Play  was shown in Venice and Toronto as well as numerous other festivals where it was awarded additional prizes and distinctions.

Among others, Play  was nominated for the prestigious LUX prize of the European Parliament and won the Nordic Prize, the highest distinction in Scandinavia.

His fourth feature film, Force Majeure, premiered at Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2014, where it was awarded the Jury Prize. The film was selected in countless festivals and won 16 Best Foreign Film awards. Force Majeure  was also nominated for a Golden Globe and shortlisted for an Oscar.

The film has been distributed in over 70 countries.

In 2017, Ruben’s fifth feature film The Square  won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

THE SQUARE  (2017)
FORCE MAJEURE  (2014)
PLAY  (2011)
INCIDENT BY BANK  (2010, short)
INVOLUNTARY  (2008)
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SCENE NUMBER 6882  (2005, short)
THE GUITAR MONGOLOID  (2004)


June 8, 2018

Les Arcs in Cannes’ awards!

The Cannes Film Festival 71st edition ended last weekend.

Les Arcs Film Festival wants to sincerely congratulate the staff of :

  • GIRL, directed by Lukas Dhont, which has been selected in the category Un certain Regard and has won the Camera d’Or Award, the Best Actor Award (Victor Polster) and the Queer Palm.
  • DIAMANTINO, directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, which has received the Nespresso Grand Prize at La Semaine de la Critique. 

Both films were invited to the 2017 Work-In-Progress session, where the film GIRL was awarded by the TitraFilm Price. 

Besides that, 5 other projects, which have previously been part of the Work In Progress sessions and the Coproduction Village of Les Arcs, were selected in different sections of the Cannes Film Festival : 

  • IN MY ROOM, directed by Ulrich Köhler at Un Certain Regard (2017 Work-In-Progress session)
  • CASSANDRO THE EXOTICO, directed by Marie Losier at Acid (2017 Work In Progress session)
  • CHRIS THE SWISS, directed by Anja Kofmel at Semaine de la Critique (2015 Work-In-Progress session)
  • NOS BATAILLES, directed by Guillaume Senez at Semaine de la Critique (2015 Coproduction Village)
  • THE LOAD, directed by Ognjen Glavonic at Directors' Fortnight (2013 School Village)

List of our main Snowflakes


June 8, 2018

CANNES 2018: actions for more equality in the film industry
The Lab Femmes de Cinema in Cannes

From its beginning, the Lab Femmes de Cinema has organized 12 workshops, gathering more than 100 personalities of the industry (directors, actors & actresses, distributors, producers, theatre holders, etc.) to express themselves on the place of women in the Film Industry. Numerous ideas arose from these workshops. We selected 30 ideas, that have been posted on our website and sent to Françoise Nyssen (French Culture Minister), to the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC - the French Film Institute) and media. We are very pleased to see that the French Culture Minister stated her involvement on the women issue at the « 5050 in 2020 » event (organized in Cannes by our partner Le Deuxième Regard), by proposing measures very close to our 30 ideas. 

"Les petits papiers du Lab"

Besides, the Lab Femmes de Cinema was hosted at The Five Seas Hotel, lovely place for many Festival visitors, for a poetic and politic action: « Les petits papiers du Lab ». The Lab asked inspiring personalities of the Film Industry to express themselves on a little piece of paper with an idea, a word, a wish, a drawing, a rant … about the women representation in the industry and to sign it. These little pieces of art were exhibited at the Five Seas Hotel during the Cannes Film festival. 

82 women on the red carpet 

82 women protested against inequalities between men and women in the Film Industry, by investing the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. One of them was Anna Ciennik, our Industry Village Manager, who is also a member of the association le Deuxième Regard.


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