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Cannes: Cinefondation’s Atelier Unveils Lineup of 16 Projects

The Cinefondation’s Atelier, a co-production confab hosted during Cannes Film Festival, has unveiled its lineup of 15 director-driven projects that will be pitched at the upcoming 12th edition.

The Atelier roster showcases projects heading from 14 countries and carried out by mix of up-and-coming and emerging helmers, such as “La Cordillera” from Argentine director Santiago Mitre, whose previous film, “La Patota,” won last year’s Cannes’ Critics Week Grand Prize and Fipresci nod, and Japanese director Kyoko Miyake’s (“Hackney Lullabies”) “Femme Fatale.”

The lineup also includes several films from the Middle East, Gaya Jiji’s “My Ffavorite Fabric” from Syria, Koutaiba Al Janabi’s “Daoud’s Winter” from Iraq and David Volach’s “Death in Bed” from Israel, as well as two Turkish projects: Kaan Müjdeci’s “Iguana Tokyo” and Rezan Yeşilbaş’ “The Boarding School.” José Ortuño’s “Animas” (Spain), Nicolás Rincón Gille’s “Tantas Almas” (Colombia), Eric Cherrière’s “Ni dieux ni maîtres” (France), Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s “Memories and my Mother” (India), Mouly Surya’s “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung’s “The Whole-Timers” (Nepal) and Amin Sidi-Boumediène’s “Abou Aleila” (Algeria) complete the Atelier’s selection.

Directors will be joined by their producers at the Atelier during Cannes Film Festival, where they will get to meet potential partners, from co-producers, financiers and funds.

Created in 2005, the Cinefondation’s Atelier has so far presented 171 projects, 126 of which have been released in the theaters and 18 are currently in pre-production.

The 12th Atelier will take place May 13-19 in Cannes.

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