The 10 films supported by the Fabrique Cinéma 20205 min
This year, 17 film makers and producers from Southern or emerging countries, working on 10 film projects, take part in the Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français, a programme aimed at promoting cinema from emerging countries, for a 2020 100% on-line edition.
This e-Fabrique, patronized by Rachid Bouchareb, director among others of Indigènes (2006) and Hors la loi (2010), started on May 4 and will go on till June 26. It offers workshops and also collective and individual meetings with consultants and potential sponsors. The session will end with the Virtual Cannes Film Market Week.
Find out about the 10 film projects, currently being developed.
The Nights Still Smell of Gunpowder, by Inadelso Cossa (Mozambique)
Inadelso Cossa lives and works in Mozambique. Since 2006, he works as a film director, producer and cinematographer. The Nights Still Smell of Gunpowder, his new documentary in development, has already received support different funds.
Synopsis : Concerned with the fragmented memories of my childhood during the civil war in Mozambique, I return to my grandmother’s village to reveal the untold stories, which still haunt my generation.
Coura + Oulèye, by Iman Djionne (Senegal)
Iman Djionne is a Senegalese director who has written and directed short films and audiovisual content. Iman is currently working on her first feature film, Coura + Oulèye. She took part in the Realness Screenwriters’ Residency in 2019 and Berlinale Talents in 2020.
Synopsis : Born into a polygamous family, two young sisters get to know each other after the death of their father, on a journey across Senegal.
Babylon, by Francisco Bahia (Brazil)
Francisco Bahia is a Brazilian filmmaker. Directed short and half length films that address issues of territory and identity selected and awarded at different Brazilian festivals. Babylon is his first feature film as director.
Synopsis : A Haitian immigrant needs to investigate the death of an old friend, and the only way to do it is to encounter voodoo forces, from which he had distanced himself out of fear.
Without A Name, by Valeria Valentina Bolivar (Dominican Republic)
Valeria Valentina Bolivar is a venezuelan director, screenwriter, producer and assistant director. In 2019, she took part in CineQuaNonLab, and with her first feature Without A Name she took part in Berlinale Talents.
Synopsis : Marcela is schizophrenic. She meets Joaquín, who has just emigrated from Venezuela where he left his son. They fall in love, and Marcela tries to overcome her condition to recover her son and have a family.
A Pair of Leather Clogs, by Olga Korotko (Kazakhstan)
Olga Korotko is a Kazakh director who started as a student of an arthouse director D. Omirbayev, in collaboration with whom she later created films-research on cinema history. In 2016 she was selected for Berlinale Talents. Her first feature film, Bad Bad Winter, premiered at l’ACID in 2018.
A Pair of Leather Clogs is a family and political drama with elements of comedy, set up in Almaty.
9 Temples to Heaven, by Sompot Chidgasornpongse (Thailand)
Sompot Chidgasornpongse is a Thai director. He worked with Apichatpong Weerasethakul as assistant director on many films. His feature documentary, Railway Sleepers (2016), had its European premiere at the Berlinale. He is currently working on his second feature film, 9 Temples to Heaven.
Synopsis : A family of 9 takes their grandmother on a merit-making trip to 9 temples in 1 day, hoping to prolong her life, but their trip takes an unexpected turn.
Skin of Youth, by Ash Mayfair (Vietnam)
Ash Mayfair was born in Vietnam and received her MFA in filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her feature debut, The Third Wife (2018), premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won the NETPAC Jury Award.
Skin of Youth is about what it means to look at the idea of identity, womanhood and family against the backdrop of late 1990s Vietnam, from the perspective of youths who don’t fit into the accepted social norms.
Gina, by Sara Stijović (Montenegro)
Sara Stijović was born in Montenegro, she is a senior in college studying Film and TV directing at FDA Cetinje. She is currently in the development phase of Gina, her first feature film.
Synopsis : Gina is the story of Gina Markuš – a young Montenegrin woman who was imprisoned during the 1950's in Yugoslavia and sent to the Naked Island (Goli Otok) to serve her sentence. A few years before committing suicide, she put everything on paper...
Seeking Haven for Mr Rambo, by Khaled Mansour (Egypt)
Khaled Mansour is an Egyptian director. He directed four short feature all of which participated in local and international film festivals. Seeking Haven for Mr. Rambo is his first feature film.
Synopsis : A man can remain astray for a long time. But once he finds his destiny, he may have to pay for it with his life.
Do you know anything about Omid? by Keywan Karimi (Iran)
Born in 1985, Keywan Karimi is an Iranian filmmaker of Kurdish origin. Because of the themes of his short films, he received a prison sentence. Under house arrest, he was unable to attend the Critic’s Week Venice Film Festival for the premiere of his first feature film, Drum, in 2016. He is currently staying in France.
Do you know anything about Omid? is about the dark years of Iran in the 1980s, just after the revolution when many political prisoners were executed and murdered in prisons of the Islamic Republic.
The Institut français and the project
La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français is a programme aimed at identifying and promoting directors and producers from emerging countries. Working together with other professional partners, it offers personalized support to first and second feature film projects.