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CANNES 2019 Semana de la Crítica / Premios

The Woodcutter Story gana el Premio Next Step en Cannes

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- CANNES 2019: El proyecto del finlandés Mikko Myllylahti se ha llevado el primer Premio Next Step entregado por la Semana de la Crítica

The Woodcutter Story gana el Premio Next Step en Cannes
En primer plano: a la izquierda, Mikko Myllylahti y a la derecha, su productora Emilia Haukka (Aamu Film Company). En segundo plano: dos de los tres miembros del jurado (Rosa Attab y Mathilde Henrot) (© Pierre Caudevelle/SDLC)

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Since 2014, the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week has taken its talents by the hand and led them from short film to feature via its Next Step programme. However, the workshop offered to the winners every year (see the news on the class of 2018) has now been enhanced by the addition of a competition intended to single out just one of them. And the Finnish project The Woodcutter Story by Mikko Myllylahti, produced by Aamu Film Company, has come out on top, winning the first-ever Next Step Award.

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Myllylahti has directed several short films, including Tiikeri (2018 Critics’ Week), which blends the bizarre with a certain dramatic weightiness. He also wrote the screenplay for The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki [+lee también:
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 by Juho Kuosmanen (which won the Un Certain Regard Prize in 2016). His debut feature-length project as a director, The Woodcutter Story, which is also involved in Cannes this year as part of the Cinéfondation Atelier selection (see the article), is a metaphorical fable in the guise of a black comedy, questioning the power of hope as a defence against obscurantism. It is a plea for a return to humanism, simplicity and nature.

In the course of five editions, 46 directors from 23 different countries have benefited from the support of the Next Step workshop. Three films are currently in post-production: Mes jours de gloire by France’s Antoine de Bary (see the news), 7500 by Germany’s Patrick Vollrath (see the news) and Bombay Rose by Indian animated film director Gitanjali Rao. In addition, two features are being showcased on the Croisette this year: The Bare Necessity [+lee también:
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entrevista: Erwan Le Duc
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 by France’s Erwan Leduc in the Directors’ Fortnight and Land of Ashes [+lee también:
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 by Costa Rican helmer Sofia Quiros Ubeda, which is in competition in the Critics’ Week.

(Traducción del francés)

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