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CANNES 2020

Fabrique Cinéma announces its ten projects for 2020

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- Rachid Bouchareb will sponsor the 12th edition of the springboard programme for young creators hailing from southern and emerging countries, with Montenegro’s Sara Stijović among the selected talent

Fabrique Cinéma announces its ten projects for 2020
Director Sara Stijović, whose project intitled Gina has been selected by Fabrique Cinéma

Usually unspooling on the Croisette within the larger framework of the Cannes Film Festival, Fabrique Cinéma has decided to press ahead with its 12th edition and has unveiled the 2020 list of ten projects, which this year comprises five first feature films and five second features, with absolute gender parity in terms of the filmmakers selected.

Geared towards identifying and supporting the rise of young creators from southern and emerging countries, the exact shape of the programme organised by the Institut français is yet to be announced, in line with the evolution of the health crisis. But a sponsor has already been chosen by the team: French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb (a Cannes competitor in 2006 and 2010, and a Berlin contender in 2001, 2009 and 2014).

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Standing tall among the ten projects selected by Fabrique Cinéma 2020, and representing Europe, is the documentary Gina by the Montenegrin Sara Stijović, whose homeland will thus participate in Fabrique Cinéma for the very first time. Already enjoying the support of the Film Centre of Montenegro, the filmmaker’s first feature project is steered by Branimir Žugić for LIVE Production. Gina tells the tale of Gina Markuš, a young Montenegrin who was imprisoned in Yugoslavia in the 1950s and sent to the Naked Island to serve her sentence. A few years before committing suicide, Gina put pen to paper to document what was happening to her...

Since 2009, 111 projects hailing from 63 countries have been selected by Fabrique Cinéma, under the aegis of the Institut français (in partnership, this year, with France Médias Monde, SACEM and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, with the backing of Orange Studio). And a number of titles (all co-produced by Europe) have recently distinguished themselves on the billboards of several major festivals: Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness [+see also:
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by Iran’s Massoud Bakhshi (Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2020), The Unknown Saint [+see also:
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by Morocco’s Alaa Eddine Aljem (Cannes’ Critics’ Week 2019), the animated film Bombay Rose [+see also:
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by India’s Gitanjali Rao (showcased last year at Venice’s Critics’ Week, as well as in Toronto), All The Dead Ones [+see also:
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by Brazil’s Marco Dutra and Caetano Gotardo (in competition in Berlin in 2020), not to mention The Fever [+see also:
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by their compatriot Maya Da-Rin (winning its actor the Best Male Performance award in Locarno 2019).

The filmmakers selected for Fabrique Cinéma 2020 are as follows:

Africa

The Nights Still Smell of Gunpowder - Inadelso Cossa (Mozambique, documentary, 2nd feature film)
Production: Inadelso Cossa, 16mmFILMES

Coura + Oulèye - Iman Djionne (Senegal, fiction, 1st feature film)
Production: Souleymane Kebe, Sunuy Films

South America

Babylon - Francisco Bahia (Brazil, documentary, 1st feature film)
Production: Alice Riff, Sendero Filmes

Without a Name - Valeria Valentina Bolivar (Dominican Republic, fiction, 1st feature film)
Production: Fernando Santos Diaz, Guasábara Cine

Asia

A Pair of Leather Clogs - Olga Korotko (Kazakhstan, fiction, 2nd feature film)
Production: Olga Korotko, Seven Rivers Cinema

9 Temples to Heaven - Sompot Chidgasornpongse (Thailand, fiction, 2nd feature film)
Production: Kissada Kamyoung, Kick The Machine Films

Skin of Youth - Ash Mayfair (Vietnam, fiction, 2nd feature film)
Production: Tran Thi Bich Ngoc, An Nam Productions

Europe

Gina - Sara Stijović (Montenegro, documentary, 1st feature film)
Production: Branimir Žugić, LIVE Production

Near and Middle East

Seeking Haven for Mr Rambo - Khaled Mansour (Egypt, fiction, 1st feature film)
Production: Rasha Hosny, Patchwork Productions

Do You Know Anything about Omid? - Keywan Karimi (Iran, fiction, 2nd feature film)
Production: Keywan Karimi, Key Film

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(Translated from French)

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