Record Hubert Bals Fund Harvest
The Forsaken Land by Vimukthi Jayasundara (Sri Lanka, 2005)
The International Film Festival Rotterdam 2006 is expected to screen over thirty new films that have received support from the festival’s own Hubert Bals Fund. Among the world premieres to be presented are La Perrera (The Dog Pound) by Manuel Nieto Zas and The Nightly Song of the Traveller by writer Chapour Haghighat.
Never before has the Hubert Bals Fund harvested so many new films. While economic and political conditions in the developing countries have hardly been favorable, 2005 has nevertheless proved a particularly fruitful year for filmmakers supported by the Hubert Bals Fund at either the script development or post-production stage. The Hubert Bals Fund operates in developing countries or countries in the southern hemisphere where an independent film industry and production money are virtually non-existent, and where filmmakers often face political resistance.
While some Hubert Bals Fund-supported films have already been presented at Cannes (e.g. BATTLE IN HEAVEN, THE FORSAKEN LAND, SANGRE), Locarno (A PERFECT DAY, PRESIDENT MIR QANBAR) or Venice (WRITING ON THE EARTH), many recently completed films feature in the record-breaking 2005 ‘Hubert Bals Fund Harvest’.
Among the completed films to be presented within Rotterdam’s festival programme are the world premieres of LA PERRERA (THE DOG POUND) by Manuel Nieto Zas and Uruguayan production company Control Zeta Films (25 WATTS; WHISKY), and THE NIGHTLY SONG OF THE TRAVELLERS by writer Chapour Haghighat (France). The programme also includes the international premieres of QUANTO VALE OU E POR QUILO? (WHAT IS WORTH?) by Sergio Bianchi (Brazil) and POETI VERADARDZE (RETURN OF A POET) by Harutyun Khachatryan (Armenia), as well as the European premieres of FULL OR EMPTY by Abolfazl Jalili and GIE, by Riri Reza from Indonesia. All filmmakers supported by the Hubert Bals Fund are expected to attend the festival.