The selection committee
The selection committee
Les Arcs Film Festival selects all its films as a collegial committee. We are committed to diversity of speech, we mix men and women, experience and youth. Frédéric Boyer, our artistic director, is the one who makes the final cut and takes decisions, after an attentive and respectful listening of the different opinions. The different members are here listed, except for the artistic director, in the descending order, to shake things up a bit.
Frédéric Boyer (feature film committee)
Frédéric is our artistic director, the Boss of the selection committee, you may say. Roadie, record dealer, video club employee, prop man, perchman...what small job hasn't he worked during his long career in music and cinema? He also ran The Directors' Fortnight and currently works as the artistic director of the famous Tribeca Film Festival. The French Cinematheque is his second home (some might even say his first). The favorite genre of this tender heart is melodrama. In the team, he always listens to his coworkers and sometimes changes his mind about films (Editor's note: it's an understatement) to make the committe believe that the selection process is democratic. In the end, he's the one taking responsibility for the program and answering to the never ending question of the audience "Why aren't there more comedies in your selection?". His guilty pleasure, is "I am Sam", by Jessie Nelson. His cult film is "Pulp Fiction", by Quentin Tarantino. His favorite film sequence is the shower scene from "Psycho" by Alfred Hitchcock, even more so the documentary "78/52" dedicated to this scene. Do you find this run-of-the-mill? Ok, let's dig deeper: he adds every imitation scene from "The Trip" by Michael Winterbottom. His favorite villain is Malcolm Mc Dowell in "A Clockwork Orange", by Stanley Kubrick. His favorite animal is the crow from "The Hawks and the Sparrows" by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Finally, his favorite mountain scenes are from "Five Days One Summer" by Fred Zinnemann.
Jérémy Zelnik (feature film committee)
Jérémy is the Head of the professional events of the festival, which doesn't prevent him from watching tons of films and taking part in the selection committee. Graduated from a prestigious business school (nobody's perfect...), he was a cinema banker for 5 years, then film and documentary producer after a passage in the music industry. His favorite films are good crime films (which is always better than bad ones) and spy stories. In the gang, he's the one who knows how to compromise best. Most of the time... His guilty pleasure: "Manhattan" by Woody Allen - it's become shameful to be a fan of Woody, the never ending debate about the difference between the artist and the individual is open! His cult film is "The Big Sleep" with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. His cult sequence: the football game in "La messa è finita" by Nanni Moretti. His favorite villain: Franck (Henri Fonda) in "Once Upon a Time in the West" by Sergio Leone. His cult animal is the Marsupilami (can someone explain to him it's not a real animal? I won't risk it...). Finally, his favorite mountain scene: the opening scene from James Bond's "A spy who loved me".
Alice Nkamgna (features and short films committee)
Alice is the Head of the Film Office. She graduated from a bachelor's degree in Applied Foreign Languages and a master's degree in management of cultural projects. She spends half her life in Brussels where she works for the Brussels Short Film Festival and the other half in Paris/Les Arcs for another amazing festival for which she works. Her favorite film genre: thrillers. She gets inspired by scenes of torture for those who pronounce the "N" in her last name. In the gang, she's the DIY specialist and addict. Her cult film that she can watch over and over again is "All about my mother" by Almodovar. Her cult villain: she loves to hate He who must not be named...His cult animal: White Fang. Her favorite mountain film: Jean-Claude Dusse's ski lesson in "French Fried Vacation 2". Not a very original answer, but to be honest, it doesn't really get better than this scene...
Jacques Kermabon (short films committee)
A long time ago, Jacques sold trimmings and upholstery at Le Bon Marché. For a long time a supervisor in college and high school and a film club host at the CCAS, a master’s degree in literature and a DEA in cinema gained, he soon dreamed of being a film critic. He participated in the creation of Bref –magazine devoted to shorts films - in 1989 and became its editor for more than twenty years. This year he published a book dedicated to a jewel of cinema, Madame de… , by Max Ophuls (at Yellow Now). His kind of predilection: good films (fair enough). His guilty pleasure: the dramatic comedy Les amours d'Astrée et de Céladon by Éric Rohmer but his cult film is Partie de champagne, by Jean Renoir! His favorite movie sequence is found in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, when Judy appears in the hotel room having taken Madeleine’s appearance. His favorite movie villain? Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now and the Jokers: from the cult Jack Nicholson, to the recent Joaquin Phoenix and the unforgettable Heath Ledger! His favorite movie animal is the donkey in Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar and his favourite mountain scene is that of the cabin at the edge of the precipice in Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. Finally his favorite movie music is Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love one, charming isn't it?
Lauren Jean (features and short films committee)
Lauren – aka Jeannot for the team- is one of our assistant at the Film Office. After a bachelor’s degree in modern litterature and cinema she did a master in cultural communication, before joining us this year at the committee! Her guilty pleasure is Christmas TV films during the holiday season (to be consumed without moderation) but her favorite kind of films is thrillers! Her cult film, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, became one of her must-see after terrifying her as a child. Her favorite movie sequences are Blake Edwards' crazy party scenes in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Party. Her favorite villain is Minnie Castevet who comes knocking on Rosemary’s door in Roman Polanski’s horrific movie. Her favorite movie animal? The craziest bunny, Roger Rabbit! Great rock lover, her favorite soundtrack is that of Richard Curtis in the very British The Boat That Rocked! Finally, her favorite mountain scenes are those of the film Malabar Princess by Gilles Legrand, an old childhood memory with the taste of Proust’s Madeleine.
Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin (feature film committee)
Pierre-Emmanuel is one of the co-founders and the CEO of the Festival. After having done a double Master's degree in Art and Cinema and Economy, then a DESS in Audiovisual Communication Law at La Sorbonne, he's been spending his long work days producing films and series for 15 years. As an eternal big boy, his favorite genre is and will always be the western. In the selection committee, as the fine strategist he is, he masters the art of creating serendipitous circumstances (nope, having taste and authority isn't enough in our little gang...). His guilty pleasures are "Tropic Thunder" by Ben Stiller and "François 1er" with Fernandel, but when asked in public his favorite film, he will proudly answer "Dersu Uzala" by Akira Kurozawa. A true knockout. His cult sequence is the tuna fishing one in "Stromboli" and the villain who still haunts him is Medusa in "The Rescuers". Finally, his favorite mountain scene, is when the French Fried gang eats "la Fougne" in "French Fried 2". It probably reminds him of his childhood in the alpine pastures...
Salomé Farge (features and short films committee)
Salomé is an assistant at the Film Office and is in charge of the Festival Guests. Before joining the festival team, she did a master’s degree combining cinema and cognitive science at ENS Ulm. A newcomer to the team, her favorite kind of films are lagged fantasy comedies, such as those of Wes Anderson or Nanni Moretti. Her guilty pleasure (which is not really guilty): The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared: or how to escape from your retirement home when you are 100 years old (you never know, it can be useful). Her favorite movie sequence: the masked ball scene in Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways. Her favorite villain: Moro, the goddess-wolf of Princess Mononoke (precisely because she is not really mean)… Her favorite movie animal is Kevin, the exotic bird of the animated film Up! (she shares his weakness for chocolate by the way). Her favorite mountain scene? The ski chase in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Finally, her favorite soundtrack is in her cult film: Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin.
Guillaume Calop (features and short films committee)
Guillaume is one of the co-founders of the festival and its general manager. Otherwise he edits DVD of rare and not very known stuff (Chalet Pointu), like animated short films, he's a film lover with a large spectrum, from a Judd Apatow comedy to a BBB film (Beautiful But Boring). He's one of the short film defenders of the gang. His guilty pleasure is "The Sound of Music" by Robert Wise, he can sometimes be caught singing "Do-Re-Mi" (only in private). His cult film is "Dimensions of Dialogue" by Jan Svankmajer and his favorite film scene is in "Victoria" by Sebastian Schipper (you'll find it easily, the film is a single shot). His favorite animal is Totoro (what do you mean by it's not a real animal?). His favorite mountain film scene: James Brown in "Ski party" arriving to a party with his friends to sing I feel good.