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CANNES 2021

La Fabrique Cinéma 2021 to showcase ten projects on la Croisette

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- Danielle Arbid will be the patron of the 13th edition of the programme dedicated to young creators in Southern and emerging countries which has already mobilised 8 co-producing partners from Europe

La Fabrique Cinéma 2021 to showcase ten projects on la Croisette
Director Danielle Arbid (© Gilles Pansart/Pyramide Films)

Night of the Kings [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philippe Lacôte
film profile
]
, Should the Wind Drop [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Massoud Bakhshi
film profile
]
, The Unknown Saint [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
… These are just a few recent examples of films which have turned countless heads in major international festivals and have spent time, during gestation, in the Institut français’s La Fabrique Cinéma showcase, which will make its return to the Croisette – specifically, to the Cinémas du Monde pavilion - with its 13th selection, as part of the 74th Cannes Film Festival (running 6 - 17 July). And this year, it’s the French filmmaker of Lebanese origin Danielle Arbid (Simple Passion [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Danielle Arbid
film profile
]
, Parisienne [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, etc.) who’ll be acting as patron of the programme which, on this exceptional occasion, saw its participants meeting professionals as early as the end of May.

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An initiative which looks to promote filmmakers and producers from southern and emerging countries, offering tailored support to an annual selection of 10 first or second film projects, La Fabrique Cinéma has selected 114 projects since 2009 and has invited 204 directors and producers hailing from 63 different countries to take part in its programme, which often intervenes in the early development stage. To date, over 40% of the projects it has backed have come to fruition.

Jostling among the ten works chosen by La Fabrique Cinéma 2021 (steered by the Institut français in partnership with France Médias Monde, Sacem and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie) are six first feature films. In all, the selection includes seven fiction films and three documentaries, put forward by four women directors and six male directors, and by four women producers and six male producers. Six of these projects have already secured several European co-producing partners. Full details on the works (mini-synopses, intent, types of partners needed, budget, status, etc.) are available to browse here.

La Fabrique Cinéma’s 2021 selection:

Africa

Flesh of my Flesh - Matthys Boshoff
Fiction, 2nd feature film, produced by Make Stuff Machine (South Africa)
Co-production: Ape&Bjørn (Norway)

Les fresques des oubliés - Amédée Pacôme Nkoulou
Fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Princesse M. Productions (Gabon)
Co-production: Les films du Bilboquet (France), Revolver Films (the Netherlands)

Latin America

Elder Son - Cecilia Kang
Fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Tarea Fina (Argentina)
Co-production: Sabate Films (Paraguay)

Alis - Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hemelryck
Documentary, 2nd feature film, produced by Casatarantula (Colombia)
Co-production: deFilm (Romania), Pantalla Cines (Chile), Magic Hour Films (Denmark)

If We Don’t Burn, How Do We Light Up The Night - Kim Torres
Fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Noche Negra Producciones (Costa Rica)
Co-production: Cine Feral (Mexico), Les Films du Clan (France)

Fallen - Damian Sainz Edwards
Fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Autonauta Films (Cuba)

Asia

Solo - Suman Sen
Fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Goopy Bagha Productions (Bangladesh)
Co-production: Fickle Formula (India), DW (France)

Dancing The Tides - Xeph Suarez
Fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Daluyong Studios (Philippines)

Middle East

Kabul MelodiesSahra Mani
Documentary, 2nd feature film, produced by Afghanistan Doc House (Afghanistan)

The Missing Planet - Marouan Omara, Tom Rosenberg
Documentary, 2nd feature film, produced by Fig Leaf Studios (Egypt)
Co-production: Die Gesellschaft DGS (Germany)

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(Translated from French)

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