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

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. 
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Les Arcs’ Co-Production Village Unveils 25 European Projects

Barnaby Southcombe’s “Butterfingers,” Hiam Abbass’s “Girl Made of Dust,” Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s “A Real Bastard” and Jonas Alexander Arnby’s “We Watched The Sun Disappeared” are among the 25 projects selected for the 7th edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival’ Coproduction Village.

Produced by U.K. shingle Embargo Films, “Butterfingers” is Southcombe’s follow up to “I, Anna” which premiered at Berlin and went to play at Locarno.

“Girl Made Out of Dust” is produced by Alliance de production Cinématographique. Born in Israel, Abbass is critically-acclaimed actress who made her directorial debut with “Inheritance,” which competed at Venice and Karlovy Vary.

“A Real Bastard,” the sophomore outing of Teddy Lussi-Modeste, is co-written by up-and-comer Rebecca Zlotowski whose last film “Grand Central” played in Un Certain Regard. Lucia-Modeste’s debut, “Jimmy Riviere” earned its star Guillaume Gouix a Cesar nomination. “A Real Bastard” is produced by Kazak Productions.

Jonas Alexander Arnby
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Les Arcs Coproduction Village unveils 2015 line-up

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Les Arcs Coproduction Village unveils 2015 line-up
New projects revealed from I, Anna director Barnaby Southcombe, When Animals Dream filmmaker Jonas Alexander Arnby and actor/director Hiam Abbass.Scroll down for full line-up

The Les Arcs Coproduction Village (Dec 12-15), held as part of the Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 12-19), has unveiled the projects for its 7th edition.

A total of 25 projects have been selected for the three-day development and financing platform, which has previously showcased festival hits including Lazlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul, Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, Grimur Hakonarson’s Rams and Runar Runarsson’s Sparrows.

This year’s line-up includes projects from 13 countries and five from Norway, selected as part of this year’s Norwegian Focus. Eight debut features are included in the selection.

Representatives of the projects will have one-to-one pre-scheduled meetings with producers, sales agents and distributors.

Two conferences will also be held during the Coproduction Village: one about the production of Joachim Trier’s Cannes competition
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The Hunt wins Nordic Film Prize

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The Hunt wins Nordic Film Prize
Thomas Vinterberg is the first filmmaker to win the prize twice.

Morten Kaufmann, Tobias Lindholm, Sisse Graum Jorgensen

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg has become the first filmmaker to win the Nordic Council’s Film Prize twice after The Hunt (Jagten) collected the $64,000 (Dkk 350,000) award at a gala ceremony in Oslo’s Opera House.

Vinterberg, who also took the prize for Submarino in 2010, will share it with scriptwriter Tobias Lindholm and producers Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Morten Kaufmann of Zentropa Entertainments.

The jury commented: “Through the allegory of The Hunt, Vinterberg’s film explores how the individual can be persecuted even in a well-meaning and well-functioning society, when it suddenly turns on one of its own.

“This remarkable story is carried by Mads Mikkelsen’s powerful performance, the striking score and haunting and beautiful imagery.”

Competition included Finnish director Simo Halinen’s Open Up to Me (Kerron sinulle kaiken), Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakúr’s The Deep (Djúpid), Norwegian
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Efa unveils 46 selected films

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Efa unveils 46 selected films
European Film Academy reveals titles of the films on this year’s selection list.Scroll down for full list

The European Film Academy and Efa Productions have announced the titles of the 46 films on this year’s selection list - the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2013.

A total of 32 European countries are represented. In the 20 countries with the most Efa Members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list. To complete the list, a selection committee consisting of Efa Board Members and invited experts have included further films.

In the coming weeks, the 2,900 Efa members will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter. The nominations will then be announced on Nov 9 at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain.

A seven-member jury will decide on the awards recipients in the categories European Cinematographer, Editor, Production
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Almodovar, Wright, Ozon face off at EFAs

Madrid — Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited!”, Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” Francois Ozon’s “In the House” and Joachim Ronning and Espen Sanberg’s Oscar-nommed “Kon-Tiki” square off among 46 films for the 26th European Film Academy Awards in one of the most-open Efa races in years.

Glaringly absent from the long-list of recommended Efa contenders is Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Adele: Chapters 1 & 2″ which, like big Cannes winners before it – think Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and “The White Ribbon” and Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorra” – would have been heads-on favorite in many pundits eyes to have scooped a bevy of top Efa plaudits.

While “Adele” was eligible for contention, having played a big festival between July 1 2012 and July 1 this year, rights-holder Wild Bunch was reluctant, because of piracy concerns, to make VOD and DVD copies available to Efa members on an eagerly title which has yet to roll out commercially across Europe,
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Vinterberg in running for Nordic Prize

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Vinterberg in running for Nordic Prize
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg is among the contenders for the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize, complete with $62,000 (Dkk 350,000).

Vinterberg, who last won the prize in 2010 with Submarino, will be among five nominated directors.

The line-up includes:

The Deep (Djúpid), Baltasar Kormakúr (Iceland)Eat Sleep Die (Äta sova dö), Gabriela Pichler (Sweden)The Hunt (Jagten), Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)I Belong (Som du ser meg), Dag Johan Haugerud (Norway)Open Up to Me (Kerron sinulle kaiken), Simo Halinen (Finland)

“’The human face’, the individual facing the group or society, and respect and dignity are common themes that run like a thread through all these films,” said managing director Hanne Palmquist, of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, which administers the prize.

“A Nordic reality sets the framework where daily life and its dilemmas are portrayed by eminent actors with empathy, humour and credibility. The nominated films are of high international quality, have a personal voice and something genuine at heart,” she added
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Per Fly’s Monica Z wins Nordic award

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Per Fly’s Monica Z wins Nordic award
Cannes winner Blue is the Warmest Colour also picked up a prize at the 41st Norwegian International Film Festival (Niff) awards.

Danish director Per Fly picked up the Nordic Film Prize at the Niff awards last night [Aug 20] for his biopic Monica Z (Waltz for Monica).

The story of legendary Swedish singer-actress Monica Zetterlund stars Edda Magnason in her first film role. Monica Z will be released in Norway on Sept 13.

Fly will next direct Backstabbing for Beginners, based on the true story of Un whistleblower Michael Soussan who called for an investigation of the Un’s dealings with Saddam Hussein. Fly is working on the screenplay with Us writer Daniel Pyne (The Sum of All Fears) and it marks the first project developed for the international market by Creative Alliance - a new company created earlier this year by six Nordic directors and Us outfit Parts & Labor.

Other winners included Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Colour, which
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Author Loe to co-direct Inventory

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Norwegian author Erlend Loe is to co-direct an adaptation of his latest work, Inventory (Vareopptelling).

Loe will share directing duties on the black comedy with producer Yngve Sæther. The film, currently in development, will mark the directorial debut for both.

It will be produced by by Hans-Jørgen Osnes and Sæther for Oslo’s Motlys.

Loe has also adapted his screenplay for a novel, which Norway’s Cappelen Damm published in April, and also has been sold to Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Slovakia and Serbia, according to the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Loe and Sæther have known each other since the early 1990s, when Sæther used Loe as an actor in a short film.

Sæther said: “He is a great storyteller, and we felt we could pull this project together. Few films deal with aging people who often feel rejected by society once they have passed their ‘use-by-date’.”

Sæther is an in-house producer at Motlys, where he has
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