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Cannes — The reception for funding body Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, hosted by its managing director of film funding Kirsten Niehuus, in Cannes Monday brought together many of the international filmmakers whose pics it has backed. She spoke to Variety about the importance of the festival to the German funding body’s work.

Six of the films it has backed play in the festival, and the directors of several of those joined the reception, including “Amour fou” helmer Jessica Hausner, “White God” director Kornel Mundruczo, and “The Wonders” helmer Alice Rohrwacher (pictured, above left, with Niehuus).

Speaking to Variety, Niehuus commented on the value of Cannes to Medienboard. “Cannes is one of the major festivals for film art, for film culture, and we, as a fund, do from artistic films to mainstream films, and Cannes is one of the most important marketplaces to show the excellence of filmmakers,” she said. “We feel we »

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