EDITORIAL BY PIERRE LESCURE
President of the Festival de Cannes
Making one’s voice heard above the din of the world; allowing grace to gush forth amidst the violence of our times: how can La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français show its much needed, enthusiastic support to the hopes and desires of 10 emerging filmmakers? For its 14th year, these filmmakers have travelled from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and for the first time, Mexico and Pakistan.
Creation is a pressing urgency: to break free of social and cultural determinism, to repair broken destinies and offer the hidden beauty of secret places for the viewing pleasure of all. This urgency, which moves artists in all corners of the world and helps our humanity advance, is the very engine driving the inventiveness of these young filmmakers who, for the most part, are making their first film a reality. And La Fabrique Cinéma, by selecting a Ukrainian film, reminds us that this urgency is also a political matter and a shield against all forms of censorship.
To guide them in their Cannes débuts, who better than the Burmese-Taiwanese Midi Z, the patron of this year’s edition? A filmmaker who listens out and is on the lookout for the sounds of violence and its consequences. His fictions and documentaries strive to describe reality, in all its bitterness and injustice. Emigration, precariousness, drug trafficking and mining are some of his favourite themes. And the small budgets of his first feature films have led him, and continue to lead him, through the power of urgency, to great works.
He himself is an “alumnus” of La Fabrique Cinéma, which he took part in in 2012 to develop The Road to Mandalay. Since then, Midi Z has had a dazzling career, with his films screened from festival to festival: from Berlin to Venice and the Oscars. We were extremely honoured to welcome him to the Festival de Cannes in 2019 for the screening of Nina Wu in the Un Certain Regard section.
This year once more, and I welcome it with a gravity enhanced by the sad times we are living in, the Cinémas du Monde Pavilion – set up in our dear and symbolic International Village – will resonate with the sound of languages from all over, brought together, reunited and in harmony. To talk about this urgency and master it as best we can.
MUSIC IS CENTRESTAGE AT THE CINÉMAS DU MONDE PAVILION
When it comes to film, listening is as important as watching; music is essential to the creation process. It plays a key role in the film’s identity, the narration of the story; it intensifies the emotions, sets a pace and an atmosphere. Alongside the director and the scriptwriter, the composer is therefore the third creator in a cinematographic work.
For 170 years, the SACEM has been committed to representing musicians, as well as creators of film and audiovisual works: film score composers, writer-directors, and dubbing and subtitling authors. Our society of authors is dedicated to supporting and promoting the creation of original scores, by contributing to the development of artistic careers, creative projects and by fostering the emergence and professional integration of young talent.
The SACEM is honoured to collaborate with the Institut français for the sixth consecutive year. Our partnership aims to foster discussion between composers and directors. This year, the “Sacem Meetings” at the Cinémas du Monde Pavilion will provide the opportunity for young directors from La Fabrique Cinéma to meet with film score composers. Co-operation projects with composers such as Marc Marder and Amine Bouhafa can emerge from these meetings; these composers have forged ties with the filmmakers from La Fabrique Cinéma, and compose film music for these young directors.
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF)
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) has 55 member-States and Governments. Since its creation in 1970, it develops cooperation programmes in numerous fields, among which French language and cultural diversity. The OIF supports cinema and audio-visual production since 1990 through the “Fonds Image de la Francophonie” film fund, devoted to French-speaking countries of the global South (1,4 m€ in 2022). In 2020, the OIF started the Clap ACP Programme, with the financial contribution of the European Union and the support of the Organization of ACP States (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific): Clap ACP is a partnership with the Fonsic (national film fund of Côte d’Ivoire), designed to foster South-South co-productions, by stronger financial grants on one side and also artistic, legal and commercial consultancy. Clap ACP includes OuiCoprod.org, a platform that will help ACP producers to find financial & distribution partners for their films and series. In 2022 the OIF kickstarted a new phase of the Clap ACP programme with four additional partners: the Rwanda Film Office, the National Film Authority of Ghana, DocA, a film fund based in Kenya and dedicated to documentary works, and the Rencontres du Film Court from Madagascar.
France Médias Monde at the 75th Cannes Film Festival
The France Médias Monde group’s three media outlets – RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya – are in Cannes, as every year, to bring the world’s greatest film festival to their hundreds of millions of listeners, viewers and browsers on every continent.
France Médias Monde’s three outlets are broadcasting television, radio and online specials every day – in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Fula, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Hausa, Khmer, Kiswahili, Mandinka, Persian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Vietnamese – capturing and conveying filmmakers’ creative universes and their perspectives on the world.
In news programmes and online channels, the special correspondents are covering the Festival’s highlights every day in their columns, reports and live broadcasts.
France Médias Monde’s well-known cultural magazines – Tous les cinémas du monde (RFI in French), À l’affiche ! (France 24 in French), Encore! (France 24 in English), Carrusel de las Artes (RFI and France 24 in Spanish), Culture (France 24 in Arabic) and Voyage Culturel (Monte Carlo Doualiya) – are live from Cannes throughout the Festival.
Throughout the year, the three outlets cover the full filmmaking spectrum for the world, with a particular focus on French and French-language movies, and attend the seventh art’s main gatherings on every continent.
France Médias Monde is a longstanding partner of the Institut Français’ La Fabrique Cinéma, and RFI a partner of the Directors’ Fortnight and of La Semaine de la Critique.
France Médias Monde, the group in charge of French international broadcasting, comprises the news channels France 24 (in French, English, Arabic and Spanish), the international radio station RFI (in French and 15 other languages) and the Arabic-language radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya. France Médias Monde broadcasts to the world in 20 languages. Its journalists and correspondents offer viewers, listeners and Internet users comprehensive coverage of world events, with a focus on cultural diversity and contrasting viewpoints via news bulletins, reports, magazines and debates. 66 nationalities are represented among the group’s employees.
Every week, RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya attract 244,2 million contacts. Those outlets have a combined 94 million followers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram and rose to 2.2 billion views and streams in 2021. France Médias Monde is the parent company of CFI, the French media cooperation agency and also a shareholder of the French-language general interest TV channel TV5MONDE.