15 projects have been selected to participate in the Cannes Cinéfondation Atelier
by Fabien Lemercier
- Anna Bofarull, Maja Miloš, Gabriel Tzafka, Gürcan Keltek, Mikko Myllylahti, Michal Blaško, Christos Massalas and Jaap van Heusden will all be representing Europe
15 feature projects from 15 different countries have been selected to participate in the 15th edition of the Cinéfondation Atelier, which is due to take place at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (from 14 to 25 May).
Europe is very well represented this year with eight projects, including three debut feature films: The Woodcutter Story by the Finnish director Mikko Myllylahti (who co-wrote the screenplay of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki [+see also:
interview: Juho Kuosmanen
film profile], winner in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2016), Broadway by the Greek director Christos Massalas (multi-award winner with Copa-Loca) and Victim by the Slovakian director Michal Blaško (in competition at Cannes in the Cinéfondation short film section in 2017).
In terms of second features, the selection includes Rift in the Ice by the Serbian director Maja Miloš (a shock discovery in competition at Rotterdam in 2012 with Clip [+see also:
interview: Maja Milos
film profile], which then went on to be screened at a number of different festivals, including Toronto), the Danish project Ode to Joy by the Greek director Gabriel Tzafka (known for Thorn, for which he received the Best Newcomer Award at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards in 2018) and New Dawn Fades by the Turkish director Gürcan Keltek (well appreciated in the Filmmakers of the Present section at Locarno in 2017 with Meteors [+see also:
interview: Gürcan Keltek
Finally, the Spanish director Anna Bofarull has been selected for the workshop with Sinjar, her third feature project after Sonata for Cello [+see also:
film profile] (2016) and Barcelona 1714, as well as the Dutch director Jaap van Heusden with In Alaska, which will be his fourth feature after Win/Win [+see also:
film profile] and The New World [+see also:
film profile], which were screened at Rotterdam in 2010 and 2013, before In Blue [+see also:
film profile] went on to win the 2018 Golden Calf Award for Best Screenplay and Best Director at the Nederlands Film Festival.
Also selected for the 2019 Atelier is The Settlers by Felipe Galvez (Chile), Over Time and Distance by Yotam Ben-David (Israel), Victoria Falls by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho), The Women by The Maw Naing (Myanmar), Kangling by Fidel Devkota (Nepal), Wakhri by Iram Parveen Bilal (Pakistan) and Nezouh by the Syrian director Soudade Kaadan (Lion of the Future Award at Venice last year with The Day I Lost My Shadow [+see also:
interview: Soudade Kaadan
Created in 2005 in order to encourage creative cinema and the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers by helping them to finance their films, the Cinéfondation Workshop has already supported 198 projects, 157 of which have gone on to have a theatrical release, with the rest currently in pre-production. The workshop will allow the selected 2019 individuals to attend the festival with their producers from May 16 to 23 and to meet professionals interested in their projects. The book of projects and registration forms will be available at the beginning of April on the Cinéfondation website.
The 15 selected projects:
The Settlers - Felipe Galvez (Chile)
Ode to Joy - Gabriel Tzafka (Denmark)
Sinjar - Anna Bofarull (Spain)
The Woodcutter Story - Mikko Myllylahti (Finland)
Broadway - Christos Massalas (Greece)
Over Time and Distance - Yotam Ben-David (Israel)
Victoria Falls - Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho)
The Women - The Maw Naing (Myanmar)
Kangling - Fidel Devkota (Nepal)
Wakhri - Iram Parveen Bilal (Pakistan)
In Alaska - Jaap van Heusden (the Netherlands)
Rift in the Ice - Maja Miloš (Serbia)
Nezouh - Soudade Kaadan (Syria)
Victim - Michal Blaško (Slovakia)
New Dawn Fades - Gürcan Keltek (Turkey)
(Translated from French)
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