Ten up-and-coming European talents at Angers Workshops
by Fabien Lemercier
06/07/2012 - The eighth Angers Workshops, initiated and led by Jeanne Moreau with the organisers of the Premiers Plans Film Festival, will come to an end this Sunday. This year, the residency programme’s organisers selected ten young European filmmakers to help them prepare their first fiction feature film.
Since July 1, selected participants have attended masterclasses delivered by Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf (photo - awarded at the last Berlinale for Just The Wind [trailer, film focus]), his Romanian counterpart Catalin Mitulescu (selected for Cannes’ Certain Regard in 2006 and 2011), French filmmakers Olivier Ducastel (selected four times for the Berlinale) and Raphaël Nadjari (who competed in Cannes in 2007), and screenwriter Vincent Poymiro.
This year’s selected participants include Swiss filmmaker Simon Jaquemet with his project War (Hugofilm Productions) about two delinquent teenagers sent to a mountain farm, and Romanian filmmaker Bogdan Mirica with Dogs (production: HiFilm) in which a young city-dweller, who wants to sell land he has inherited, is confronted with his grandfather’s criminal past.
German filmmaker Carolina Hellsgard has also been attending the Angers Workshops with Sunburned (produced by the Stockholm-based Silverosa Film), a film project about an insecure teenage girl who blossoms after she meets an illegal Senegalese migrant on holiday in Morocco. Another female filmmaker has also been taking part: Tamara Erde with the French-Israeli film project Un autre jour viendra (lit. “Another day will come” - Iliade & Films), whose screenplay is co-written by Raphaëlle Valbrune and which recounts the life of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
Other projects include Emmanuel Marre’s Franco-Belgian project Territoire (lit. "Territory" - production: Entre Chien et Loup), a tale of political initiation, friendship and treason, as well as Austrian filmmaker Bo Chen’s Moneyboys (WILDart Film), in which a young man who has unsuccessfully tried to reconcile with his rural family sets off on a journey across Central China.
French filmmaker Laurent Teyssier was also selected to attend with Mauvais œil (Tita Productions), in which the main character oscillates between his indebted family farm and drug trafficking. Finally the French trio Marie Amachoukeli - Claire Burger - Samuel Theis was also selected for their project Angélique, the story of a cabaret hostess who has to change her life because clients start to prefer girls who are younger than her (production: Elzevir Film).
(Translated from French)