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FUNDING France

The CNC celebrates its international co-production fund Aide aux cinémas du monde

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- Standing out among the 350 films of 90 nationalities supported by the fund since 2012 are a great number of titles which have shone during their exhibition at the biggest festivals

The CNC celebrates its international co-production fund Aide aux cinémas du monde
(l-r) Pierre Buhler (chairman of the Institut français) and Charles Tesson (Chairman of the Aide aux cinémas du monde committee), Frédérique Bredin (president of the CNC), Nadav Lapid, Kaouther Ben Hania, Sergeï Loznitsa, Gaya Jiji and Benedikt Erlingsson (© CNC)

What does Winter Sleep [+see also:
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by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Palme d'Or in Cannes 2014) have in common with Cold War [+see also:
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by Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (crowned Best Director on the Croisette in 2018), Synonyms [+see also:
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by Israeli director Nadav Lapid (winner of the Golden Bear at the 2019 Berlinale), A Land Imagined [+see also:
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by Singapore filmmaker Siew Hua Yeo (handed the Golden Leopard in Locarno last year), Mustang [+see also:
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by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (awarded Best First Film César in 2016) and The Lobster [+see also:
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by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (winner of the Cannes Jury Award 2015)? All these full-length films co-produced by France have benefited from the Aide aux cinémas du monde (ACM) fund, a selective support system (for the production of films before they’re made, or for the completion of films in post-production) initiated in 2012 and steered by the CNC and the Institut français, which now counts nigh on 350 films of 90 nationalities among its recipients, over half of which being first or second feature films.

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"France has always been a refuge and a partner for filmmakers hailing from all around the world. Aide aux cinémas du monde is a brand of excellence which is key to unearthing new talent and future great names in global cinema. By way of its open approach, France has provided assistance to the biggest names in the business: Youssef Chahine, Michael Haneke, Wong Kar-Waï and, more recently, Naomi Kawase, Jia Zhang-Ke and Matteo Garrone. Now more than ever, the world needs these directors’ views on the world", stressed Frédérique Bredin, the President of the CNC who organised an evening event on Thursday 4 April, in celebration of the fund which places France at the heart of worldwide cinematographic creation.

Five filmmakers attended the event to highlight the important role played by Aide aux cinémas du monde: the Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania (who received aid for Beauty and the Dogs [+see also:
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), Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson (Woman at War [+see also:
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), Syrian filmmaker Gaya Jiji (My Favourite Fabric [+see also:
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), Nadav Lapid (Synonyms) and the Ukranian Sergeï Loznitsa (Donbass [+see also:
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). Flanking them, aside from Frédéric Bredin, were Pierre Buhler (Chairman of the Institut français) and Charles Tesson (current Chairman of the Aide aux cinémas du monde committee, but also Artistic Director of Critics’ Weeks at the Cannes Film Festival).

Of the 200 ACM films finalised to date, 160 have been selected for one of the four big international festivals: 82 have screened in Cannes, 35 in Berlin, 33 in Venice and 10 in Locarno. Most recently supported works include Litigante [+see also:
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by the Colombian Franco Lolli, Piccolo corpo by the Italian Laura Samani, Oleg [+see also:
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by Latvian director Juris Kursietis, Corpus Christi by Polish filmmaker Jan Komasa, Positive School by the Moroccan Nabil Ayouch, White Building by Cambodian director Kavich Neang, Eureka by the Argentinian Lisandro Alonso, Memoria by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Au crépuscule by the Lithuanian Sharunas Bartas, My Sunny Mad by Czech director Michaela Pavlatova, Three Summers [+see also:
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 by the Brazilian filmmaker Sandra Kogut and Yokogao by Japanese director Kôji Fukada.

(Translated from French)

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