Five films selected by ACM Distribution
by Fabien Lemercier
- Leyla Bouzid, Min Bahadur Bham, Jayro Bustamante, Naomi Kawase and Apichatpong Weerasethakul are being supported by the CNC and MEDIA
Initiated in June 2015 (read the news) by the CNC and Creative Europe’s MEDIA programme, the experimental new "international distribution" strand of World Cinema Support (ACM) has unveiled its first selection.
Designed to support and promote the international circulation of films co-produced with a country outside Europe (works that must previously have received backing from the CNC’s World Cinema Support at the production stage), ACM Distribution will stimulate theatrical distribution and circulation via online platforms for five films that were chosen in early February by a selection committee of seven experts.
Among them are three feature debuts: As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
interview: Leyla Bouzid
film profile] by Leyla Bouzid (Europa Cinemas Label in the Venice Days and supported for releases in the United States, the Middle East, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy), The Black Hen [+see also:
film profile] by Min Bahadur Bham (popular in the Venice Critics’ Week and supported for release in Canada, Chile, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Macedonia, Albania and Brazil) and Ixcanul Volcano [+see also:
interview: Jayro Bustamante
film profile] by Jayro Bustamante (winner of the Alfred Bauer Prize at Berlin last year and selected for release in Austria, Serbia, Montenegro and Costa Rica).
The other two films that have been accepted are European co-productions by great Asian filmmakers, which were world-premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes: An [+see also:
film profile] by Naomi Kawase (for its release in Poland, the UK, Hungary and Lebanon) and Cemetery of Splendour [+see also:
film profile] by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (for release in the Czech Republic, the USA and Mexico).
(Translated from French)