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6 Latin American Projects Selected for Sørfond 2016 Including Carlos Reygadas' New Film

2 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Out of 61 applications received, 9 productions were granted support by an international jury consisting of Rima Mismar (Lebanon), Dag Johan Haugerud (Norway) and Yngvild Sve Flikke (Norway). Among these films, 7 are fiction films and 2 are documentary. 

The jury said this year's selection included a great variety of projects, which made it possible for the jury to pick a diverse selection of films with an extensive geographical range and good gender balance. 

The majority of the projects are the directors feature film debut, in addition to some more established directors. The projects presents new views on important aspects of living; family ties, relationships across generations, homosexuality and aging - everything set against historical, political and social contexts of their respective countries. 

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The following productions received funding: 

"Map of Latin American Dreams


Country: Argentina

Director: Martin Weber

Script: Martin Weber

Norwegian co-producer: Lightsource Film Production As - Arne Dahr

Main producer: Maravillacine

Amount of support: 280,000 Nok (approx. 30,400 Eur)

Project synopsis: Between 1992 and 2013, the photographer Martin Weber travelled through eight countries in Latin-America and asked people to write down their dreams on a blackboard. The film is a documentary road movie were Weber reflects on the people in the photographs, and we follow him on a new journey after the people he photographed to see how they have changed in line with their dreams. 

"Will She Win the War?" 


Country: Iran

Director: Mina Keshavarz

Script: Mina Keshavarz

Norwegian co-producer: Gammaglimt As - Christian Falch

Main producer: MinDoc

Amount of support: 180,000 Nok (approx. 19,500 Eur)

Project synopsis: Roghieh, mother of five, decides to make a bazaar for female street vendors in her local community in South Iran. The bazaar is threatened by the new mayor, who want to tear it down and replace it with a shopping mall. Roghieh takes up the fight. 

"The Heiresses" 


Country: Paraguay

Director: Marcelo Martinessi

Script: Marcelo Martinessi

Norwegian co-producer: Norsk Filmproduksjon As - Hilde Berg

Main producer: La Babosa Cine

Amount of support: 415,000 Nok (approx. 45,000 Eur)

Project synopsis: Asuncion, Paraguay. 2012. The Heiresses is the story of a woman of prosperous social background. She had inherited enough money to live comfortably. But at 60 years old she realizes that her inherited money is gone. This new reality alters the balance in which she has been living and forces her to transform a world that until then had seemed motionless.

"Where Life is Born" 


Country: Mexico

Director: Carlos Reygadas

Script: Carlos Reygadas

Norwegian co-producer: Mer Film As - Maria Ekerhovd

Main producer: Mantarraya Producciones

Amount of support: 280,000 Nok (approx. 30,400 Eur)

Project synopsis: "Where Life is Born" is a simple, but strong story about love and loss of love in an open relationship. The story follow a married couple in a difficult period and unfolds on their ranch were they breed fighting bulls. 



Country: Peru

Director: Alvaro Delgado Aparicio

Script: Hector Gálves and Alvaro Delgado Aparicio

Norwegian co-producer: Dag Hoel Filmprod As - Dag Hoel

Main producer: Siri prod

Amount of support: 460,000 Nok (approx. 50,000 Eur)

Project synopsis: An artisan family in the highlands of Peru makes traditional art. The respective master teaches his son, Segundo, the secrets of the art. The father is Segundo´s hero and and beacon in life, until Segundo discover his fathers secret life. 



Country: Colombia

Director: Jhonny Hendrix

Script: Maria Camila Arias and Jhonny Hendrix

Norwegian co-producer: Dag Hoel Filmprod As - Dag Hoel

Main producer: Antorcha Films

Amount of support: 415,000 Nok (approx. 45,000 Eur)

Project synopsis: An old couple in Havana awakens their sleeping love life with a video camera. The films they make takes the couple out of a difficult economic situation. "Candelaria" is a film about love, moral and difficult decisions. 


"Cactus Flower"  


Country: Egypt 

Director: Hala ElKoussy

Script: Hala ElKoussy

Norwegian co-producer: DUOfilm As - Marie Fuglestein Lægreid and Linda Bolstad

Main producer: Transit Films

Amount of support: 370,000 Nok (approx. 40,200 Eur)

Project synopsis: About three people in Kairo that is brought together in a moment of homelessness. The trio embark on a journey, which leads to an extraordinary friendship and self-discovery. 



Country: Jordan/Palestine

Director: Annemarie Jacir

Script: Annemarie Jacir

Norwegian co-producer: Ape&Bjørn As - Ruben Thorkildsen

Main producer: Philistine Films

Amount of support: 550,000 Nok (approx. 59,700 Eur)

Project synopsis: Shadi has returned to his hometown Nasaret to help his father with hand-delivery of invitations to his sister´s wedding, a palestinian custom. As father and son spends their days together, walking from house to house, sore details of their relationship is brought to light and challenges their fragile and different lives. 

"The Immersed Family" 


Country: Argentina

Director: Maria Alché

Script: Maria Alché

Norwegian co-producer: 4 ½ Fiksjon As - Turid Øversveen

Main producer: Pasto - Barbara Fransisco

Amount of support: 550,000 Nok (approx. 59,700 Eur)

Project synopsis: A film about a typical Argentinian family, who attempts to tackle the secrets of the past. The film is told through the eyes of a middle aged women, and the story starts with her sisters death.  »

- Sydney Levine

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