Paris Coproduction Village Unveils Lineup

CANNES–  Paris Coproduction Village, a new development and financing platform organized by the team behind Les Arcs Film Festival and hosted by the Champs-Elysees film festival, has unveiled its projects lineup.

Brillante Mendoza’s “The Embroiderer,” Karim Aïnouz’ “The Beauty of Sharks,”Fabio Mollo’s “White Shadows” and Andrea Segre’s “40%,” as some of the 12 projects set to be presented at the two-day mart, which will take place June 12 and 13.

Open to international titles, the selection, which is spearheaded by Vanja Kaludjercic, head of industry, and Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, CEO of Les Arcs’ and Paris’ Co-production Villages, comprises four European projects, three from Asia, two from the Middle East, one from the U.S. and one from Latin America. Budgets range from less than half a million Euros to more than 10 million Euros.

The Paris forum will follow the winning receipe of Les Arcs’ event, mixing up films from emerging helmers with movies by well-established filmmakers. Kaludjercic has a strong track record at discovering promising projects.  Alice Rohrwacher’s “The Wonders” was presented at Les Arcs a couple years ago and is world-premiered in competition at this year’s Cannes. 

Produced by Italy’s Jolefilm, “40%” is Segre’s follow up to family drama “First Snowfall,” which world-premiered last year at Venice’s Orizzonti section.

“White Shadows” is produced by Italy’s Ascent Film. The pic’s director, Mollo, presented “South is Nothing” in Berlin.

“Sharks” is produced by U.S. shingle Royal Road Entertainment. Ainouz previously presented “Madame Sata” in Un Certain Regard in 2002 and “Beach of the Future” at this year’s Berlin.

“Embroiderer” is produced by The Philippines’ Stage Productions.  Mendoza previously won Cannes’ best director award for “Kinatay” in 2009 and presented “Captive” in Berlin.

The other projects selected for the market are: Pia Marais’s “Dance for Me,” produced by Australia’s Trish Lake, Asaf Saban’s “The Delegation” produced by Israel’s Gum Films; Catalin Mistulescu’s “Heidi” produced by Romania’s Strada Film;  Suba Sivakumaran’s “House of My Fathers” produced by Sri Lanka’s Palmyrak Talkies; Damian John Harper’s “In the Middle of the River,” produced by Germany’s Weydemann Bros., Maria Jose Martin’s “Rara,” produced by Chile’s Manufactura de Peliculas;  Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s “Samui song,” produced by Thaïland’s Bluering; Pelin Esmer’s “Something useful,” produced by Turkey’s Sinefilm.

The Paris showcase will also present projects from the six residents of the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation.

Sponsored by Variety and supported by the Ile-de-France region, the Paris Coproduction Village is co-organized by Champs-Elysees fest, Cannes’s Cinefondation, ACE, EAVE, Europa International and Europa Distribution.

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