BERLIN — Latin American cinema was the main focus of the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund latest round of production funding.
The initiative, which supports film industries in developing regions, selected four Latin American titles and one African title, including Jose Luis Valle’s Mexican production “Workers,” from Zensky Cine, which received €40,000 ($54,070); and Celina Murga’s Argentinean pic “Third Bank of the River,” from Tresmilmundos Cine and Berlin-based Rommel Film, which likewise won $54,070.
Chilean helmer Fernando Guzzoni’s “Carne de Perro,” from Berlin-based Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion, also nabbed the same amount, while Uruguayan director Alicia Cano’s documentary “El Bella Vista,” from Filmproduktion Thomas Mauch, about a house that has over the decades served as a soccer club, a transvestite brothel and, lastly, a Catholic chapel, picked up $40,571.
The WCF also granted Ugandan helmer Donald Mugisha’s “The Boda Boda Thieves,” from South African producer Switch Films, $81,088 in funding.
Through the support of new partners, including the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and international pubcaster Deutsche Welle’s DW Akademie, the WCF launched a new program in a number of African countries this summer aimed at promoting the creative and structural autonomy of African cinema. The first WCF Factory, as the initiative is known, was held in August in Burundi.
In October, the second WCF Factory took place in Burkina Faso.