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Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul Backed by Berlin’s World Cinema Fund

HONG KONG – “Cemetery of Kings,” the latest project by Thailand’s former Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (“Uncle Boonmee Who Can’t Recall His Past Lives”) will receive production funding from the Berlin Festival’s World Cinema Fund.

Produced by Weerasethakul’s Kick the Machine company and already associated with Cologne, Germany-based sales agency the Match Factory, the project receives €30,000 ($41,100).

Another Asian project receiving similar funding is “Kalo Pothi,” to be directed by Nepal’s Min Bahadur Bham.

Receiving $55,000 each are “Black Sunshine,” by Ghana’s Akosua Adoma Owusu; and “Monos,” by Colombian and Argentinian co-directors Alejandro Landes and Alexis Dos Santos. Production is by Mexico’s No Franja with Germany’s Pandora Film on board.

Distribution support of $6,800 goes to Mexican director Claudia Sainte-Luce’s “The Amazing Catfish,” which goes on commercial release in Germany this week through Arsenal Filmverleih.

The fund’s managers received 126 applications from film-makers in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, or the Caucasus for the latest funding round.

Two of the fund’s previous beneficiaries recently screened at the Cannes festival: Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja” in the Un Certain Regard section and won the Fipresci Prize; and Diego Lerman’s “Refugiado,” also from Argentina, which screened in the Directors’ Fortnight program.

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