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CANNES 2019

CineRegio backs half of the feature films selected in Cannes

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- CANNES 2019: The regional film fund network is also calling to reinforce the cultural exception in Europe

CineRegio backs half of the feature films selected in Cannes

As the 48 regional film funds that comprise the CineRegio network meet for their General Assembly during the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, they can celebrate the impact that their work has had, and the evidence is the total of 45 titles (39 feature films and 6 short films) selected for this year's edition of the French gathering - many of which are cross-border co-productions.

The regional film funds have invested in 45 titles. These titles include 11 of the films in this year's Competition (52% of selected films): Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die [+see also:
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(Film i Väst), the Dardenne brothers' Young Ahmed [+see also:
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interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
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(Screen.brussels, Wallimage), Arnaud Desplechin's Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud Desplechin
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(Pictanovo Région Hauts-de-France), Mati Diop's Atlantics [+see also:
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interview: Mati Diop
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(Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine), Jessica Hausner's Little Joe [+see also:
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(Filmfonds-Wien, Lower Austrian Film Fund), Ladj Ly's Les Misérables [+see also:
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(Ile-de-France Film Fund), Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life [+see also:
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(MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung), Corneliu Porumboiu's The Whistlers [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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(Film i Väst), Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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(Ile-de-France Film Fund), Elia Suleiman's It Must Be Heaven [+see also:
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interview: Elia Suleiman
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(MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung) and Justine Triet's Sibyl [+see also:
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interview: Justine Triet
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(Ile-de-France Film Fund & Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma). The list of feature films is rounded off by 2 films Out of Competition, one in Special Screenings, 5 in Un Certain Regard, 12 titles in the Directors' Fortnight (equivalent to 50%), and 4 in Critics' Week competition (equivalent to 57%). Find the complete list of supported titles here.

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General Secretary Charlotte Appelgren stated, “CineRegio and its members' work for cultural diversity and having so many films selected in Cannes 2019 reflects the importance of regional film funds for the European audio-visual sector and highlights the significant financial contribution and role of the regional film agencies in creating and defending European cultural diversity and the European Co-production model. Regional film funding has proven crucial to upheld and stimulate co-operation within Europe. From our perspective, the European co-production model is the key to cultural diversity, however, the challenge throughout the year, is the interpretation and monitoring of EU state aid rules for film production, where film is compared to washing machines, airports and roads, and hence, put selective film funding schemes defending cultural diversity at risk. This despite 'the cultural exception'. Therefore - let us here at the Cannes Film Festival, the crown jewel of cultural diversity - remind the European institutions to respect 'the cultural exception' and why 'this right' was created in the first place. In these times where cultural diversity and open society is under pressure in many member states, the European Institutions jointly have an obligation to defend the European co-production model."

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