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CANNES 2018

Cristian Mungiu to be the godfather of La Fabrique Cinéma at Cannes

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- The Romanian filmmaker will be treading the Croisette to lend his support to the ten projects from southern countries selected by the programme run by the Institut français

Cristian Mungiu to be the godfather of La Fabrique Cinéma at Cannes
Director Cristian Mungiu

The Institut français’ La Fabrique Cinéma will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary at the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May 2018), and it will fall to Romanian director-producer Cristian Mungiu (Palme d’Or in 2007 for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [+see also:
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 and also featuring on the Cannes winners’ list with Graduation [+see also:
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 and Beyond the Hills [+see also:
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) to serve as the godfather of this edition, following in the footsteps of previous incumbents Brillante MendozaJia Zhang-keClaire DenisJuliette BinocheAbderrahmane Sissako and Walter Salles, among others.

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The event run by the Institut français, and formerly called La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde, is a programme for scouting and promoting filmmakers and producers from southern and emerging countries, and offers bespoke support for first or second feature-length projects, in close collaboration with the Cannes Film Festival, the Film Market and an array of professional partners.

Since it was founded in 2009, almost 40% of the 91 projects selected have been completed, resulting in a finished film. This year, standing out among the ten projects accepted are nine fiction titles and one documentary; six are feature debuts, and four are second features. In the past, La Fabrique has supported such movies as Beauty and the Dogs [+see also:
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 by Kaouther Ben HaniaLa familia [+see also:
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 by Gustavo Rondón CórdovaThe Wound [+see also:
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 by John TrengoveDede [+see also:
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 by Mariam KhatchvaniThe Road to Mandalay [+see also:
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 by Midi ZRey [+see also:
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 by Niles Atallah and My Favourite Fabric [+see also:
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 by Gayaneh Jiji, which will be unveiled imminently. 

Here is the 2018 selection: 

Miles from Nowhere - Samantha Nell (produced by Blingola Media – South Africa)
She Wolf - Kiro Russo (Socavon Cine - Bolivia)
The Pack - Andrés Ramirez Pulido (Valiente Gracia - Colombia)
Night of the Kings - Philippe Lacôte (Wassakara Productions – Ivory Coast)
Black Night - Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi (E.A.D. Films - Iran)
Zinder - Aïcha Macky (Tabous Production - Niger)/documentary
Candela - Andrés Farias (Monte y Culebra – Dominican Republic)
Dia - Achille Ronaimou (Merveilles Production - Chad)
Regretfully at Dawn - Sivaroj Kongsakul (Extra Virgin Company - Thailand)
Seraphyma - Marysia Nikitiuk (Kristi Films - Ukraine)

(Translated from French)

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