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As Cph:dox launches today, Screen previews this year’s industry programme.
Two time Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land, The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom) will see her new project presented at the Cph:forum (Nov 11-12), the international financing and co-production event at Cph:dox (Nov 5-15) in Copenhagen.
The film, titled SlumGods [pictured], will follow a hip-hop crew in Dharavi, Mumbai, one of the world’s largest slums and the setting for Danny Boyle’s 2008 Oscar-winner Slumdog Millionarie.
Produced by Sonita Gale for Galeforce Films, the project is currently in pre-production and is looking to raise $2m (€1.8m) in financing at the Forum.
Other projects at this year’s Cph:forum include a new film from local The Act of Killingn and The Look Of Silence producer Signe Byrge Sørensen titled Ghost Wives, about a Chinese man accused of murdering six women to sell their bodies for an ancient tradition known as ‘ghost weddings’.
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Wim Wenders has signed on as an Executive Producer of "Buena Vista Social Club: Adios," the follow-up documentary to the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Buena Vista Social Club," which he co-wrote and directed in 1999, that put Cuban music culture on the global stage, following Ry Cooder as he brought prominent Cuban musicians out of retirement. "Adios" is being directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker ("The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," "Waste Land") and produced by Christine Cowin and Zak Kilberg. The film is currently in production. Read More: Watch: Wim Wenders Reveals Terrors While Scoring 'Every Thing Will Be Fine' With the band on their final and hugely ambitious world tour, the five original band members take us on a journey revealing their personal and professional highs and lows since 1999, while remembering the infamous band members they've lost. The tour will culminate in a series of homecoming. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Peripatetic L.A. filmmaker Lucy Walker likes to plant seeds of ideas to see if they grow into movies she might want to make. She's picky about what material is strong enough to support the time and energy it takes to shoot a must-see documentary. If a story does not warrant a feature, she may turn it into a short instead. Her sky-high standards have yielded back-to-back Oscar nominations, for feature "Waste Land" (2010) and short "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" (2011). In a world packed with excellent documentaries, Walker's tend to rise to the top. Read: 'Crash Reel' Documentarian Lucy Walker Knows Where She's Going Her latest, the moving and shocking short "The Lion's Mouth Opens," debuted in 16-minute form at Sundance 2014, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at Michael Moore's 2014 Traverse City Film Festival as well as Cinema Eye Honors for best doc short, was »
- Anne Thompson
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