Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation Residence has announced the six filmmakers who have been selected out of 170 applicants to participate in its 19th edition, which began Oct. 1 and runs until Feb. 15 in Paris.
Costa Rican helmer Paz Fabrega and South African director Oliver Hermanus will attend the biannual residence, founded by Cannes Film Festival prexy Gilles Jacob.
Fabrega charmed many attendees at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress showcase in September with a rough cut of her first feature, “Agua fria de mar,” a woman’s coming-of-ager. Her second feature, “Todos nosotros,” centers on a middle-class family facing social inequalities. Hermanus’ first pic, “Shirley Adams,” a Cape Town-set drama, screened at Toronto. He’s now working on “Two Lovers,” about the romance between Amina, whose parents are devout Muslims, and Afrikaner Raf.
Other participants are Ioana Uricaru, from Romania, director of “After the Wedding”; Iranian filmmaker Bani Khoshnoudi with “Ziba”; Chinese helmer Zhang Yue with “For Vain”; and Irish filmmaker Andrew Legge, who will pen “Clovis Teazle,” a Paris-set silent film following a young female doctor in the 1910s.
Since the Cinefondation was created in 2000, 89% of the projects that have been developed there have either been shot, distributed or are in pre-production.
(John Hopewell contributed to this article.)