WCF funds five films

Israeli, Iranian features take Berlin cash

BERLIN — An Iranian feature film and an Israeli documentary are among five projects receiving coin from the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund.

The WCF helps finance pics in Africa, Central Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and this year has extended its territories to include Southeast Asia and the Caucasus.

Its latest selection round includes Sepideh Farsi’s Iranian pic “The House Under Water,” produced by Tehran-based Neshaneh Films and Berlin’s Pola Pandora Filmprods., which will get E30,000 ($41,000), and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s Israeli doc “Justice Must Be Seen” from Tel Aviv’s Belfilms, which will receive $54,000.

Also receiving financing are Alejo H. Taube’s Argentinean pic “Agua y sal” from Buenos Aires’ Ruda Cine ($68,000); Ciro Guerra’s Colombian drama “The Wind Journeys” from Bogota-based Ciudad Lunar and Berlin’s Razor Film ($82,000); and, Zeze Gamboa’s Angolan pic “O Grande Kilapy” from Luanda’s Gamboa e Gamboa ($68,000).

The WCF jury selected the five titles from 81 projects submitted from 28 countries.

In addition, the WCF, which was initiated by the Berlinale and the German Federal Cultural Foundation in association with the Goethe Institute, has launched World Cinema Fund Spot-lights, a film and event series. The next deadline to apply for WCF funding is Aug. 1.

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