40 producers feted in Cannes spotlights

PARIS Sony Pictures Classics’ Dylan Leiner, Fortissimo’s Michael J. Werner and Lakeshore Entertainment’s Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard will be among guest speakers at the Cannes Market’s 9th Producers Network.

Further speakers at the Breakfast Meetings, running May 17-23, include Voltage Pics’ Nicolas Chartier, Cinetic Media’s John Sloss, Stone Angels’ Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and Venice Festival head Alberto Barbera.

Some 600-plus producers will attend, said Producers Network director Julie Bergeron.

The Meetings will spotlight 40 producers, focusing on Israel, Colombia, Norway, Belgium, Canada, the Arab world and Brazil, Bergeron added.

Arab producers featured on May 22 include Nayla Al Khaja, the UAE’s first femme helmer (“Arabana”), and Jana Prods.’ Rachida Saadi, one of Morocco’s rare femme producers (“Ou vas-tu Moshe?” “Agadir Bombay”).

Others in the spotlight include co-producer Antonio Lombardo from Flanders’ Prime Time, and Versus Prods.’ Jacques-Henri Bronkart, who together produced Un Certain Regard player “A perdre la raison”; Vania Catani of Rio’s Bananeira Filmes, which co-produced “La Playa,” another Un Certain Regard pic; and Jean-Yves Roubin, who produced “Beyond the Walls,” which plays Critics’ Week.

Colombia’s May 18 Spotlight features Jhonny Hendrix at Antorcha Films, a Colombia New Wave pioneer.

Other producers are more established.

Belgium’s Annemie Degryse associate produced 2012’s “A Cat in Paris”; Eitan Evan made Israeli B.O. hit “Aviva My Love”; and Norwegian Kjetil Omberg’s Tappeluft Pictures produced zombie Nazi movie “Dead Snow,” a Sundance breakout.

Among featured French Canadian producers are Juliette Hagopian (“The Capture of the Green River Thriller”) and Leah Mallen (“Hammer and Tickle”).

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