• RICARDO ALVES JR.

    DIRECTOR

    Born in 1982, graduated in Cinema by Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires. His works were screened in festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Rotterdam, Locarno, Oberhausen and Karlovy Vary. A full retrospective of his shorts took place at the Cinémathèque Française, in 2013. The French Teacher will be his second feature, after his debut with Elon Doesn’t Believe in Death.

    SYNOPSIS

    The French Teacher - A Professora de francês 

    With this film, combining the genre film and social realism, I propose a study of character that plunges into a narrative that confuses the real with the imaginary, in a dense dreamlike suspense that creates a metaphor on the rise of terror within the "traditional Brazilian family".

    Graça gives private lessons of French in order to support herself in a big Brazilian metropolis. As an independent black woman of middle-low class, Graça sees herself confronted by the obscure aspect of religious fanaticism, when obliged to live with an extremist evangelical family that gradually entangles the teacher in a mysterious way towards the loss of reason.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    What originally moves the project of this film is the desire to reflect about the intolerance and prejudice on race, belief and gender, or, in short, the usual inability of some fractions from contemporary society to deal with what is different from what is considered "normal". For that, we have chosen to look toward radical relations that may result from the way individuals relate to faith, especially in an extremist bias environment. All over the world, this extremism is becoming increasingly terrifyingly visible. This past January, Jair Bolsonaro took office as President of Brazil, an extremist right-wing politician who defends that women doesn’t have the same intelligence as man, that homosexuals are “like this” because they haven’t been beat enough when child, and the values of the traditional family above all things. With all that, we decided to make a film that combines elements of suspense and terror to portray the emerging social tensions of contemporary Brazil.

     

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    THIAGO MACÊDO CORREIA, EntreFilmes (Brésil)

    PRODUCTION

    ENTREFILMES is a Brazilian film company, based on Belo Horizonte, created by Ricardo Alves Jr. and Pablo Lamar. On the catalogue there are short films screened and awarded in several important festivals, such as Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, Oberhausen, between others. The company is also responsible for one TV special and has produced or co-produced four feature films, including the 2018 Un Certain Regard's Jury Prize Winner The Dead and the Others.

    FICTION / THRILLER / 100' / COLOUR / 4K

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Thiago Macêdo Correia, EntreFilmes (Brésil)

    Language

    Portuguese

    Shooting locations

    Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    Estimated budget

    €950,000

    funding in place

    €30,000

    Research partners

    European co-producers

    Actual status

    In development (sixth draft of script)

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Ricardo Alves Jr. / alvesjunior01@gmail.com / +55 31 97178-6184  / +33 6 80 47 28 68 (Cannes)

    PRODUCER

    ENTREFILMES - Thiago Macêdo Correia / contato@entrefilmes.com.br / www.entrefilmes.com.br / +55 31 99644-1029 / +33 6 80 47 30 26 (Cannes)

    CO-PRODUCER

    THE NETHERLANDS - FORTUNA FILMS / Ilse Hughan / ilsehughan@runbox.com / +31 6 55 35 63 42 

  • FRANCISCO PAPARELLA

    DIRECTOR

    Francisco Paparella was born in Buenos Aires in 1984. In 2009 he established his independent production company, Río Azul Films. In 2013 he directed, wrote and produced his first feature Zanjas, which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival 2015. Paparella strongly believes in the power of sordidness and as a visceral way of telling stories.

    SYNOPSIS

    Three Brothers - Tres Hermanos 

    Three Brothers is a voyeuristic film that deeply enters into the idea of masculinity: a spy’s view of manhood. Where does this concept come from? How does violence define these characters? How do you inherit machismo?

    Three brothers, hunters and heavy metal aficionados, struggle with their personal issues in the dense Argentinian Patagonia. Meanwhile, the neighbouring river threatens their farm with flooding that threatens to ruin the harvest.

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    NOTE D'INTENTION

    Three Brothers goes deeper into the Patagonian subject I started to explore with my directorial debut Zanjas. I feel an urgent need to continue to explore the shades and characters that I grew up with in the South of Argentina. I’m determined to portraying these homoerotic masculine figures, who are battling with severe, internal pressure that they never seem to overcome. They do not understand the meaning of compassion: this is the foundation on which their hermetic masculine nature lies. In a way, our project wishes to portray that these types of men are reaching the end of an era. This is the end of their lineage. The Oldest will leave the town, without being recognized or remembered by his daughter. The Middle One will be taken by the river. And the Youngest will fight with his homosexuality his entire life. The Cardenas lineage will finish at the same moment the movie does.

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    PAULA ORLANDO, Ecstasy Cine (Argentina)

    PRODUCTION

    Ecstasy Cine is a young independent film production company founded in 2018 by Paula Orlando & Carla Finco in Buenos Aires. It aims to discover new talents and create films with a strong personality. The company produced The Broken ones, a short film by Carla Finco (BAFICI 2018). They are currently shooting the documentary Building Piria directed by Sebastian Martinez, in pre-production with Errants, a short film directed by Carla Finco, as well as in the development stage of several features, mainly first and second films.

    FICTION / DRAMA / 100' / COLOUR / 4K DCP

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Paula Orlando, Ecstasy Cine (Argentina)

    Language

    Spanish

    Shooting locations

    Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia

    Estimated budget

    €600,000

    funding in place

    €365,400

    Research partners

    European co-producers (Germany, France and Poland)

    Actual status

    Advanced development stage (third solid draft of script), a teaser, plus possible locations and actors on our radar. Awaiting results of other funding requests by the end of 2019.

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Francisco Joaquin Paparella / francisco@rioazulfilms.com / +521 5542701171 / +33 6 80 47 29 27 (Cannes)

    PRODUCER

    Ecstasy Cine - Paula Orlando / paula@ecstasycine.com / www.ecstasycine.com / +549 113782 0522 / +33 6 76 52 72 62 (Cannes)

    CO-PRODUCERS

    ARGENTINA - Rio Azul Films / Francisco Paparella / francisco@rioazulfilms.com / www.rioazulfilms.com/
    ARGENTINA - Pelicano Cine / Esteban Lucangioli / esteban@pelicanocine.com / www.pelicanocine.com/
    BRAZIL - 3 Moinhos / Ana Alice de Morais / ana.alice@3moinhos.com / www.3moinhos.com/
    CHILE - Pequén Producciones (Chili) / Joséphine Schroeder / josephine@pequenproducciones.cl / www.pequenproducciones.cl/ 

  • REEM MORSI

    DIRECTOR

    Reem Morsi’s short films received many awards. Reem participated in Berlinale Talents/Script Station & TIFF Talents, CFC’s & WIDC’s Directors’ Labs. Morsi shadowed the director on The Handmaid’s Tale. Her first feature film Hate (2019) is planned to be shot this year, with support from Telefilm Canada. Her award-winning feature-length script Bootleg participated at Realness & Nipkow residencies in 2018.

    SYNOPSIS

    Bootleg - الممنوعات

    This story is about women’s right to sexual pleasure and the fear of womanhood, which manifests as the need to control women through shaming their sexuality and making female pleasure a taboo.

    Bootleg is a feminist dramatic comedy that takes place in present-day Cairo. Roukaya is an outwardly obedient Egyptian Muslim woman living in Canada in an unsatisfactory marriage. She discovers sexual pleasure through sex toys. She decides to go back to Egypt and, together with two other women, starts a risky underground sex toy manufacturing business. As the business blooms, it attracts unwanted attention.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    Women aren’t given the freedom to value their own sexual pleasure, as society has falsely propagated the belief that it is the man’s right to fully enjoy and chase sex. For women, sexual shame is a cultural phenomenon, deeply embedded in the explicit and implicit messaging surrounding women and sex. In childhood, many girls undergo the traumatizing practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and all its long-term side effects, depriving them of the possibility of sexual pleasure. This way, women will not be tempted to have premarital sex and will not succumb to the temptation. Ridiculously enough, women are the sole bearers of the responsibility of keeping the moral code with absolutely no repercussions for men. This is not a film about sex toys, nor a story about oppressed women and oppressive men. This is a story about questioning our reality, seeking control and the discovery of the self.

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    RULA NASSER - The Imaginarium Films (Jordan)

    PRODUCTION

    The Imaginarium, established by Rula Nasser, has produced many local films that have been selected in several prestigious festivals. The Last Friday was selected at the Berlinale 2011, Waiting for P.O. Box in Cannes Shorts competition 2012 and My Love Awaits Me by the Sea at Toronto 2013. Over the years, Imaginarium films has produced many award-winning independent, authentic films locally and internationally, and teamed up with many European and regional directors/producers around the world such as Hani Abu Assad. Mijke de Jong, Mia Hansen-Love and Xavier Giannoli.

    FICTION / DRAMATIC COMEDY / 90' / COLOUR / DIGITAL

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Rula Nasser, The Imaginarium Films (Jordan)

    Language

    Arabic and English

    Shooting locations

    Egypt / Jordan / Canada

    Estimated budget

    €1,000,000

    funding in place

    €31,000

    Research partners

    TV sales, sales agents, executive producers and partners from France, Germany and Denmark

    Actual status

    In development (second draft of script)

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Reem Morsi / reem.morsi@gmail.com / +1 6472175336 / +33 6 75 42 00 92 (Cannes) 

    PRODUCER

    The Imaginarium Films - Rula Nasser / rula.nasser@gmail.com / www.theimaginariumfilms.com / +96 2795520056 / +33 6 75 42 01 57 (Cannes)

  • TUMPAL TAMPUBOLON

    DIRECTOR

    Tumpal Tampubolon was a participant in the Asian Young Filmmakers Forum (Jeonju), Berlinale Talent Campus (Berlin), and Asian Film Academy (Busan). In 2014, he won the Citra Award, Indonesia's most prestigious film award, for Best Original Screenplay, for Tabula Rasa.

    SYNOPSIS

    Crocodile Tears

    A suspenseful drama about an overbearing widow and her son, set in a crocodile farm in a small town in Java, Indonesia.

    Johan and Mama are very close. Mama is very controlling towards Johan. One day, Johan falls in love with Arumi. Mama feels jealous and then starts to get violent. When Arumi is raped by her boss’s son and his friends, Johan wants to get revenge. But Mama has other plans for Johan and Arumi.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    I live in a society that still clings to this tradition called “family values”. This tradition is also imposed by the government with their Family Planning program, initiated by the New Order regime. Indonesian society fetishized the family concept up to a point that the New Order leader and his wife were often addressed as Father and Mother of Indonesia. In 1998, the image of Indonesia as a large peaceful and tranquil family was forever shattered. Our Father and Mother left us while the nation was engulfed in riots. This traumatic event led me to re-evaluate the family values that are imposed by the state and society. The Indonesian Family is essentially an institution where the power structure is realized in the name of love and devotion. My intention in making this film is to question this ideology called family.

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    MANDY MARAHIMIN - Tanakhir Films (Indonésie)

    PRODUCTION

    Tanakhir Films (registered as PT Talamedia) was established in January 2013. The company was set up in order to create audiovisual productions for cinema, TV and also internet. We produce a wide a range of audiovisual content, including feature films, documentaries, TV commercials, web series and music videos, etc.

    FICTION / THRILLER / 90' / COLOUR / 4K

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Mandy Marahimin, Tanakhir Films (Indonesia)

    Language

    Indonesian

    Shooting locations

    Indonesia

    Estimated budget

    €500,000

    funding in place

    €15,000

    Research partners

    Norway, Germany

    Actual status

    In development (fifth draft of script)

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Tumpal Tampubolon / tumpaltampubolon@gmail.com / +62 81280939165 / +33 6 76 52 71 61 (Cannes) 

    PRODUCER

    Tanakhir Films - Mandy Marahimin / mm@tanakhirfilms.com / +6281380917133  / +33 605762014 / vimeo.com/tanakhirfilm

    CO-PRODUCER

    FRANCE - Acrobates Films / Claire Lajoumard / info@acrobatesfilms.fr / http://www.acrobatesfilms.fr/en/
     

  • MEHDI HMILI

    DIRECTOR

    Mehdi Hmili is a director and producer. He studied cinema in Tunisia and Paris. In France, and during the Ben Ali years, he created his black and white trilogy on love and exile. His first feature-length film, Thala Mon Amour, developed at the Torino Film Lab and selected at the Carthage, Turin, Angers, Rome and Kolkata film festivals, received several prizes.

    SYNOPSIS

    Fouledh

    A dual between body and soul in Tunisia’s biggest steel plant.

    In Tunisia’s biggest steel plant, about to be sold off to a private firm, four workers suffer from physical and psychological trauma after the death of a close colleague in an oven explosion, which they all witnessed. The four workers see a psychologist in the plant’s medical centre, who helps them deal with their trauma.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    The film tells the tragic and moving story of four traumatized workers who witnessed the accident and death of their colleague. From this psychiatric approach, the film deals with the state of trauma and shock, as well as their loss of meaning and the very many physical ailments. Through their eyes, we discover the fascinating world of steel and fusion, and of resistance and courage. Where the workers must confront their own demons to survive, they must also confront the system in order to save their plant from bankruptcy and privatization. This is a poetic and political film that pays tribute to the forgotten generations of fathers who sacrificed their lives to build modern-day Tunisia. It is also a film about inheritance and the passing down from one generation to the next of the values of work, dignity and sacrifice.

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    MOUFIDA FEDHILA, YOL Film House (Tunisie)

    PRODUCTION

    YOL FILM HOUSE is a film production company created in Tunis by Mehdi Hmili and Moufida Fedhila. YOL FILM HOUSE produces original, innovative and bold films, both fiction and documentaries. The company plays a major role in supporting films made by the new generation of Tunisian and Arabic filmmakers. Our most recent production, AYA, was selected in more than 100 film festivals around the world and received more than 25 international prizes. Our upcoming projects include STREAMS by Mehdi Hmili and STRONG GIRLS by Inès Arsi. 

    DOCUMENTARY / 100' / COLOUR / 4K - DCP

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Moufida Fedhila, YOL Film House (Tunisie)

    Language

    Arabic

    Shooting locations

    El-Fouledh plant in Menzel Bourguiba (Tunisia)

    Estimated budget

    €210,000

    funding in place

    €105,000

    Research partners

    Sales agents, TV sales, distributors, co-producers (France, Norway, UK, USA, Canada)

    Actual status

    Final development phase

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Mehdi Hmili / mehdi.hmili@gmail.com / +21628607703 / +33 624305938

    PRODUCER

    Yol Film House - Moufida Fedhila / yol.filmhouse@gmail.com / +21621759381 / + 0033 658102111 / https://cinando.com/en/Company/yol_film_house_87388/Detail / https://www.facebook.com/YolFilmHouse/

    CO-PRODUCER

    GERMANY - VOLTE SLAGEN / Michel Balagué / michel@volte-slagen.com / +49 160 966 251 61 / https://www.volte-slagen.com/

  • SIMPLICE GANOU

    DIRECTOR

    Simplice is a Burkinabé director who specializes in creative documentaries. He directed several films, most recently Koro du Bakoro in 2017, his first feature-length documentary on street children. The world première of the film took place at the Visions du Réel festival, and it received the Tanit d’Or prize at Carthage in 2017.

    SYNOPSIS

    Religiously Modified Organism

    In Burkina Faso, practising a “revealed” religion means a person is “normal”, or socially integrated. The director turns to his family group and his varied religious past to start a conversation and reflect on religious practices and beliefs as he experienced them. It is an opportunity to bring together the different spiritual sentiments needed to quench his personal thirst to make films.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    I grew up in an animist village. I then discovered, learned about and practiced Catholicism at secondary school. A trip to Mali turned me into a Muslim for a few months. My mother has been a practicing Protestant for more than 30 years. In 2014, she went on a pilgrimage to Israel, where Jesus was born. She would like me to be a protestant like her. Today, my Cartesian way of thinking has won over religious dogma. I only obey my own commandments. I am Simplice, a poor fisherman who wants to do one thing: MAKE FILMS. This film is the story of a return to the past for a better future. So, I’m going back to my animist roots, back to the Catholics, Protestants and Muslims to ask everyone to carry out rituals, prayers, teachings and blessings so that I can make films and be happy with my decision.

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    SAOUDAH KAFANDO, Tilé Fari Films (Burkina Faso) - Assistée de Charlotte Grenèche

    PRODUCTION

    Tilé Fari Films is a Burkinabé production company. Its aim is to produce all types of films by socially and politically engaged artists; train and offer training in Burkina Faso to find local cinematographic talent and showcase cinema with original artistic offerings, both in terms of content and aesthetic. 

    DOCUMENTARY / 90' / COLOUR / 16/9 Full HD

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Saoudah Kafando, Tilé Fari Films (Burkina Faso)

    Language

    French, Dioula, Wynien, Bobo, Dagara

    Shooting locations

    Oullo, Ouagadougou, Toussiana, Bobo Dioulasso and Dano

    Estimated budget

    €200,000

    funding in place

    We haven’t started requesting financing yet.

    Research partners

    Producers or distributors in all regions.

    Actual status

    Advanced development (teaser and scouting), seeking financing

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Simplice Ganou / simplice.ganou@gmail.com / +226 55 24 15 15 / +33 6 80 47 28 13 (Cannes)

    PRODUCER

    Tilé Fari Films - Saoudah Kafando / ormfilm@gmail.com / +226 71 05 85 29 / +226 76 29 46 57 / +33 6 76 52 72 24 (Cannes)  

  • XAISONGKHAM INDUANGCHANTHY

    DIRECTOR

    Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, a 2012 Asian Film Academy alumnus, in 2015 completed a Master’s Degree in Filmmaking in New York under the Fulbright Scholarship. He is also an alumnus of Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC) 2018 and Talents Tokyo 2018. His debut feature film project, Raising a Beast, won SEAFIC-TFL Award, and Talents Tokyo’s Special Mention.

    SYNOPSIS

    Raising a Beast

    Two Hmong siblings with diverging destinies are responsible for grooming a bull into a prize-fighter that will earn the family money and honour.

    When their father becomes paralyzed, two Hmong siblings have to care for their bull. The younger sibling, Neng, laments his mundane village life and wants to escape to become a singer in a city. His older sister, Ying, secretly trains the bull to join bullfights to earn money to support Neng’s pursuit, even though it is against their father’s will and tribal tradition.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    In my story, Ying is the main protagonist who upholds some expected traditions, but is not afraid to break the norms when necessary; she is the one who glues the family together. Her character is drawn from the Hmong women whom I have worked with in the past. I have heard many heart-breaking stories about how Hmong women are still unfairly treated. Their voices are hardly heard. Right now, as a filmmaker, I am in a position to tell their stories. But instead of focusing on women being suppressed in a suppressive and patriarchal society, I want to portray Hmong women as determined and dignified, despite the overwhelming odds they face.

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    Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, Lao New Wave Cinema (Laos et U.S.A)

    PRODUCTION

    Lao New Wave Cinema Productions, co-founded by a collective of emerging filmmakers residing in Laos in 2012, is one of the key audio-visual production companies in the country. We offer our technical expertise and insight knowledge of Laos and its culture to help local and international clients with audio-visual works – fiction films, documentaries, commercials, TV programs, TV series, corporate videos, music videos, and so on. So far, we have made five feature-length films. All of them were shown in theatres nationwide. Several of them were shown in regional film festivals. Our first feature film, At the Horizon, was also aired on RED by HBO, HBO ASIA, 2016.

    FICTION / DRAMA / 102' / COLOUR / DIGITAL

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, Lao New Wave Cinema, Laos and U.S.A

    Language

    Hmong, Lao

    Shooting locations

    Laos, Thailand

    Estimated budget

    €312,000

    funding in place

    €30,785

    Research partners

    French and European co-producers and partners in distribution.

    Actual status

    In development (fourth version of script)

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

    Lao New Wave Cinema Productions Co., Ltd. - Xaisongkham Induangchanthy / info@laonewwavecinema.com - xaisongkham@gmail.com / https://vimeo.com/laonewwavecinema / +856 20 28580055 / + 33 6 75 42 00 81 (Cannes)

    CO-PRODUCER

    ETATS-UNIS - Steve Arounsack / sarounsack@gmail.com

  • DOMINIC SANGMA

    DIRECTOR

    Dominic Sangma has just finished his first feature film titled MA•AMA. He is a graduate from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. He worked in National Film and Development Corporation Ltd. for two years before he opened his own production company called ANNA FILMS. He also teaches Direction and Script Writing at the Film and Television Institute, Itanagar, India.

    SYNOPSIS

    Rapture - Rimdogittanga

    As the village is gripped by the fear of child-kidnapper, the church prophesizes about the coming of apocalyptic darkness that will last for 80 days. For Kasan (male, 10), the village has never been more fearful.

    As the church prophesizes about the coming of apocalyptic darkness, the child kidnapper stalks around at night. The villagers frantically prepare to tackle these two impending fears, but the kidnapper becomes more aggressive with each passing night. Slowly their fear turns to fury and when they catch a stranger visiting the village, something is lost in translation; they lynch him to vent their anger.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    Intolerance, mob lynching, anti-secularism, and war-mongering are terms we often hear in India nowadays. Fanatic leaders and staunch nationalists act like watchdogs to curb freedom of expression and are constantly scheming to divide the nation in the name of religion, caste and class for their own benefits. In moments like these, people are gripped with utter confusion, losing the sense of discernment between good and evil. The film entitled Rapture, with a Christian connotation, denotes the disappearance of good souls from the earth before the end of time. Though I don't subscribe to the miraculous uplifting of good souls to heaven by angels, I do believe that the disappearance and death of many innocent lives having committed no fault, pushes us closer to the impending disaster. In the film, I want to explore the idea of mass reaction when people are provoked through fear, anger, and confusion.

     

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    JIANSHANG XU, Anna Films (India)

    PRODUCTION

    ANNA Films is a production house based in Shillong, India, founded by Dominic Sangma in 2017. It is committed to producing and supporting independent filmmakers that aspire to create a new cinematic language that breaks away from mere storytelling but retains its auteurship and reveals the strong personality of the director. The first film produced under this banner is MA•AMA, which is co-produced by Chinese producer Xu Jianshang.

    FICTION / DRAMA / 120' / COLOUR / 4K

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Jianshang Xu, Anna Films (India)

    Language

    Garo

    Shooting locations

    India

    Estimated budget

    €268,860

    funding in place

    €60,478

    Research partners

    European co-producers

    Actual status

    In development (fifth version of script)

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Dominic Sangma / dominic.sangma@gmail.com / +91-9862736578 / +33 6 76 52 71 82 (Cannes)

    PRODUCER

    Anna Films - Jianshang Xu / jianshangxu@gmail.com / +86 15711180329 / +33 6 76 52 72 09 (Cannes)

    CO-PRODUCER

    CHINA - EX. U STUDIO / jianshangxu@gmail.com / +86 15711180329

  • MAHDE HASAN

    DIRECTOR

    Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mahde Hasan is an introspective and visually keen screenwriter and director. His short films Death of a Reader (2018), Where is the Friend's Home (2017) and I Am Time (2013) have been screened and received awards at Locarno International Film Festival three years in a row (2016–2018). His first feature film project, Sand City, won the CNC development grant.

    SYNOPSIS

    Raising a Beast

    A monk, a materialist young man and a woman from an ethnic minority are connected through the unstable element of sand as they exist through a web of fantasy, spiritual practices and repressed sexuality in the ruthless metropolis of Dhaka.

    Emma sets out on her scooter every week to pick up sand for her cat litter. One day, she finds an amputated finger in the sand and gradually develops a strange bond with the lone finger. The monk, Karuna, tries to concentrate on building a sand mandala but the constant noise from the surrounding areas distract him. Hasan steals sand from a sand-washing plant to make glass at home that slowly leads to his own destruction.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    I have been both a subject and an observer of the city of Dhaka all my life. With this film, I want to focus my gaze on deconstructing the monolith of this city. I want to join my camera in searching for the spirit of this city and its citizens. In this process, I want to trace the journey of my tormented soul and the roads it takes through the metropolis. This film is my chance to make a journey into my reality and come face to face with my own story, instead of escaping it. Through this journey, I want to explore the many facets of urban survival, fantasy, sexuality and religion. I also want to weave a story by exploring my own emotions with the city and depict how this city constantly occupies my thoughts and creations.

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    RUBAIYAT HOSSAIN, Khona Talkes (Bangladesh)

    PRODUCTION

    Khona Talkies was established in 2008 with the vision of using young Bangladeshi talent to produce films locally with foreign co-production. Khona Talkies has produced and acquired a number of award winning, internationally acclaimed as well as locally significant independent films. Khona Talkies attempts to work with themes that are otherwise silenced and marginalized.  

    FICTION / DRAMA / 90' / COLOUR / 4K

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Rubaiyat Hossain, Khona Talkes (Bangladesh)

    Language

    Bengali

    Shooting locations

    Bangladesh

    Estimated budget

    €275,000

    funding in place

    €35,500

    Research partners

    Seeking partners from Europe.

    Actual status

    In development (third draft of script)

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Mahde Hasan / misheloutsider@gmail.com / +8801716445988 / +33 6 75 42 01 88 (Cannes)

    PRODUCER

    Khona Talkies - Rubaiyat Hossain / hossain.ruu@gmail.com / +88-02-8154124, +88-02-8159516, +88-02-8159518 / +33 6 76 52 71 37 (Cannes)

    CO-PRODUCER

    FRANCE - Les Films de l’Après-Midi / François d'Artemare / f.artemare@films-am.com / +33 (0) 1 45 44 07 81 / http://www.en.films-am.com

  • KANTARAMA GAHIGIRI

    DIRECTOR

    Kantarama Gahigiri is a Rwandan-Swiss filmmaker. Her first feature film Tapis Rouge has received awards worldwide, including TV5Monde Best Picture, followed by a theatrical release in France in May 2017. She is now developing Tanzanite, an Afrofuturistic thriller that takes place in colorful Nairobi, and she participated in Realness, an African screenwriters’ residency, with the film.

    SYNOPSIS

    Tanzanite

    Tanzanite is a female-centric thriller, and an irreverent Afrofuturistic critique of the current state of affairs in Nairobi. Tanzanite is about East Africa, the politics, the culture, the future of its people and the need to reclaim its own story.

    In a lawless Kenya, a decade after the 2030 great mineral war, little Adea, abducted child miner, finds a large tanzanite gem and triggers a violent chain reaction involving a traditional ninja gang and the eccentric and notoriously corrupt Mike Sankara, Minister of Culture. Will Machachari, the once famous zany detective, outsmart all of them and find the tanzanite before it destroys her community?

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    Urban East African spaces, and Nairobi in particular, are a fascinating mix of modernity and tradition, injustice and solidarity, hope and despair, wealth and destitution. It is exactly that complexity that I want to capture in Tanzanite, projected in a near future. Tanzanite is a thriller with an absurd, whacky, insolent, irreverent tone; an Afrofuturistic story with comedic potential; and an irreverent genre film with a strong and distinct visual identity, reminiscent of the work of Ana Lily Amirpour (The Bad Batch, A Girl…) and the project Dune by Alejandro Jodorowsky. By making this film, I finally have the opportunity to tell a story that addresses and challenges my culture, my heritage and who I am as a person. This film allows me to question the path on which we are walking, as Africans, and the direction in which we are headed if nothing changes, drastically and rapidly.

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    KIVU RUHORAHOZA, PW (Rwanda)

    PRODUCTION

    PW was set up by filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza in 2014 to produce thought-provoking films from East African directors. The company’s first film, Things of the Aimless Wanderer, premiered at Sundance 2015. PW went on to co-produce acclaimed films by some of the most promising filmmakers from the region such as Amil Shivji (Fish of the Land), Tanzanian, Samuel Ishimwe (Crossing Lines) and Philbert Mbabazi (City Dropout), both Rwandan. PW has a slate of ambitious films including Europa by Kivu Ruhorahoza (in post-production) and Tanzanite by Kantarama Gahigiri (in development).

    FICTION / THRILLER SCI-FI / 100' / COULEUR / ARRI RAW

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Kivu Ruhorahoza, PW (Rwanda)

    Language

    Swahili, Sheng (patois), English

    Shooting locations

    Kenya

    Estimated budget

    €1,200,000

    funding in place

    €15,000

    Research partners

    France, Benelux, Switzerland, Germany, Kenya, North America

    Actual status

    In development (second draft of script)

    PITCH

    © Manuel Liuktus / La Pixellerie Productions

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Kantarama Gahigiri / kantarama@gmail.com / +41 78 769 90 15 / +33 6 80 47 29 53 (Cannes)

    PRODUCER

    PW - Kivu Ruhorahoza / ruhorahoza@gmail.com / pwfilms.com / +250 78 778 2323 / +33 6 80 47 29 03 (Cannes) 

    CO-PRODUCER

    SOUTH AFRICA - URUCU MEDIA / Elias Ribeiro / er@urucumedia.com / +27 718 44 54 35 / www.urucumedia.com

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