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IFFR-supported filmmakers at Cannes

09 June 2021

Still of Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Everyone at IFFR sends their congratulations to the fantastic array of projects selected for this summer’s Cannes festival. Both Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart projects can be found throughout the programme – in the film selection as well as Marché du Film, the industry market. The wealth of projects from both debut and experienced directors speaks to the talent, relevance, and perseverance of these IFFR-sponsored filmmakers in realising their projects.

Official Competition

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is selected in the festival’s main competition lineup for Memoria, set in Colombia and starring Tilda Swinton, which was awarded development support by the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) in 2018. Weerasethakul is a familiar name at IFFR, dating back to 2000 and his debut feature Mysterious Object at Noon, which was also an HBF selection. In 2010 he won the Palme d’Or with another HBF-supported project, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

Un Certain Regard

Two HBF-supported debut features appear in the Un Certain Regard section. Haitian director Gessica Généus is selected for her film Freda which received a development grant in 2019, alongside Mexican director Tatiana Huezo whose feature Noche de Fuego received HBF+Europe funding in 2018. Let There Be Morning by Eran Kolirin from Israel, and Women Do Cry by Bulgarian directors Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova participated in the festival’s co-production market CineMart at 2014 and 2020 respectively. 

Across the programme

Feathers by Egyptian director Omar El Zohairy – a minority Dutch co-production with Keplerfilm – is chosen for the Semaine de la Critique, having been supported through three different HBF schemes: development in 2017, NFF+HBF in 2018, and receiving a Dutch Post-production Award earlier this year. 

Two CineMart projects from the 2018 harvest are selected for Quinzaine des Réalisateurs: Brazil’s Anita Rocha da Silveira with Medusa, and France’s Rachel Lang with Mon légionnaire. Colombia’s Nathalie Álvarez appears with Clara Sola, which received HBF+Europe funding in 2017, as did The Sea Ahead by Lebanese director Ely Dagher, in 2019. 

French director Arnaud Desplechin’s project Deception, which participated in the 2007 edition of CineMart, is selected for the new section Cannes Premiere.

Marché du Film

Six projects attend Cannes’s film market for co-production one-to-one speed meeting sessions after participating in the 2021 online edition of CineMart. These are:

  • ¿Duermen los peces con los ojos abiertos? (Do Fish Sleep With Their Eyes Open?), Nele Wohlatz, Ruda Cine, CinemaScopio, Circe Films, Blinker Filmproduktion GmbH, Argentina. HBF Script and Project Development 2018. 
  • Ground Zero, Zhanna Ozirna, RADAR Films, Ukraine.
  • Jacob's Way (Jacobsweg), Eelko Ferwerda, BIND, Vico Films, Netherlands. BoostNL. 
  • Macunaíma 2021, Felipe Bragança, Duas Mariola Filmes, Promenades Films, Brazil.
  • Marionettes (Marionetten), Arianne Hinz, Rinkel Film, Alchemic Film, Netherlands. BoostNL
  • Un personaje volador (A Flying Character), Martina Juncadella, Una presencia, Argentina. BoostNL, HBF Script and Project Development 2019.

Eight alumni from the Rotterdam Lab will be granted Producers Network accreditation:

  • Mohammed Alhamoud, Last Scene Films, Saudi Arabia
  • Ahmed Amer, A. A. Films, Egypt
  • Bettina Barrow, Kill Claudio Productions, USA
  • Luigi Chimienti, dispàrte, Italy
  • Amy Lo, Mental Pictures, USA
  • Elisa Fernanda Pirir, Mer Film, Norway
  • Yu-Hao Su, A Mascot Films, Taiwan
  • Andrijana Sofranić Šućur, Set Sail Films, Serbia

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