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Cannes’s 6th Cinefondation Atelier has a lineup of directors which this year includes more known auteurs than previously. It has also joined with Mexico’s Expresion den Corto for a summer residence program in Guanajuato, Mexico. Both programs include a dozen of the best young filmmakers in the world, offering them a platform designed to propel their careers with master’s classes, workshops and meetings with public and private organizaitons to help obtain financing for their film projects.
The Cannes lineup of 15 films this year includes 4 films by first time directors one of whom is a woman and 2 Latino filmmakers.
Karoly Ujj Meszaros from Hungary with Liza, the Fox-Fairy, a comedic serial killer nurse romp
Diego Quemada-Diez from Mexico with La Jaula de oro
Ruben Sierra Salles from Venezuela with Lucia
Out of 15 films a total of 2 (13%) are by women including debuting Show-Chun Lee’s Shanghai-Belleville and
The second film by Holland’s Urszula Antoniak (Nothing Personal) Code Blue, about a nurse who practices euthanasia. (Nurses seem to be becoming a trend.)
Shinji Aoyama’s Decadent Sisters, winner of the Pusan Award and $20,000 at the Pusan Promotion Plan 2009 is the director’s 15th feature. The subject is siblings who survive as prostitutes in Tokyo after WWII.
Dream and Silence is about spirituality in a postmodern age according to director Jaime Rosales whose 4th feature this is.
Les Etoiles de Sidi Moumen, also the 4th film by the leading Moroccan director of his generation — Nabil Ayouch — is based on the novel by Mahi Binebine about Casablanca’s 2003 suicide bombings.
Cambodian director Rithy Panh (The Sea Wall) presents Gibier d’elevage.
Indonesia’s Edwin, whose 2008 debut, Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly won a Fipresci Rotterdam fest award is presenting Postcards from the Zoo.
Bulgaria’s Javor Gardel, who made B.O. hit Zift and was recognized as a “producer on the move” last Cannes by EFP presents his second film, Zincograph.
Turkey’s Huseyin Karabey, helmer of Gitmek, My Marlon and Brando, a Tribeca best director winner has Come to My Voice.
Iran’s Massoud Bakhshi (“Teheran Has No More Pomegranates”) is attending with Khorramshahr.
Circles comes from Serbia’s Sdran Golubovic, director of the Berlinale Forum’s The Trap.
In 2009 the Festival de Cannes’s various sections featured 10 feature films and two shorts by “alumni” of the Cinéfondation:
Un Certain Regard:
Los viajes del viento by Ciro Guerra (Atelier 2007
Skazka pro temnotu aka Tale in the Darkness by Nikolay Khomeriki (2nd prize Cinéfondation Selection 2005)Independencia by Raya Martin (Résidence of the Cinéfondation (2005/2006)
Manila (co-direction by Raya Martin with Adolfo Alix Jr.
Police, Adjective by Corneliu Porumboiu (2nd prize Cinéfondation Selection 2004, Résidence 2005, Caméra d’Or 2006)
Morrer como un homen aka To Die Like a Man by João Pedro Rodrigues (Atelier 2007)
Eyes Wide Open by Haim Tabakman (Cinéfondation Selection 2003 and 2004)
No meu Lugar aka Eye of the Storm by Eduardo Valente (1st prize Cinéfondation Selection 2002, Résidence 2005)
Navidad by Sebastian Lelio Campos (Résidence of the Cinéfondation (2006/2007)
The Ordinary People by Vladimir Perisic (Cinéfondation Selection 2003, Résidence 2004)
Rotterdam Tiger Awards 2010:
The VPRO Tiger Awards, given last February,to Agua fría de mar by Paz Fábrega from Costa Rica, Mundane History by Anocha Suwichakornpong from Thailand and Alamar by Mexican director Pedro González-Rubio.
Two of these three filmmakers were spotted by the Cinéfondation. Paz Fabrega has attended the 19th session of the Residence where she has developed Todos Nosotros, her second feature film project.
Anocha Suwichakornpong had presented her short film Graceland at the Cinéfondation Selection in 2006.