15 projects selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation Atelier
by Fabien Lemercier
- Danilo Caputo, José Ortuño and Eric Chevillard are representing Europe, while Kaan Müjdeci, Rezan Yeşilbaş and Santiago Mitre are also included in the showcase
A total of 15 feature-film projects hailing from 14 countries have been selected for the 12th edition of the Cinéfondation Atelier, which is set to unspool as part of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016). This year, Europe will be represented by Sow the Wind by Italy’s Danilo Caputo (who rose to fame in the Forum of Independents at Karlovy Vary in 2014 with Late Season [+see also:
film profile]), Animas by Spaniard José Ortuño and Ni dieux ni maîtres by French director Eric Chevillard.
Also of note are two Turkish projects, with Iguana Tokyo by Kaan Müjdeci (Special Jury Prize at Venice in 2014 with his feature debut, Sivas [+see also:
film profile]) and The Boarding School by Rezan Yeşilbaş (Short Film Palme d'Or in 2012).
The other lucky ones to be selected for the 2016 Atelier are La Cordillera by Santiago Mitre (Argentina – Grand Prix in the Cannes Critics’ Week last year with Paulina [+see also:
film profile]), Tantas almas by Nicolás Rincón Gille (Colombia – the director of the trilogy of documentaries Those Waiting in the Dark, Los abrazos del río and Noche herida), Abou Aleila by Amin Sidi-Boumediène (Algeria), My Favourite Fabric by Syria’s Gaya Jiji, Death in Bed by David Volach (Israel), Daoud’s Winter by Koutaiba Al Janabi (Iraq – the director made quite a splash with Leaving Baghdad in 2010), Memories and My Mother by Aditya Vikram Sengupta (India – the director rose to fame in the 2014 Venice Days with Labour of Love), The Whole-Timers by Bibhusan Basnet and Pooja Gurunget (Nepal), Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts by Mouly Surya (Indonesia) and Femme fatale by Japanese documentarian Kyoko Miyake.
Established in 2005 with the aim of encouraging creative cinema and fostering the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers by helping them to round off the funding of their films, the Atelier has been of benefit for the past ten years to 171 projects, of which 126 have already been released in theatres and 18 are currently in pre-production. It will enable the films and directors selected for 2016 to be present on the Croisette with their producers from 13-19 May and to meet professionals interested in their projects during individual sessions. The Project Book and sign-up sheets will be available at the beginning of April on the Cinéfondation website.
(Translated from French)