Cannes Cinefondation and World Cinema

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by Sydney Levine
March 28, 2013 1:17 PM
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Jane Campion, President of the Jury for Shorts and also the Cinefondation's 15 shorts by new filmmakers coming from Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, India, Greece, Italy and France. The ninth edition of the Atelier de la Cinéfondation Cannes Festival will run parallel to the Competition screenings and can be seen in the Riviera between 15 and 26 May 2013.

Mexican Jorge Hernandez Aldana and his film The heirs and Chilean Attalah Niles and his film King along with the other participants will be presented to potential partners, sales companies and producers who might be interested in entering into co-productions with them.  

Born in Caracas, cinematically formed in the Polish school in Lodz, and settled professionally in Mexico, Jorge Hernandez Aldana was the director of The Night Buffalo written by Guillermo Arriaga and starring Diego Luna, Liz Gallardo and Irene Azuela. Heirs has initial support from Lucia Films, producer of Mexican Michel Franco, and the main characters are a group of teenagers and their families in the city of Monterrey during the first half of the 90s. The boys are in search of the keys to achieve the American dream on Mexican soil. It is a portrait, comedic and serious, of an era that will not return, a story about the meaning of friendship and the need to belong, to what happens to a group of teenagers from good families while spending the summer on a skateboard, while waiting for a future of wealth, success and power.

King, by Chilean-American Niles Atallah ( Lucia ), deals Orélie Tounens Antoine, a lawyer who in 1860 took over a Mapuche territory, Araucania, make a kingdom where he would be the king,  and his ministers and citizins Indians to maintain independence from Chile. According to its makers, the film, with a budget of half a million euros, penetrates the mind and offers a multifaceted portrait of an ambitious dreamer in a hallucinatory and surreal style.

Two projects from Asia are among the 15 new works selected to take part in this year's Atelier, part of the Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation.

Manjeet Singh's “Chenu”

From China, it has selected Ciao Ciao by Song Chuan. From India, Chenu and film-maker Manjeet SINGH will participate. Details of the projects will be disclosed at the beginning of April.


The remaining projects are approved for Atelier Sworn Virgin by Italian Laura Bispuri ♀ Stage Fright by Greek director Yorgos Zois; Memories of the Wind  by Turkish Ozcan Alper, Je ne suis pas un salaud by French Emmanuel Finkiel; Road Kill by Japanese Yuichi Hibi; Days of Cannibalism by Teboho Edkins Joscha (South Africa); Lamb by Yared Zeleke (Ethiopia), Out / In the Streets by Jasmina Metwaly ♀ and Philip Rizk (Egypt); Chenu by Manjeet Singh ( India), Ciao Ciao , Song Chuan (China), Me, Myself and Murdoch by Alabdallah Yahya (Jordan / Palestine), and Holy Airby Shady Srour, and The House on End Stree by Amir Manor, both Israelis .

The Atelier was created in 2005 within the Cannes Film Festival in order to give impetus to the movies and to create a new generation of filmmakers, helping them to complete the financing for his films. During the past eight years, 126 projects have been through the workshop, of which 83 have been completed and 29 are performing currently in preproduction.


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