Cannes reveals Atelier lineup

Aoyama, Rosales, Ayouch projects included

MADRID — Shinji Aoyama’s “Decadent Sisters,” Jaime Rosales’ “Dream and Silence” and Nabil Ayouch’s “Les Etoiles de Sidi Moumen” are among the 15 pics from around the world that will be featured at the Cannes Film Festival’s sixth Cinefondation Atelier.

Offering networking opportunities for projects’ directors, the Atelier boasts a far weightier name-auteur presence than past editions.

Aoyama’s “Sisters” picked up the Pusan Award and $20,000 at the Pusan Promotion Plan in October. Drama focuses on siblings surviving as prostitutes in Tokyo after WWII.

Rosales’ “Silence” turns on “spirituality in a postmodern age,” he told Daily Variety.

The leading Moroccan director of his generation, Ayouch’s “Les Etoiles” adapts Mahi Binebine’s novel, inspired by Casablanca’s 2003 suicide bombings.

Holland’s Urszula Antoniak (“Nothing Personal”) will present “Code Blue,” about a nurse who practices euthanasia.

“Ardor,” from Argentina’s Pablo Fendrik (“Blood Appears”), homes in a minor Chinese mobster in Buenos Aires while Cambodian director Rithy Panh (“The Sea Wall”) presents “Gibier d’elevage.”

Atelier showcases two Latin American first-timers — Venezuela’s Ruben Sierra Salles with “Lucia” and Mexico-based Diego Quemada-Diez, with “La jaula de oro.”

Other debuts are the Claude Miller-mentored “Shanghai-Belleville,” from Taiwan’s Paris-based Show-Chun Lee, and Hungarian Karoly Ujj Meszaros’ “Liza, the Fox-Fairy,” a comedic serial killer nurse romp.

Also making Atelier’s cut: “Postcards from the Zoo,” from Indonesia’s Edwin, whose 2008 debut, “Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly,” won a Fipresci Rotterdam fest award; “Zincograph,” the second film from Bulgaria’s Javor Gardel, who made B.O. hit “Zift”; and “Come to My Voice,” from Turkey’s Huseyin Karabey, helmer of “Gitmek, My Marlon and Brando,” a Tribeca best director winner.

Lineup is rounded up by “Khorramshahr,” from Iran’s Massoud Bakhshi (“Teheran Has No More Pomegranates”), and “Circles,” from Serbia’s Sdran Golubovic, who helmed Berlinale Forum player “The Trap.”

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