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Venice premieres for Hubert Bals Fund titles

02 September 2021

Detours by Ekaterina Selenkina

Two HBF-supported features, from Thai and Russian directors, will shortly premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

Wela (Anatomy of Time) by Thai director Jakrawal Nilthamrong premieres in the Orizzonti strand of the festival. It is co-produced by Netherlands-based Sluizer Film Production and received both NFF+HBF co-production financing and Script and Project Development Support. “The story explores the growing bond between two stages of a woman’s life separated by time” says Nilthamrong of his second feature, which follows a woman swept up in the violent currents of Thailand's history – inspired at least in part by the director’s mother. His first film, Vanishing Point, won the Tiger Award at IFFR 2015. The Hollywood Reporter have called it a “Venice hidden gem.”  The trailer is now available via Screen.

Detours by Ekaterina Selenkina is selected for Venice International Film Critics' Week.  Minority co-produced by Dutch Mountain Film, it received Script and Project Development Support and was part of the BoostNL programme, culminating with its presentation at the 2020 edition of IFFR’s co-production market CineMart. A Moscow-set meditation on a seemingly ordinary cityscape, the film investigates illicit drug deals whilst observing the choreography, poetics and politics of bodies in this urban environment.

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