Three German co-productions on their way to Cannes’ sidebars
by German Films
- Laura Poitras’ latest movie is among the three German co-produced titles invited by the prestigious Cannes sidebars Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week
After the announcement of the German representation in the main programme of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (read the news), the independent Critics’ Week (12-20 May) and Directors’ Fortnight (12-22 May) sections have revealed their programmes for 2016, inviting along a total of three German co-productions.
The 55th Critics’ Week has selected Mehmet Can Mertoglu’s Albüm [+see also:
interview: Mehmet Can Mertoglu
film profile] (a Turkish-French-Romanian-German co-production involving Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion), where a middle-aged couple stage a photographic pregnancy to hide the fact that they are adopting, and French-Cambodian director Davy Chou’s Diamond Island [+see also:
film profile] (German co-producer: Vandertastic), about two brothers who meet again, social classes, and today’s Cambodian youth.
The documentary Risk [+see also:
film profile], by the Oscar-winning director of Citizenfour [+see also:
film profile], Laura Poitras, will be screened at the 48th Directors’ Fortnight. This half-American work co-produced by Praxis Films Berlin, presented as a follow-up to the story of Snowden’s extraordinary gesture, immerses us in the lives of Julian Assange and the technologists, volunteers and reporters behind WikiLeaks. Once again, Poitras goes behind the scenes (following Assange into asylum and the WikiLeaks team into exile) to defend the actions of whistleblowers. The world sales of Risk are handled by Submarine.