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CANNES 2009 Funding

Cinéfondation selects Szumowska, Vieira da Silva, Segre and Mandico

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Fifteen feature film projects have been selected for the fifth edition of the Cannes Festival Cinéfondation Workshop. Europe is represented by Poland’s Malgorzata Szumowska (who recently won Best Film of 2008 at the Polish Film Awards for 33 Scenes from Life [+see also:
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); Portugal’s Hugo Vieira Da Silva (Special Mention at Locarno for Body Rice [+see also:
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); France’s Bertrand Mandico and Italy’s Andrea Segre.

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Other chosen directors include Lebanon’s Danielle Arbid (whose A Lost Man [+see also:
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screened in 2007 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight); Morocco’s Faouzi Bensaidi (discovered in the Un Certain Regard section in 2003 with A Thousand Months and Venice Days 2006 with WWW: What a Wonderful World [+see also:
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); and Argentina’s Diego Lerman.

Created in 2005 to help emerging or established directors supplement their film financing, the Workshop will enable the chosen filmmakers to attend Cannes with their producers from May 15-22 and hold individual meetings with professionals interested in their projects. The Book of Projects will be available on April 15 on the Cinéfondation website.

Workshop 2009:

Sponsoring - Malgorzata Szumowska (Poland) - fourth feature
Red Cross - Hugo Viera Da Silva (Portugal) - second feature
The Man Who Hides in the Forest - Bertrand Mandico (France) - debut feature
Shun Li and The Poet - Andrea Segre (Italy) - second feature
Chambres d’hôtel (“Hotel Rooms”) - Danielle Arbid (Lebanon/France) - fifth feature
Death for Sale - Faouzi Bensaidi (Morocco) - third feature
Moral Sciences - Diego Lerman (Argentina) - third feature
The Umbrella Man - John Barker (South Africa) - second feature
Executioner Garden - Zhang Yuan (China) - 11th feature
Oblivion - Atef Hetata (Egypt) - second feature
Bury Me Standing - Caran Hartsfield (US) - debut feature
Free in Deed - Jake Mahaffy (US) - third feature
40 Days of Silence - Saodat Ismailova (Uzbekistan) - second feature
Pinoy Sunday - Ho Wi Ding (Taiwan/Philippines) - debut feature
Our Grand Despair - Seyfi Teoman (Turkey) - second feature

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(Translated from French)

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