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Success for Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart at Cannes 2008


 

Cannes Film Festival 2008

Success for Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart-supported filmmakers, see full list below



Fifteen films in official selection of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival have been supported by the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) or CineMart of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). No less than six of these films are feature débuts, further five directors will make their first appearance on the Croisette. Together, these films confirm the unique role of the Rotterdam festival in discovering and supporting new and unknown talent.


Other directors presenting their latest films in Cannes who have been supported by the Rotterdam film festival include Lisandro Alonso, Amat Escalante, Pablo Fendrik, Raya Martin and Pablo Trapero. In 2007, Hubert Bals Fund-supported 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or.

Leonora by Pablo Trapero (Argentina)Selected for the Cannes 2008 Competition with his LEONERA, Pablo Trapero has been supported by the International Film Festival Rotterdam from the early days of his successful filmmaking career. MUNDO GRÚA (CRANE WORLD) received financial backup from the Hubert Bals Fund (script development and post production). In 2000, CRANE WORLD took the Tiger Award and the FIPRESCI Award in Rotterdam. In 2007, Trapero presented his film project LEONERA at CineMart.

In the 2008 Cannes edition, six out of the nineteen titles in the Un Certain Regard section have received support from the International Film Festival Rotterdam. One of them is LOS BASTARDOS (THE BASTARDS) by Amat Escalante from Mexico. IFFR has recognised Escalante’s talents in an early stage. Financial support from the Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart invitation in 2005 enabled him to write and direct his début feature SANGRE (BLOOD). The same year, SANGRE was selected for Un Certain Regard. In 2006, Escalante brought SANGRE to Rotterdam but at the same time successfully presented his second film project LOS BASTARDOS at CineMart.

'Je veux voir' by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (Lebanon)Expected to screen at Rotterdam 2009 are, amongst others, A FESTA DA MENINA MORTA (THE DEAD GIRL’S PARTY) by Matheus Nachtergaele (Brazil), a story about a miracle worker in the Amazon area; JE VEUX VOIR (I WANT TO SEE) by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (Lebanon) in which the filmmakers follow Catherine Deneuve on her way through war-torn Lebanon and LIVERPOOL by Lisandro Alonso, one of the Latin America’s most important filmmakers.

The Rotterdam film festival staff delegation in Cannes is headed by the new director, Rutger Wolfson. For the promotional campaign ‘Be Inspired by Rotterdam’, the city of Rotterdam, the IFFR and the Rotterdam Film Fund have joined forces. Home of the IFFR, the city of Rotterdam offers ideal opportunities and locations for filmmaking and film production infrastructure. In close collaboration with Holland Film, the Dutch Pavilion in the International Village will for the first time feature a Rotterdam section.
During Cannes, CineMart Manager Marit van den Elshout and Hubert Bals Fund Manager Bianca Taal will be moderators of the Production Network, part of the Marché du Film 2008.

The next International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place from 21 January through to 1 February 2009; within the festival the 26th CineMart takes place January 25-29 2009. IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund, the largest of its kind worldwide, provides grants for script development, digital production, post production or distribution to independent filmmakers in developing countries. CineMart is the world’s first and largest co-production market for low and medium-budget film projects.


Hubert Bals Fund and/or CineMart-linked titles in Cannes 2008

Cannes Official Competition 2008 includes:

LEONERA by Pablo Trapero (Argentina)
Selected for CineMart 2007


Un Certain Regard 2008 includes:

A FESTA DA MENINA MORTA (THE DEAD GIRL’S PARTY)* by Matheus Nachtergaele (Brazil)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development (2003) and post production (2007)
Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009

JE VEUX VOIR (I WANT TO SEE) by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (Lebanon)
Hubert Bals Fund support for post production (2007)
Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009

SALT OF THIS SEA* by Annemarie Jacir (Palestine)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development (2004)

YI BAN HASHUI, YI BAN HOUYAN (PART OCEAN, PART FLAME) by LIU Fendou (China/Hong Kong)
Hubert Bals Fund Award (10,000 Euro) at HAF 2005

DE OFRIVILLIGA (INVOLUNTARY)* by Ruben Östlund (Sweden)
Selected for CineMart 2007

LOS BASTARDOS (THE BASTARDS) by Amat Escalante (Mexico)
Selected for CineMart 2006


Directors’ Fortnight 2008 includes:

LIVERPOOL by Lisandro Alonso (Argentina)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development (2005) and post production (2007)
Selected for CineMart 2005

NOW SHOWING by Raya Martin (Philippines)
Hubert Bals Fund Award (Euro 10,000) at Cinemanila/Borocay Coproduction Meeting 2005

SALAMANDRA* by Pablo Agüero (Argentina)
Selected for CineMart 2007

BOOGIE by Radu Muntean (Romania)
Selected for CineMart 2007

ELDORADO by Bouli Lanners (Belgium)
Selected for CineMart 2006

TONY MANERO by Pablo Larrain (Chile)
Hubert Bals Fund support for post production (2008)


Critics’ Week 2008 includes:

LA SANGRE BROTA (BLOOD APPEARS) by Pablo Fendrik (Argentina)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2006

SNIJEG (SNOW)* by Aida Begic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2004

BETTER THINGS* by Duane Hopkins (UK)
Selected for CineMart 2004


*denotes first film eligible for the Camera d’Or