Al-Daradji, Vegas and Erguven in mix
The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled 15 projects that will take part in the sixth Cinefondation Atelier, which arranges industry networking opportunities for directors and producers.Among pics are Mohamed Al-Daradji’s “The Train Station,” Daniel and Diego Vega’s “El Mudo” and Deniz Gamze Erguven’s “Kings.” Turning on a femme suicide bomber planning to blow herself up at the 2007 re-opening of Baghdad Central Station, political thriller “The Train Station” is written by Al-Daradji and produced by Atia Al-Daradji and Isabelle Stead. The Vega brothers’ follow-up to Cannes 2010 Un Certain Regard jury prize winner “October,” “El mudo” is a drama about corruption set in Peru. English-lingo “Kings” charts civil strife in Los Angeles in 1962. A number of projects turn on contemporary society and day-to-day life, said Atelier program manager George Goldenstern. Pics include “Now Is the Future of the Past,” from China’s Huang Weikai, about a filmmaker making a documentary on day-to-day Chinese life; “Luton,” a social drama from Greek first-time helmer Michalis Konstantatos; “Of Our Economical Situation,” a portrait of contempo Haifa from Israeli Elad Keidan; and David Verbeek’s “Full Contact,” set in a world where people have lost direct contact with reality and get their experieces via screens, the media and the Internet. A strong Latin American presence includes “Escafandra,” from Argentinean documentarian Pablo Reyero, Mexican Celso Garcia’s rural drama “La delgada linea amarilla,” and “Mr. Kaplan,” a Uruguay-set social outcast dramedy, which is Alvaro Brechner’s follow-up to 2009’s “Bad Day to Go Fishing.” Atelier will also promote “Augustine,” a period doctor-patient drama from France’s Alice Winocour; Georgian George Ovashvili’s “Khibula,” about a former president fleeing from power; Italian Fabio Mollo’s family secrets drama “Il sud e niente”; dysfunctional family drama “Wolf,” from Romania’s Bogdan Mustata; and Africa-set thriller “Hier,” helmed by Hungary’s Balint Kenyeres. The Atelier runs May 13-20 during the Cannes fest, which runs May 11-22.