The ArteKino Festival, which was launched in 2016 by ARTE and Festival Scope as an original and modern way to support the diversity and audacity of young European arthouse film, is back for an enticing third edition, which is set to run from Saturday 1-Monday 31 December 2018. On the menu are ten features (helmed by five female and five male directors), which will be available online, free of charge. A total of 50,000 tickets (5,000 per film) are available, which can be requested via artekinofestival.com and the ArteKino app (for iOS and Android). The line-up is accessible in 45 countries and in ten languages (French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian, Romanian, Hungarian and Portuguese). Supported by Creative Europe (the EU’s MEDIA programme), this year, the initiative also boasts the e-cinema platform (www.e-cinema.com) as one of its partners.
The announcement of this third edition was also accompanied by an exciting piece of news, as starting in January 2019, ArteKino will offer viewers the chance to discover a new film (either a feature or a short film) every month.
The list of titles includes Pity by Greece’s Babis Makridis (revealed in competition at Sundance this year and also screened at Rotterdam), Mug by Poland’s Malgorzata Szumowska and 24 Weeks by Germany’s Anne Zohra Berrached, Flemish Heaven by Belgium’s Peter Monsaert, Crater by Italian duo Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino, and Pin Cushion by British director Deborah Haywood. The other feature debuts are For Some Inexplicable Reason by Hungary’s Gábor Reisz, the documentary Flesh Memory by France’s Jacky Goldberg and Those Who Are Fine by Swiss filmmaker Cyril Schäublin.
Surfers will also be able to vote for the ArteKino Audience Award (€30,000 to be shared between the filmmaker and the international sales agent of the winning movie), and one lucky cybernaut will be chosen at random as the winner of a trip to the next Locarno Film Festival (7-17 August 2019).
Here is the complete selection of films:
24 Weeks - Anne Zohra Berrached (Germany)
Flesh Memory - Jacky Goldberg (France)
For Some Inexplicable Reason - Gábor Reisz (Hungary)
Crater - Silvia Luzi, Luca Bellino (Italy)
L’Animale - Katharina Mückstein (Austria)
Flemish Heaven - Peter Monsaert (Belgium)
Mug - Malgorzata Szumowska (Poland)
Pin Cushion - Deborah Haywood (UK)
Pity - Babis Makridis (Greece/Poland)
Those Who Are Fine - Cyril Schäublin (Switzerland)