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									WORLD CINEMA FUND
SUPPORTED FILMS
2004–2010
                                        developing co-operation strategies
                                        reflecting on cultural identities



The World Cinema Fund is initiated by          in co-operation with
    WORLD CINEMA FUND
    SUPPORTED FILMS
    2004–2010
    developing co-operation strategies
    reflecting on cultural identities




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                                                                                                                                                                CONTENTS

WELCOME            8–9                              Paradise Now 58 – 59                               Death for Sale 108 – 109                         Octubre 162 – 163
                                                    Perfect Day, A Naoussé 60 – 61                     I’m Going to Change My Name Alaverdy 110 – 111   One Man Village, The Semaan Bil Day’ia 164 – 165
PRODUCTION SUPPORT                                  Possible Lives Las Vidas Posibles 62 – 63          Law in These Parts, The 112 – 113                Pandora’s Box Pandoranin Kutusu 166 – 167
                                                    Post Mortem 64 – 65                                On the Plank Sur la Planche 114 – 115            Recycle Ee’adat Khalk 168 – 169
FINIShED FILMS                                      Prize, The El Premio 66 – 67                       Out of Place Fuera de lugar 116 – 117            Screaming Man, A Un homme qui crie 170 – 171
Acts of Men Atos dos Homens 12 – 13                 Recycle Ee’adat Khalk 68 – 69                      Passion of Michelangelo, The                     Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Ajami 14 – 15                                       Rome Rather Than You                               La pasión de Michelangelo 118 – 119              Loong Boonmee raleuk chat 172 – 173
Aquarium Genenet Al Asmak 16 – 17                   Roma Wa la N’ touma 70 – 71                        Slut, The 120 – 121                              Wind, The El Viento 174 – 175
Bad Intentions, The Las malas intenciones 18 – 19   Saratan 72 – 73                                                                                     WWW – What a Wonderful World 176 – 177
Bi, Dont’t Be Afraid! Bi, Dung So! 20 – 21          Shirley Adams 74 – 75                              DISTRIbUTION SUPPORT
Every Day Is a Holiday                              Sidewalls Medianeras 76 – 77                                                                        INFO WCF 179
Chaque Jour est une fête 22 – 23                    Silent Light Stellet Licht 78 – 79                 Ajami 124 – 125
Faro − Goddess of the Waters                        Sky, the Earth and the Rain, The                   Autumm Sonbahar 126 – 127
Faro − La reine des eaux 24 – 25                    El Cielo, la Tierra y la Lluvia 80 – 81            Bamako 128 – 129
Filmphobia Filmefobia 26 – 27                       Song from the Southern Seas                        Bombón – The dog Bombón – El perro 130 – 131
Gods Dioses 28 – 29                                 Pesni Juzhnykh Morej 82 – 83                       Caramel 132 – 133
Hamaca Paraguaya 30 – 31                            Stoplight Society, The                             Daratt 134 – 135
House under the Water, The                          La sociedad del semáforo 84 – 85                   Días de Santiago 136 – 137
La Khaneye Zire Âb 32 – 33                          Suely in the Sky O céu de Suely 86 – 87            Dol 138 – 139
Huacho 34 – 35                                      Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives        Kick Off Kirkuk 140 – 141
Hunter, The Shekarchi 36 – 37                       Loong Boonmee raleuk chat 88 – 89                  Gigante 142 – 143
Independencia 38 – 39                               Water and Salt Agua y sal 90 – 91                  Huacho 144 – 145
Jean Gentil 40 – 41                                 Wind Journeys, The Los viajes del viento 92 – 93   Hunter, The Shekarchi 146 – 147
Jermal 42 – 43                                      Zion and his Brother Zion Ve’ Achiv 94 – 95        La León 148 – 149
Light Thief, The Svet-Ake 44 – 45                                                                      Lion’s Den Leonera 150 – 151
Liverpool 46 – 47                                   PROJECTS IN PRODUCTION                             Lost Embrace El Abrazo Partido 152 – 153
Milk Süt 48 – 49                                    3 / Three 3 / Tres 98 – 99                         Madeinusa 154 – 155
Milk of Sorrow, The La teta asustada 50 – 51        40 Days of Silence 100 – 101                       Man who Copied, The
Minder, The El Custodio 52 – 53                     ARAF – Somewhere inbetween 102 – 103               O Homem que Copiava 156 – 157
Other, The El Otro 54 – 55                          By the Fire Sentados frente al fuego 104 – 105     Milk of Sorrow, The La teta asustada 158 – 159
Pandora’s Box Pandoranin Kutusu 56 – 57             Chnchik 106 – 107                                  Moolaadé 160 – 161
                                                                                               Ciro Guerra
                                                                                               Director, ThE WIND JOURNEYS, Columbia
                                                                                              “It was the moment we knew the film would be made. After
                                                                                               the World Cinema Fund, we stopped looking at it as a
                                                                                              ’project’ and realized this would really be a film. It was the
    Claudia Llosa                                                                              door that opened the possibility of co-producing with Ger-
    Director, ThE MILK OF SORROW, Peru                                                         many, which for us was a wonderful experience.”
   “Receiving support from an institution like the World
    Cinema Fund is not only crucial for the financing
    of a low budget film as THE MILK OF SORROW,
    but it also provides added values as prestige, press
    awareness, and dependability.”
                                                                                  Michael Weber
                                                                                  Sales Agent, The Match Factory, Germany
                           Karl baumgartner                                      “Many projects are made possible in the first place because the
                           Producer, Pandora Film, Germany                        filmmakers are allowed to spend the money ’at home’ – without
                          “Support for a project from the World Cinema Fund       having to set up a disproportionate and costly co-production
                           has, in the meantime, become a distinction that        which incurs increased post-production costs in yet other
                           often motivates other investors and institutions to    countries.”
                           participate in the production.”


 hany Abu-Assad
 Director, PARADISE NOW, Palestine                                                                         Wilfried Arnold
“We were having troubles finding funding because a                                                         Distributor, Kairos Filmverleih, Germany
 lot of people wouldn’t touch the subject matter. They                                                    “Finally, there is a fund like the World Cinema Fund, which
 thought it was too controversial. The World Cinema                                                        supports eclectic and creative filmmaking in Asian, Latin
 Fund understood the complexities of the issue, they                                                       American and African countries in both production and
 understood my approach.”                                                                                  distribution. This is proof that, in terms of international film
                                                                                                           culture, the German film funding landscape and German
                                                                                                           cinemas have finally arrived in the 21st century.”
WELCOME
WCF FILMS NEVER LEAVE COLD                                 We are also happy to now welcome the Deutsche             ed us: EL PREMIO. This debut feature of Argentine        Also, we place great value on co-operation be-
Avoiding Indifference                                      Welle / DW-Akademie and the Federal Ministry for          director and Mexican resident Paola Markovich was        tween the countries within the respective regions
                                                           Economic Co-operation and Development, who are            invited into Competition at Berlinale 2011.              themselves.
                                                           joining us as new co-operation partners and are
                                                           making possible in certain African countries an ad-       From the start, putting together passion and prag-       The second focus of our activities has also gained
The World Cinema Fund (WCF) was founded in Oc-             ditional new WCF-programme: the future WCF-Fac-           matism, we focused our efforts on particular re-         some popularity, namely supporting the distribu-
tober 2004 as an initiative of the Berlin International    tories that shall soon contribute to a further creative   gions: Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and        tion of films from the WCF-regions in Germany: an
Film Festival and the German Federal Cultural Foun-        and structural autonomy of African cinema.                Central Asia; three years later we added the Cauca-      important cultural and structural aid which helps
dation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes / KSB), also sup-                                                                  sus and South East Asia.                                 bring all of these film worlds to German audiences.
ported by the Federal Foreign Office. The Goethe           A special thanks to Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister for
Institute came on board as a partner two months            Economic Cooperation and Development and to               Our goal has been to build up a funding model            We try our best to support independent, innovative
later.                                                     Erik Bettermann, Chairman of Deutsche Welle.              which is unique and yet efficient, as the support        cinema, considering both the story content and
We are grateful that the international film industry                                                                 must be spent in the respective focus region. This       the general artistic vision of a project. We believe
acknowledges that the WCF, within a short time, has        In 2010, WCF-funded films have been particularly          sets the WCF apart from most other funding institu-      strongly in the universal meaning of local stories –
established itself as one of the leading institutions in   successful: it began with THE HUNTER, which was           tions and is one of the most important reasons why       they are authentic and therefore very powerful: The
the field of international funding of artistically ambi-   in Competition at the Berlinale 2010. It then went        our special funding system is both so productive         more local, the more international.
tious films, and is also enjoying a broad acceptance       further with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s UNCLE            and widely accepted.
amongst filmmakers.                                        BOONMEE which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.                                                                        We love to be able to support wonderful, intense
This success would not have been possible with-            The WCF-success series was continued with Pablo           Nevertheless, it’s all about co-operation: German pro-   films that have ambitious content and form and that
out the passionate support of Hortensia Völckers,          Larrain’s POST MORTEM in Venice’s Competition             ducers are always the recipients of the support, but     never leave one indifferent.
artistic director of the KSB, the constant attend-         where the film was received with universal acclaim.       they must spend the money in the regions of origin
ance of Bernd Neumann, Minister of State to the                                                                      of the projects. This strategy gives us the opportu-
Federal Chancellery, Commissioner for Culture and          One of the film projects which has been supported         nity to support intensive co-operation between Eu-
the Media, and also the backing of Prof. Klaus-Dieter      over the past few months could be realised very           ropean – and in particular German – producers and        Dieter Kosslick
Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institute.                quickly. This work has already impressed and affect-      the filmmakers in the WCF focus regions.                 Sonja Heinen & Vincenzo Bugno

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   PRODUCTION
      SUPPORT
fINIShED fILMS
aCTS Of MEN
ATOS DOS hOMENS
                                                                                                    BRazIL
                                                                                                                      2006
by Kiko Goifman



                  Synopsis ATOS DOS HOMENS should have been                Awards Golden Montgolfier Ex-Aequo for the Best
                  a film about the daily lives of massacre survivors in    Documentary, Festival of the 3 Continents, Nantes
                  Brazil. Shooting was scheduled to start in April 2005.   2006
                  But reality did not wait. On the last day of March
                  things changed: A terrible massacre took place in        Rights sold to Germany
                  Baixada Fluminense, near the city of Rio de Janeiro.
                  Twentynine people were killed by a death squad,          Festivals (selection) Berlin International Film Fes-
                  the largest massacre in the history of Rio de Janeiro.   tival 2006; São Paulo / Rio de Janeiro “It’s all true”
                  The killers are extermination groups made up of po-      Documentary Film Festival 2006; Guadalajara 2006,
                  licemen who work in the area, and who are involved       Festival Internacional de Cine; Buenos Aires BAFICI
                  in extortions, kidnapping, drug dealing and homi-        International Film Festival of Independent Films
                  cide. This has been going on since the 1950s, but it     2006; Montevideo, XXIV Festival Cinematográfico
                  has never been as extreme as it is today.                Internacional del Uruguay 2006; São Paulo Interna-
                  The film is organised in four parts: “Daily Life in      tional Film Festival 2006, Festival do Cinema Latino
                  Baixada Fluminense” shows footage of residents           Americano; Nantes Festival des 3 Continents 2006
                  of the town that suggests it was shot before the
                  massacre; in reality, it was shot afterwards. “The
                  Massacre” describes the carnage and the feelings
                  it provoked. “Death Squads” deals with the killing       Director: Kiko Goifman
                  commandos in the area and includes an interview          Producers: Paleo TV and Plateau Produções (Brazil),
                  with a professional assassin. “Daily Life 2” shows the   Cachoeira Films and Mil Colores Media (Germany)
                                                                           German WCF partner: Cachoeira Films, Mil Colores
                  people in Baixada Fluminense and their attempts to
                                                                           Media
                  process what they have experienced.                      World sales: Paleo TV (Brazil)

                  World premiere Berlin International Film Festival        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2005
                  2006, Official Programme, Forum                          Funding amount: 25.000 €
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ajaMI
by Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti
                                   See also Distribution Support
                                                                    ISRaEL/PaLESTINE
                                                                                                                                        2009

                                   Synopsis Jaffa’s Ajami neighbourhood is a melting          ture Film Award (Golden Alexander), Best Screen-
                                   pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews,          play Award (ex aequo), Fischer Public Choice Award,
                                   Muslims and Christians. Back and forth in time, and        Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2009; Nomi-
                                   through the eyes of various characters, we witness         nation Academy Awards USA for Best Foreign Lan-
                                   how impossible the situation actually is … Sensi-          guage Film of the year, Gran Prize Boulder Interna-
                                   tive 13-years old Nasri and his older brother Omar         tional Film Festival 2010
                                   live in fear when their entire family is in danger after
                                   their uncle foolishly wounds a prominent clan mem-         Rights sold to Germany, Austria, UK, France, Spain,
                                   ber. Naive young Palestinian refugee Malek works           Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Benelux, Ex-Yugoslavia, Po-
                                   illegally in Israel to help financing the surgery that     land, Hungary, Baltic, Greece, Canada, USA, Argen-
                                   will save his mother’s life. Affluent Palestinian Binj     tina, Colombia, Mexico, Taiwan, Australia
                                   dreams of a bright future with his Jewish girlfriend.
                                   Jewish policeman Dando and his family undergo a            Festivals (selection) International Film Festival
                                   frustrating search for his missing younger brother, a      Cannes 2009; International Film Festival Melbourne
                                   soldier … The tragic fragility of human existence is       2009; International Film Festival Toronto 2009; Hel-
                                   experienced in the enclosed community of Ajami,            sinki International Film Festival 2009; Films Fra Sør,
                                   where enemies must live as neighbours. No loca-            Norway 2009; London International Film Festival
                                   tion expresses the dramatic collision of different         2009; Sao Paolo International Film Festival 2009;
                                   worlds better.                                             Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2009; Van-
                                                                                              couver International Film Festival 2009; Sofia Inter-
                                   World premiere Cannes 2009, Quinzaine des Réali-           national Film Festival 2010; Hong Kong Internation-
                                   sateurs                                                    al Film Festival 2010

                                   Theatrical release in Germany May 22, 2010
                                                                                              Director: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
                                   Awards Camera d’Or Special Distinction, Cannes             Producers: Inosan Ltd. (Israel), Twenty Twenty
                                                                                              Vision (Germany)
                                   International Film Festival 2009; Best Picture, Best
                                                                                              German WCF partner: Twenty Twenty Vision
                                   Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best           World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
                                   Composer, Ophir Israeli Film and Television Acad-
                                   emy Award 2009; Sutherland Award, The Times BFI            Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in October 2005
                                   London International Film Festival 2009; Best Fea-         Funding amount: 65.000 €
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aQUaRIUM
GENENET AL ASMAK
                                                                                                             EGYPT
                                                                                                                            2008
by Yousry Nasrallah



                      Synopsis It all takes place in Cairo, today. The action     Awards Best Actor, Arab Film Festival Rotterdam
                      takes place over 48 hours. Laila is 32 and works as         2008; Best Script, Wahran Film Festival 2008; Best
                      a radio-presentator. People call her on her show            Supporting Actor, Alexandria International Film Fes-
                      “Night Secrets” to reveal their innermost secrets. She      tival 2008; Best Director, Alexandria International
                      plays squash, she swims, sometimes she writes sto-          Film Festival 2008
                      ries for children and she sometimes goes out with
                      her friend to discos. She lives with her mother and         Festivals Berlin International Film Festival 2008;
                      her brother.                                                Festival de Granada – Cines del Sur 2008; Alexandria
                      Youssef is an anaesthetist. He is about 35. In the          International Film Festival 2008; Golden Apricot Film
                      morning he works in a perfectly respectable private         Festival Yerevan 2008; Tribeca Film Festival 2008,
                      hospital. At night he works in an illegal abortion          Wahran Film Festival 2008; Arab Film Festival Rot-
                      clinic. His father is dying of cancer.                      terdam 2008; Thessaloniki International Film Festi-
                      Youssef likes to hear his patients’ delirium, just before   val 2008; Lyon Fenêtres sur le cinema du sud 2008
                      they go into deep anesthesia. When they wake up,
                      he tells them everything they have said. He also likes
                      to listen to Laila’s radio-programme. Sometimes, he
                      spends part of his nights with a woman he likes, but
                      he doesn’t love her enough to spend the whole
                      night with her. He lives in his car.                        Director: Yousry Nasrallah
                      Two characters, who don’t know each other and               Producers: MISR International Films (Egypt),
                                                                                  Archipel 33 (France), Pandora Film (Germany)
                      who will meet. Their lives will not change drastic-
                                                                                  German WCF partner: Pandora Film
                      ally. They will just realise how lonely they are.           World sales: MISR International Films (Egypt)

                      World premiere Berlin International Film Festival           Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2006
                      2008, Official Programme, Panorama                          Funding amount: 100.000 €
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ThE BaD                                                                                                              PERU
                                                                                                                                   2011

INTENTIONS
LAS MALAS INTENCIONES
                            Synopsis 1980s Peru – a country convulsed by ter-
                            rorism. Growing up in the midst of it all is Cayetana,
                            a precocious and slightly twisted nine-year-old girl.
                                                                                      in a desperate fight to not become invisible. The
                                                                                      closer her brother’s birth comes, the more attention
                                                                                      she needs and the more she stands out against all
by Rosario García-Montero   Raised by her servants, she is provided for, but not
                            cared for. To confront her loneliness, she creates a
                                                                                      the people frozen apathetically in fear around her.
                                                                                      She is an outsider who feels marginalised – whether
                            vivid imaginary world – one of fallen Peruvian he-        she is or not is irrelevant. Cayetana is not a classic
                            roes and martyrs who she turns to in times of crisis.     heroine, full of virtue, but is a mixture of innocence
                            When her mother announces that she is pregnant,           wickedness. She is at once good and bad, a totally
                            Cayetana’s fragile world collapses. She locks her-        volatile and unpredictable character who generates
                            self in her room and solemnly declares: the day of        a sense of empathy and rejection. I combined her
                            her brother’s birth is the day she will die. With six     solitude and sadness with absurd situations, in order
                            months to live, Cayetana engages in a desperate,          to give the story a distinct deadpan humour. In the
                            yet darkly funny struggle to deal with this new real-     end, the idea is to convey to the audience the feel-
                            ity and to remain present in the eyes of everyone         ing of an emotionally charged and turbulent time
                            and especially her mother.                                in an objective and straightforward way.
                                                                                      Above all, Cayetana is human and filled with con-
                            Director’s note I grew up in Peru in the 1980s,           tradictory characteristics and motivations and it is
                            a turbulent decade of social transformations and          through her raw perspective that the story of 1980s
                            crises, punctuated by the terrorist attacks of the        Peru can be felt – not told.
                            Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso).
                            While as a child I didn’t grasp the full significance     World premiere Berlin International Film Festival
                            of what was going on, I was nonetheless absorb-           2011, Official Programme, Generation
                            ing this feeling of uncertainty through osmosis, by
                            observing the behaviour of my parents, my rela-           Rights sold to Switzerland, Peru, Argentina
                            tives, my friends. It was when I realised this that the
                            initial idea for THE BAD INTENTIONS was born. It is a     Director: Rosario García-Montero
                            drama that seems completely aloof in its absurdist        Producers: Garmont Films (Peru), Stephen Akerman
                                                                                      (Argentina), Barry Films (Germany)
                            tendencies, but is actually deeply rooted in precisely
                                                                                      German WCF partner: Barry Films
                            that period of my country’s history. With all of this     World sales: Daniel Marquet (France)
                            in mind, I created the character of Cayetana, a dark
                            young girl with a vivid imagination. Convinced that       Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2009
                            she will die the day her brother is born, she engages     Funding amount: 50.000 €
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BI, DON´T BE                                                                                      VIETNaM
                                                                                                                             2010
afRaID!
bI, DUNG SO!
                  Synopsis In old Hanoi, Bi, a six-year-old child, his
                  parents, his aunt and their servant are living to-
                                                                                 Film Festival 2010; New Talent Award, Hong Kong
                                                                                 Asian Film Festival 2010; Best First Feature, Best Cin-
                  gether in one house. His favourite playground is an            ematography, Stockholm International Film Festival
by Di Phan Dang   ice factory. After years of absence, his grandfather,
                  gravely ill, returned from abroad and settles home.
                                                                                 2010

                  Gradually, a relationship grows between Bi and his             Rights sold to Poland
                  grandfather. Meanwhile the father distances him-
                  self from his family. Bi´s mother turns a blind eye            Festivals (selection) Vladivostok International Film
                  and transfers her affection to the grandfather.                Festival “Pacific Meridian”; Vancouver International
                  The aunt is a very prudish high school teacher. One            Film Festival 2010; Haifa International Film Festival
                  day she passes a schoolboy in the bus. The attrac-             2010; Pusan International Film Festival 2010; Ghent
                  tion she feels for him disrupts her life.                      International Film Festival 2010; BFI London Film
                                                                                 Festival 2010; Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2010;
                  Director’s note Imagine relaxing and watching a                Viennale; Mostra – International Film Festival 2010;
                  fish tank. Big and small fish live together in a narrow        Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival 2010; Stockholm
                  tank. They are full of desire for food and reproduc-           International Film Festival 2010; Tallinn Black Nights
                  tion. They themselves can’t recognize that they are            Film Festival 2010; Thessaloniki International Film
                  burdened with desires. Imagine there is a saint living         Festival 2011
                  in a different time and space who is watching hu-
                  man life, just like we watch the fish. Does the saint
                  also bear the burden of desire in his own life?
                  People have to face their desires every day. Desire
                  integrates into single details of life; it leads to actions,   Director: Phan Dang Di
                  creates consequences and affects both feelings and             Producers: Acrobates Film (France), Arte France
                  thoughts. That is the film BI, DON’T BE AFRAID.                Cinema (France), Vietnam Media Corp & Vietnam
                                                                                 Studio (Vietnam), Sudest-Dongnam (Vietnam),
                  World premiere Cannes International Film Festival              Vblock Media Joint Stock Company (Vietnam),
                                                                                 Oliver Röpke Filmproduktion (Germany)
                  2010, International Critic's Week, Official competition
                                                                                 German WCF partner: Oliver Röpke Filmproduktion
                                                                                 World sales: Acrobates Film (France)
                  Awards SACD Prize, ACID / CCAS support, Interna-
                  tional Critic’s Week – Cannes International Film Fes-          Funded by the WCF Jury meeting in October 2008
                  tival 2010; Special Mention, Vancouver International           Funding amount: 50.000 €
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                                                                                                                LEBaNON
                                                                                                                                            2009




                                           Synopsis Beirut, Lebanon. Three women who do            World premiere September 15, 2009, International
                                           not know each other are on the same bus headed          Film Festival Toronto
                                           for the same place: a male prison in the heart of the
                                           Hermel desert.                                          Rights sold to France, USA
                                           Against her parents wishes, Tamara is going to visit
                                           her husband, who was incarcerated on their wed-         Festivals (selection) Toronto International Film
                                           ding day. Lina is determined to get her husband,        Festival 2009; Rome International Film Festival
                                           whose sentence is long, to sign the divorce papers      2009; International Film Festival Mannheim-Hei-
                                           which will finally set her free. Hala travels with a    delberg 2009; Dubai International Film Festival
                                           secret knot of fear in her stomach: hidden in her       2009; Black Nights Film Festival Tallinn 2009; Inter-
                                           suitcase, she carries the weapon forgotten by her       national Film Festival Bratislava; International Film



          EVERY DaY IS a
                                           husband, a prison guard.                                Festival Rotterdam 2010; Seattle International Film
                                           After a few humorous turns at the beginning of the      Festival 2010
                                           journey, a fatal incident changes the tone and sets
                                           everything adrift. Contrary to their intentions, the



               hOLIDaY
                                           women are left to their fates and find themselves       Director: Dima El-Horr
                                           lost in the middle of an arid landscape. They con-      Producers: Ciné-Sud Promotion (France), Orjouane
                                                                                                   Productions (Lebanon), Nikovantastic Film (Germany)
                                           tinue along their road, plunging deeper into what
                                                                                                   German WCF partner: Nikovantastic Film
                                           proves to be an internal journey. Like Lebanon seek-    World sales: UMedia (France)
             ChAqUE JOUR EST UNE FêTE      ing to reclaim its own freedom, the voyage of these
                                           three women becomes no less than a quest for their      Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2008
                         by Dima El-horr   own independence.                                       Funding amount: 50.000 €
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faRO − GODDESS                                                                                                       MaLI
                                                                                                                              2007
Of ThE WaTERS
FARO − LA REINE DES EAUx
by Salif Traoré
                           Synopsis Zanga, a child born out of wedlock, is          al Film Festival 2007; Edinburgh International Film
                           driven from his village. He returns after many years     Festival 2007; Santiago International Film Festi-
                           to find out who his father is. At the moment of          val 2007; Festival International du Film Franco-
                           his arrival, something happens that the villagers        phone de Namur 2007; Vancouver Film Festival
                           interpret as the river spirit Faro’s angry reaction to   2007; Chicago International Film Festival 2007; AFI
                           Zanga’s coming.                                          – Los Angeles International Film Festival 2007; Ja-
                           The film uses this fateful moment in the history of      karta Film Festival 2007; Festival du Film Franco-
                           a village to bring us closer to the changing rural       phone de Tübingen 2007; Dubai International Film
                           regions of Africa: suddenly, oppressed people are        Festival 2007; Göteborg Film Festival 2008; Fes-
                           making demands and the local authorities are             tival del Cinema Africano, Asia e America Latina,
                           under pressure. Tradition has to find compromises        Milano 2007; Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa
                           with modernity so that life can go on.                   (FCAT) 2008; Ljubljana International Film Festival
                                                                                    (LIFFe) 2008; Yerevan International Film Festival
                           World premiere Berlin International Film Festival        2008; Guadalajara International Film Festival 2008;
                           2007, Forum                                              Durban International Film Festival 2008; Kerala In-
                                                                                    ternational Film Festival 2008
                           Awards Winner of Bayard d’Or – Best First Feature,
                           Festival International du Film Francophone de Na-
                           mur 2007

                           Rights sold to Africa, Belgium, Canada, France,          Director: Salif Traoré
                           Luxembourg, The Netherlands                              Producers: Sarama Films (Mali), P.A.V. Communica-
                                                                                    tion (France), Boréal Films (Canada), Bärbel Mauch
                                                                                    Film (Germany)
                           Festivals (selection) Berlin International Film Fes-
                                                                                    German WCF partner: Bärbel Mauch Film
                           tival 2007; Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de         World sales: Wide Management (France)
                           la Télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) 2007; To-
                           ronto International Film Festival 2007; Contempo-        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in October 2005
                           rary World Cinema 2007; Jerusalem Internation-           Funding amount: 60.000 €
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fILMPhOBIa
FILMEFObIA
                                                                                                  BRazIL
                                                                                                                    2008
by Kiko Goifman



                  Synopsis Jean-Claude Bernardet (one of Brazil’s         tion by the Jury, Festival Internacional Del Nuevo
                  prominent film critics) plays the director of a docu-   Cine Latinoamericano, Havana 2008
                  mentary that was never completed. FILMPHOBIA is
                  a making-of of a fictitious documentary film, which     Rights sold to Brazil
                  is about fear in contemporary society. The main be-
                  lief of the documentary director – Jean-Claude –        Festivals (selection) Locarno International Film
                  is that the only image that is authentic, real and      Festival 2008; Saravejo International Film Festival
                  truthful is that of a human being challenged by his     2008; Copenhagen International Documentary Film
                  or her phobia. The crew of the documentary ex-          Festival 2008; Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasil-
                  plore the limits of the psyche, exposing phobic peo-    eiro 2008; Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine
                  ple to emotionally violent situations, dealing with     Latinoamericano Havana 2008; Rotterdam Interna-
                  different kinds of phobias: airplane phobia, ocean      tional Film Festival 2009; BAFICI, Buenos Aires In-
                  phobia, snake phobia, blood phobia and so on.           ternational Film Festival 2009; Munich Internation-
                  FILMPHOBIA provokes the question: Why was the           al Film Festival 2009; Festival International de
                  film never finished? Is the director of the docu-       Cine de Viña del Mar 2009; Melbourne Interna-
                  mentary – 71 years old – starting to go blind? Is the   tional Film Festival 2009; Transylvania Internation-
                  director’s condition as an HIV-carrier getting worse?   al Film Festival 2009
                  Did the situation result in trauma when he dealt
                  with blood phobia?
                                                                          Director: Kiko Goifman
                  World premiere Locarno International Film Festival,     Producers: PaleoTV e Plateau Produções (Brazil),
                                                                          Autentika Films (Germany)
                  2008, Filmmakers of the Present Competition
                                                                          German WCF partner: Autentika Films
                                                                          World sales: Paleo TV (Brazil)
                  Awards Best Film (Official Jury, Critique Jury), Best
                  Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Festival de    Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2008
                  Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro 2008; Honourable Men-     Funding amount: 25.000 €
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GODS
DIOSES
                                                                                                             PERU
                                                                                                                        2008
by Josué Méndez




                  Synopsis Diego and Andrea are about eighteen,              2008; Best Sound, Festival International del Nuevo
                  they are beautiful, rich and bright. They live in the      Cine Latinoamericano, Havana 2008; Best Actor, Fes-
                  most beautiful house by the beach, on the most             tival Cero Latitud, Ecuador 2009
                  beautiful beach in Peru, with their rich and success-
                  ful father.                                                Rights sold to Argentina, Peru, France, USA
                  This is a world where there are no problems, no ma-
                  terial needs; a world of forms and beauty, an artificial   Festivals Locarno International Film Festival 2008;
                  world, a world of appearances.                             Lima Film Festival 2008; Toronto International Film
                  GODS is about a family where apparently nothing            Festival 2008; San Sebastian International Film Fes-
                  is wrong, but after scratching the surface a little, a     tival 2008; Festival International del Nuevo Cine Lati-
                  cruel way of life, a world of unbreakable and inflex-      noamericano – La Habana 2008
                  ible social customs, is revealed.
                  GODS is the story of this family, its decadence, its
                  rigid mechanisms when it comes to social involve-          Director: Josué Méndez
                  ment, and its efforts to conceal any interior ugliness     Producers: Chullachaki Producciones (Peru),
                  under a beautiful cover.                                   Mil Colores Media and Cachoeira Films (Germany),
                                                                             Lagarto Cine (Argentina), TS Productions (France)
                                                                             German WCF partner: Mil Colores Media, Cachoeira
                  World premiere Locarno International Film Festival
                                                                             Films
                  2008, Official Competition                                 World Sales: Doc & Film International (France)

                  Awards Best Peruvian Film, Audience Award, Lima            Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2006
                  Film Festival 2008; Best Film, Biarritz Film Festival      Funding amount: 55.000 €
30 — 31
                                                                                                   PaRaGUaY
                                                                                                                                   2006

                               Synopsis It’s already autumn and it’s still hot – the     Festivals (selection) Cannes International Film Fes-
                               heat never goes away. In a remote place in Paraguay,      tival 2006; Toronto International Film Festival 2006;
                               an elderly peasant couple Candida and Ramon are           São Paulo International Film Festival 2006; Jerusa-
                               waiting for their son who left to fight the Chaco War.    lem International Film Festival 2007; Sarajevo In-
                               They are also waiting for the rain to come, it keeps      ternational Film Festival 2007; Pusan International
                               announcing its arrival but it doesn’t come; and for       Film Festival 2007; Taipei Golden Horse Interna-
                               the wind that never comes either; and for the heat        tional Film Festival 2007; Tokyo Filmex Interna-
                               to go away but it never does in spite of the season;      tional Film Festival 2007; International Film Festi-
                               and for the dog to stop barking, but it will never        val Bratislava 2007; Havana International Film Fes-
                               stop and, all in all, they are waiting for better times   tival 2007; Rotterdam International Film Festival
                               to come.                                                  2007; Gothenburg International Film Festival 2007;
                               The instant of the eternal waiting is found between       Mexico FICCO 2007; Miami International Film
                               the “before” and the “after” of time. The couple faces    Festival 2007; Istanbul International Film Festival
                               these waiting moments with different attitudes:           2007; Flying Broom International Women’s Film
                               Ramon, a farmer, waits with optimism; Candida, a          Festival Ankara 2007; Latin American Film Festival
                               mother and a washerwoman, believes her son is             Rome 2007; Los Angeles Film Festival 2007; Mel-
                               already dead, therefore it makes no sense to keep         bourne International Film Festival 2007; Latin Beat
                               waiting. These roles go back and forth while the          Film Festival New York 2007; International Film
                               couple sit, and after the death and in between, they      Festival Bergen 2007; Israel Cinema South Festival
                               wait eternally for the passing of time.                   2008

                               World premiere Cannes International Film Festival         Director: Paz Encina



             haMaCa
                               2006, Official Programme, Un Certain Regard               Producers: Slot Machine (France), Fortuna Films
                                                                                         (The Netherlands), ARTE France Cinema (France),
                               Awards Winner of the FIPRESCI Award, Cannes In-           New Crowned Hope (Austria), Lita Stantic Produc-
                               ternational Film Festival 2006; Critics Award, São        ciones (Argentina), Silencio Cine, Wanda Vision




          PaRaGUaYa
                                                                                         (Spain), Black Forest Films (Germany)
                               Paulo International Film Festival 2006; Special Grand
                                                                                         German WCF partner: Black Forest Films
                               Jury Mention, Miami International Film Festival 2007      World sales: Scalpel Films (France)

                               Rights sold to Argentina, France, Spain, The Neth-        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2005
               by Paz Encina   erlands                                                   Funding amount: 30.000 €
32 — 33
                                                                                                                                  IRaN
                                                                                                                                            2010




                                     Synopsis Two teenagers, Morteza and Taher, are            often crashing into obstacles. His love is violent, al-
                                     involved in the accidental drowning of Taher’s youn-      most destructive. Taher, more contained, is an over-
                                     ger brother. With this, an indelible seal has marked      sensitive police officer, affected by an unexplained
                                     their destiny, linking them forever.                      melancholy. Then there are Maliheh, Taher’s wife, and
                                     Thirty years later, Morteza is just coming out of jail,   Alieh, the woman who gives shelter to Morteza at the
                                     having been suspected of murdering a child. Taher,        beginning of the film. They are strong, independent
                                     who is now a police officer, first thinks he is guilty,   women. Characters in shades of grey, in a country
                                     like all the others, but then finds out that he’s wrong   where things are too often black and white. Through
                                     and decides to prove Morteza’s innocence.                 these characters and on a backdrop of a society in
                                                                                               chaos by war and revolution, I’ll try to paint a portrait


          ThE hOUSE
                                     Director’s note The life of two men, Taher and            of contemporary Iran.
                                     Morteza, who meet at two crucial moments in their
                                     lives.                                                    World premiere Dubai International Film Festival



          UNDER ThE
                                     The screenplay is an adaptation from several of Bijan     2010
                                     Najdi’s novels (Iranian novelist, 1940 – 1999) whose
                                     universe is stamped with a magical yet poetically         Festivals Dubai International Film Festival 2010
                                     tinged reality. A universe where a couple can adopt



              WaTER
                                     a dead child to fulfil its desire of never having had     Director: Sepideh Farsi
                                     one. And where a boot found under water is enough         Producers: Rêves d’Eau Productions (France),
                                                                                               Neshaneh Films (Iran), Sweet Water Pictures
                                     for a man to mourn his lost son who never had a
                                                                                               (The Netherlands), Pola Pandora Film (Germany)
                                     sepulchre.                                                German WCF partner: Pola Pandora Film
             LA KhANEYE ZIRE Âb      The two main characters of the film, Morteza and
                                     Taher, are peculiar creatures, sort of anti-heros. Mor-   Funded in WCF Jury meeting in June 2007
                  by Sepideh Farsi   teza has had many deceptions in life. He’s impulsive,     Funding amount: 30.000 €
34 — 35
hUaChO
by Alejandro Fernández Almendras
                                   See also Distribution Support
                                                                                                                             ChILE
                                                                                                                                            2009




                                   Synopsis On a long and eventful day, four members          Festivals Munich International Film Festival 2009;
                                   of a southern Chilean peasant family (Pedro and his        Jerusalem International Film Festival 2009; Toronto
                                   wife Olga, their daughter Marta and their grandson         International Film Festival 2009; San Sebastian Inter-
                                   Rodrigo) struggle to adapt to the changing world in        national Film Festival 2009; Bangkok International
                                   which they live in; a world where a gameboy or a new       Film Festival 2009; Middle East International Film
                                   dress can be as precious as a litre of milk or a glass     Festival, Abu Dhabi 2009; Sao Paulo International
                                   of wine; where the boundaries between tradition            Film Festival 2009; Mumbai Film Festival; Festival
                                   and modernity are quickly disappearing.                    d’environnement de Paris 2009; Mar del Plata Film
                                                                                              Festival International Film Festival 2009; Thessaloniki
                                   Director’s note With a mix of candour, empathy             International Film Festival 2009; Bratislava Interna-
                                   and simplicity, HUACHO depicts a day in the life of        tional Film Festival 2009; Vina del mar Film Festival
                                   four members of a peasant family who live on the           2009; La Havana International Film Festival 2009;
                                   outskirts of the city of Chillán, in the south of Chile,   Pune Film Festival 2009; Festival on Wheels Turkey
                                   dealing with the many transformations of the life of       2009; Hong Kong International Film Festival 2010
                                   the peasantry at the turn of the century.

                                   World premiere Cannes 2009, Quinzaine des Réali-
                                   sateurs

                                   Theatrical release in Germany Mai 19, 2011
                                                                                              Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras
                                                                                              Producers: Jirafa Films (Chile), Charivari Films (France),
                                   Awards Best Film, Viña del Mar 2009; Best First Film,
                                                                                              Pandora Film (Germany)
                                   La Havana 2009                                             German WCF partner: Pandora Film

                                   Right sold to Chile, France, Germany, Switzerland,         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2006
                                   Austria, Singapore                                         Funding amount: 50.000 €
36 — 37
ThE hUNTER
ShEKARChI
                See also Distribution Support
                                                                                                            IRaN
                                                                                                                     2010
by Rafi Pitts




                Synopsis Recently released from prison, Ali makes         Right sold to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK,
                the most of his return, amidst much talk of the up-       France, Portugal, Italy, Benelux, Ex-Yugoslavia, Po-
                coming elections and promises of change. Despite          land, Hungary, Iran, Canada, USA
                working nights, he tries to spend the most time pos-
                sible with his beautiful wife and young daughter. To      Festivals Berlin International Film Festival 2010;
                escape the stress of urban living, Ali retreats to his    Hong Kong International Film Festival 2010; Edin-
                favourite pastime of hunting in the secluded forest       burgh International Film Festival 2010; Melbourne
                north of town. Tragedy strikes and Ali’s wife Sara is     International Film Festival 2010; Toronto Interna-
                accidentally killed in a police shoot-out with dem-       tional Film Festival 2010; Viennale 2010; Sao Paolo
                onstrators. After a long and frustrating experience       International Film Festival 2010; Mar del Plata Inter-
                at the police station, Ali’s own search for his missing   national Film Festival 2010; Stockholm International
                six - year - old daughter ends in horror and pushes       Film Festival 2010; Tokyo Filmex 2010; Torino Interna-
                him over the edge. In broad daylight, overlooking         tional Film Festival 2010; Thessaloniki International
                the busy city’s surrounding highways, Ali randomly        Film Festival 2010; Dubai International Film Festival
                shoots and kills two policemen. After a high-speed        2010
                car chase outside of town, Ali flees into the northern
                forest where he is captured by two police officers.
                Ali is resigned to his fate and watches quietly as the    Director: Rafi Pitts
                arguing policemen lose their way in the woods.            Producers: AFTAB Negaran Film Production Institute
                                                                          (Iran), Twenty Twenty Vision (Germany)
                Situations complicate and the line between hunter
                                                                          German WCF partner: Twenty Twenty Vision
                and hunted becomes difficult to define …                  World Sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

                World Premiere Berlin International Film Festival         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2007
                2010, Official Programme, Competition                     Funding amount: 50.000 €
38 — 39
                                                                                                 PhILIPPINES
                                                                                                                                         2009




                                    Synopsis In the early 20th century, at the begin-          World premiere Cannes International Film Festi-
                                    ning of the American rule in the Philippines, a            val 2009, Un Certain Regard
                                    mother and her son run off to the mountains with
                                    the hopes of a quiet life. After settling far from town,   Awards Golden Kinnaree, Bangkok International
                                    deep in the woods, the two have managed to live            Film Festival 2009; Grand Jury Prize 2009, Cinema-
                                    in peaceful isolation despite growing unrest in the        nila international Film Festival 2009; Critics Award,
                                    towns.                                                     Valdivia International Film Festival 2009
                                    While hunting in the woods, the son mysteriously
                                    stumbles upon a wounded woman. He takes her                Right sold to France
                                    home and cares for her despite the silent objec-
                                    tion of his mother. Upon learning that the woman           Festivals (selection) Cannes International Film
                                    is pregnant, the mother increasingly fears for all         Festival 2009; Bangkok International Film Festival
                                    their lives and distances herself from them. Finally,      2009; Cinemanila international Film festival 2009;
                                    the son develops a relationship with the woman.            Valdivia International Film Festival 2009
                                    The mother grows weak and ill, and eventually dies.
                                    Soon after, the woman gives birth to a son.
                                    Years later, the family continues to live in isolation
                                    away from the struggle and chaos rampant in their
                                    country. One evening, the child goes missing in            Director: Raya Martin
                                    the woods. Once found, the child speaks of a man           Producers: Cinematografica (Philippines),




          INDEPENDENCIa
                                                                                               Atopic (France), Volya Films (The Netherlands),
                                    cloaked in light. Believing it is a sign of the coming
                                                                                               Razor Film (Germany)
                                    saviour, the father and his son set out in search of       German WCF partner: Razor Film
                                    an amulet that will save their lives. As the monsoon
                                    rains threaten the landscape, all three find them-         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in October 2008
                   by Raya Martin   selves battling for survival.                              Funding amount: 50.000 €
40 — 41
                                                                        DOMINICaN REPUBLIC
                                                                                                                                                             2010



                                                    Synopsis The Haitian professor Jean Remy Genty is           narrative conductor of the story; to sense the con-
                                                    always on the move, looking for work. A graceful fig-       trast between a growing city and the “tranquillity”
                                                    ure, he stands out in the crowd: a model Christian.         of the countryside and coasts that is about to disap-
                                                    On his journeys we see the changing scenario of the         pear, and sense man in his actions of construction
                                                    city, its excessive development. Although a job on a        and destruction, human development against the
                                                    building site is a possible option for the unemployed       personal development of many like Jean Gentil.
                                                    Haitian, Jean does not feel up to it, feeling old and
                                                    weak. He is looking for something more suited to            World Premiere Venice International Film Fes-tival
                                                    the intellectual he considers himself to be. And so         2010, Orizzonti
                                                    he spends years looking for employment worthy of
                                                    himself and his education. Jean starts to give up           Awards Jury’s Special Mention, Venice Film Festival
                                                    hope; he feels the natural need to grow, to have a          2010
                                                    home, a wife. His desires and thoughts become con-
                                                    fused. Bad feelings start to grow within him, distort-      Festivals (selection) Venice International Film Fes-
                                                    ing his perception of everyday life …                       tival 2010; Thessaloniki International Film Festival
                                                                                                                2010; Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010;
                                                    Director’s note Everyday more Haitians arrive in            Viennale 2010, Sao Paulo International Film Festiv-
                                                    the Dominican Republic to find jobs. In the past,           al 2010; Cairo International Film Festival 2010; BAFICI,
                                                    they mostly worked in the sugar cane fields, but            Buenos Aires International Film Festival 2010; Fes-
                                                    more recently they have started to work closer to           tival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia 2010
                                                    the cities where there is great need of labour force
                                                    for construction. The city is growing surprisingly
                                                    fast and most of the houses are being torn down
                                                    and replaced by huge apartment buildings. For a             Director: Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas




             jEaN GENTIL
                                                                                                                Producers: Aurora Dominicana (Dominican Republic),
                                                    man like Jean Gentil, this is no help since he’s been
                                                                                                                Canana Films (Mexico), Bärbel Mauch Films (Germany)
                                                    searching the past years for a job worthy of his            German WCF partner: Bärbel Mauch Film
                                                    studies. We want to give time and space to the
                                                    character, so that in Jean’s transit, we are able to rec-   Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2009
          by Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas   ognise the changing scenery as a character and the          Funding amount: 40.000 €
42 — 43
                                                                                              INDONESIa
                                                                                                                                 2008




                              Synopsis After his mother’s death, Jaya (12) is sent     by the space in which they move, and connected by
                              to his father, Johar, who works as a supervisor on a     the inescapable truth. In the beginning, they meet
                              jermal (a fishing platform perched insecurely on log     as strangers, in the end, they leave as father and
                              stilts in the middle of the sea). Never having known     son.
                              that he had a son, Johar is shocked and rejects the
                              boy as his kin. Fully aware that he can’t bring Jaya     World premiere Pusan International Film Festival
                              back to land due to dark past, Johar is forced to ac-    2008, A Window on Asian Cinema
                              cept the boy as a worker on the site.
                              Faced with constant rejection from his father and        Festivals Pusan International Film Festival 2008;
                              relentless bullying by the other boys who work on        International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009
                              the jermal, Jaya decides to take fate into his own
                              hands.
                              He gives the hope of being accepted and learns the       Director: Ravi Bharwani




          jERMaL
                                                                                       Producers: ECCO Films Indonesia (Indonesia),
                              skills and attitude he needs to survive on the jermal.
                                                                                       RTC Media (Germany)
                              Jaya increasingly becomes like the other boys: tough,    German WCF partner: RTC Media
                              rough – a survivor, while Johar is gradually forced to
                              face and accept his past. Eventually, both Johar and     Funded in the WCF Jury meeting of November 2007
           by Ravi bharwani   Jaya learn that they are bound by their past, united     Funding amount: 55.000 €
44 — 45
ThE LIGhT                                                                       KYRGYzSTaN
                                                                                                                         2010
ThIEf
SVET-AKE
by Aktan Arym Kubat


                      Synopsis The main hero of the film is an electri-         World premiere Cannes 2010, Quinzaine des Réali-
                      cian, the last link in a huge Kyrgyz energetic system.    sateurs
                      He becomes the binding bridge between geopo-
                      litical problems of post-soviet space and common          Awards Cannes 2010, Amiens International Film
                      people. And the life of common people often has           Festival 2010
                      an independent trajectory. In spite of the fact that
                      economic devastation of the country has concerned         Rights sold to Belgium, Germany, France, Japan,
                      first of all the workers of industrial branches, they     Switzerland
                      never stop to love, suffer, be friends and enjoy …
                      In particular our resilient electrician, who possesses    Festivals Cannes 2010; Locarno Film Festival 2010;
                      a wonderful and open heart, brings to the lives of        Toronto International Film Festival 2010, Sao Paolo
                      the inhabitants of that small city not only an electric   International Film Festival 2010; WHK Asian Film
                      light (which often switches off), but also the light      Festival 2010; Amiens International Film Festival
                      of love, loyalty, life and mainly laughter. Everybody     2010; Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2010;
                      needs him.                                                Palm Springs International Film Festival 2010
                      This film is not a gloating delight over the helpless-
                      ness of politicians before the economic problems;
                      it’s a life-asserting power during social cataclysms.     Director: Aktan Arym Kubat (Aktan Abdykalykov)
                                                                                Producers: Oy Art (Kyrgyzstan), A.S.A.P. Films
                                                                                (France), Pallas Film (Germany)
                      Director’s note I believe that there’s nothing more
                                                                                German WCF partner: Pallas Film
                      powerful, important and interesting than life itself,     World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
                      and every human’s life is full of beauty, adventures
                      and tension. The striving to capture something “fleet-    Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2006
                      ing” and to give it an artistic form is my dream.         Funding amount: 70.000 €
46 — 47
LIVERPOOL
by Lisandro Alonso
                                                                                    aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                        2008




                     Synopsis Farell is a 48-year-old man sailing back        Festivals (selection) Cannes 2008; Jerusalem In-
                     because he wants to find out if his mother is still      ternational Film Festival 2008; Rio de Janeiro
                     alive, he is back since on the ocean nobody trusts       International Film Festival 2008; Filmfest Hamburg
                     him anymore. He is back to see, if it is possible to     2008; Vancouver International Film Festival 2008;
                     ask his mother for forgiveness. Perhaps that way he      Independent Film Festival Cracow 2008; Pusan In-
                     will finally be able to free himself from something      ternational Film Festival 2008; Films Fra Sor South
                     that doesn’t let his head rest. Before leaving, he       Festival Oslo 2008; London International Film Festi-
                     used to share the bed with his mother at night. As       val 2008; Viennale 2008; Sao Paolo International Film
                     soon as he got home Farell used to pull down his         Festival 2008; AFI Fest LA 2008; Tallinn Black Nights
                     pants and do it without even asking. Throughout          International Film Festival 2008; Estoril Internation-
                     the years, he worked in different places, on different   al Film Festival 2008; Thessaloniki International Film
                     ships; he drank until he fainted without caring at all   Festival 2008; Gijon International Film Festival 2008
                     where he was. And now he comes back to his home
                     village and arrives at his mother’s house. However,
                     she doesn’t talk anymore. Farell watches her with-
                     out being seen; he spies on her until the coldness
                     penetrates him and then decides to go in. There he       Director: Lisandro Alonso
                     also gets to know a new relative.                        Producers: Slot Machine (France), Fortuna Films
                                                                              (The Netherlands), 4L (Argentina), Black Forest Films
                                                                              (Germany), Eddie Saeta (Spain)
                     World premiere Cannes 2008, Quinzaine des Réali-
                                                                              German WCF partner: Black Forest Films
                     sateurs                                                  World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

                     Rights sold to Argentina, France, Germany, Mex-          Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2006
                     ico, The Netherlands, Spain                              Funding amount: 35.000 €
48 — 49
                                                                                                               TURKEY
                                                                                                                                    2008




                                Synopsis Recent high school graduate Yusuf is un-         Rights sold to France, Germany, India, Poland,
                                certain about his future in the provincial country-       Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Iran, Bhutan, Sri Lanka,
                                side. Writing poetry is his greatest passion and some     Maledives, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Benelux,
                                of his poems are starting to be published in obscure      Scandinavia, Spain, Taiwan, Israel, Switzerland, USA,
                                literary journals. But for the time being, he continues   Japan
                                working in his single mother’s village milk business,
                                also with an uncertain future.                            Festivals Venice International Film Festival 2008;
                                Up until now, Yusuf’s widowed mother Zehra has            Toronto International Film Festival 2008; Nantes
                                focused all her attention on her only son. Still a        Festival des 3 Continents 2008; International Film
                                young and beautiful woman, Zehra is having a dis-         Festival Rotterdam 2008; Göteborg International
                                creet relationship with the town station master.          Film Festival 2008; International Fajr Film Festival
                                His mother’s affair and the fact that he has been         2008; Pune International Film Festival 2009
                                named unfit for military service due to a childhood
                                illness make Yusuf even more anxious about making
                                the sudden jump toward manhood.
                                Will young Yusuf be able to handle the changes in
                                his peaceful existence? Can he survive on poetry



                MILK
                                and working alongside his mother in her small-time        Director: Semih Kaplanoglu
                                milk business? Or will he be forced to move to the        Producers: Kaplan Film (Turkey), Heimatfilm (Ger-
                                                                                          many), Arizona Film (France),
                                big city or seek a job in one of the many factories
                                                                                          German WCF partner: Heimatfilm
                                threatening the unspoiled landscape?                      World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
                         SüT    World premiere Venice International Film Festival         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2006
          by Semih Kaplanoglu   2008, Competition                                         Funding amount: 50.000 €
50 — 51
ThE MILK Of        See also Distribution Support
                                                                                                             PERU
                                                                                                                         2009
SORROW
LA TETA ASUSTADA   Synopsis Fausta suffers from “the milk of sorrow”,         tral America, Latin Amerika, Israel, Denmark, Swe-
by Claudia Llosa   an illness transmitted through mother’s milk by            den, Austria, BeNeLux, Syria, Cuba, Taiwan, Canada,
                   women who have been violated or mistreated dur-            Greece, Germany, Hungary, Dominican Republic,
                   ing the war of terrorism in Peru. The war has ended,       Puerto Rico, Mexico, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Por-
                   but Fausta lives to remind of it because “the illness      tugal
                   of fear” stole her soul.
                   Now, her mother’s sudden death forces her to con-          Festivals (selection) Berlin International Film Fes-
                   front her fears and the secret that is hidden inside       tival 2009; Guadalajara International Film Festival
                   of her: she has inserted a potato into her vagina to       2009; Istanbul International Film Festival 2009;
                   serve as a protective shield that repels disgusting        Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2009; Mel-
                   intruders.                                                 bourne International Film Festival 2009; Vancouver
                   THE MILK OF SORROW is the story of a search for re-        International Film Festival 2009; London Interna-
                   awakening, a journey from fear to freedom.                 tional Film Festival 2009; AFI Fest LA 2009; Thessa-
                                                                              loniki International Film Festival 2009; Tokyo Filmex
                   World premiere Berlin International Film Festival          2009; Dubai International Film Festival 2009; Fes-
                   2009, Official Programme, Competition                      tival de Cinema de Gramado 2009; Festival du Nou-
                                                                              veau Cinéma Montreál 2009; Palm Springs Interna-
                   Awards Golden Bear for the Best Film, Berlin In-           tional Film Festival 2010; Durban International Film
                   ternational Film Festival 2009; Best Ibero-American        Festival 2010
                   picture, Guadalajara International Film Festival 2009;
                   Best Film Award, Best Director Award, Best Actress
                   Award, Best Film Award of the Film Students Jury,
                   Festival de Cinema de Gramado 2009; Acting Award,          Director: Claudia Llosa
                   Best actor in a feature film in the International Selec-   Producers: Wanda Vision and Oberon Cinemato-
                   tion, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreál 2009;            gráfica (Spain), Vela Films (Peru), The Match Factory
                                                                              (Germany)
                   Nomination Academy Awards USA for Best Foreign
                                                                              German WCF partner: The Match Factory
                   Language Film 2010                                         World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

                   Rights sold to Italy, Portugal, France, Ex-Yugosla-        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2006
                   via, Norway, Poland, Brazil, Colombia, Equador, Cen-       Funding amount: 50.000 €
52 — 53
ThE MINDER
EL CUSTODIO
                                                                                      aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                           2006
by Rodrigo Moreno   Synopsis As a bodyguard it’s Rubén’s duty to keep
                    the Minister of Planning under constant surveil-
                                                                                tival 2006; Winner of the Norwegian Film Institute´s
                                                                                Import Award, Bergen International Film Festival
                    lance.                                                      2006; Winner of Horizontes International Film Festi-
                    If the Minister gets out of the car, Rubén gets out of      val San Sebastián 2006; Best Film, Best Director, Best
                    the car. If the Minister turns left, Rubén turns left. If   Actor, Bogota Film Festival 2006; Best Director, Best
                    the Minister goes to the country club with his family       Actor, Havana Film Festival 2006, Special Jury Award,
                    for the weekend, Rubén must follow along. If the            La Roche Sur Yon Film Festival 2006; Best Actor, Best
                    Minister decides to rest and have a nap, Rubén must         Film, Lima International Film Festival 2006
                    keep watch over the sleeping man. Although Rubén
                    must always be present, he must also go completely          Rights sold to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia,
                    unnoticed.                                                  Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Re-
                    As a shadow, Rubén witnesses everything from the            public, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary,
                    sidelines, as if life was passing by some metres away       Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania,
                    from him. Yet, despite his insider’s view, he never         Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland, The Nether-
                    understands clearly what’s going on, what’s being           lands, Uruguay, USA
                    talked about, nor where the characters come from
                    or go to.                                                   Festivals (selection) Berlin International Film Festi-
                    Single Rubén is hardly even a protagonist in his own        val 2006; Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006;
                    life. A lonely life, involving a mentally unstable sis-     Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2006; San
                    ter and a dizzy niece, sale of illegal arms and cheap       Sebastián International Film Festival 2006; Santiago
                    prostitutes. Plus the monotonous routine of being a         de Chile International Film Festival 2006; Guadalajara
                    bodyguard and the occasional humiliation from the           International Film Festival 2006; Havana International
                    Minister or his family … Some jobs result in virtually      Film Festival 2006
                    replacing one life for another. Such pressure can ulti-
                    mately explode. This is Rubén’s inevitable outcome.
                                                                                Director: Rodrigo Moreno
                    World premiere Berlin International Film Festival           Producers: Rizoma Film (Argentina), Eddie Saeta,
                    2006, Official Programme, Competition                       (Spain), Pandora Film (Germany), Control Z Film
                                                                                (Uruguay)
                                                                                German WCF partner: Pandora Film
                    Awards (selection) Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlin Inter-        World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
                    national Film Festival 2006; Best Script NHK / Sun-
                    dance Filmmaker Award 2005; Best Film, Best Script,         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2005
                    FIPRESCI Award, Guadalajara International Film Fes-         Funding amount: 40.000 €
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ThE OThER
EL OTRO
                                                                                   aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                        2007
by Ariel Rotter   Synopsis A run of the mill, one-day business trip to       Rights sold to Belgium, Eastern Europe, France,
                  the country becomes another journey: Upon reach-           Finland, Israel, Latin America, South Korea, Spain,
                  ing his destination, Juan Desouza discovers that the       Turkey
                  man travelling at his side is dead. Secretly, almost
                  like a game, he decides to adopt the dead man’s            Festivals (selection) Berlin International Film
                  identity, inventing a profession for himself, finding a    Festival 2007; Fribourg International Film Festival
                  place to stay: the possibility of not returning.           2007; Guadalajara International Film Festival 2007;
                  In his new days off, in a state of availability, the man   Bratislava International Art Film Festival 2007; Mos-
                  undertakes, without knowing it, an adventure into          cow International Film Festival 2007; Karlovy Vary
                  nature, into the rediscovery of his tastes, his basic      International Film Festival 2007; Jerusalem Inter-
                  instincts, trying to grasp the idea that the life dealt    national Film Festival 2007; Lima Latino American
                  out for him, and he chose to live, is not the only one     Film Festival 2007; Ghent International Film Festival
                  possible.                                                  2007; Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2007;
                                                                             Pusan International Film Festival 2007; London Film
                  World premiere Berlin International Film Festival          Festival 2007; Viennale 2007; International Film Fes-
                  2007, Official Programme, Competition                      tival of India 2007; Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
                                                                             2007; Gijon International Film Festival 2007; Rot-
                  Awards Winner of the Silver Bear (Grand Jury               terdam International Film Festival 2008; Belgrade
                  Prize for Best Film), Winner of the Silver Bear for        International Film Festival 2008; Miami International
                  Best Actor, Berlin International Film Festival 2007;       Film Festival 2008; Brugge Cinema Novo 2008; Honk
                  Winner of the Audience Award Fribourg Interna-             Kong International Film Festival 2008; Copenhagen
                  tional Film Festival 2007; Special Mention of Major        NAT 2008; Lleida Mostra de Cinema Latinoamericano
                  of Trenciansek, Teplice Bratislava Int’l Art Film Fes-     2008
                  tival 2007; Winner of Best Film, Best Director, Best
                  Actor, Best Fotography, Best Sound Track, Special          Director: Ariel Rotter
                  Mention Acting, Festival Cine Argentino Tandil             Producers: Aire Cine and Aquafilms (Argentina),
                  2007; Best Actor, Lima Latino American Film Festival       Celluloid Dreams Productions (France), Selavy
                                                                             Filmproduktion (Germany)
                  2007; Best Actor, Baja California Film Festival 2007;
                                                                             German WCF partner: Selavy Filmproduktion
                  Best Script, Gijon International Film Festival 2007;       World sales: Celluloid Dreams (France)
                  Amakourou Award, Brugge Cinema Novo 2008;
                  Best Director, Best Actor, Lleida Mostra de Cinema         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
                  Latinoamericano 2008                                       Funding amount: 60.000 €
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PaNDORa´S BOx
PANDORANIN KUTUSU
                    See also Distribution Support
                                                                                                   TURKEY
                                                                                                                       2008
by Yesim Ustaoglu




                    Synopsis Three fourty something siblings in Istan-       Republic, Puerto Rico, Croatia, Serbia, Colombia,
                    bul each receive a call one night: their ageing moth-    Ecuador, Iran, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Romania,
                    er has disappeared from her home on the western          Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Germa-
                    Black Sea coast of Turkey. The three meet and set        ny, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Brazil
                    out to find her, momentarily setting aside their indi-
                    vidual problems. As the siblings come together, the      Festivals Toronto International Film Festival 2008;
                    tensions between them quickly become apparent,           San Sebastian International Film Festival 2008; An-
                    like a Pandora’s box spilling open. They come to         talya Golden Orange Film Festival 2008; Amiens Film
                    realise that they are very ignorant of each other, and   Festival 2008; Göteborg International Film Festival
                    are forced to reflect on their own shortcomings.         2009; Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2008;
                                                                             Palm Springs 2009
                    World premiere Toronto International Film Festival
                    2008, Visions

                    Awards (selection) Golden Shell for Best Film,           Director: Yesim Ustaoğlu
                    Silver Shell for Best Actress, San Sebastian Film Fes-   Producers: Ustaoğlu Film Yapim (Turkey), Silkroad
                    tival 2008; Best Supporting Actress, Antalya Golden      Production (France), Les Petites Lumières (France),
                                                                             Stromboli Pictures (Belgium), The Match Factory
                    Orange Film Festival 2008; Best Actress Award, Ami-
                                                                             (Germany)
                    ens Film Festival 2008                                   World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

                    Rights sold to Greece, Japan, Spain, India, Pakistan,    Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2008
                    Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Dominican          Funding amount: 25.000 €
58 — 59
                                                                                                    PaLESTINE
                                                                                                                                      2005

                                    Synopsis PARADISE NOW once again reveals just          liner Morgenpost Audience Award, Berlin Interna-
                                    how tragic and abstruse are the consequences of        tional Film Festival 2005; Winner of Independent
                                    the conflict in the Middle East. The film revolves     Spirit Award – Best Foreign Film, Santa Monica 2006;
                                    around two young Palestinian men – Khaled and          Winner of US National Board of Reviews Award for
                                    Said – who have been friends since childhood.          Best Foreign Language Film 2005; Winner of Nether-
                                    They are both recruited to carry out a suicide bomb-   lands Film Award for Best Film and Best Editing
                                    ing in Tel Aviv. The two men are allowed to spend      2005
                                    what is presumably their last night alive with their
                                    families. However, since absolute secrecy must be      Rights sold to More than 60 territories
                                    maintained and they can tell nobody of their mis-
                                    sion, they cannot say goodbye properly. The next       Festivals (selection) Berlin International Film Fes-
                                    morning, the men are brought to the border. The        tival 2005; Toronto International Film Festival 2005;
                                    bombs have been attached to their bodies in such a     New York International Film Festival 2005; Telluride
                                    way as to make them completely hidden from view.       International Film Festival 2005; Moscow Interna-
                                    However, the operation does not go according to        tional Film Festival 2005; Rio de Janeiro International
                                    plan and the two friends lose sight of each other.     Film Festival 2005; Durban International Film Fes-
                                    Separated from each other and left to their own        tival 2005; San Sebastian International Film Festival
                                    devices, it’s up to them to face their destiny and     2005; Dubai International Film Festival 2005
                                    stand up for their convictions …

                                    World premiere Berlin International Film Festival
                                    2005, Official Programme, Competition

                                    Awards (selection) Nominated for an Acad-
                                    emy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film           Director: Hany Abu-Assad
                                    2006; Winner of Golden Globe for Best For-             Producers: Augustus Film (The Netherlands),
                                    eign Language Film 2006; Winner of European            Razor Film (Germany), Lumen Films (France), Lama




          PaRaDISE NOW
                                                                                           Films (Israel)
                                    Screenwriter Award, Berlin International Film Fes-
                                                                                           German WCF partner: Razor Film
                                    tival 2005; Winner of Blue Angel Award – Best          World sales: Celluloid Dreams (France)
                                    European Film, Berlin International Film Festival
                                    2005; Winner of Amnesty International Award, Ber-      Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
                by hany Abu-Assad   lin International Film Festival 2005; Winner of Ber-   Funding amount: 30.000 €
60 — 61
a PERfECT DaY
NAOUSSÉ
                                                                                                                 LEBaNON
                                                                                                                                              2005
by Khalil Joreige and Joana hadjithomas

                                          Synopsis A perfect 24 hours in modern-day Beirut,        Rights sold to France, Germany, Greece, Lebanon
                                          a day in which Claudia is finally ready to come to
                                          terms with her husband’s disappearance 15 years          Festivals (selection) Locarno International Film
                                          earlier while her son, the narcoleptic Malek, searches   Festival 2005; Tribeca International Film Festival
                                          the chaotic streets for his own lost love, Zeina.        2006; Toronto Discovery International Film Festival
                                          Moving between the old and the new and existing          2005; Athens International Film Festival 2005; Mon-
                                          in an emotional void, Claudia and Malek are dislo-       treal New Cinema 2005; London International Film
                                          cated and numbed by the trauma of the Lebanese           Festival 2005; Tokyo Filmex 2005; Nantes Festival
                                          Civil War in which 17.000 vanished. As Beirut’s past     des 3 Continents 2005; Dubai International Film Fes-
                                          is interrupted by its future, this is a perfect day to   tival 2005; Reykjavik International Film Festival 2005;
                                          end the harrowing wait, to put old ghosts to rest        Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006; Alba
                                          and to search for a new future while not forgetting      Infinity Festival 2006; Istanbul International Film
                                          the past.                                                Festival 2006; Hong Kong International Film Fes-
                                                                                                   tival 2006; Seattle International Film Festival 2006;
                                          World premiere Locarno International Film Festival       Sydney International Film Festival 2006; Munich
                                          2005, Official Programme, Competition                    International Film Festival 2006

                                          Awards (selection) Winner of FIPRESCI Award,
                                          Federation of Film Societies and the Don Quijote
                                          Award, Locarno International Film Festival 2005;
                                          Winner of the Special Mention of the Jury and of         Directors: Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas
                                          the Bayard d’Or for Best Actor, Namur Francophone        Producers: Abbout Productions (Lebanon),
                                          Fest 2005; Winner of the Mongolfière d’Argent, Prix      Mille et une Production (France), Twenty Twenty
                                                                                                   Vision (Germany)
                                          de la Création Musicale, Prix du Meilleur Acteur in
                                                                                                   German WCF partner: Twenty Twenty Vision
                                          Nantes Festival des 3 Continents 2005; Winner of the     World sales: Celluloid Dreams (France)
                                          Prix d’Aide à la Distribution, Belfort 2005; Winner of
                                          the Best Director Award, Muscat International Film       Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
                                          Festival 2006                                            Funding amount: 35.000 €
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POSSIBLE LIVES
LAS VIDAS POSIbLES
                                                                                     aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                        2006
by Sandra Gugliotta



                      Synopsis Carla and Luciano are a happy couple.           Rights sold to Brazil, Caribbean, Chile, Colombia,
                      One day Luciano takes one of his usual working           France, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Switzerland, Uruguay,
                      trips. Following a sudden intuition, Clara decides to    Venezuela, USA
                      go with him at the last moment but cannot. Days go
                      by and Clara does not hear from her husband. She         Festivals (selection) BAFICI, Buenos Aires Inter-
                      immediately senses that something abnormal has           national Film Festival 2007; Cannes International
                      happened because during his trips he is constantly       Film Festival 2007; Tucumán Cine 2007; Locarno
                      in contact with her.                                     International Film Festival 2007; Festival de Lima
                      She starts looking for information regarding his         2007; SANFIC 2007; Internacional Film Festival Film
                      whereabouts. Her desperation increases until she         by the Sea 2007; Sao Paulo Internacional Film
                      decides to travel to the south of Argentina to where     Festival 2007; Flanders International Film Festival,
                      he is supposed to have travelled.                        Ghent 2007; World Film Festival of Bangkok 2007;
                      A perplexing discovery awaits her: she finds Luciano     Nantes Festival des 3 Continents 2007; Festival
                      – or someone just like him – leading a different life    de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva 2007; Cairo
                      and married to another woman. From that moment           International Film Festival 2007; Festival Interna-
                      on, Clara will develop a series of strategies to get     cional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana
                      close to this man, to have him and go back to her        2007
                      previous life.

                      World premiere Locarno International Film Festival       Director: Sandra Gugliotta
                      2007, Official Competition                               Producers: El Angel Films and 16M (Argentina),
                                                                               Fieber Film (Germany)
                                                                               German WCF partner: Fieber Film
                      Awards C. I. C. A. E. Award – Special Mention, Locarno   World sales: Primer Plano Film Group (Argentina)
                      International Film Festival 2007, Best Actress, Fes-
                      tival Latinoamericano de Ceará 2008; Global Film         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2005
                      Initiative 2008                                          Funding amount: 60.000 €
64 — 65
POST MORTEM
by Pablo Larraín
                                                                                                           ChILE
                                                                                                                         2010



                   Synopsis Mario, 55, works in a morgue typing au-           World premiere: Venice International Film Festival
                   topsy reports. In the midst of the 1973 Chilean coup,      2010, Official Competition
                   he fantasizes about his neighbour Nancy, a cabaret
                   dancer, who mysteriously disappears on Septem-             Awards: Winner of the FIPRESCI Award 2010 , Win-
                   ber the 11th. After a violent Army raid on her fam-        ner of Silver Coral for Best Film 2010, Best Actor
                   ily’s home, he hears about the arrest of her brother       Award, Best Actress Award 2010, Best Script Award,
                   and father, a prominent Communist and Salvador             Festival International del Nuevo Cine Latinoameri-
                   Allende supporter. Troubled and madly passionate           cano – La Habana 2010
                   over the loss of his would-be lover, Mario begins his
                   frantic search for Nancy.                                  Rights sold to: Chile, Italia, UK, Grecia, Portugal,
                                                                              Francia, México
                   Director’s note “To go back to the past. To rebuild
                   the scene. To live again what has been lived. To rethink   Festivals: Venice International Film Festival 2010;
                   what has been thought. To find in the past today’s         San Sebastian Film Festival 2010; New York Film Fes-
                   significance”. POST MORTEM responds to the need to         tival 2010; Festival International del Nuevo Cine Lati-
                   keep on exploring the same path I began with TONY          noamericano, La Habana 2010; International History
                   MANERO. I feel like I have found a way of approach-        Film Festival, Pessac 2010, France; Rotterdam Inter-
                   ing a human and cinematographic perspective that           national Film Festival 2011
                   resounds very strongly within me, and that has some-
                   how touched both my own country’s and the foreign
                   audience. Even though TONY MANERO and POST
                   MORTEM are very different movies – both are rooted         Director: Pablo Larraín
                   on opposite narrative and audiovisual treatments           Producers: Fabula (Chile), Canana (Mexico),
                                                                              Autentika Films (Germany)
                   – they both meet in the same human and ethical
                                                                              German WCF partner: Autentika Films
                   perspective which I found valuable and worthwhile          World sales: Funny Ballons (France)
                   rescuing. These are stories of small men and their
                   minimal conflicts, both of them inserted into big mo-      Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2009
                   ments of Chile’s recent history.                           Funding amount: 50.000 €
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ThE PRIzE
EL PREMIO
                                                                                          aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                               2011
by Paula Markovitch



                      Synopsis The sea takes away the windows and the               I don’t know why, but I know that some day the sea
                      door. It’s such fun. I’m eight years old and I’m not          will take my house away. And there’ll be nothing
                      afraid, on the contrary. When there’s a rising tide           left, not the dishes, or nor the clothes or nor my par-
                      it’s better because I can play pirates. The sea passes        ents. I’m gonna stay alone in the middle of the wind,
                      by below my house. My dog Captain barks at the                without shoes, roof, table, without my dog. That will
                      waves as if they were animals like him.                       happen, but I’m not scared of anything. I shouldn’t
                      Through my window I can see how the sea takes                 be afraid. It’s better to play pirates, taking advan-
                      away another cabin of the nearest beach-front kiosk.          tage of the rising tide and the fact that the house
                      The sea doesn’t scare me. It’s gray and yellow. Why is        looks like a ship. My mom is so afraid. I’m not. The
                      it that everyone thinks the sea is blue? The sea takes        sea takes the door away and tears it apart.
                      the roof away. The sea takes away a table and three
                      steps. It’s fun. If the rising tide is very strong, the sea   World premiere Berlin International Film Festival
                      could tear my house apart, although the house is              2011, Official Programme, Competition
                      bigger than the last one, it’s also made of wood, like
                      every beach-front kiosk in San Clemente. It’s just a          Festivals Berlin International Film Festival 2011
                      tide. There are much worse things, like the time the
                      soldiers came. I wasn’t afraid. Even though I knew
                      where the books were hidden, and where was my
                      dad’s friend was hidden, inside a closed beach-front
                      kiosk bathroom, the one that smells bad.                      Director: Paula Markovitch
                      The soldiers have already killed my cousin. There is          Producers: Kung Works (Mexico), Mille et une pro-
                                                                                    ductions (France), Staron Films, IZ Films, Altamira
                      a famished dog who wanders the beach, dragging
                                                                                    Films (Spain), NiKo Film (Germany)
                      his leg. Some soldiers wounded him, just to practice          German WCF partner: NiKo Film
                      target shooting. Everytime I see him, it reminds me
                      of my cousin. I wonder if it hurt her when they killed        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2010
                      her.                                                          Funding Amount: 50.000 €
68 — 69
RECYCLE
EE’ADAT KhALK
                       See also Distribution Support
                                                                                                     jORDaN
                                                                                                                          2007
by Mahmoud al-Massad   Synopsis What makes a terrorist? In Zarqa, Jordan’s       Rights sold to Germany, Poland
                       second largest city with a population of nearly one
                       million, it is a much-debated question.                   Awards Cinema in Motion Award, San Sebas-
                       Zarqa’s political Islamists are a powerful force in       tian International Film Festival 2007; World Cin-
                       this industrial center, and Zarqa was the birthplace      ema Cinematography Award, Documentary – Sun-
                       of Abu Musa al Zarqawi, a brutal Al Qaeda leader          dance Film Festival 2008; Special Mention – Pla-
                       in Mesopotamia before being killed by American            nete Doc Review, Warsaw Documentary Film Festi-
                       forces in 2005. Al Zarqawi was well-known in the city     val 2008
                       and many of his family members remain, making
                       Zarqawi a continual source of new recruits to the         Festivals Dubai International Film Festival 2007;
                       jihadist cause. Inspired by his reporting on al Zarqawi   Sundance Film Festival 2008; Rotterdam Interna-
                       and Al Quaeda for international news agencies, film-      tional Film Festival 2008; Fribourg Film Festival
                       maker al Massad returned to Zarqa, where he grew          2008; Guadalajara International Film Festival 2008;
                       up, to make RECYCLE.                                      BAFICI, Buenos Aires International Film Festival
                       With ravishing cinematography that belies the             2008; Hot Docs Canadian International Documen-
                       un-forgiving landscape, Jordanian / Palestinian film-     tary Festival 2008; San Francisco International
                       maker Mahmoud al Massad charts the daily life of          Film Festival 2008; Yerevan International Film Fes-
                       a religious Islamic man trying to survive in one of       tival 2008; Rio de Janeiro International Film
                       Zarqa’s poorest neighborhoods. In a deceptively           Festival 2008; Viennale 2008; Ayam Beirut Al
                       calm manner, the film slowly unravels the hidden          Cinema’iya (Les Journées Cinématographiques de
                       agents of terrorism: poverty, humiliation, lack of        Beyrouth) 2008
                       opportunity and religious doctrine define the daily
                       rhythms of a man and his family, all against the
                       backdrop of an era when jihad that spans the globe.
                       Unlike what is insinuated by the daily bombard-
                       ment of dramatic headlines about Islam and the            Director: Mahmoud al-Massad
                       war on terror, RECYCLE suggests that evil acts can        Producers: iSee (Jordan, The Netherlands),
                                                                                 mec film (Germany), Jo Film (Jordan)
                       emerge from the most ordinary of circumstances.
                                                                                 German WCF partner: mec film
                                                                                 World sales: Wide Management (France)
                       World premiere Dubai International Film Festival
                       2007, Muhr Awards, Official Competition for Docu-         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2006
                       mentaries                                                 Funding amount: 30.000 €
70 — 71
ROME RaThER                                                                                     aLGERIa
                                                                                                                         2006
ThaN YOU
ROMA WA LA N’ TOUMA
by Tariq Teguia



                      Synopsis For more than 10 years a “slow war” is going   Festivals Venice International Film Festival 2006;
                      on in Algeria. A war without battlefields, but with     Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2006; Rotter-
                      more than 100.000 people killed. It is the wilder-      dam International Film Festival 2007; FICCO Mexico
                      ness that Zina and Kamel – two youngsters, be-          2007; Fribourg International Film Festival 2007; New
                      wildered and merry, gloomy and undisturbed –            Directors / New Films, MoMA 2007; San Francisco
                      want to traverse for the last time, before leaving      International Film Festival 2007; Istanbul Interna-
                      elsewhere. Without a passport, and therefore with-      tional Film Festival 2007; Festival du Film Belfort
                      out a visa, Kamel has to find a smuggler. Along         2007; Beirut International Film Festival 2008
                      with the entertaining Zina, they walk the streets of
                      Algiers and its suburbs looking for Bosco, the sailor
                      who makes a business out of transporting people
                      to Europe. Bosco seems to be everywhere – except
                      for the places where Kamel looks for him.

                      World premiere Venice International Film Festival
                      2006, Orizzonti                                         Director: Tariq Teguia
                                                                              Producers: Neffa Films (Algeria), INA (France),
                                                                              Flying Moon Filmproduktion (Germany)
                      Awards Winner of the “Everyday Life – Transcen-
                                                                              German WCF partner: Flying Moon Filmproduktion
                      dence or Reconciliation“ – Award, Thessaloniki In-      World sales: Neffa Films (Algeria)
                      ternational Film Festival 2006; Special Jury Award,
                      Fribourg Film Festival 2007; Prix Janine Bazin, Prix    Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
                      d’interprétation, Festival du Film Belfort 2007         Funding amount: 40.000 €
72 — 73
SaRaTaN
by Ernest Abdyshaparov
                                                                                      KYRGYzSTaN
                                                                                                                                   2005

                         Synopsis Kyrgyz director Ernest Abdyshaparov’s               World premiere Berlin International Film Festival
                         feature film debut uses an episodic form to tell a           2005, Official Programme, Panorama
                         number of stories about the inhabitants of a small
                         Kyrgyz village during the ten years following the end        Awards L’ Étoile d’Or / The Golden Star – Grand Prix –
                         of the Soviet Union. These are tragicomic tales of           Marrakech International Film Festival 2005
                         politics and religion, tradition and modernity, pride
                         and honour. Everyone in the village is up in arms            Rights sold to Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland
                         because pensions are not being paid, money is not
                         flowing as it should and everyone is determined to           Festivals (selection) Berlin International Film Fes-
                         feather their own nest, even resorting to underhand          tival 2005; Fribourg International Film Festival 2005;
                         dealings, if need be. There are still die-hard com-          Filmfest Emden 2005; Split Film Festival 2005; Rio
                         munists in the village, and cattle thief Tashmat is still    de Janeiro International Film Festival 2005; Inter-
                         going about his business on a regular basis – which          national Film Festival Eurasia, Turkey 2005; Kinoblick
                         means that village policeman Salamat has plenty to           2005, Tage des russischen Films Stuttgart; Pusan In-
                         do trying to track him down.                                 ternational Film Festival 2005; Mill Valley Film Festival
                         It’s plain to all the villagers that nothing in life seems   2005; Warsaw International Film Festival 2005; Haifa
                         to have very much to do with what is right and just          International Film Festival 2005; London Internation-
                         any more and they express as much to their village           al Film Festival 2005; Sao Paulo International Film
                         administrator, Kabylbek. They don’t have much faith          Festival 2005; Internationales Filmfest Braunschweig
                         in a better future, nor do they particularly believe in      2005; Osteuropäische Filmtage Göttingen 2005; Eur-
                         a just God. Regardless of what Allah or Jehova might         asia II International Film Festival, Almaty 2005; Lyon
                         think, the villagers decide they’d rather devote them-       Asiexpo Film Festival 2005; Marrakech International
                         selves to earthly pleasures. However, in spite of all        Film Festival 2005; Singapore International Film Fes-
                         their bitter complaining and their nostalgia, life           tival 2006
                         seems to go on as usual; some managing to take
                         great advantage of the situation and others less so.         Director: Ernest Abdyshaparov
                         Then comes the surprising and shocking news that             Producers: Kyrgyzfilm Studio (Kyrgyzstan),
                                                                                      Coin Film and Viet Filmproduktion (Germany)
                         the cattle thief has finally been hunted down by the
                                                                                      German WCF partner: Coin Film
                         village policeman; moreover, unable to bear the hu-          World sales: Coin Film (Germany)
                         miliation of his capture, he has committed suicide.
                         Community spirit is put to the test as the headman           Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
                         struggles to keep his village in one piece.                  Funding amount: 15.000 €
74 — 75
ShIRLEY aDaMS
by Oliver hermanus
                                                                           SOUTh afRICa
                                                                                                                              2009
                     Synopsis Shirley Adams spends her days caring for             World premiere Durban International Film Festival
                     her disabled son, Donovan – he was shot in the back of        2009
                     the neck on his way home from school one afternoon
                     over a year ago. Since then the Adams family have lost        Awards Best Actress, Best Editor, Dubai Internation-
                     all their worldly possessions to medical bills. Shirley has   al Film Festival 2009; Best SA Feature Film, Best First
                     no money, no job and no husband – he left without a           Feature Film, Best Actress, Durban International Film
                     trace months ago. Shirley’s life now consists of trying       Festival 2009; Best Actress, Reunion Festival 2009
                     to make ends meet by shoplifting and relying on the
                     charity of others. Then a young, eager occupational           Rights sold to Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland
                     therapist, Tasmin Ranger, comes into their lives. Shirley
                     hopes that this might lift her son’s spirits and finally      Festivals (selection) Durban International Film
                     put them on the path to some form of stability. At the        Festival 2009; Locarno International Film Festival
                     same time Shirley receives a phone call one afternoon         2009; Toronto International Film Festival 2009; Rio
                     informing her that Donovan’s case is finally going to         International Film Festival 2009; London Film Festi-
                     trial, but the glory is short-lived when Shirley discov-      val 2009; Mumbai International Film Festival 2009;
                     ers that the gunman is one of Donovan’s childhood             Dubai International Film Festival 2009; Rotterdam
                     friends. Her reaction to the betrayal is so overwhelm-        International Film Festival 2010; Dubai International
                     ing that she chooses not to tell Donovan for fear of fur-     Film Festival 2010; Palm Springs International Film
                     ther damaging his already unstable emotional state.           Festival 2010; Goteborg International Film Festival
                     Determined to make a change in their lives, Shirley           2010; Film Festival Cines Del Sur 2010; Carthage Film
                     actively decides to embrace their new circumstances,          Festival 2010
                     hoping that Donovan will follow her example. But his
                     mental state continues to deteriorate and Tasmin is
                     unsuccessful in distracting him from his ever-present
                     disability. Shirley is eventually left without trace of the
                     family she once had. Set in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town,      Director: Oliver Hermanus
                     SHIRLEY ADAMS story is symptomatic of the relation-           Producers: DV8 Films (South Africa), Centropolis
                     ship between violence and poverty – the destruction           Entertainment Inc (USA), London Film School
                                                                                   (United Kingdom), Pandora Films (Germany)
                     of an entire family is related to one single incident that
                                                                                   German WCF partner: Pandora Films
                     cannot be erased or repaired. Riddled with the socio-         World sales: Visit Films (USA)
                     political and racial tensions that plague these Cape
                     Flats slums, SHIRLEY ADAMS is the story of one wom-           Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2009
                     an’s amazing strength and self-sacrifice.                     Funding amount: 25.000 €
76 — 77
SILENT LIGhT
STELLET LIChT
                                                                                                  MExICO
                                                                                                                        2007
by Carlos Reygadas




                     Synopsis Johan and his family are Menonites in the      2007; Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival 2007;
                     North of Mexico. Against the law of God and men,        The New York Film Festival 2007; Chicago Interna-
                     Johan falls in love with another woman.                 tional Film Festival 2007; Pusan International Film
                                                                             Festival 2007; BFI London Film Festival; Los Angeles
                     World premiere Cannes International Film Festival       International Film Festival 2007; Taipei Golden Horse
                     2007, Competition                                       Film Festival 2007; Stockholm International Film Fes-
                                                                             tival 2007; Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine
                     Awards Winner of the Jury Prize, Cannes Interna-        Latinoamericano, Havana 2007; Lima Latin American
                     tional Film Festival 2007; Best Film, Best Director,    Film Festival 2007
                     International Critic Award, Best Photography, Lima
                     Latino American Film Festival 2007; Winner of the
                     Golden Colon – Best Film, Festival de Cine Latinoa-
                     mericano de Huelva 2007; Best Script, Film Festival
                     Stockholm 2007; Best Foreign Film, Bergen Inter-
                     national Film Festival 2007; FIPRESCI Award, Rio de
                     Janeiro 2007; Winner of the Golden Hugo, Chicago        Director: Carlos Reygadas
                     International Film Festival 2007; Best Director, Best   Producers: Mantarraya Producciones and NoDream
                     Film, Best Photography, Best Audio, Festival Inter-     Cinema (Mexico), BAC Films International (France),
                     nacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana         Motel Films (The Netherlands)
                                                                             German WCF partner: The Match Factory
                     2007; Nominated for an Academy Award for the Best
                                                                             World sales: BAC Films International (France)
                     Foreign Language Film 2007                              German distributor: Peripher Filmverleih

                     Festivals (selection) Cannes International Film         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2006
                     Festival 2007; Toronto International Film Festival      Funding amount: 35.000 €
78 — 79
SIDEWaLLS
MEDIANERAS
                                                                                    aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                              2011
by Gustavo Taretto

                     Synopsis MEDIANERAS is the story of Mariana, Mar-        the moment for going into detail, for exploring
                     tin and the city of Buenos Aires.                        depth and hues, ambiguities and contradictions.
                     Martin and Mariana live across from each other on        The story changes in exactly the same way as the
                     the same block, but never meet. They pass each           city that serves as its scenario: Buenos Aires. Some of
                     other, not knowing about the other’s existence. She      the scenes wither away, while others bloom.
                     goes up the stairs as he goes down the stairs; he        The tree is strong and leafy. The fruit is ripe, brilliant
                     gets on the bus just as she gets off the bus. They are   and tasty.
                     at the same video club, but a video rack separates
                     them; they are sitting in the same row at the cinema,    World premiere Berlin International Film Festival
                     but the room is dark. The city brings them together,     2010, Official Programme, Panorama
                     and, at the same time, keeps them apart.
                                                                              Rights sold to Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Chile,
                     Director’s note MEDIANERAS is a short film that          Germany, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay
                     received 40 awards worldwide – a short film with a
                     feature film hidden inside. Our aim was to bring the     Festivals Berlin International Film Festival 2011
                     feature to light.
                     In the film “El sol del Membrillo” (“Quince Tree of
                     the Sun”), Victor Erice reflects upon, among other
                     things, Antonio López’s obsession with painting
                     the tree that he had planted and seen growing in
                     his garden. The tree changes with to the passing of
                     time, the seasons, and especially with the shades        Director: Gustavo Taretto
                     of light.                                                Producers: Rizoma Films (Argentina),
                     MEDIANERAS is my tree. I planted it over 4 years ago,    Pandora Film (Germany with the Support of Filmstif-
                                                                              tung NRW), Morena Films (Spain)
                     and I’ve been watching it grow since then. Following
                                                                              German WCF partner: Pandora Film
                     the analogy with the painting, the short film unveils    World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
                     the gesture in the stroke, the artist’s palette, the
                     trunk which holds it in place, the main branches and     Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2008
                     the colour of its leaves. Now, with the feature, comes   Funding amount: 50.000 €
80 — 81
ThE SKY, ThE                                                                                                            ChILE
                                                                                                                                    2008
EaRTh aND ThE
RaIN
EL CIELO, LA TIERRA Y LA LLUVIA
                                  Synopsis The life of four solitary persons that live
                                  throughout the routine and silence in the south.
                                  They gather to eat, stroll by the beach, be transported
                                  in the ferry or simply carry along each other without
                                                                                            American Film Festival 2008; Sydney International
                                                                                            Film Festival 2008; Midnight Sun Film Festival
                                                                                            2008; Munich International Film Festival 2008;
                                                                                            Bratislava Artfilm 2008; Jerusalem International
                                  saying a word. To a certain extent, they attempt to       Film Festival 2008; Sydney International Film Fes-
by José Luis Torres Leiva         save themselves in a silent, furtive, extreme manner.     tival 2008; Warsaw New Horizons 2008; Durban
                                  They search for love, sex, non-existent family ties,      International Film Festival 2008; Brisbane Interna-
                                  private space and time not only to detach from the        tional Film Festival 2008; Locarno International Fim
                                  solitude that intimately constitutes them but rather,     Festival 2008; Lima Film Festival 2008; New York
                                  to finally find themselves. An absolutely visual, atmo-   Latin Beat 2008; AFI Latin American 2008; Festival
                                  spheric movie where human being and landscape             de Rio de Janeiro 2008; Vladivostok Film Festival
                                  fuse. Solitude and isolation portrayed not as a neg-      2008; Bogota Bogociné 2008; Montreal Nouveau
                                  ative consequence, but as an internal process of          Cinéma 2008; Quito Film Festival 2008; Chica-
                                  learning.                                                 go International Film Festival 2008; London Inter-
                                                                                            national Film Festival 2008; World Film Festival of
                                  World premiere Rotterdam International Film Fes-          Bangkok 2008; Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
                                  tival 2008, Competition                                   2008; Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2008;
                                                                                            Gijon International Film Festival 2008; Bratislava
                                  Awards Fipresci Prize, Rotterdam International Film       International Film Festival 2008; CINEUROPA Santi-
                                  Festival 2008; Special Jury Prize, The Jeonju Interna-    ago de Compostela 2008; Adelaide Film Festival
                                  tional Film Festival 2008; Best Film, FICCO Mexico        2009
                                  2008

                                  Rights sold to Belgium, Luxembourg, The Nether-           Director: José Luis Torres Leiva
                                  lands                                                     Producers: Jirafa Films (Chile), Charivari Films
                                                                                            (France), Rommel Film (Germany)
                                                                                            German WCF partner: Rommel Film
                                  Festivals The Jeonju International Film Festival          Word sales: Memento Films International (France)
                                  2008, FICCO Mexico 2008, Transilvania Interna-
                                  tional Film Festival 2008; BAFICI 2008; Bucharest         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2006
                                  Film Festival 2008; Paris Cinema 2008; Warsaw Latin       Funding amount: 40.000 €
82 — 83
                                                                                                  KazaKhSTaN
                                                                                                                                             2008



                                           Synopsis Ivan is Russian and his neighbour Assan       Festivals (selection) Eurasia Film Festival 2008;
                                           is Kazakh. They live next door to each other in a      Pusan International Film Festival 2008, Film Festi-
                                           small Kazakh Village. When Ivan’s wife gives birth     val Cottbus 2008; Asiaticafilmmediale Rome 2008;
                                           to a “brown” boy, Ivan suspects that she has been      Nantes Festival des 3 Continents 2008; Rotterdam
                                           cheating on him with Assan. This conflict remains      International Film Festival; International Love Film
                                           between the families over the years to come. Father    Festival Mons 2009; Vesoul, Festival of Asian Film
                                           and son similarly agonise over their alienation from   2009; Cinema Novo Festival Brügge 2009; Festival
                                           one another. Meanwhile the disheartened Assan          of Asian Cinema 2009; International Film Festival
                                           withdraws further and further.                         Hong Kong 2009; Granada Film Festival Cines Del
                                           Finally Ivan sets off to see his grandfather on the    Sur 2009; Sarajevo Film Festival 2009; Copenha-
                                           other side of the border and discovers the history     gen Film Festival 2009; Cannes International Film
                                           of his family. Ivan learns that generations ago his    Festival – Les Cinemas du Monde (Market Screen-
                                           family had nomadic ancestors, which could account      ing) 2009; Jerusalem Film Festival 2009; St. George
                                           for the appearance of the son he belived not to be     Brisbane International Film Festival 2009; New Zea-
                                           his. Assan also disappears to roam aimlessly through   land International Film Festival 2009; Split Film Fes-
                                           Mongolia. He reaches the Southern Seas and finally     tival, Croatia 2009; Calcutta International Film Festi-
                                           comes to terms with the world and finds peace with     val 2009; Antalya Film Festival 2009
                                           himself.



          SONG fROM ThE
                                           In the end one thing is clear: after generations of
                                           love and hatred they are all somehow related to
                                           each other, Russians with Kazakhs, Christians with
                                           Muslims, Europeans with Asians.



          SOUThERN SEaS
               PESNI JUZhNYKh MOREJ
                                           World premiere Eurasia Film Festival, September
                                           2008

                                           Awards Prize for the Best Lead Actress, Eurasia
                                                                                                  Director: Marat Sarulu
                                                                                                  Producers: Kino Company (Kazakhstan), Rohfilm
                                                                                                  (Germany), Kinoproba (Russia), Arizona Films (France)
                                                                                                  German WCF partner: Rohfilm

                                           Film Festival 2008; NETPAC Award, Audience Award,      Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in October 2005
                         by Marat Sarulu   Asiaticafilmmediale Rom 2008                           Funding amount: 80.000 €
84 — 85
ThE STOPLIGhT                                                                                   COLOMBIa
                                                                                                                                  2010
SOCIETY
LA SOCIEDAD DEL SEMáFORO
by Rubén Mendoza


                           Synopsis Stoplights are hell for the people forced         especially as I began my discovery of this world. Many
                           out of the countryside to beg in the city. One of          foreigners completely changed the course of their
                           them, Raul, a recycler alienated through his desire        destiny after passing through Colombia and be-
                           for absolute freedom and drugs, is set on using his        coming entangled in its streets.
                           cleverness to control the red traffic lights so that
                           the street artists and vendors working at the lights       World premiere September 22, 2010, Colombia
                           can perform longer. This resembles his chaotic ex-
                           istence which turns into an ode to anarchy, despair        Awards Prize of the Jury, Cali Film Festival 2010;
                           and insanity.                                              Price of the city of Amiens for best director, Amiens
                                                                                      Film Festival 2010; Prize of the Jury, Huelva Film Fes-
                           Director’s note I always insist, when introducing          tival 2010
                           this film, that it is not political. No more than it may
                           naturally be. It is not an attempt to redeem or ex-        Festivals Cali Film Festival 2010; Amiens Film Fes-
                           plain the Third World to the First. I am neither an        tival 2010; Festival de Cine Latinoamericano de
                           anthropologist nor a social worker. I am drawn to          Huelva 2010
                           stories through the revelations; I offer my head,
                           heart and eyes. I discovered a kind of social pyramid      Director: Rubén Mendoza
                           that existed among people living on the street, that       Producers: Día Fragma Fábrica de Películas
                           reproduces the one familiar to us, with all its easily     & Laberinto Producciones (Colombia), Ciné Sud
                                                                                      Promotion (France), El Baile Films (Spain), Dagstar
                           identifiable strata: traveling salesmen, jugglers, art-
                                                                                      Film (Germany)
                           ists, window washers, cripples and recyclers. The          German WCF partner: Dagstar Film
                           recycling world is generally linked to the world of
                           street drugs, especially crack or bazuco. I don’t feel     Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2008
                           I approached it with an apologetic or pitiful eye,         Funding amount: 50.000 €
86 — 87
SUELY IN ThE SKY
O CÉU DE SUELY
                                                                                                      BRazIL
                                                                                                                        2006
by Karim Aïnouz    Synopsis Young and pretty Hermila returns to her          Grand Coral – First Prize, Havana Film Festival 2006;
                   small town, her baby son in her arms. The big city        Winner of Golden Coral, Best Actress Award, Cuba
                   was fun, but it was too expensive. She’ll wait for her    Nuevo Cine Latino Americano 2006; Special Men-
                   husband to come and make a better life for them           tion, FIPRESCI Award for Best Latin American Film of
                   in the provinces. Hermila finds comfort back home         2006, Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2007
                   with her grandmother and aunt Maria. She quickly
                   falls into the relaxed local routine of dancing and       Rights sold to Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan,
                   having fun with friends. When she realises that her       Latin America, Switzerland, USA
                   young, irresponsible husband Mateus isn’t serious
                   about joining her, lonely Hermila renews a relation-      Festivals (selection) Venice International Film
                   ship with her old boyfriend João. But Hermila knows       Festival 2006; Toronto International Film Festival
                   there’s nothing for her here, no reason to stay. Just     2006; Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2006;
                   odd jobs washing cars or selling raffle tickets for       Stockholm International Film Festival 2006; Thes-
                   bottles of whisky. And she has already learned her        saloniki International Film Festival 2006; Gijon Inter-
                   lesson about running off for love and depending           national Film Festival 2006; Bratislava International
                   on a man. Hermila takes inspiration from her friend       Film Festival 2006; Cuba Nuevo Cine Latino Ameri-
                   Georgina, a prostitute and decides to raffle herself      cano 2006; Rotterdam International Film Festival
                   off for one time only. She’ll get the funds neces-        2007; Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2007;
                   sary to leave town and the holder of the winning          Brugge Cine Novo 2007; Hong Kong International
                   ticket will get “A Night in Paradise”. For her surpris-   Film Festival 2007; Istanbul International Film Fes-
                   ing scheme, Hermila adopts the name Suely, the            tival 2007; Durban International Film Festival 2007;
                   name that will give her freedom, take her to the sky,     Jerusalem International Film Festival 2007; Bangkok
                   and beyond.                                               International Film Festival 2007; Sarajevo Film Festi-
                                                                             val 2007
                   World premiere Venice International Film Festival
                   2006, Orizzonti                                           Director: Karim Aïnouz
                                                                             Producers: Videofilmes and Fado Filmes (Brazil),
                                                                             Celluloid Dreams (France)
                   Awards (selection) Winner of the FIPRESCI Award,
                                                                             German WCF partner: Shotgun Pictures
                   Best Screenplay Award and Artistic Achieve-               World sales: Celluloid Dreams (France)
                   ment Award, Thessaloniki Film Festival 2006; Best
                   Film, Best Director and Best Actress, Rio de Jan-         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
                   eiro International Film Festival 2006; Best Actress,      Funding amount: 25.000 €
88 — 89
UNCLE BOONMEE                  See also Distribution Support
                                                                                                   ThaILaND
                                                                                                                                  2010
WhO CaN RECaLL
hIS PaST LIVES
LOONG bOONMEE RALEUK ChAT
                               Synopsis Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle
                               Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days sur-
                               rounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Sur-
                               prisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to
                                                                                       Norway, Benelux, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Eslovenia,
                                                                                       Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic,
                                                                                       Slovakia, Hungary, Baltic States, CIS, Greece, Turkey,
                                                                                       Syria, Israel, Canada, USA, South America, Brazil,
                               care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a   Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore,
by Apichatpong Weerasethakul   non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his       Taiwan, Australia / New Zealand
                               illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his
                               family to a mysterious hilltop cave – the birthplace    Festivals (selection) Cannes International Film
                               of his first life …                                     Festival 2010; Sydney International Film Festival
                                                                                       2010; Munich International Film Festival 2010; Jeru-
                               Director’s note A few years ago I visited a temple      salem International Film Festival 2010; Melbourne
                               near my home and a monk there gave me a little          International Film Festival 2010; Sarajevo Interna-
                               book called “A Man who Can Recall his Past Lives.”      tional Film Festival 2010; Toronto International Film
                               In it, the monk wrote about Boonmee, who could          Festival 2010; New York International Film Festival
                               recall his multiple lives in the cities of the north-   2010; Sitges International Film Festival 2010; Lon-
                               east. The book is an inspiration for this film and an   don International Film Festival 2010; Viennale 2010;
                               installation, which, like my other films, focuses on    Sao Paolo International Film Festival 2010; Tallinn
                               memory. During this time when rapid annihilation        Black Nights International Film Festival 2010; Tokyo
                               processes of everything from species to cultures        Filmex 2010; Dubai International Film Festival 2010;
                               have become commonplace, it is important to sim-        Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2010
                               ply remember.

                               World premiere Cannes International Film Festival       Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
                               2010, Competition                                       Producers: Kick The Machine Films (Thailand),
                                                                                       Illuminations Films (UK); The Match Factory
                                                                                       (Germany)
                               Awards Palme d’Or 2010, Cannes International Film
                                                                                       German WCF partner: The Match Factory
                               Festival                                                World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

                               Rights sold to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK,       Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in October 2008
                               France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Sweden,        Funding amount: 60.000 €
90 — 91
WaTER aND SaLT
AGUA Y SAL
                                                                                  aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                         2010
by Alejo Taube   Synopsis Biguá (35) is a fisherman, and he has just
                 found out that his new girlfriend Milena (17) is
                                                                            ages to make her smile. They spend all afternoon
                                                                            together. Milena doesn’t want to give her baby up for
                 pregnant. Though he doesn’t seem very enthusiastic,        adoption. Javier understands and promises to help
                 they plan to get married. He has an opportunity to         her. In that precise moment, Milena breaks water.
                 earn good money working for a Taiwanese factory            They both rush to the hospital. Javier stays there
                 ship. He decides to take the job and sets off on the       until Milena delivers her baby; then he leaves. The
                 open sea. The daily work out in the ocean is shared        night finds him alone, driving his car on his way back
                 with some twenty other men, each with their own            to Buenos Aires.
                 goals and life stories, each eager to tell about them.
                 All except for Biguá, who keeps a low and laconic          Director’s note Can a film convey the mystery of
                 profile. One night, after having one too many drinks       life and death, as well as the desire to transcend and
                 and while warming up to his new friends, Biguá             keep alive a dream, despite the ephemeral nature
                 accidentally falls into the sea. Deep in the waters, a     of our existence? Can it uncover the subtle thread
                 scuba diver rescues him and they head back inland          that connects us? I believe it can’t. However, a film
                 in a small wooden boat full of tourists.                   can tell a story, just like an emotional trip. And guide
                 Only now he is Javier (35), physically identical to        us through the imagined life of two men, almost
                 Biguá, but another man. He is a successful financial       different. These men knit a story, it doesn’t matter if
                 businessman on holidays with his wife, Micaela (33),       it’s a fictional story. It would deserve to be true.
                 when he has an accident. The shock leaves him
                 somewhat disturbed. On their way back to Buenos            World premiere Festival Internacional de Cine de
                 Aires, the couple receives tough news: Micaela is          Mar del Plata 2010
                 sterile. The maid tells Micaela about a relative of hers
                 living in Mar del Plata: a pregnant girl whose boy-        Rights sold to Argentina, Germany
                 friend disappeared in a Korean ship. She is thinking
                 about giving the baby up for adoption. Javier and Mi-      Festivals Mar del Plata International Film Festival
                 caela travel to Mar del Plata. But Micaela simply can’t    2010
                 face Milena, the teenage mother; so she decides to
                 return to Buenos Aires. Javier decides to stay and         Director: Alejo Taube
                                                                            Producers: Ruda Cine (Argentina), Pandora Film
                 visit Milena in her humble house. She doesn’t talk to
                                                                            (Germany)
                 anybody and stays in bed all day. Since her boy-           German WCF partner: Pandora Film
                 friend’s disappearance, she’s been in a state of
                 despair and abandonment. Javier invites her to go          Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2007
                 for a ride in his car and to get a coffee, and even man-   Funding amount: 50.000 €
92 — 93
ThE WIND                                                                                     COLOMBIa
                                                                                                                              2009
jOURNEYS
LOS VIAJES DEL VIENTO
                        Synopsis Ignacio Carrillo traveled all his life
                        throughout the villages and regions of northern
                        Colombia, carrying music and traditional songs on
                        his accordion: a legendary instrument that is said to
                                                                                    Together with Ignacio and Fermín, two wanderers
                                                                                    in search of something they need, but can’t under-
                                                                                    stand.
                                                                                    Together with them in the discovery of a new world,
                        be cursed because it once belonged to the devil. As         of new adventures, of a new soul. Everything seen
by Ciro Guerra          he grew older, he married and settled with his wife         with the splendour of a land, our land, that still re-
                        in a small town, leaving his nomadic life behind.           mains unknown even to us. And at the end: the be-
                        When she suddenly dies, he decides to make one              ginning. And another journey.
                        last journey to the northern edge of the country and
                        return the accordion to the man who gave it to him,         World premiere April 30, 2009
                        his teacher and mentor, so he will never play it again.
                        On the way, he is joined by Fermín, a young mixed-          Awards Winner, Un Certain Regard, Award of the
                        raced man who dreams of becoming a “juglar”                 city of Rome, Cannes International Film Festival
                        like Ignacio and of traveling all around playing the        2009; Golden Precolumbian Circle, Best film, Best
                        accordion like he did. Tired of his loneliness, Ignacio     director, Bogotá Film Festival 2009
                        accepts Fermin’s company.
                        Together they start the journey from Majagual,              Festivals (selection) Cannes International Film Fes-
                        Sucre, to Taroa, beyond the Guajira desert, discov-         tival 2009; Toronto International Film Festival 2009;
                        ering along the way the enormous diversity of the           Munich International Film Festival 2009; London
                        Caribbean, surviving all kinds of adventures and            International Film Festival 2009; San Sebastian In-
                        understanding the mix of cultures that gave birth to        ternational Film Festival 2009; Rio International Film
                        the music they play. Ignacio tries to convince Fermín       Festival 2009; Antalya Film Festival 2009; Mar del
                        to take a different path in his life, having learned that   Plata International Film Festival 2009; Damascus
                        his only led to solitude and sadness, but he has to         Film Festival
                        face the fact that destiny has different plans for him
                        and his pupil.
                                                                                    Director: Ciro Guerra
                        Director’s note This is the story of a journey. A jour-     Producers: Ciudad Lunar Producciones (Colombia),
                        ney toward the beginning, toward the spirit. Toward         Cine-Ojo Films (Argentina), Razor Film (Germany),
                                                                                    Volya Films (The Netherlands)
                        our soul. Toward the one thing that merged our
                                                                                    German WCF partner: Razor Film
                        white, native and black root into something unique.         World sales: Elle Driver (France)
                        Unique, like the music that was born. For centuries
                        we’ve asked ourselves: What keeps us apart? Now it          Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2007
                        is time to ask what brings us together.                     Funding amount: 60.000 €
94 — 95
zION aND hIS                                                                                    ISRaEL
                                                                                                                 2009
BROThER
ZION VE’AChIV
by Eran Merav




                Synopsis The close relationship of 14-year-old Zion
                and his older brother reaches a critical point after
                they cause a horrible accident. Against the hum-
                drum backdrop of a dreary suburb in the Israeli
                port city of Haifa, the two brothers are challenged
                by tough questions of morality and loyalty, jeal-
                ousy and coming-of-age.

                World premiere Sundance Film Festival 2009, Com-
                petition

                Rights sold to France                                   Director: Eran Merav
                                                                        Producers: Norma Productions (Israel), MK2 (France),
                                                                        Tradewind Pictures (Germany)
                Awards Best Screenplay, Gent International Film Fes-
                                                                        German WCF partner: Tradewind Pictures
                tival 2009                                              World sales: MK2 (France)

                Festivals Gent International Film Festival 2009; Sun-   Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2005
                dance International Film Festival 2009                  Funding amount: 40.000 €
96 — 97
            PRODUCTION
               SUPPORT
PROjECTS IN PRODUCTION
                                                                                                         URUGUaY


                                Synopsis Rodolfo is almost 50. He is an odontolo-         ken up and that my whole life, determined by their
                                gist and likes to play soccer, something he does          divorce, had only been a dream.
                                very well. For the past 10 years he has lived with        That is how Rodolfo’s story began; finding himself
                                his second wife in a nice apartment. Rodolfo has a        empty and deciding to go back in time to the house
                                daughter from his first marriage, Ana, who has just       he had moved out of 10 years before. There he finds
                                turned 16. Ana lives with her mother, Graciela, who       the family he had left behind: a now adolescent
                                is in her forties, in a small old apartment.              daughter in the midst of a crisis and his ex-wife fac-
                                The film begins on the day of Ana’s sixteenth birth-      ing death and loneliness.
                                day. Rodolfo calls his daughter, like every other year.   THREE is a film about selfishness and the pursuit
                                It is a cold conversation, more awkward than loving.      of redemption. It is about growing up and about
                                That day Rodolfo returns to his apartment and goes        those moments in which, although unnoticed, our
                                to play soccer with his stepson. After the game,          personality takes a specific shape. It is a story about
                                sweating and dressed in his soccer garments, Ro-          second chances and the fear they awake, the fear
                                dolfo decides to visit his daughter. This is his first    of failure. The family of THREE suggests an unlikely
                                contact with Ana and Graciela in quite a long time        but possible balance, a place that might be phoney
                                and it marks his return to their lives.                   but is safe.
                                Little by little we will start finding out that Rodolfo   Just as in our other movies there is humour and dis-
                                is a stranger in his own house and feels that no one      comfort faced with daily absurdity. The unsaid can
                                needs him there anymore. The idea of approaching          be heard between the lines of everyday small talk.
                                Ana and Graciela, as if these last ten years were just    There is music, and this time, a little dance.
                                a simple holiday, seduces him.


           3 / ThREE
                                This is the small, tragicomic story of three charac-
                                ters. A strange yet ordinary group. Rodolfo, Graciela     Director: Pablo Stoll
                                                                                          Producers: ControlZ (Uruguay), Pandora Film
                                and Ana: a family.
                                                                                          (Germany), Rizoma (Argentina)
                                                                                          German WCF partner: Pandora Films
                    3/ TRES     Director’s note It all started after a dream I had:
                                what would happen if I woke up one day only to see        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2009
               by Pablo Stoll   my parents together telling me they had never bro-        Funding amount: 40.000 €
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40 DaYS Of                                                                      UzBEKISTaN
SILENCE
by Saodat Ismailova




                      Synopsis Bibicha, a young woman, suddenly re-            Aside from women’s issues, I want to explore the
                      fuses to speak. The reason for her vow of silence is     ideas of identity loss, deep human revaluation and
                      mysterious: will she get to the end of her pledge?       transformation in a society deeply rooted in Islam,
                      What would be the compromise between her wish            a society that was reshaped by communism and
                      and the family pressure? What will be the reward for     has recently become independent. How all of these
                      the challenging silence?                                 changes are reflected in female destinies, in their
                                                                               souls. This film intends to unveil and present an in-
                      Director’s note Chilla is a sacred ritual performed      timate portrait of four women from four different
                      in the key moments of life: birth, marriage, death,      generations, with different visions yet with the same
                      spiritual growth and is a vow for a crucially wished     problems.
                      desire. Following the idea of Chilla, and inspired by
                      the stories which are drawn from people close to
                                                                               Director: Saodat Ismailova
                      me, the four characters were shaped to present my
                                                                               Producers: Rohfilm (Germany), Petit Films (France),
                      vision of Uzbek women from past to present.              Volya Films (The Netherlands)
                      Bibicha, the main character, is the silent mirror that
                      reflects and exhorts other female stories to come        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2009
                      out.                                                     Funding amount: 70.000 €
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aRaf –                                                                                            TURKEY
SOMEWhERE
IN BETWEEN
by Yesim Ustaoglu
                    Synopsis ARAF – SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN is the
                    story of the lives of two young people caught in a
                    vacuum, Zehra (18) and Olgun (18). They both work
                    24-hour shifts in a big service station situated by a
                                                                             the end of a world that we are “familiar” with and
                                                                             stand on the edge of the “unknown”. We are not
                                                                             quite sure how to enter this “unknown” or of our
                                                                             feelings towards it. The system that we live in is
                    motorway. The place which they inhabit and work          sending out signals of alarm, yet we do not perceive
                    is a place of throw-away culture, constant change,       them.
                    and they themselves wait for the chance to change        ARAF – SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN is played out on
                    and escape from their empty, monotonous lives.           a global perspective but on a micro scale reflecting
                    One day, Zehra falls passionately in love with a lorry   those features particular to Turkey. The film portrays
                    driver, Mahur (38), who arrives at the petrol station    this concept by entering the lives of those who live
                    one winter, and the pairs’ lives are turned upside       in very average lives caught in both in nations cul-
                    down because of it. Zehra discovers her own body,        tural and their own personal: ARAF – SOMEWHERE
                    sexual powers and self-confidence through this           IN BETWEEN.
                    affair. Olgun notices this change in Zehra and is af-    For this reason the setting of the film in a roadside
                    fected by it, he starts to try more outlandish stunts    service station is strongly metaphoric reflecting the
                    inspired by those he has seen on TV, to make himself     transitory and constantly changing nature of this
                    a local hero, attract her attention and win her back.    cultural period. Similarly the principal characters
                    When Zehra learns that she is pregnant she tries to      are in a pupal stage of transition exsisting in the
                    protect her unborn child in a very conservative soci-    unknown within this world of shadowy, constantly
                    ety and she learns that only she can take responsibil-   fluid realities.
                    ity for this life and decide on its direction. Olgun’s
                    violent reaction instigated by his incredible disap-
                    pointment and wounded pride at this news causes
                    him to end up in prison. After some time though, he      Director: Yesim Ustaoğlu
                                                                             Producers: Ustaoğlu Film Production (Turkey),
                    learns the meaning of true love and selflessness.
                                                                             CDP (France), The Match Factory (Germany)
                                                                             German WCF partner: The Match Factory
                    Director’s note ARAF – SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN
                    reflects the world of today. A world where people        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2010
                    live in a kind of vacuum. It is as if we have come to    Funding Amount: 30.000 €
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BY ThE fIRE
SENTADOS FRENTE AL FUEGO
                                                                                                                           ChILE
by Alejandro Fernández Almendras




                                   Synopsis On four different days, in four different         The film is first and foremost a love story, but not in
                                   seasons, a man would give four different gifts to his      the classic sense, since it doesn’t deal with the highs
                                   dying wife. They live in a small house in the south        and lows, or the beginning or end of a relationship.
                                   of Chile. They are middle-aged and have no family,         It’s a love story because it tells the story of how a
                                   no kids. They are in charge of taking care of an           man tries in vain to fight death, and how simple,
                                   abandoned country club, miles away from the                everyday acts can be touched by the will to defeat
                                   landowner´s house.                                         the inevitable.
                                                                                              SENTADOS FRENTE AL FUEGO takes its name from
                                   Director’s note This film evolved slowly. It took          a poem by southern Chilean poet Jorge Teillier. The
                                   many years to be written and in that long process          image of the poet is that of an old couple seated
                                   allowed me to develop an idea that has always in-          beside the fire, seeing each other and remembering
                                   trigued me. The film deals with love and with how          the bygone years.
                                   that love can be tainted with “impurities” but still re-
                                   main being love, and even more so, a big and endur-
                                   able love. BY THE FIRE tells the story of a man whose
                                   wife is slowly and painfully dying. Her death leaves
                                   him deeply affected, lost and sad. Starting from that
                                   idea, based on a true story told by a local peasant
                                   during the research before the shooting of my first        Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras
                                                                                              Producers: El Remanso Cine (Chile), Pandora Film
                                   feature film, HUACHO, and from my closeness to life
                                                                                              (Germany)
                                   in the countryside since my childhood, I started to        German WCF partner: Pandora Film
                                   imagine this story, the story of the last months of
                                   the woman’s life and the desperate attempts of the         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2010
                                   man to fight death.                                        Funding Amount: 50.000 €
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ChNChIK
 by Aram Shahbazyan
                                                                                                 aRMENIa


                      Synopsis Chnchik is the nickname of a 24-year-             cow with her. A few days later, the villagers bring the
                      old lame, hunchbacked girl, a name that means              exhausted girl back to the village by force. A black
                      something puny and insignificant. In her village, no       stain is now marked on Chnchik’s gate, demanding
                      one can even remember her real name. The girl is           that the situation be resolved. Chnchik’s mortified
                      constantly teased and excluded from village activi-        mother confines herself to a room and refuses to
                      ties. One day, Chnchik tumbles down a slope with           come out. Meanwhile, Chnchik’s father executes her
                      a milk-jug on her back. Saro, a young villager of 19,      death sentence, using the same pick that he used
                      under the pretence of help, rapes her. Lusik is the        to kill Lusik’s cow. In this sleepy village, everyone
                      only one that notices Chnchik’s physical und emo-          pretends that nothing ever happened.
                      tional suffering. The lonesome Lusik is pregnant out
                      of wedlock, a village taboo. One day her fence is          Director’s note The village presented in the film is
                      marked with a black stain and she is forced to flee.       a microcosm, a model of a place where each of us
                      After Lusik escapes, the villagers throw stones at her     can find someone from our past, someone who lives
                      house and kill her cow.                                    among us. The villagers cannot endure the serious
                      Chnchik is sheperding goats in the mountain far            tribulations they face. Even those who attempt to
                      from the village when she meets a soldier, who is          overcome the challenges fail to find like-minded
                      doing his army drills. He captures the girl’s heart        individuals and end up judged by the masses them-
                      with his human compassion. For the first time she          selves. My goal with CHNCHIK is not to judge, but
                      experiences what it is to fall in love and gives the       to tell about unlived love and also about a freedom
                      soldier all her devotion and passion. Their moment         that was never able to stand on its own feet.
                      of love is brief: a helicopter takes the soldier away to
                      an unknown destination.                                    Director: Aram Shahbazyan
                      It’s winter and the all-knowing village healer is          Producers: Armna LLC (Armenia), Zero Fiction Film
                                                                                 (Germany), Ventura Film (Switzerland), Isabella Films
                      the first to discover that the girl is pregnant. Soon
                                                                                 (The Netherlands)
                      Chnchik’s parents and the entire village find out. At      German WCF partner: Zero Fiction Film
                      night, the village healer and Chnchik’s mother Maret
                      attempt in vain to induce an abortion. At dawn, in a       Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2007
                      blizzard, Chnchik escapes to the mountains, taking a       Funding amount: 50.000 €
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DEaTh fOR SaLE
by Faouzi bensaïdi
                                                                                          MOROCCO
                     Synopsis Tetouan, a city wedged between a hill              classicism, a pure linear narrative, fully assumed, sim-
                     and an imposing mountain. Malik, Allal and Soufi-           ple and direct, without any twists and turns … But
                     ane are three friends who live off small crimes. One        is genre, with its codes and characters, impervious
                     day, they decide to change their lives and their des-       to a deeper reality, a constantly changing present, a
                     tinies. They are going to rob a large Jewelry store in      world in transformation? Wouldn’t it be enough to
                     the city.                                                   add to the plot characters in streets teeming with
                     But soon, it turns out that their motivations for the       social tension, a loss of bearings, a shift in iden-
                     robbery diverge and set them against each other.            tity, a threatening extremism, a survival instinct that
                     Malik (26) unemployed, is madly in love with Dounia,        mutes into selfishness and overpowering individual-
                     prostitute in the nightclub. If he agrees to take part      ism until the situation blows up, the codes become
                     in the robbery, it’s surely to save her. Allal (30) is a    corrupt and the genre becomes “contaminated”.
                     tough guy, tall and strong. He doesn’t understand           Happily, yes.
                     how or why his best friend, Malik, is in love with          Three losers, three small-time crooks, dreaming
                     Dounia. If he wants to rob the jewellery store, it’s to     of a better life, of a future filled with freedom, love,
                     have the capital to become a major drug boss. To            money, belief and belonging, see this future tragi-
                     become one of the new powers in the city. Soufiane          cally and inescapably disappear before their eyes,
                     (18) is a high-school student who skips all classes ex-     revealing to all the cowardly acts, the betrayals and
                     cept for sports. Agile, fast, solid and a bon vivant, his   the pettiness of the human soul. They will realise, far
                     life changes radically one day. If he decides to take       too late, that they aren’t strong enough to live out
                     part in the robbery, it’s to kill the store’s owner. A      their dreams, that they don’t have the dimensions
                     city constantly under the weight of a low, heavy sky,       of the people they dreamed of becoming and that
                     three losers, a woman, a jewellery store, dreams of         they will pay a heavy price in their fight against the
                     more …                                                      powerful forces of money, greed, destiny, blind love
                                                                                 and the manipulation of faith …
                     Director’s note After WWW – WHAT A WONDERFUL
                     WORLD, a light-hearted film that teased and toyed
                     with the codes and conventions of genre cinema,
                     changing scales within the film itself in an attempt        Director: Faouzi Bensaïdi
                                                                                 Producers: Agora Film (Morocco), Entre Chien et
                     to bring film noir closer to farce, romantic comedy,
                                                                                 Loup (Belgium), Heimatfilm (Germany)
                     musical comedy, comic books and the pixelised im-           German WCF partner: Heimatfilm
                     ages of the net, I wanted to continue my explora-
                     tion of genre in DEATH FOR SALE , by focusing on            Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2010
                     characters and atmosphere, by moving towards                Funding Amount: 30.000 Euro
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I’M GOING                                                                                   aRMENIa
TO ChaNGE
MY NaME
ALAVERDY
                   Synopsis A neglected teenager struggles with her In Alaverdy, you can find a very big factory, railways,
                   blossoming sexuality and suicidal thoughts while a river, mountains and a funicular, which is Evridika’s
                   searching for the father she has never known.
                   Evridika will be 14 soon. Her mother Sona (36), is an
                                                                           favourite place to observe her town. In Soviet times,
                                                                           it was a huge factory, producing aluminium for the
by Maria Saakyan   attractive director of a 13-man choir performing Ar- whole country and the town was rich and abun-
                   menian sacred music.                                    dant. Now it’s nowhere, for no one. Factories were
                   They live in a small Armenian town next to a railway, destroyed and became a home for the ghosts, or a
                   but Evridika’s horizon is the fan site of a book, Coin “gate to another world” (this is the way Evridika ex-
                   Locker Babies by Murakami, where she’s registered       plains it to herself).
                   as “Anniko” and posts animations and poetry that There are still some inhabitants: some policemen,
                   she dedicates to her future prince.                     two schools, a theatre, a hospital. That ’s all. We add
                   When Pyotr (47), a man from Sona’s past, drives back one choir and it seems it could be true.
                   into her life in a red BMW, passion erupts again, and   In our film, there will be a lot of music and noises
                   Evridika feels completely estranged from her moth- and sounds; it could even be like a cacophony at
                   er. She is going to change her name as soon as she      times. But at the same time there will be the highest
                   turns 14.                                               harmony in the final concert sequence where Sona’s
                                                                           choir is performing a sacred liturgy by Komitas.
                   Director’s note This is a film about the feelings We are going to shoot the film with a lot of out-
                   of a 14-year old girl. Maybe not a film in traditional  door shootings and natural light. I want this film to
                   terms, but a kind of poem or song, words and imag- be a song about the time when you first discover
                   es that her mind is full of. Main heroes of this poem   yourself as a human being that has a body, that will,
                   are body and soul, music and chaos, a river and old some day, die.
                   factories, a girl and mother and also love and desire
                   like 14-year old Evridika understands it.               Director: Maria Saakyan
                                                                           Producers: Anniko Films (Armenia), Oscar Film (Den-
                   The place that we selected as a shooting location is
                                                                           mark), Flying Moon Filmproduktion (Germany)
                   a forgotten and very poor town. Alaverdy is situated German WCF partner: Flying Moon Filmproduktion
                   in Armenia near the Georgian border. We found this
                   place during pre-production of MAYAK (my first fea- Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2010
                   ture) and could not seem to forget about it.            Funding Amount: 50.000 €
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ThE LaW                                                                                                       ISRaEL
IN ThESE PaRTS
by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz


                           Synopsis THE LAW IN THESE PARTS is constructed           through time and observes the changing terrain
                           from ten to twenty chronological episodes based          and the transformations in language and politi-
                           on cases that were tried in military courts between      cal ideas. This condensed account of the forty year
                           1967 and 2007.                                           evolution of Israeli occupation and Palestinian resist-
                           Traveling through forty years of records of extra-       ance, seen from a new perspective, will hopefully
                           ordinary legal trials, archival images and revealing     provide viewers with a new understanding of the
                           personal recollections, the film will be the first       events and currents behind the formally accepted
                           documentary to open the Pandora’s box of the             landmarks of this painful piece of history.
                           Israeli military courts, expose the mechanism of this
                           alternative legal system and follow the changes and      Director’s note It is my hope that by observing
                           development of the system over the years.                the development of the military court system and
                           THE LAW IN THESE PARTS tries to unearth Israel’s le-     the effect it has on Israeli society, audiences all over
                           gal schizophrenia. This is accomplished by listening     the world will gain tools to contemplate the future
                           to the people who run the machine and have done          of this kind of path, the results that it might have on
                           so for the past forty years. Some of the individuals     their societies and the very relationship between
                           who came up in the military court system have be-        the terms legality and justice.
                           come prominent figures in Israel’s legal arena, others
                           moved as far from legal work as possible. They are all   Rights sold to Israel
                           normal Israelis who came to work – some willingly,
                           some without much choice – in an establishment           Director: Ra’anan Alexandrowicz
                                                                                    Producers: Belfilms (Israel), Zero Fiction Film (Germany)
                           that in essence manufactures thousands of years of
                                                                                    German WCF partner: Zero Fiction Film
                           Palestinian imprisonment on an ongoing basis.            World sales: Roco Films (USA)
                           By placing the words of the judges, defendants,
                           prosecutors and attorneys alongside images of            Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2007
                           the reality outside the courtroom, the film travels      Funding amount: 40.000 €
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                                                                                                           MOROCCO


                                        Synopsis Badia and Imane work in a shrimp pack-           Director’s Note ON THE PLANK is a film noir, which
                                        aging factory, a difficult and humiliating job. The       tries not to use the usual codes. It is neither a story
                                        strong odour of shrimp is so overpowering that            of romantic outlaws and magnificent landscapes, nor
                                        Badia scrubs her skin every day with buckets of rare      a combat between good and evil. It is the expression
                                        water. She perfumes herself with lies to wash away        of a specific cultural milieu, the story of the “debar-
                                        the shrimp smell and pretends to be someone else,         rins” (literally: those who are here), and of Northern
                                        for example a textile worker. Imane never refutes         Marocco at the start of the 21st Century. It is closely
                                        her, even in public.                                      linked to the societal desire to penetrate Europe at
                                        Badia, who feels that she embodies legitimate so-         whatever cost.
                                        cial defense, turns her daily existence into a crusade.   Badia’s physical resistance in the face of exhaustion
                                        She will do any work that presents itself, without        is impressive. She is incapable of resting: her fatigue
                                        guilt. She never feels like a delinquent: she doesn’t     keeps her away. She has gone beyond tiredness
                                        steal, she’s getting her payback; she doesn’t rob,        like one goes beyond boredom in prison. Badia
                                        she’s recovering her own: she doesn’t traffic, she’s      lives with no fear of collapsing or dying from it. This
                                        doing business; she doesn’t prostitute herself, she       is what attracts the other three characters, Imane,
                                        gets asked out; she doesn’t lie, she already is what      Asma and Nawal like magnets. They are witnessing
                                        she is. A “textile girl” or better. Badia and Imane       the performance of a living phenomenon.
                                        join up with Asma and Nawal, so-called textile girls
                                        who work in the textile industry in the Free Zone.
                                        They are pretty and frivolous, have spirit and enjoy
                                        what life has to offer. The girls work in the factory



           ON ThE PLaNK
                                        from dawn to dusk, through the night, chatting up
                                        men and committing burglary. They are exhausted,
                                                                                                  Director: Leïla Kilani
                                        and plan the robbery that will finally break the
                                                                                                  Producers: Aurora Films (France), Soco Chicco Films
                                        cycle of tiredness.                                       (Morocco)
                 SUR LA PLANChE         But Badia and Imane go one step too far in the eyes
                                        of Asma and Nawal, who pull back out of fear. Imane       Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2010
                      by Leïla Kilani   knows that she and Badia will fail.                       Funding Amount: 30.000 €
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                                                                                                                     BOLIVIa



                                     Synopsis In the San Pedro male prison of La Paz,           Director’s note OUT OF PLACE captures, through
                                     Bolivia, 1.500 prisoners coexist in a space originally     a technique of apparent explosive disorder, the
                                     designed for only 300 nuns.                                disturbing and mysterious place of the male prison
                                     There aren´t isolation cells. It is an open space in-      in La Paz, Bolivia. The film attempts to expose life
                                     side, where one circulates as if it were a small city.     inside the detention facility which does not adhere
                                     The businesses and services abound. The prisoners          to the traditional icons of prison as some inmates’
                                     make their living inside the enclosure as they would       wives and children live alongside the prisoners.
                                     outside. There is a strong self-organisation that          Despite physical marginalization and the punitive
                                     plans everybody’s lives. As if that weren’t enough,        prejudice that hovers over the inmates and their
                                     there are hundreds of women, wives of the inmates,         families, this unique coexistence alongside the ten-
                                     and almost 300 children, who choose to share cap-          ement architecture constructs an unexpected com-
                                     tivity. They are non-convicted beings that consent-        munity.
                                     ed to live behind bars for the sole purpose of pre-
                                     serving a united family. For two years, a cell of three
                                     by three is the home of a prisoner, his wife, and five
                                     of his eight children. Abraham (41), as soon as he re-
                                     alised that there were women living in the prison of



           OUT Of PLaCE
                                     San Pedro, called his wife Angélica (39), and his small-   Director: Diego Mondaca
                                     est children to endure confinement together. The           Producers: Manosudaca Videofilmes (Bolivia),
                                                                                                Pucara Films (Bolivia), Blinker Filmproduktion
                                     documentary will show the life of a family inside the
                                                                                                (Germany)
                                     jail of La Paz. The ambiguity of women and children,       German WCF partner: Blinker Filmproduktion
                 FUERA DE LUGAR      who can go out of the jail in which they live, will be
                                     shown completely. It will dilute the borders between       Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2009
                  by Diego Mondaca   the penitentiary interior and the life outside.            Funding amount: 30.000 €
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                                                                                                                                      ChILE

                                                 Synopsis Chile, 1983. The first street protests pose     supposed to appear. And, at the top, the magnetic
                                                 a dangerous threat to Pinochet’s military govern-        presence of Miguel Angel, who seemed to levitate
                                                 ment. The regime responds through a secret op-           in celestial ecstasy. Twenty five years had to go by
                                                 eration in order to divert public opinion. They pick     for the protagonists of this story to confess the ob-
                                                 a 14-year old street child called Miguel Angel, who      vious: a huge hoax, an elaborate manipulation of
                                                 swears he can see and talk to the Virgin Mary herself,   popular faith.
                                                 and they turn him into a pop prophet. His torment-       Miguel Angel, the illiterate orphan who kept gov-
                                                 ed face starts to be reproduced in all the media, and    ernment and church on tenterhooks for years, lived
                                                 in just a few weeks hundreds of thousands of peo-        his entire life as a passion. He was pulled out of
                                                 ple make a pilgrimage to Peñablanca, the village         the mud, anointed as prophet and adored by the
                                                 where Miguel Angel lives, to participate in ceremo-      crowd. Once in heaven, he sinned by lust and vanity.
                                                 nies where prophecies, stigmata, levitations and         It would be that same crowd that would pull him
                                                 miracles of all kinds are part of the usual routine.     down from his pedestal, humiliate him and make
                                                 During the period of the hoax, Miguel Angel himself      him to carry a heavy cross for the rest of his life.
                                                 goes through a deep transformation. From being a         This story, absurd and tragic, exaggerated and dark,
                                                 fragile and shy kid, he becomes a clever and capri-      reveals us as people in need of affection, recogni-
                                                 cious teenager who uses his “divine gift” to manipu-     tion, existence; ready to give in, without further
                                                 late his environment to his advantage. When the          questioning, to luminous promises – paradise, de-
                                                 church investigates and finally resolves to ban the      velopment, the football World Cup. Over and over,



           ThE PaSSION Of
                                                 cult of the Virgin of Peñablanca, the government         we wake up, ashamed of our atavistic naivety and
                                                 leaves the boy to his fate. Even if he tries hard to     cruelty.
                                                 keep his seat of honour, Miguel Angel cannot avoid
                                                 suffering a biblical fall: he is humiliated, abandoned



            MIChELaNGELO
                                                 and banished.                                            Director: Esteban Larraín
                                                                                                          Producers: Piranha Films (Chile), Tchin Tchin
                                                                                                          Productions (France), Cine-Ojo (Argentina),
                                                 Director’s note I was 10 when Miguel Angel (14)
                                                                                                          Oliver Röpke Filmproduktion (Germany)
                                                 began to see the Virgin. It was a time of political-     German WCF partner: Oliver Röpke Filmproduktion
               LA PASIÓN DE MIChELANGELO         protests. I remember the images on the television
                                                 showing those thousands of people forming end-           Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2010
                            by Esteban Larraín   less lines to reach the hill where the Virgin Mary was   Funding Amount: 40.000 €
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                                                                                                                      ISRaEL
                                  Synopsis Tamar is 35 years old, proud and pretty          ally abuses Noa, the younger one of the girls. Tamar
                                  and runs the village’s chicken farm. She no longer        finds out by chance.
                                  seeks redemption. Her behaviour is stuck. One man         Tamar relinquishes her motherhood, her woman-
                                  after another, a hand job, a blow job, and so on and      hood and her life. Shai relinquishes his freedom. The
                                  on. She is also the mother of two girls, Mika (12) and    girls remain lonely, raped and hurt. With a sealed fu-
                                  Noa (8). On a gloomy wintry day a sweet man arrives       ture and a hard lesson. A warning they can now pass
                                  in the village one who might comes to her rescue.         on to their own children …
                                  Shai, a 38-year-old handsome veterinarian, comes to
                                  the village in order to sell his dead mother´s prop-      Director’s note Sex, violence, religion, mother-
                                  erty. They meet. Shai, who hasn’t been to the village     hood, and the one thing which unites them all
                                  for years, is unaware that Tamar is still up to her old   together – guilt – are the primal resources of this
                                  behaviour. Quickly enough, he reveals her way.            film. By combining these “pornographic” elements,
                                  He doesn’t care. They fall in love. They become a         a story of a family where the sexual abuse is meta-
                                  couple rather quickly. He moves into his mother’s         phorically similar to a DNA thread will be told. This
                                  house, wishing to be as close as possible, the girls      cheerful sympathetic Israeli village setting for a jour-
                                  love him, he loves them back, and it all seems to be      ney where a man full of fear is having his ego shat-
                                  possible. Tamar stops her messing around. She gets        tered and a woman so lonely realises she can show
                                  pregnant, wishing to maintain this stability. But for     mercy and compassion only after destroying the
                                  Tamar it is not so simple to give up on her men …         good within the ones surrounding her. With a clear
                                  especially when they feel her drifting-away. Tamar        view, this film shows no victims and no desperate
                                  is lost. She starts alienating herself from Shai and      psychological motivations, just a physical animal-
                                  the girls, passing all domestic maternal responsi-        istic being.
                                  bilities over to Shai. And she goes back to her path,
                                  tempting her forsaken lovers to want her again –
                                  only this time she makes it for Shai to see. He sees.
                                  He forgives. Tamar can’t bear his forgiveness and
                                  she has an abortion. Shai neglects his sick animals
                                  and narrows his entire being to surrounding and
                                  protecting the girls. They grow closer and closer         Director: Hagar Ben-Asher




           ThE SLUT
                                                                                            Producers: Transfax Films (Israel), Sophie Dulac Pro-
                                  while Tamar flows further away. The intimacy be-
                                                                                            ductions (France), Rohfilm (Germany)
                                  tween Shai and the girls is growing. Tamar pays no        German WCF partner: Rohfilm
                                  notice. The thin boundaries between them become
                                  vague … Though not for Shai … who finds his erec-         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2009
             by hagar ben-Asher   tion to be as tangible as his repression. Shai sexu-      Funding amount: 50.000 €
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    SUPPORT
ajaMI
by Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti
                                   See also Production Support
                                                                    ISRaEL /PaLESTINE
                                                                                                                                        2009

                                   Synopsis Jaffa’s Ajami neighbourhood is a melting          ture Film Award (Golden Alexander), Best Screen-
                                   pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews,          play Award (ex aequo), Fischer Public Choice Award,
                                   Muslims and Christians. Back and forth in time, and        Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2009; Nomi-
                                   through the eyes of various characters, we witness         nation Academy Awards USA for Best Foreign Lan-
                                   how impossible the situation actually is … Sensi-          guage Film of the year, Gran Prize Boulder Interna-
                                   tive 13-years old Nasri and his older brother Omar         tional Film Festival 2010
                                   live in fear when their entire family is in danger after
                                   their uncle foolishly wounds a prominent clan mem-         Festivals (selection) International Film Festival
                                   ber. Naive young Palestinian refugee Malek works           Cannes 2009; International Film Festival Melbourne
                                   illegally in Israel to help financing the surgery that     2009; International Film Festival Toronto 2009; Hel-
                                   will save his mother’s life. Affluent Palestinian Binj     sinki International Film Festival 2009; Films Fra Sør,
                                   dreams of a bright future with his Jewish girlfriend.      Norway 2009; London International Film Festival
                                   Jewish policeman Dando and his family undergo a            2009; Sao Paolo International Film Festival 2009;
                                   frustrating search for his missing younger brother, a      Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2009; Van-
                                   soldier … The tragic fragility of human existence is       couver International Film Festival 2009; Sofia Inter-
                                   experienced in the enclosed community of Ajami,            national Film Festival 2010; Hong Kong Internation-
                                   where enemies must live as neighbours. No loca-            al Film Festival 2010
                                   tion expresses the dramatic collision of different
                                   worlds better.                                             Rights sold to Germany, Austria, UK, France, Spain,
                                                                                              Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Benelux, Serbia, Montene-
                                   World premiere Cannes 2009, Quinzaine des Réali-           gro, Croatia, Eslovenia, Bosnia, Poland, Hungary, Bal-
                                   sateurs                                                    tic, Greece, Canada, USA, Argentina, Colombia, Mex-
                                                                                              ico, Taiwan, Australia
                                   Theatrical release in Germany May 22, 2010
                                                                                              Director: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
                                   Awards Camera d’Or Special Distinction, Cannes             Producers: Inosan Ltd. (Israel), Twenty Twenty
                                                                                              Vision (Germany)
                                   International Film Festival 2009; Best Picture, Best
                                                                                              German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih
                                   Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best           World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
                                   Composer, Ophir Israeli Film and Television Acad-
                                   emy Award 2009; Sutherland Award, The Times BFI            Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2009
                                   London International Film Festival 2009; Best Fea-         Funding amount: 10.000 €
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aUTUMM
SONbAhAR
                                                                                                 TURKEY
                                                                                                                       2008
by Özcan Alper   Synopsis Yusuf is released from prison, where he
                 served a sentence since 1992. Ten years later he re-
                                                                           Awards Best Film, Special Jury Prize, Adana Golden
                                                                           Boll Film Festival 2008; The Art & Essay Cicae Prize,
                 turns to his village. Although he had six more years      Locarno International Film Festival 2008; Best Direc-
                 to serve, it was understood that he is terminally ill.    tor, Sofia International Film Festival; Best Film, Best
                 Tuberculosis. His health has worsened since he            Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinemato-
                 participated in hunger strikes against the prison. A      grapher, Ankara International Film Festival; FIPRESCI
                 doctor informs him about his condition and writes         Prize, Special Jury Prize; Best Music, Festival D’Angers
                 a report for him to be released. Only his old mother      Premiers Plans; Silver Prometheus, International Tbi-
                 is waiting for him in the village. His mother Rukiye      lisi Film Festival
                 is very ill. She has prayed to be able to see her son
                 again. In the village, where only old people are left     Festivals Adana Golden Boll Film Festival 2008;
                 because of economical reasons. Yusuf cannot tell          Locarno International Film Festival 2008; Sarajevo In-
                 anybody that he will die in a few months. He wakes        ternational Film Festival; Bangkok International Film
                 up with nightmares in the nights, runs out early          2008; Sofia International Film Festival 2008; Toronto
                 in the morning and listens to the voice of the val-       2008; Yerevan International Film Festival 2009; Inter-
                 ley waking up. The untuned voice of the bagpipes,         national Tblisi Film Festival 2009
                 which he used to play well when he was young,
                 goes along with these voices. He meets Elka who           Rights sold to Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic,
                 works in the pub. Elka, who tries to behave differ-       Poland, Eslovenia, Croatia, Moldova, Slovak Republic,
                 ently from normal, has to protect her soul despite        Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Ireland, Tur-
                 the network of relations she unwillingly entered in       key, Greece, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Iceland,
                 Elka meets Yusuf that night. After a while they fall      Germany, Macedonia
                 in love. In a night when autumn slowly turns into
                 winter, Yusuf cannot refuse his mother’s request of
                 playing for her and while an instrument starts its life
                 all over again he is buried on a day that whole valley
                 wears a white shroud … The Voice of the bagpipes
                 accompanies a mother’s lament for her son …               Director: Özcan Alper
                                                                           Producers: Kuzey Film (Turkey), Filmfabrik (Germany)
                                                                           German distributor: Filmfabrik
                 World premiere August 7, 2008, Locarno Film Fes-          World Sales: Media Luna New Films (Germany)
                 tival, Official Competition
                                                                           Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2009
                 Theatrical release in Germany March 4, 2010               Funding amount: 7.500 €
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BaMaKO
by Abderrahmane Sissako
                                                                                                                    MaLI
                                                                                                                             2006




                          Synopsis In a poor neighbourhood in Bamako,             Awards Winner of the Grand Prix du Public, Les
                          Mali’s capital city, Mele, a stunningly beautiful bar   Rencontres International Paris Cinéma 2006; Winner
                          singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka have a         of the Jury Prize, Carthago Film Festival 2006; Win-
                          marriage that is on the rocks. Around them, others      ner of the Jury Prize, Lumieres d’Afrique, Film Festi-
                          are not able to make ends meet. In the courtyard        val Besançon 2006
                          of their house, a trial court has been set up while
                          everyday life goes on.                                  Festivals Cannes International Film Festival 2006;
                          African civil society spokesmen have taken pro-         Toronto International Film Festival 2006; New York
                          ceedings against the World Bank, the International      International Film Festival 2006; San Sebastián Inter-
                          Monetary Fund, and other institutions that have         national Film Festival 2006; Pusan International Film
                          been responsible for bringing most African coun-        Festival 2006; Munich International Film Festival
                          tries to financial ruin. Many of these nations spend    2006; Viennale 2006
                          about ten billion dollars on debt service every year
                          while public services such as health and education      Rights sold to France, Germany, The Netherlands,
                          are neglected.                                          Switzerland, UK, USA
                          To make matters worse, privatisation of water,
                          schools and other aspects of life put further burdens
                          on the poor. So Sissako gathers lawyers, judges and     Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
                          witnesses to put globalisation itself on trial.         Producers: Mali Images (Mali), Chinguitty Films
                                                                                  (France), Archipel 33 (France)
                                                                                  German distributor: Kairos Filmverleih
                          World premiere Cannes International Film Festival       World sales: Les Films du Losange (France)
                          2006, Official Programme
                                                                                  Funded in October 2006
                          Theatrical release in Germany February 1, 2007          Funding amount: 8.000 €
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BOMBON −                                                                              aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                          2004
ThE DOG
bOMbÓN – EL PERRO
by Carlos Sorin




                    Synopsis Juan is unemployed and has to live with            Rights sold to Australia, Austria, Benelux, Bosnia,
                    his daughter, even though he is not actually welcome        Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France,
                    there. He keeps his head above water as best he can         Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italia,
                    by selling knives which he makes himself. He has            Japan, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, New
                    lost all hope that his life will ever get any better. But   Zealand, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Eslovenia,
                    then suddenly, when he becomes the owner of a               Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA
                    valuable dog – a Dogo Argentino – everything seems
                    to change …

                    World premiere San Sebastián International Film
                    Festival 2004

                    Theatrical release in Germany August 25, 2005               Director: Carlos Sorin
                                                                                Producers: Romikin, Guacamole Films, OK Films
                                                                                (Argentina); Wanda Visión (Spain)
                    Award FIPRESCI Award, San Sebastián International
                                                                                German distributor: Alamode Film
                    Film Festival 2004                                          World sales: Bavaria Film International (Germany)

                    Festivals San Sebastián International Film Festival         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2005
                    2004; Toronto International Film Festival 2004              Funding amount: 7.500 €
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CaRaMEL
 by Nadine Labaki
                                                                                           LEBaNON
                                                                                                                       2007



                    Synopsis A beauty salon in Beirut is the setting for      al Film Festival 2007; Variety Middle East Filmmaker
                    the sensual romantic comedy CARAMEL. The salon is         of the Year, Middle East International Film Festival
                    a lively and colourful microcosmos in which women         2007; Nominated for an Academy Award for the Best
                    meet to talk about what’s most important to them:         Foreign Language Film
                    how they look, the newest beauty treatments and,
                    of course, men.                                           Festivals Cannes International Film Festival 2007;
                    Layale, the owner of the shop, works there with           Toronto International Film Festival 2007; Copenha-
                    three colleagues. Outside of work, their everyday         gen International Film Festival 2007; San Sebastián
                    lives are ruled by their complicated love lives: Layale   International Film Festival 2007; Rio de Janeiro In-
                    loves Rabih, but Rabih’s married. Nisrine wants to        ternational Film Festival 2007; London Film Festival
                    get married, but how can she keep her future hus-         2007
                    band from finding out that she’s no longer a virgin?
                    Rima is attracted to women and Jamal doesn’t want         Rights sold to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bene-
                    to accept that she’s growing old. And then there is       lux, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Fin-
                    Rose, the tailor from next door, who sacrificed her       land, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ice-
                    life to take care of her elderly sister and unexpect-     land, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New
                    edly falls in love for the very first time …              Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa,
                                                                              South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,
                    World premiere Cannes International Film Festival         Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela
                    2007, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

                    Theatrical release in Germany April 3, 2008
                                                                              Director: Nadine Labaki
                                                                              Producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint (France)
                    Awards Sebastian Award, Youth Award, TCM-
                                                                              German distributor: Alamode Film
                    Audience Award, 55th San Sebastián International          World sales: Roissy Films (France)
                    Film Festival; FIPRESCI Award Stockholm Film Fes-
                    tival 2007; Black Pearl Award for Best Actress            Funded in January 2008
                    and the Ensemble Cast, Middle East Internation-           Funding amount: 12.000 €
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DaRaTT
by Mahamet-Saleh haroun
                                                                                                               ChaD
                                                                                                                            2006




                          Synopsis Chad 2006: The government has granted          Theatrical release in Germany March 2008
                          amnesty to all war criminals. Atim, 16 years old, is
                          given a revolver by his grand-father so that he may     Awards Grand Special Jury Prize, Unesco Award,
                          kill the man who killed his father. Atim leaves his     Venice International Film Festival 2006
                          village for N’djamena, seeking a man he does not
                          know. He quickly locates him: former war criminal       Festivals Venice International Film Festival 2006;
                          Nassara is now married and is the owner of a small      Viennale 2006; Rotterdam International Film Fes-
                          bakery. With the firm intention of killing him, Atim    tival 2007; ; Braunschweig International Film Festival
                          gets closer to Nassara under the guise of looking for   2007
                          work and is hired as an apprentice baker. Intrigued
                          by Atim’s attitude towards him, Nassara takes him       Rights sold to Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Swit-
                          under his wing and teaches him the secrets of mak-      zerland, UK, USA
                          ing bread. Over the weeks, a strange relationship
                          evolves between the two. Despite his disgust, Atim
                          seems to recognize in Nassara the father figure he
                          always needed, while Nassara sees the teenager as       Director: Mahamet-Saleh Haroun
                          a potential son and even suggests adoption. Never-      Producers: Chinquitty Films (France), Goi-Goi Pro-
                                                                                  ductions (Chad)
                          theless, Atim cannot forget his reason for coming. A
                                                                                  German distributor: Kairos Filmverleih
                          violent confrontation seems inevitable.                 World sales: Pyramide International (France)

                          World premiere Venice International Film Festival       Funded in January 2008
                          2006, Competition                                       Funding amount: 8.000 EUR
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DíaS DE                                                                                                     PERU
                                                                                                                       2004
SaNTIaGO
by Josué Méndez
                  Synopsis Santiago Roman, a rugged, 23-year-old            American Film Festival 2004; Transilvania Trophy,
                  soldier of the Peruvian Navy, returns home to Lima        Transilvania International Film Festival 2004
                  after years of fighting in the jungle. Combatweary
                  and searching for hope, Santiago is a member of a         Festivals (selection) Rotterdam International Film
                  lost Peruvian generation – his spirit scared by futile    Festival 2004; BAFICI, Buenos Aires International
                  wars with Ecuador and constant fighting against           Film Festival 2004; Toronto International Film Fes-
                  terrorists and drug traffickers. He quickly finds his     tival 2004; Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
                  native Lima an unwelcoming place – his army bud-          2004; Hong Kong International Film Festival 2005;
                  dies have taken to bankrobbing, the decadent club         Lima Latin American Film Festival 2004; Fribourg In-
                  scene offers only noise and lights; prospective em-       ternational Film Festival 2004; Valladolid Internation-
                  ployers won’t hire him, his applications for credit       al Film Festival 2004; Transilvania International Film
                  are refused. But worst of all, Santiago learns that       Festival 2004; Toulouse Latin America Film Festival
                  his friends, family and his young, professional wife      2004; Rencontres Internationales de Cinéma à Paris
                  have become decadent or distant – and that they           2004; Gindou Film Festival 2004; Nantes Festival of
                  are, each in another way, unable to understand him.       3 Continents 2004; Seattle International Film Festival
                  As his troubles converge in the film’s riveting climax,   2005
                  DIAS DE SANTIAGO asks the question of escape for
                  a discharged soldier, who returns home full of hope,      Rights sold to Chile, France, Germany, Peru, Swit-
                  but finds only disappointment and inner turmoil.          zerland, USA

                  World premiere Rotterdam International Film Fes-
                  tival 2004                                                Director: Josué Méndez
                                                                            Producer: Chullachaki Producciones (Peru)
                                                                            German distributor: W-film
                  Theatrical release in Germany December 8, 2005
                                                                            World sales: Mil Colores Media and Cachoeira Films
                                                                            (Germany)
                  Awards (selection) FIPRESCI Award and Grand Prix,
                  Fribourg International Film Festival 2004; Best Actor,    Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
                  BAFICI 2004; Best Actor and Critics Award, Lima Latin     Funding amount: 15.000 €
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DOL
by hiner Saleem
                                      KURDISTaN REGIONaL
                                        GOVERNMENT (IRaQ)
                                                                                                                        2007



                  Synopsis In Iraqi-Kurdistan the Kurds are celebrat-        Paulo Internacional Film Festival 2007; Durban Inter-
                  ing their autonomy. In contrast, there are still repres-   national Film Festival 2007; Brisbane International
                  sions in the Turkish and Iranian part of Kurdistan and     Film Festival 2007; Melbourne International Film
                  violent clashes between the Kurdish and Turkish            Festival 2007; The Montreal World Film Festival
                  military occur regularly.                                  2007; Seattle International Film Festival 2007; Kos-
                  Balliova, a small Turkish-Kurdish village near the Iran-   morama Trondheim International Film Festival 2007;
                  ian and Iraqi frontier, in the year 2005: the Turkish      London Film Festival 2007; Mostra internationale
                  army is trying to keep the conflict-torn area under        del nuevo cinema di Peraro 2007; Pusan Interna-
                  strict control. When this fails, the military harasses     tional Film Festival 2007; London Kurdish Film
                  the village population.                                    Festival 2007; National Geographic - All Roads Film
                  In spite of the constant presence of violence, Azad        Festival (Washington DC 2007, Los Angeles, San-
                  and his fiancée are dreaming about their future            ta Fe) 2007; Kurdish Film Festival in Sardenia 2007
                  wedding. During the ceremony, Kurdish songs are
                  performed to great dismay of the Turkish comman-           Rights sold to France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Iraq
                  dant who demands them to sing in the Turkish
                  language.
                  It all results in a fight where the groom Azad shoots
                  at the commandant, and thus must escape from his
                  village.
                                                                             Director: Hiner Saleem
                  World premiere Berlin International Film Festival          Producers: Hiner Saleem Production (Iraqi Kurdistan
                                                                             Region), Mîtosfilm (Germany)
                  2007, Official Programme, Forum
                                                                             German distributor: Mîtosfilm
                                                                             World sales: Mîtosfilm (Germany)
                  Theatrical release in Germany April 26, 2007
                                                                             Funded in October 2006
                  Festivals Berlin International Film Festival 2007; São     Funding amount: 8.000 €
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KICK Off                                   KURDISTaN REGIONaL
                                             GOVERNMENT (IRaQ)
KIRKUK
by Shawkat Amin Korki
                                                                                                                         2009




                        Synopsis Kirkuk, Iraq after the downfall of the         Awards Pusan International Film Festival 2009:
                        Saddam Hussein Regime: About 300 Kurdish, Arabic        New Currents Award Fipresci Price, Dubai Interna-
                        and Turkish Refugees have taken possession of a big     tional Film Festival 2009: Special Mentions
                        open air soccer stadium, hoping to return to their
                        destroyed homes as soon as the bombings outside         Festivals Pusan International Film Festival 2009;
                        have stopped. They all try to establish a normal life   Dubai International Film Festival 2009
                        in the stadium, ignoring the conflicts and the war-
                        like situations in the city around them. Asu lives      Rights sold Switzerland, Austria, South Korea, Ja-
                        here with his mother and his younger brother, who       pan, Germany
                        lost a leg from a landmine. Together with his friend
                        Sako, Asu wants to organise a soccer championship
                        for the Kurdish and Arabic refugee children. By this
                        means, he hopes to cheer up his brother and win
                        the love of a beautiful girl named Hilin.               Director: Shawkat Amin Korki
                                                                                Producers: Shawkat Amin Korki, Narin Film, NHK
                                                                                German distributor: Mîtosfilm
                        World premiere October 10, 2009, Pusan Interna-         World sales: Shawkat Amin Korki
                        tional Film Festival
                                                                                Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in 2010
                        Theatrical release in Germany February 10, 2011         Funding amount: 8.000 €
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GIGaNTE
 by Adrián biniez
                                                                                                URUGUaY
                                                                                                                            2009



                    Synopsis A supermarket security guard forms a                 World premiere February 2009, Berlin International
                    powerful fixation on the pretty cleaning woman                Film Festival
                    who scrubs the aisles during the graveyard shift in
                    this deeply personal tale of obsession and voyeur-            Theatrical release in Germany October 1, 2009
                    ism from first-time feature filmmaker Adrian Biniez.
                    When the sun goes down, Jara (Horacio Caman-                  Awards Winner of the Silver Bear (Great Jury Award),
                    dule) clocks in to monitor the security cameras at            Berlin International Film Festival 2009
                    a suburban Montevideo supermarket. The job can
                    be pretty dull at times, so in order to keep himself          Festivals Berlin International Film Festival 2009;
                    occupied, Jara often passes the time watching vid-            BAFICI 2009; Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2009; Sara-
                    eos, doing crossword puzzles, and playing music.              jevo Film Festival 2009; San Sebastian International
                    One night, as Jara glances at the monitors, pretty            Film Festival 2009; Toronto International Film Festi-
                    cleaning woman Julia (Leonor Svarcas) wanders into            val 2009; Viennale 2010; Thessaloniki International
                    frame and the portly security guard is immediately            Film Festival 2009
                    transfixed. With each passing day, Jara’s fixation on
                    Julia grows stronger, to the point where he eventu-           Rights sold to Germany, Argentina, Denmark, Bra-
                    ally begins following her outside of work, as well.           zil, Norway, Poland, The Netherlands, USA
                    Before long, Jara’s entire life is centred on Julia’s daily
                    routine; he watches as she lounges on the beach,
                    goes to a movie, and even as she meets with anoth-
                    er man. When rumours of layoffs begin circulating
                    around the supermarket and Jara discovers that Julia          Director: Adrián Biniez
                    is one of the workers about to be handed her walk-            Producers: Control Z Films (Uruguay), Rizoma Films
                                                                                  (Argentina), Pandora Filmproduktion (Germany)
                    ing papers, the smitten security guard must choose
                                                                                  German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih
                    between letting go of his obsession and laying bare           World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
                    his suppressed feelings for the object of his affec-
                    tions, or remaining silent and letting his one chance         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in 2009
                    at happiness slip away.                                       Funding amount: 10.000€
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hUaChO
by Alejandro Fernández Almendras
                                   See also Production Support
                                                                                                                             ChILE
                                                                                                                                            2009



                                   Synopsis On a long and eventful day, four members          Film Festival 2009; Middle East International Film
                                   of a southern Chilean peasant family (Pedro and his        Festival, Abu Dhabi 2009; Sao Paulo International
                                   wife Olga, their daughter Marta and their grandson         Film Festival 2009; Mumbai Film Festival; Festival
                                   Rodrigo) struggle to adapt to the changing world in        d’environnement de Paris 2009; Mar del Plata Film
                                   which they live in; a world where a gameboy or a new       Festival International Film Festival 2009; Thessaloniki
                                   dress can be as precious as a litre of milk or a glass     International Film Festival 2009; Bratislava Interna-
                                   of wine; where the boundaries between tradition            tional Film Festival 2009; Vina del mar Film Festival
                                   and modernity are quickly disappearing.                    2009; La Havana International Film Festival 2009;
                                                                                              Pune Film Festival 2009; Festival on Wheels Turkey
                                   Director’s note With a mix of candour, empathy             2009; Hong Kong International Film Festival 2010
                                   and simplicity, HUACHO depicts a day in the life of
                                   four members of a peasant family who live on the           Right sold to Chile, France, Germany, Switzerland,
                                   outskirts of the city of Chillán, in the south of Chile,   Austria, Singapore
                                   dealing with the many transformations of the life of
                                   the peasantry at the turn of the century.

                                   World premiere Cannes 2009, Quinzaine des Réali-
                                   sateurs

                                   Theatrical release in Germany Mai 19, 2011

                                   Awards Best Film, Viña del Mar 2009; Best First Film,
                                   La Havana International Film Festival 2009                 Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras
                                                                                              Producers: Jirafa Films (Chile), Charivari Films (France),
                                                                                              Pandora Film (Germany)
                                   Festivals Munich International Film Festival 2009;         German distributor: Kairos Filmverleih
                                   Jerusalem International Film Festival 2009; Toronto
                                   International Film Festival 2009; San Sebastian Inter-     Funded in January 2011
                                   national Film Festival 2009; Bangkok International         Funding amount: 5000 €
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ThE hUNTER
ShEKARChI
                See also Production Support
                                                                                                           IRaN
                                                                                                                    2010
by Rafi Pitts



                Synopsis Recently released from prison, Ali makes        Festivals Berlin International Film Festival 2010;
                the most of his return, amidst much talk of the up-      Hong Kong International Film Festival 2010; Edin-
                coming elections and promises of change. Despite         burgh International Film Festival 2010; Melbourne
                working nights, he tries to spend the most time pos-     International Film Festival 2010; Toronto Interna-
                sible with his beautiful wife and young daughter. To     tional Film Festival 2010; Viennale 2010; Sao Paolo
                escape the stress of urban living, Ali retreats to his   International Film Festival 2010; Mar del Plata Inter-
                favourite pastime of hunting in the secluded forest      national Film Festival 2010; Stockholm International
                north of town. Tragedy strikes and Ali´s wife Sara is    Film Festival 2010; Tokyo Filmex 2010; Torino Interna-
                accidentally killed in a police shoot-out with dem-      tional Film Festival 2010; Thessaloniki International
                onstrators. After a long and frustrating experience      Film Festival 2010; Dubai International Film Festival
                at the police station, Ali´s own search for his miss-    2010
                ing six-year-old daughter ends in horror and pushes
                him over the edge. In broad daylight, overlooking        Right sold to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK,
                the busy city´s surrounding highways, Ali randomly       France, Portugal, Italy, Benelux, Ex-Yugoslavia, Po-
                shoots and kills two policemen. After a high-speed       land, Hungary, Iran, Canada, USA
                car chase outside of town, Ali flees into the northern
                forest where he is captured by two police officers.
                Ali is resigned to his fate and watches quietly as the
                arguing policemen lose their way in the woods.
                Situations complicate and the line between hunter        Director: Rafi Pitts
                and hunted becomes difficult to define …                 Producers: AFTAB Negaran Film Production Institute
                                                                         (Iran), Twenty Twenty Vision (Germany)
                                                                         German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih
                World premiere Berlin International Film Festival        World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
                2010, Official Programme, Competition
                                                                         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in 2010
                Theatrical release in Germany April 8, 2010              Funding Amount: 10.000 €
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La LEÓN
by Santiago Otheguy
                                                                                      aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                             2007




                      Synopsis The Paraná Delta: surrounded by a lab-           Festivals Berlin International Film Festival 2007;
                      yrinth of waterways that meander through the lush         Sydney International Film Festival 2007; Paris Cinéma
                      wilderness, Alvaro lives a simple, lonely life harvest-   2007; ERA New Horizons Film Festival 2007; Ted-
                      ing reeds and going fishing. In this remote area of       dy Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2007
                      Argentina lost in time, Alvaro’s homosexuality and        (Special Mention); Torino International Gay & Les-
                      his love for books aggravates his isolation. The only     bian Film Festival 2008 (Best Feature Film); Huelva
                      link between this boundless territory and the city        Latin American Film Festival 2007
                      is the “El León” water-taxi. Its captain, El Turu, is a
                      violent and intolerant man. He feels threatened           Rights sold to Andorra, Benelux, Brazil, Canada,
                      by Alvaro’s difference and is set on harassing him.       Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Spain, USA
                      But El Turu’s scorn masks an inner turmoil …

                      World premiere Berlin International Film Festival
                      2007, Official Programme, Panorama

                      Theatrical release in Germany November 15, 2007           Director: Santiago Otheguy
                                                                                Producers: Polar Films (Argentina), Onyx Films (France),
                                                                                Big World (France), Morocha Films (Argentina)
                      Awards Special Jury Mention, TEDDY 21 Queer Film
                                                                                German distributor: Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH
                      Award, Berlin International Film Festival; Silver Colon   World sales: MK2 (France)
                      for Best Cinematography, Huelva Latin American
                      Film Festival 2007; Best Feature Film, Torino Interna-    Funded in February 2007
                      tional Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008                   Funding amount: 5.000 €
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LION’S DEN
LEONERA
                                                                                   aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                       2008
by Pablo Trapero   Synopsis Julia wakes up in her apartment, next to
                   the bloody bodies of Ramiro and Nahuel. Ramiro is
                                                                             without her, but in freedom. After several years in
                                                                             prison, Julia, grown accustomed to the prison en-
                   still alive; Nahuel is dead. Both have been, secretly     vironment, has become hard, a woman who must
                   and simultaneously, her lovers and one is the father      struggle to recover her freedom and that of her son.
                   of her unborn child.
                   Julia is sent to a prison housing mothers and preg-       World premiere Cannes International Film Festival
                   nant inmates. Two characters enter her life. One is       2008, Competition
                   Marta, a fellow inmate who becomes Julia’s guide
                   and counsellor; the other is Sofia, Julia’s mother, an    Theatrical release in Germany June 4, 2009
                   ambiguous character who Julia encounters again
                   after many years. Sofia attempts to repair the mis-       Awards Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best
                   takes of the past; she gets Julia a good lawyer, sends    Screenplay, Elcine First Prize (Best Film), Lima Latin
                   her baby clothes, and slowly re-establishes their         American Film Festival 2008; Best Art Direction,
                   relationship.                                             Special Jury Prize, Havana Film Festival 2008
                   The legal case involving the death of Nahuel has
                   two possible guilty parties: Julia and Ramiro, both in    Festivals Cannes International Film Festival 2008;
                   prison in different penitentiaries. Their testimonies     Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2008; Lima
                   are contradictory, one incriminating the other.           Latin American Film Festival 2008; Toronto Inter-
                   Julia gives birth to Tomas. She understands that          national Film Festival 2008; Helsinki Internation-
                   the only thing that matters to her is this new being      al Film Festival 2008; Reykjavik International Film
                   that accompanies her now. Julia decides to visit          Festival 2008; Havana Film Festival 2008
                   Ramiro. The events of the night of the crime remain
                   muddled for both, just as their feelings towards          Rights sold to Argentina, Spain, Brazil, France, The
                   each other. In the trial, Ramiro’s testimony will prove   Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Poland
                   crucial in determining Julia’s sentence.
                   Her friend Marta becomes her ally while her mother
                   Sofia becomes her opponent. Marta attempts to
                   teach her how be a mother to her child in the least       Director: Pablo Trapero
                                                                             Producer: Matanza Cine (Argentina)
                   appropriate place, Sofia wishes to take over the
                                                                             German distributor: MFA + FilmDistribution e.K.
                   child’s upbringing, so that he can grow up outside        World sales: Finecut Co., Ltd. (Korea)
                   prison, in freedom. The duel between Julia and Sofia
                   expresses the dilemma of what is better for the child,    Funded in December 2008
                   to be brought up in prison next to his mother or          Funding amount: 10.000 €
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LOST EMBRaCE
EL AbRAZO PARTIDO
                                                                                      aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                           2004
by Daniel burman    Synopsis Ariel’s world is a small, rather run-down
                    shopping centre in downtown Buenos Aires. All day
                                                                                Anonimul International Film Festival 2005; Best Film,
                                                                                Bangkok World Film Festival 2004; Winner of the
                    long one can hear the cries of Italian storekeepers,        Clarin Entertainment Awards – Best Film 2004; Best
                    watch Koreans selling feng shui articles or observe         Director, Best Film, Lleida Latin-American Film Fes-
                    Osvaldo, who can’t seem to shift any of his wares.          tival 2004; Silver Condor for Best Supporting Actress,
                    Ariel’s mother runs a women’s lingerie shop and             Argentinean Film Critics Association Award 2005;
                    his brother is in the import – export business. His is      Canal Plus Award 2003; Best Unpublished Script,
                    a cosy little world – albeit one without much of a          Sociedad General de Autores Españoles, Interna-
                    future.                                                     tional Film Festival Havana 2003
                    Many young people of Ariel’s age are busy tracing
                    their ethnic roots in the hope of obtaining the for-        Festivals (selection) Berlin International Film Fes-
                    eign travel documents that will open the doors to           tival 2004; Pusan International Film Festival 2004;
                    the big, wide world. Ariel’s interests, however, lie        Chicago International Film Festival 2004; São Paulo
                    elsewhere.                                                  International Film Festival 2004; Toulouse Latin
                    Ariel’s grandparents came to Argentina from Poland          America Film Festival 2004; NatFilm Festival, Den-
                    to escape the Holocaust; but Ariel wants more than          mark 2004; Wellington Film Festival, New Zealand
                    a Polish passport. What preoccupies him is why his          2004; Helsinki International Film Festival 2004;
                    father left the family to go and fight for Israel shortly   Warsaw Film Festival 2004; Bangkok World Film Fes-
                    after Ariel was born. And why did he never come             tival 2004; London Film Festival 2004; Wisconsin Film
                    back? Moreover, why does his father’s absence ap-           Festival 2005, International Film Festival Rotterdam
                    pear to be of little or no interest to his mother and       2005
                    his brothers? And then, one day, his father suddenly
                    appears before him. At long last, father can enfold         Rights sold to Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Colom-
                    son in a long-overdue embrace. And what’s more,             bia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands,
                    Ariel finally gets to hear the whole story …                Poland, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA

                    World premiere Berlin International Film Festival
                    2004, Official Programme, Competition                       Director: Daniel Burman
                                                                                Producer: BD Cine (Argentina)
                                                                                German distributor: Kinowelt
                    Theatrical release in Germany August 3, 2005                World sales: Bavaria Film International (Germany)

                    Awards Best Actor and Jury Grand Prix, Berlin               Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
                    International Film Festival 2004; Best Camera Award         Funding amount: 15.000 €
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MaDEINUSa
by Claudia Llosa
                                                                                                            PERU
                                                                                                                       2006




                   Synopsis The film is set in Manayacuna, a remote           Theatrical release in Germany November 9, 2006
                   village hidden in the rugged, windblown, moun-
                   tainously scenic Peruvian hinterland. The village has      Award Roberto Tato Miller Award, Best Latin Amer-
                   developed a distorted, idiosyncratic form of Catholi-      ican Film Feature 2006
                   cism over the years and decades: though there is an
                   ornate church, there is no priest. There are also no       Festivals Rotterdam International Film Festival
                   telephones, and the only link with the outside is a        2006; Sundance Film Festival 2006; Mar del Plata
                   talkative van-driver known as “the mute” who pays          International Film Festival 2006; Toulouse Latin Am-
                   regular visits.                                            erica Film Festival 2006; Malaga Film Festival 2006;
                   On one of such visits he brings a curious traveller        Seattle International Film Festival 2006; Edinburgh
                   from Lima: a photographer named Salvador (Carlos           Film Festival 2006
                   de la Torre) arrives in this world of poverty and opu-
                   lent religious rituals. Hitching from Lima to his job at   Rights sold to France, Germany, Switzerland, USA
                   a mine, Salvador is stopped by a flooded-out road.
                   Dumped in the small village, populated entirely by
                   Peruvians of Incan descent, outsider Salvador is im-
                   mediately jailed by the drunken townsman, because          Director: Claudia Llosa
                                                                              Producer: Wanda Visión (Spain)
                   of “Tiempo Santo”, until Cayo (Ubaldo Huaman), the
                                                                              German distributor: Kairos Filmverleih
                   mayor agrees to give him lodging in his barn.              World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

                   World premiere Rotterdam International Film Fes-           Funded in August 2006
                   tival 2006                                                 Funding amount: 10.000 €
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ThE MaN WhO                                                                                           BRazIL
                                                                                                                        2003
COPIED
O hOMEM qUE COPIAVA
by Jorge Furtado




                      Synopsis André works in a copy shop, whiling            national Film Festival 2003; Best Actor, Havana Film
                      away his time chatting with his colleague Marines,      Festival 2003
                      and drawing comics after work. He is secretly in
                      love with his neighbour Sylvia, but is too shy to ap-   Festivals Hamburg Film Festival 2003; Film by the
                      proach her. As he begins to counterfeit money, he       Sea Film Festival 2004; Paris Brazilian Film Festival
                      meets Marines’ boyfriend Cardoso. To escape their       2004; Toulouse Latin America Film Festival 2004;
                      drab lives, the four young people prepare to com-       Tbilisi International Film Festival 2005; ERA New
                      mit a bank robbery …                                    Horizons Film Festival 2005

                      World premiere Hamburg Film Festival 2003               Rights sold to Germany, Brazil, USA, Switzerland

                      Theatrical release in Germany September 1, 2005
                                                                              Director: Jorge Furtado
                      Awards (selection) Cinema Brazil Grand Prize: Best      Producers: Globo Filmes and Casa de Cinema de
                                                                              Porto Alegre (Brazil)
                      Director, Best Editing, Best Picture, Best Supporting
                                                                              German distributor: Kool Filmdistribution
                      Actor, Best Supporting Actress 2004; Best Film, São     World sales: Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre (Brazil)
                      Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards 2004; Elcine
                      Second Prize, Lima Latin American Film Festival         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in October 2005
                      2004; Winner of Silver Crow Pheasant, Kerala Inter-     Funding amount: 7.500 €
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ThE MILK Of        See also Production Support
                                                                                                             PERU
                                                                                                                         2009
SORROW
LA TETA ASUSTADA   Synopsis Fausta suffers from “the milk of sorrow”,         val 2009; Istanbul International Film Festival 2009;
by Claudia Llosa   an illness transmitted through mother’s milk by            Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2009; Mel-
                   women who have been violated or mistreated dur-            bourne International Film Festival 2009; Vancouver
                   ing the war of terrorism in Peru. The war has ended,       International Film Festival 2009; London Interna-
                   but Fausta lives to remind of it because “the illness      tional Film Festival 2009; AFI Fest LA 2009; Thessa-
                   of fear” stole her soul.                                   loniki International Film Festival 2009; Tokyo Filmex
                   Now, her mother’s sudden death forces her to con-          2009; Dubai International Film Festival 2009; Festival
                   front her fears and the secret that is hidden inside       de Cinema de Gramado 2009; Festival du Nouveau
                   of her: she has inserted a potato into her vagina to       Cinéma Montreál 2009; Palm Springs International
                   serve as a protective shield that repels disgusting        Film Festival 2010; Durbon International Film Festival
                   intruders.                                                 2010
                   THE MILK OF SORROW is the story of a search for re-
                   awakening, a journey from fear to freedom.                 Rights sold to Italy, Portugal, France, Ex-Yugoslavia,
                                                                              Norway, Poland, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Central
                   World premiere Berlin International Film Festival          America, Latin Amerika, Israel, Denmark, Sweden,
                   2009, Official Programme, Competition                      Austria, BeNeLux, Syria, Cuba, Taiwan, Canada,
                                                                              Greece, Germany, Hungary, Dominican Republic,
                   Awards Golden Bear for the Best Film, Berlin In-           Puerto Rico, Mexico, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Por-
                   ternational Film Festival 2009; Best Ibero-American        tugal
                   picture, Guadalajara International Film Festival 2009;
                   Best Film Award, Best Director Award, Best Actress
                   Award, Best Film Award of the Film Students Jury,
                   Festival de Cinema de Gramado 2009; Acting Award,          Director: Claudia Llosa
                   Best actor in a feature film in the International Selec-   Producers: Wanda Vision and Oberon Cinemato-
                   tion, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreál 2009;            gráfica (Spain), Vela Films (Peru), The Match Factory
                                                                              (Germany)
                   Nomination Academy Awards USA for Best Foreign
                                                                              German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih
                   Language Film 2010                                         World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

                   Festivals (selection) Berlin International Film            Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2009
                   Festival 2009; Guadalajara International Film Festi-       Funding amount: 10.000 €
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MOOLaaDé
by Ousmane Sembène
                                                                                               SENEGaL
                                                                                                                          2004




                     Synopsis The film is a parable about the tradition         Film Festival 2005; Pusan International Film Festival
                     of genital mutilation of young girls in Africa as well     2004; BAFICI, Buenos Aires International Film Festi-
                     as the courageous battle of young women against            val 2005; Chicago International Film Festival 2004;
                     the current use of this ritual. Four girls who refuse to   Hong Kong International Film Festival 2005; London
                     subject themselves to the practice seek protection         Film Festival 2004; La Rochelle Film Festival 2004;
                     with a strong-willed woman who had protected her           Brussels Cinédécouvertes Film Festival 2004; Paris
                     own daughter from genital mutilation. When other           Quinzaine du Cinéma Francophone 2004; New York
                     inhabitants of the village and their relatives want        Film Festival 2004; Milwaukee International Film Fes-
                     to force her to hand over the girls, she invokes the       tival 2004; Amiens International Film Festival 2004;
                     timehonoured practice of “Moolaadé”, which offers          Marrakech International Film Festival 2004; Reykjavik
                     inviolable shelter and refuge. Even when the mar-          International Film Festival 2005; Los Angeles Pan Af-
                     riage of her own daughter is endangered by her             rican Film Festival 2005
                     courageous conduct, she sticks to her position.
                                                                                Rights sold to Austria, France, Germany, The Neth-
                     World premiere Cannes International Film Festival          erlands, Switzerland, USA
                     2004, Official Programme, Un Certain Regard

                     Theatrical release in Germany May 11, 2006

                     Awards Prix Un Certain Regard, Cannes International
                     Film Festival 2004; Jury Award, Los Angeles Pan Afri-      Director: Ousmane Sembène
                     can Film Festival 2005; Best Foreign Language Film,        Producers: Filmi Domireew (Senegal), Ciné-Sud
                                                                                (France)
                     National Society of Film Critics, USA 2005
                                                                                German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih
                                                                                World sales: Wide Management (France)
                     Festivals (selection) Cannes International Film Fes-
                     tival 2004; Toronto International Film Festival 2004;      Funded in February 2006
                     Telluride Film Festival 2004; Rotterdam International      Funding amount: 15.000 €
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OCTUBRE
 by Daniel und Diego Vega
                                                                                                                        PERU
                                                                                                                                    2010




                            Synopsis Clemente, an extremely quiet pawnbro-               Festivals (Selection) Cannes International Film
                            ker, is Sofia´s hope to avoid solitude. Being his neigh-     Festival 2010; Karlovy, Vary International Film Festi-
                            bour and a single woman, she spends her days as an           val 2010; Odessa Film Festival 2010; Motovun
                            October worshipper of the Lord of the Miracles. One          Film Festival 2010; SANFIC 2010; Toronto Interna-
                            day, Clemente is left with a newborn baby. While he          tional Film Festival 2010; Pacific Meridien Vladi-
                            looks for the baby´s mother, a prostitute, Sofia joy-        vostok International Film Festival 2010; San Sebas-
                            fully starts taking care of this baby in Clemente´s          tian International Film Festival 2010; Riga “Arsenals”
                            house. Clemente will thus discover emotional at-             2010; Beirut International Film Festival 2010
                            tachments he never had.
                                                                                         Rights sold to Germany, France
                            World premiere Cannes International Film Festival
                            2010, Un Certain Regard

                            Theatrical release in Germany October 10, 2010
                                                                                         Director: Daniel und Diego Vega
                                                                                         Producers: Maretazo Cine (Peru)
                            Awards Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2010; Jury Prize,
                                                                                         German distributor: Neue Visionen Film Verleih
                            Odessa Film Festival 2010; Special Jury Price, Moto-         World Sales: UMedia Distribution (France)
                            vun Film Festival 2010; Best Film, Pacific Meridien Vladi-
                            vostok International Film Festival 2010; Best Actor          Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in 2010
                            Award for Carlos Gassols                                     Funding Amount: 7.000 €
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ThE ONE MaN                                                                                  LEBaNON
                                                                                                                         2008
VILLaGE
 SEMAAN bIL DAY’IA   Synopsis Semaan is leading a quiet life on his farm        Tunis; Visions du Réel Nyon; Special Screening Euro-
 by Simon El-habre   in the small village of Ain al-Halazoun in the Leba-       doc; Minneapoli / St. Paul International Film Festiv-
                     nese mountains. The hamlet was completely emp-             al; Jeonju International Film Festival; Edinburgh In-
                     tied and destroyed in combats during the civil war         ternational Film Festival; Golden Apricot Film Fes-
                     in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990. Today, many              tival Yerevan; FID Marseille; Mediteran Film Festival;
                     years after an official reconciliation, its inhabitants,   Split International Film Festival for New Media; Van-
                     who are all from one family, regularly go back to the      couver International Film Festival; Mediterranean
                     village to cultivate their plots of land or visit their    Film Festival Montpellier; Filmfestival of Contem-
                     houses and always leave before sunset.                     porary Arab Cinema Bogota; Silk Road Film Festi-
                     In his comforting and humorous film Simon El Habre         val Bursa; Free Zone Human Rights Film Festiv-
                     observes the life in his quasi ghost village and tries     al; Hot Docs; One World Festival Prague; Arab
                     to reflect on the collective and individual memory         Film Festival Rotterdam; DOK.fest Munich
                     in a country that seems to live in a collective am-
                     nesia and is vulnerable to a new civil war.

                     World premiere October 2008

                     Theatrical release in Germany September 10,
                     2009

                     Awards International Film Festival Dubai, Special
                     Jury Prize Documentary, Muhr Awards; Special Men-
                     tion, One World Festival Prague; International Com-
                     petition Best feature length documentary, Hot Docs
                     Canadian International Documentary Festival; Silver        Director: Simon El Habre
                                                                                Producers: Beirut DC (Lebanon) mec film (Germany)
                     Hawk, Arab Film Festival Rotterdam
                                                                                German distributor: mec film
                                                                                World sales: mec film (Germany)
                     Festivals (selection in 2009) Berlinale International
                     Film Festival; Dox-Box Damascus; International Film        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2009
                     Festival of Mediterranean Cinema Tétouan; Doc à            Funding amount: 7500 €
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PaNDORa´S BOx
PANDORANIN KUTUSU
                    See also Production Support
                                                                                                    TURKEY
                                                                                                                        2008
by Yesim Ustaoglu



                    Synopsis Three fourty something siblings in Istan-        Festival 2008; Göteborg International Film Festival
                    bul each receive a call one night: their ageing moth-     2009; Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2008;
                    er has disappeared from her home on the western           Palm Springs 2009
                    Black Sea coast of Turkey. The three meet and set
                    out to find her, momentarily setting aside their indi-    Rights sold to Greece, Japan, Spain, India, Pakistan,
                    vidual problems. As the siblings come together, the       Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Dominican
                    tensions between them quickly become apparent,            Republic, Puerto Rico, Croatia, Serbia, Colombia,
                    like a Pandora’s box spilling open. They come to          Ecuador, Iran, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Romania,
                    realise that they are very ignorant of each other, and    Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Germa-
                    are forced to reflect on their own shortcomings.          ny, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Brazil

                    World premiere Toronto International Film Festi-
                    val 2008, Visions

                    Theatrical release in Germany November 26, 2009

                    Awards (selection) Golden Shell for Best Film, Sil-       Director: Yesim Ustaoğlu
                    ver Shell for Best Actress, San Sebastian Film Festival   Producers: Ustaoğlu Film Yapim (Turkey), Silkroad
                    2008; Best Supporting Actress, Antalya Golden Or-         Production (France), Les Petites Lumières (France),
                    ange Film Festival 2008; Best Actress Award, Amiens       Stromboli Pictures (Belgium), The Match Factory
                                                                              (Germany)
                    Film Festival 2008
                                                                              German distributor: Kairos Filmverleih
                                                                              World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
                    Festivals Toronto International Film Festival 2008;
                    San Sebastian International Film Festival 2008; An-       Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2009
                    talya Golden Orange Film Festival 2008; Amiens Film       Funding amount: 8.000 €
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RECYCLE
EE’ADAT KhALK
                       See also Production Support
                                                                                                       jORDaN
                                                                                                                             2007
by Mahmoud al-Massad   Synopsis What makes a terrorist? In Zarqa, Jordan’s        Theatrical release in Germany October 2, 2008
                       second largest city with a population of nearly one
                       million, it is a much-debated question.                    Awards Cinema in Motion Award, San Sebastian
                       Zarqa’s political Islamists are a powerful force in this   International Film Festival Work in Progress 2007;
                       industrial center, and Zarqa was the birthplace of         World Cinema Cinematography Award, Documen-
                       Abu Musa al Zarqawi, a brutal Al Qaeda leader in           tary – Sundance Film Festival 2008; Special Men-
                       Mesopotamia before being killed by American for-           tion – Planete Doc Review, Warsaw Documentary
                       ces in 2005. Al Zarqawi was well-known in the city         Film Festival 2008
                       and many of his family members remain, making
                       Zarqawi a continual source of new recruits to the ji-      Festivals Dubai International Film Festival 2007;
                       hadist cause. Inspired by his reporting on al Zarqawi      Sundance Film Festival 2008; International Film Fes-
                       and Al Quaeda for international news agencies, film-       tival Rotterdam 2008; Fribourg Film Festival 2008;
                       maker al Massad returned to Zarqa, where he grew           Guadalajara International Film Festival 2008; BAFICI
                       up, to make RECYCLE.                                       2008; Hot Docs Canadian International Documenta-
                       With ravishing cinematography that belies the un-          ry Festival 2008; San Francisco International Film Fes-
                       forgiving landscape, Jordnian / Palestinian filmmak-       tival 2008; Yerevan International Film Festival 2008;
                       er Mahmoud al Massad charts the daily life of a rel-       Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2008; Vien-
                       igious Islamic man trying to survive in one of Zarqa’s     nale 2008; Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya 2008
                       poorest neighborhoods. In a deceptively calm man-
                       ner, the film slowly unravels the hidden agents of         Rights sold to Germany, Poland
                       terrorism: poverty, humiliation, lack of opportunity
                       and religious doctrine define the daily rhythms of a
                       man and his family, all against the backdrop of an
                       era when jihad that spans the globe.
                       Unlike what is insinuated by the daily bombardment
                       of dramatic headlines about Islam and the war on           Director: Mahmoud al-Massad
                       terror, RECYCLE suggests that evil acts can emerge         Producers: iSee (Jordan, The Netherlands),
                                                                                  mec film (Germany), Jo Film (Jordan)
                       from the most ordinary of circumstances.
                                                                                  German distributor: mec film
                                                                                  World sales: Wide Management (France)
                       World premiere Dubai International Film Festival
                       2007, Muhr Awards, Official Competition for Docu-          Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2008
                       mentaries                                                  Funding amount: 10.000 €
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a SCREaMING                                                                                                      ChaD
                                                                                                                             2010
MaN
UN hOMME qUI CRIE
by haroun Mahamat-Saleh




                          Synopsis Present-day Chad. Adam, sixty some-             Festivals (selection) Cannes International Film
                          thing, a former swimming champion, is pool at-           Festival 2010, Karlovy Vary International Film Festi-
                          tendant at a smart N´Djamena hotel. When the             val 2010, La Rochelle International Film Festival 2010,
                          hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he          Durban International Film Festival 2010, Toronto In-
                          is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel. Terri-    ternational Film Festival 2010, Helsinki International
                          bly resentful, he feels socially humiliated. The coun-   Film Festival 2010, Warsaw Film Festival 2010, São
                          try is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are    Paulo International Film Festival 2010, Dubai Inter-
                          attacking the government. The authorities demand         national Film Festival 2010, Sundance Film Festival
                          that the population contribute to the “war effort”,
                          giving money or volunteers old enough to fight off       Rights sold to The Netherlands, USA, France, Bel-
                          the assailants. The District Chief constantly harasses   gium, Brazil, Hungary, Norway, Germany, UK
                          Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless;
                          he only has his son …

                          World premiere Cannes International Film Festival
                          2010, Official Programme, Competition                    Director: Haroun Mahamat-Saleh
                                                                                   Producer: Pili Films (France)
                                                                                   German distributor: Cine Global
                          Theatrical release in Germany April 7, 2011              World sales: Pyramide (France)

                          Awards Jury Prize, Cannes International Film Festi-      Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2011
                          val 2010                                                 Funding amount: 5000 €
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UNCLE BOONMEE                  See also Production Support
                                                                                                    ThaILaND
                                                                                                                                     2010
WhO CaN RECaLL
hIS PaST LIVES
LOONG bOONMEE RALEUK ChAT
                               Synopsis Suffering from acute kidney failure,
                               Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days
                               surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside.
                               Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears
                                                                                        Festivals (selection) Cannes International Film Fes-
                                                                                        tival 2010; Sydney International Film Festival 2010;
                                                                                        Munich International Film Festival 2010; Jerusalem
                                                                                        International Film Festival 2010; Melbourne In-
                               to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in   ternational Film Festival 2010; Sarajevo Interna-
by Apichatpong Weerasethakul   a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for          tional Film Festival 2010; Toronto International Film
                               his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with       Festival 2010; New York International Film Festi-
                               his family to a mysterious hilltop cave – the birth-     val 2010; Sitges International Film Festival 2010;
                               place of his first life …                                London International Film Festival 2010; Viennale
                                                                                        2010; Sao Paolo International Film Festival 2010;
                               Director’s note A few years ago I visited a temple       Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival 2010;
                               near my home and a monk there gave me a little           Tokyo Filmex 2010; Dubai International Film Festival
                               book called “A Man who Can Recall his Past Lives.”       2010; Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2010
                               In it, the monk wrote about Boonmee, who could
                               recall his multiple lives in the cities of the north-    Rights sold to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK,
                               east. The book is an inspiration for this film and an    France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Sweden,
                               installation, which, like my other films, focuses on     Norway, Benelux, Bosnie, Eslovenia, Croatia, Serbia,
                               memory. During this time when rapid annihilation         Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slo-
                               processes of everything from species to cultures         vakia, Hungary, Baltic States, CIS, Greece, Turkey, Syr-
                               have become commonplace, it is important to sim-         ia, Israel, Canada, USA, South America, Brazil, Mexico,
                               ply remember.                                            Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan,
                                                                                        Australia / New Zealand
                               World premiere Cannes International Film Festi-
                               val 2010 – Competition                                   Director: Apitchapong Weerasethakul
                                                                                        Producers: Kick the Machine Films (Thailand), Illumi-
                                                                                        nation Films (UK), The Match Factory (Germany)
                               Theatrical release in Germany September 30,
                                                                                        German distributor: Movienet Film GmbH
                               2010                                                     World Sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

                               Awards Palme d’Or 2010, Cannes International Film        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in 2010
                               Festival                                                 Funding Amount: 10.000 €
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ThE WIND
EL VIENTO
                                                                                  aRGENTINa
                                                                                                                     2005
by Eduardo Mignogna




                      Synopsis Pain, guilt and the search for happiness      nia 2006; Espoo Film Festival Finland 2006; Film by
                      are the main premises of Frank’s (Federico Luppi)      the Sea Film Festival Netherlands 2006; Raindance
                      story – a cattle raiser who has never left his small   Film Festival UK 2006
                      town in Patagonia. The death of his daughter sends
                      him to Buenos Aires and back into touch with his       Rights sold to Argentina, Germany
                      granddaughter Alina (Antonella Costa). Frank comes
                      bearing not only the news of Alina’s mother’s death,
                      but also his own forgotten memories and a secret
                      he swore not to reveal that will have profound
                      affects on Alina’s life.                               Director: Eduardo Mignogna
                                                                             Producers: Retratos Producciones and Film Suez
                      World premiere Argentina, August 2005                  (Argentina), Tesela Producciones Cinematográficas
                                                                             (Spain)
                                                                             German distributor: Arsenal Filmverleih
                      Theatrical release in Germany October 12, 2006         World sales: Sogepac (Spain)

                      Festivals Palm Springs International Film Festival     Funded in August 2006
                      2006; Transilvania International Film Festival Roma-   Funding amount: 10.000 €
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WWW – WhaT                                                                              MOROCCO
                                                                                                                       2006
a WONDERfUL
WORLD
by Faouzi bensaïdi




                     Synopsis Living in Casablanca, Kamel, a merciless          Festivals Venice International Film Festival 2006;
                     hired killer, receives his orders by internet. After his   Filmfest Hamburg 2007
                     hits, he usually calls the prostitute Souad to make
                     love, except this time police woman Kenza answers          Rights sold to Austria, Benelux, Canada, Denmark,
                     the phone. Kamel soon finds himself falling in love        France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Tuni-
                     with her voice. Meanwhile Hicham, a young amateur          sia, USA
                     hacker looking for a passage to Europe, accidentally
                     infiltrates Kamel’s orders.
                     In the unique atmosphere of a both archaic and             Director: Faouzi Bensaïdi
                     modern city, this is a story of pursuit. Pursuit of real   Producers: Gloria Films (France), Agora Films
                     freedom and of strong emotions.                            (Switzerland), Heimatfilm (Germany), Soread-2M
                                                                                (Morocco)
                                                                                German distributor: Kairos Filmverleih
                     World premiere Venice International Film Festival          World sales: Films Du Losange (France)
                     2006
                                                                                Funded in May 2007
                     Theatrical release in Germany December 13, 2007            Funding amount 7.500 €
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           The World Cinema Fund was launched in 2004 by              Production funds Up to 100.000 € per project.
           the Berlin International Film Festival, initiated by the   The budgets of the projects should range between
           German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung         200.000 – 1.000.000 €. The funds should be spent in
           des Bundes) and in co-operation with the Goethe            the countries in which the film is to be produced.
           Institute. It counts on the ongoing support of the         There are two submission deadlines each year.
           Minister of State at the Federal Chancellery, Com-
           missioner for Culture and the Media, and as of 2011,       Distribution funds Up to 15.000 € per project.
           the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and          The funds have to be spent on distributing the film
           Development and the Deutsche Welle / DW-Akade-             in Germany. Every two months, there is a submission
           mie joined as partners.                                    deadline for German distributors.

           The World Cinema Fund supports filmmakers in               The current deadlines, more detailed guidelines
           transition countries and regions which lack a con-         and submission forms can be downloaded from
           structive film industry. The geographical focus is         www.berlinale-worldcinemafund.de
           on Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Central Asia,
           South East Asia and the Caucasus.

           The World Cinema Fund has an annual budget of
           about 400.000 € at ist disposal.
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PLEASE CONTACT


World Cinema Fund
Berlin International Film Festival
Potsdamer Straße 5, 10785 Berlin
Phone + 49 30 259 20 516
Fax   + 49 30 259 20 529
worldcinemafund@berlinale.de
www.berlinale-worldcinemafund.de
Festival Director: Dieter Kosslick

Project Management
Sonja Heinen
Vincenzo Bugno

Office Management and Editor
Isona Admetlla

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 and the Media upon a decision of the German Bundestag       des Bundes in Berlin GmbH

								
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