2004 2019 WORLD CINEMA FUND SUPPORTED FILMS - Berlinale

 
Being aware of the local context,
          designing and reaching audiences

          Dealing with fiction, documentary and
          everything in between

          More than money, talking about cinema,
          working together, making things happen

WORLD
CINEMA
FUND
SUPPORTED
FILMS
2004 – 2019
Being aware of the local context,
                                                                             designing and reaching audiences

                                                                             Dealing with fiction, documentary and
                                                                             everything in between

                                                                             More than money, talking about cinema,
                                                                             working for a sustainable film production
                                                                             in the World Cinema regions

WORLD
CINEMA
FUND
SUPPORTED
FILMS
2004 – 2019
The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the

                                                                  The special programme WCF Europe was created with the support
in cooperation with the         and with further support by the   of the Creative Europe-MEDIA programme of the European Union.

The special programme WCF Africa started thanks to                The complementary programme WCF ACP EU Culture is funded with
the additional support from the Federal Foreign Office.           the financial contribution of the European Union and the support of
                                                                  the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States.
CONTENT

More than money: A tailor-made funding programme for the                WELCOME        6–8
pluralism of international film cultures
                                                                        WCF PRODUCTION SUPPORT
For more than 15 years, the WCF has helped give shape and vis-
                                                                        PROJECTS IN PRODUCTION 10
ibility to largely unseen cinema – by supporting film production
                                                                        FINISHED FILMS 2018–2020 28
in countries that lack a constructive film industry and by giving
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talented filmmakers the opportunity to gain or improve their
international awareness and reach a global audience. Although
German or European producers are always the administrative              WCF EUROPE PRODUCTION SUPPORT
recipients of our support, they are required to spend the money         PROJECTS IN PRODUCTION WCF EUROPE 100
in the projects’ regions of origin, a very effective way to support     FINISHED FILMS 2017–2020 110
production in places where the money is most needed. The WCF
is increasingly able to satisfy different needs, offering tailor-made
opportunities. Besides the traditional WCF funding programme
                                                                        WCF AFRICA PRODUCTION SUPPORT
we started WCF Europe, supported by Creative Europe’s Media             PROJECTS IN PRODUCTION 120
programme putting together projects, directors and producers            FINISHED FILMS 2017–2019 128
from WCF funding regions with European producers. WCF Africa,
thanks to the support of the German Federal Foreign Office focus        WCF DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT                134
on supporting film production and promoting film culture in the
Sub-Saharan region.                                                     WCF EUROPE DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT               162

                                                                        WCF INFO       166

                                                                        TABLE    168

                                                                        REGISTER       170

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul
                                                                                                                               Director, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
                                                                                                                               and CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR, Thailand
                                                                                                                              “Even though my films have been shown at various places, finding funds remains
                                                                                                                               a challenge. Perhaps because the only way I know to make films is to do something
                            Marcelo Martinessi                                                                                 deeply personal. I imagine scenarios when I’d have no resources to carry on –
                            Director, LAS HEREDERAS, Paraguay                                                                  one of them is to grow vegetables. Which is not bad. Healthy, and romantic. But
                           “The cinematography of my country – Paraguay – is taking its first steps                            I hope that, it won’t happen in the next few years. So I’m very grateful for the
                            on the international scene, with a lot of enthusiasm. But locally we                               support from the WCF. It allows me to be able to continue exploring the lights, not
                            haven’t yet managed to forge public policies that facilitate the realisa-                          yet the soil.”
                            tion of the films we want to make. In this regard, the World Cinema
                            Fund support has been crucial for LAS HEREDERAS and for other                 Patrick and Mikosh Horn
                            Paraguayan projects, which from that push have found new alliances            Distributors, Grandfilm, Germany
                            and ways to reach the big screen.”                                           “The significance of the World Cinema Fund for
                                                                                                          diversity in German cinema cannot be emphasized
                                                                                                          enough. For the visibility of international cinematic
 Suhaib Gasmelbari                                                                                        films in Germany, it imperative. Its support gives
 Director, TALKING ABOUT TREES, Sudan                                                                     committed distributors like us the backing we
“I have a deep gratitude and respect for the WCF as an important fund that is                             need to bring films beyond the mainstream to the
 run by individuals with insightful views and great knowledge on cinema. They                             big screen. It is literally opening the doors for
 not only support films financially, but they truly contribute to the renewal of                          world cinema.”                                           Michael Weber
 the whole art of cinema by including new voices annually from places that suffer                                                                                  Sales Agent, The Match Factory, Germany
 from a total lack of cinema production, like in my country. In doing this, they                                                                                  “Many projects are made possible in the first place
 allow cinema to be diverse, to reflect humans, hopes and sorrows from different                                                                                   because the filmmakers are allowed to spend
 places of our planet, and to liberate the art of cinema from the cookie cutter                                                                                    the money ‘at home’ – without having to set up
 narratives and combat the standardization of minds and souls.                                                                                                     a disproportionate and costly co-production
 For me personally, receiving the WFC funding was an important moral boost.”                                                                                       which incurs increased post-production costs in
                                                                                                                                                                   yet other countries.”

                                                                                                             Maya Da-Rin
                  Diego Dubcovsky and Lucía Chavarri                                                         Director, THE FEVER, Brazil
                  Producers, Varsovia Films, Argentina                                                      “Finding funds for a first feature film is always tough. For a woman director, it
                 “It’s not always easy to receive enough funding to finish a film in the best possible       can be a real challenge. Even though THE FEVER counted with the support from
                  way. In the case of LAS MIL Y UNA, the support of WCF was substantial to provide           different funds, it took us many years to raise the budget for the shooting.
                  the project with the technical and artistic tools. Having the opportunity to copro-        In countries that don't count with continuous public policies for arthouse films,
                  duce with Germany, and gaining their support, also gives the project added value.          the Word Cinema Fund support has a key role in assuring the continuity of
                  Also being part of the WCF-TFL Audience Design workshop   was a unique experi-             independent cinema, allowing multiple and radical voices to exist.”
                  ence. It was a luxury to have the space and time to rethink who our audience is
                  and to develop strategies to reach them.”
WELCOME

WORLD CINEMA FUND                                             Dealing with a precarious world, focussing on artistic      operating outside of the mainstream produced by lo-        the better. We have already started working in this
                                                              energy and cooperation                                      cal companies, supported by passionate international       field: the WCF film LAS MIL Y UNAS by Clarissa Navas,
Highlighting existing realities, dealing with the             Furthermore, besides artistic relevance and the WCF’s       co-producers and linked to regional narratives which       invited this year by the Berlinale section Panorama,
cinema universe, believing in cooperation and                 fruitful role in developing important cooperation and       develop intense and critical content, social-political     already took part in a tailor-made workshop with the
a sustainable film industry in the World Cinema               co-production networks, it makes sense more than            global issues and an innovative cinematic language.        goal of creating the best possible audience approach
Fund regions                                                  ever, considering the world seems to be still tending       Does this sound like a huge challenge? It may be,          for the different territories.
                                                              towards ignorance, political primitivism and religious      but it works.
Sudan, Brazil and other stories                               fundamentalism.                                                                                                        Africa, Caribbean, Pacific: brand new WCF / ACP funding
2019 was another intensive and successful year for            With this in mind, we also support production in            Re-contextualising cinema / being aware of the local       opportunities
the World Cinema Fund (WCF). First of all, I would like       countries with an important film tradition but where        historical context / supporting diversity                  We are dealing also with another important addition
to acknowledge the tremendous success of TALK-                filmmakers, due to the political climate, are faced with    Supporting diversity / cultural diversity is an under-     to the WCF funding programme: Thanks to the sup-
ING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari, which won               a precarious and dangerous situation, such as Brazil.       lying element of the WCF’s identity. For years, we         port of the ACP (African, Caribbean, Pacific Group
the Panorama Audience Award and the Glashütte                 Such a joy then, that the remarkable The Fever, Brazil-     have played a significant role in establishing a new       of States) starting this year, we can now offer addi-
Original Documentary Award at last year’s Berlinale.          ian director Maya Da-Rin’s debut feature, is enjoying       geography of culturally diverse cinema. Bearing in         tional support for projects from these regions funded
A Sudanese film winning such impressive accolades?            such strong international success, after its start in       mind that the WCF is an European funding institution       within the framework of the WCF / WCF Africa initia-
It would have sounded almost utopic just a few years          Cannes last May.                                            focussed on regions mostly dealing with the com-           tive. An important complement, not only for general
ago.                                                                                                                      plexity of a colonial and post-colonial heritage, we       financing of films in the ACP, but also for improving
And it was not the only one. In 2019 another WCF-             Talking about cinema and the challenge of the real          remain aware of the local cultural / historical context,   cooperation and co-production opportunities inside
funded Sudanese film was, and still is, extremely             Submitting a project to the WCF means getting in            continually optimising and updating our knowledge,         and outside of the WCF funding regions.
successful. YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY by Amjad Abu               touch with a team passionately interested in talking        whilst not forgetting the film history of these regions
Alala started its career in Venice, winning the Lion          with not only producers, but also directors, writers, di-   and countries.                                             The WCF as a part of the new Berlinale. Berlinale synergies.
of the Future for a Debut Film, and has since been            rectors of photography, and editors. It means writing                                                                  WCF-funded films are totally free: a world premiere
enjoying a unique festival circuit with continued             and talking about cinema. About camera work, light-         Building, contextualising, reaching audience               during the Berlinale isn’t a WCF funding condition.
recognition and awards.                                       ing, editing, music or the absence of music. About          We see the WCF as an institution that helps put things     However, getting in touch with the WCF means get-
What does this mean? Supporting emerging or non-              the narrative structure of the future film. The WCF is      in motion. Focussing on audience building and audi-        ting in touch with the Berlinale, enjoying multiple
existent cinema cultures and countries is certainly im-       open to submissions from both feature-length fiction        ence engagement strategies will further represent in       synergies and networking opportunities.
portant, beyond our urgent and necessary cultural-            and documentary film projects. And everything in            the next future an important element of our funding        What about the WCF in the framework of the new
political action. It highlights an existing reality: in the   between. We are open to bold proposals that call            strategy. Making funded films even more visible and        Berlinale? The WCF can count on the support of the
WCF regions and countries, we have the opportunity            into question the interpretation and reinterpretation       reaching different audiences requires a multilayer ap-     new festival directors, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo
to reach and support a large number of filmmakers             of reality. We just believe in cinema. And cinema has       proach, which considers the identity and potential of      Chatrian, who strongly believe in the funding identi-
with an enormous creative energy.                             many faces.                                                 the funded films and which also needs to be contex­        ties and goals of the initiative.
                                                              We have a clear funding attitude and we also feel           tualised in the different territories and countries.       The future is now: we are aware that the global audio-
                                                              like curators of projects before they take shape and        Audience building and audience engagement strate-          visual production universe is continually changing.
                                                              become real films. Funding ground-breaking projects         gies should start at the production stage, the earlier     For us, it means dealing with radical structural and
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WCF
                                                                PRODUCTION SUPPORT
                                                            PROJECTS IN PRODUCTION
technical developments that one day might com-
pletely change the universe of so-called cinema.
Whilst strongly believing in the cinema as a place to
share common cultural and emotional experiences,
we are keen on experimenting with new narrative
forms and new ways of watching films.

Enjoying the challenge, dealing with a universe in motion
We will continue to work hard at consolidating the
WCF and making its activity even more effective. We
will further try our best to take care of the different
needs of a challenging segment of the global film in-
dustry, whilst also reflecting on the future role of the
WCF in the framework of the German and European
film funding landscape.
More than 15 years of WCF, 3946 submissions, 238
supported projects and countless awards. More than
15 years of enjoying the privilege of connecting with
radically different film universes, more than 15 years
making a conscious effort to make amazing films
more visible.
The WCF started as and remains an initiative of the
Berlinale and German Federal Cultural Foundation
(KSB). We would particularly like to express our sin-
cere gratitude to the KSB artistic director Hortensia
Völckers for supporting us from the beginning and
believing in us over the years.

Vincenzo Bugno, Head of WCF

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BLACK NIGHT
                                                                                                                       KARANLIK GECE
                                                                                                                       by Özcan Alper

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
by Makbul Mubarak

Synopsis Rakib is a male housekeeper who works              young, military and civilian, past and present.            Synopsis Ishak (35) is a wandering musician from          motivated me and pushed me to make this film. With
in a mansion that belongs to Purna, a retired general                                                                  a small mountain town. A lynching he was a part of        this story, I tried to understand in particular how de-
who is running in the local election. One day, Purna’s                                                                 seven years earlier comes back to haunt him as he         sires suppressed by society, sexual experi-ences and
campaign poster is vandalised. Rakib helps to find                                                                     returns to his hometown to farewell his dying mother.     obstacles in the way of the formation of individual
the culprit, kicking off an increasingly terrifying chain                                                              Facing the other five perpetrators – his childhood        identity can create a climate of extreme violence.
of events.                                                                                                             friends – as well as the community and government
                                                                                                                       officials supporting them, Ishak struggles with the
Director’s note During the Indonesian military                                                                         guilt weighing upon him. However, the bigger the
dictator­ship, my father was a teacher in the state-                                                                   crime, the stronger the silence – since everyone has
owned school in our village. He was a timid man. He                                                                    blood on their hands.
did only what the government wanted him to do.
Even after the dictatorship had ended, my father still                                                                 Director’s note In this story, I wanted to follow the
thought that things were better under the regime –                                                                     quest for truth and justice in Ishak’s world. In his
that the solution for the problems in the present is        INDONESIA                                                  story, which is about common people in a small
to revert to the glorious past. AUTOBIOGRAPHY is my                                                                    mountain village, I was inspired by photographs           TURKEY
                                                            Director: Makbul Mubarak
counterbalance to his idea.                                 Producers: KawanKawan Media (Indonesia), Potocol           similar to those taken under authoritarian regimes        Director: Özcan Alper
                                                            (Singapore), In Vivo Films (France), Niko Film (Germany)   in many parts of the world.                               Producers: Nar Film (Turkey), ArtHood Films (Germany)
Taking the form of a character-driven suspense dra-         German WCF partner: Niko Film                                                                                        German WCF partner: ArtHood Films
                                                            World sales: Les Films du Losange (France)                                                                           World Sales: tbc
ma, AUTOBIOGRAPHY portrays an intense relation-                                                                        The relationships background characters have with
ship between two characters that embodies many              Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2019            nature, each other and their sexuality, and how they      Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2018
elements: father and son, master and slave, old and         Funding amount: 40.000 €                                   connect to the political process and situation are what   Funding amount: 30.000 €

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CIDADE; CAMPO                                                                                                  CLARA SOLA
by Juliana Rojas                                                                                               by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Synopsis Two tales of migration between city and                                                               Synopsis In a remote village in Costa Rica, 32-year-     CLARA SOLA is an ultimatum about a woman’s journey
countryside.                                                                                                   old Clara embarks on a journey to break free from        to take control of her body, her sexuality and her
                                                                                                               social and religious conventions and gain control of     ­powers.
After a tailings dam disaster floods her hometown,                                                             her sexuality and newfound powers.
rural worker Joana moves to São Paulo to find her
sister Tania, who lives with her grandson Jaime. While                                                         Director’s note Growing up Catholic, I was made to
developing an emotional bond with the boy, Joana                                                               believe early on in life that women who masturbated
struggles to thrive in the “working city”.                                                                     ended up in hell, and that the balance between be-
                                                                                                               ing a virgin and a whore was extremely delicate. With
After the death of her estranged father, Flavia moves                                                          this screenplay, I want to explore where our heroine,
to his farm with her wife Mara. Nature forces the                                                              Clara, would land on this judgment scale – being a
two women to face frustrations, old memories and                                                               young woman with limited social skills.
ghosts.
                                                          BRAZIL                                               The film takes place in a social and religious setting   COSTA RICA
Director’s note CIDADE; CAMPO is a sensorial and                                                               where traditions hold back individual development.
                                                          Director: Juliana Rojas                                                                                       Director: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
non-naturalistic journey about personal losses and        Producers: Autentika Films (Germany), Dezenove Som   Clara has been stuck in a patriarchal context in which   Producers: Hobab (Sweden), Pacífica Grey (Costa Rica),
adapting to new environments. An atmosphere on            e Imagens (Brazil), Good Fortune Films (France)      women are oppressed not only by men, but also by         Laïdak Films (Germany), Need Productions (Belgium)
the edge of reality and fantasy will represent these      German WCF partner: Autentika Films                  other women.                                             WCF German partner: Laïdak Films
                                                          World sales: tbc                                                                                              World sales: tbc
characters' peculiar relationships with the places they
migrate to. These existential journeys contrast with      Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2019                                                               Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2018
Brazil’s complex socio-political reality.                 Funding amount: 30.000 €                                                                                      Funding amount: 50.000 €

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DAUGHTER OF RAGE
                                                                                                                    LA HIJA DE TODAS LAS RABIAS
                                                                                                                    by Laura Baumeister De Montis

THE COW THAT SANG A SONG
ABOUT THE FUTURE
LA VACA QUE CANTÓ UNA CANCIÓN SOBRE EL FUTURO
by Francisca Alegría

Synopsis The death of hundreds of cows brings                                                                       Synopsis In an endless hazy dump in Nicaragua,              Other coming-of-age films with strong imaginary ele-
Cecilia (45) and her children to her father’s dairy farm                                                            eight-year-old Maria struggles through life, neglected      ments that inspire me are BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN
in the south of Chile. There she encounters her mother                                                              by her mother. When she accidentally kills the new-         WILD, NOBODY KNOWS or THE FLORIDA PROJECT.
Magdalena (33), whose suicide has marked the family.                                                                born puppies about to be sold, she’s left on her own
While agonising animals sing about the future of the                                                                to work and live in a recycling factory as punishment.
human race, Cecilia embarks on the path of under-                                                                   Maria learns ways to survive and accept this abandon-
standing her mother and listening to nature’s voice.                                                                ment, using her strong will and rich imagination.

Director’s note In 2017, there was a mass death of                                                                  Director’s note DAUGHTER OF RAGE is a film about
fish in a river in Valdivia. Three years earlier, thousands                                                         a mother-daughter relationship set in a hostile rub-
of black-necked swans died in the same river, a few                                                                 bish dump in Managua. This place resembles a dysto-
months after the installation of a paper mill. These                                                                pian universe with its own dynamics and landscapes.
two cases are but a tiny example of the current state         CHILE                                                 I come from a generation in Nicaragua known as              NICARAGUA
of the world, where the destruction of entire ecosys-                                                               “the cubs of the revolution”, deeply marked by the
                                                              Director: Francisca Alegría                                                                                       Director: Laura Baumeister De Montis
tems has become normalized. It would be easy to                                                                     absence of paternal figures.
                                                              Producers: Jirafa (Chile), Cinema Defacto (France),                                                               Producers: Felipa Films (Nicaragua),
blame the big companies that make billions at the             Snowglobe (Denmark), Bananeira Filmes (Brazil),                                                                   Mart Films (Mexico), Halal (The Netherlands),
expense of our natural resources, but that would be           The Match Factory (Germany)                           We experience the violent feeling of abandonment            Heimatfilm (Germany). Promenades Film (France)
ignoring our responsibility as a society and denying          German WCF partner: The Match Factory                 felt by Maria. The tone of the film is rare realism, con-   WCF German partner: Heimatfilm
                                                              World sales: tbc                                                                                                  World sales: tbc
our free will as human beings. The signs are loud and                                                               densing Nicaragua’s contemporary reality – shot in
clear, but we are not paying attention. It is as if we        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2018           real locations, but with a mythical and almost naive        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2019
need nature to literally speak… or sing to us.                Funding amount: 40.000 €                              point of view.                                              Funding amount: 30.000 €

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FIRST NAMES
                                                                                                                       LOS NOMBRES PROPIOS
                                                                                                                       by Fernando Dominguez
EUREKA
by Lisandro Alonso

Synopsis The year is 1970. The day dawns peacefully                                                                    Synopsis In 1878, the Argentine state perpetrated a        As the houses on the Patagonian plateau are built
as the tribal chief rises and goes to greet his people.                                                                genocide against the Mapuche people – the indige­          on state land, patients are afraid to go through this
The men and women gather in a circle, murmur-                                                                          nous inhabitants of southwest Argentina- to take           process and upon returning, find that their house has
ing among themselves. Iracema, a beautiful young                                                                       over their land in the Patagonian desert. Today, a new     been vacated or dismantled by the state itself. They
woman, tells the others about the dream she had the                                                                    genocide is happening. A silent genocide.                  would rather go blind than become homeless. I am
night before.                                                                                                                                                                     interested in small stories in the context of big historic
                                                                                                                       In recent years, the area’s small towns have suffered      events where the banality of evil is manifested clearly.
Director’s note EUREKA is a bird that graces the                                                                       from migration of younger generations, reducing
skies over the Americas. EUREKA travels through                                                                        the population by half. The older ones stay and little
time and space to the heart of the Amazon jungle,                                                                      by little, lose their sight. A strange disease is making
over the border between Peru and Brazil. She also                                                                      them blind. Initially, images disappear from sight.
flies in and out of different time periods. And she                                                                    Then, from their thoughts. Landscapes and faces
likes the indigenous peoples. By listening to her we       ARGENTINA                                                   become distorted. The only thing that remains of
might grasp, if we are lucky, how difficult it is for us                                                               loved ones, is their first name.                           ARGENTINA
                                                           Director: Lisandro Alonso
to become human beings.
                                                           Producers: Luxbox (France), Mr. Woo (Mexico), Rosa                                                                     Director: Fernando Dominguez
                                                           Filmes (Portugal), 4L (Argentina), Fortuna (Netherlands),   Director’s note José Bustos told me many things.           Producers: Constanza Sanz Palacios Films (Argentina),
                                                           Komplizen Films (Germany)                                   He told me that you cannot escape your land, be-           Black Forest Films (Germany)
                                                           German WCF partner: Komplizen Films                         cause the earth is wherever you go. He also told me        German WCF partner: Black Forest Films
                                                           World sales: Luxbox (France)                                                                                           World sales: tbc
                                                                                                                       that corneal transplants are only offered for free in
                                                           Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2019                 other provinces. And that to do so requires a long         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2019
                                                           Funding amount: 50.000 €                                    bureaucratic process.                                      Funding amount: 40.000 €

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KILLING THE DEAD
                                                                                                                          MATAR A UN MUERTO
                                                                                                                          by Hugo Giménez

IRON STREAM
SHIKOLBAHA
by Kamar Ahmad Simon

Synopsis On the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima,             wrote the first draft in 2011. In the years that followed      Synopsis Paraguay 1978, during the dictatorship            look of the human condition.
Bijoy (31) gives a tantalizing “Sarod” performance         I wrote different versions of the script, still I could feel   Pastor (50) and Dionisio (25) bury dead bodies illicitly
in a trendy Kolkata Café. After the sudden death of        that there was something missing, something that               in the woods in a systematic and clandestine man-
his mother, he finds himself locked in the realm of        was holding back the whole narrative. In my previous           ner. At the same time, in Argentina, the World Cup
her memories. His younger brother, the only bread-         drafts unconsciously I had been very conscious of              is taking place. One morning among the bodies, the
winner in the family, takes away the small jewelry box     hiding myself in it. But the more I explored, the better       diggers, find a man, Mario (45) who is still breathing.
she left behind. In his solitary confinement in their      I realized that this story without “me”, the storyteller,      Both men know they must kill him but they have
Kolkata suburban house, Bijoy finds the other box full     in it would be incomplete.                                     never done anything like that before. A storm is com-
of her old letters and photo. For the first time Bijoy                                                                    ing, announcing the winter season, while the destiny
learns about his grandfather, the village where he was                                                                    of the three men is determined during the World
born and of “Shikolbaha”, the river of her childhood                                                                      Cup final match.
she yearned to return to! It’s been long since father
and son had stopped talking, the brother brands him                                                                       Director’s note My goal is to explore the military         PARAGUAY
as “spoilt” and suggests selling the house. Yet against    BANGLADESH                                                     regime from its outskirts, draw a line between that
                                                                                                                                                                                     Director: Hugo Giménez
their will, Bijoy takes her ashes and boards a train for                                                                  space and time that is unknown to me because I
                                                           Director: Kamar Ahmad Simon                                                                                               Producers: Sabaté Films (Paraguay), Zona Audiovisual
the border, for a land they left 17 years ago!             Producers: Beginning Production (Bangladesh),                  didn’t experience it closely; I’ve only known its ech-     (Argentina), Altamar Films (France), Pandora Film
                                                           Weydemann Bros (Germany)                                       oes. I am interested in small stories in the context of    Produktion (Germany)
Director’s note It was in 2005 and it all started with     German WCF partner: Weydemann Bros                             big historic events where the banality of evil is mani-    German WCF partner: Pandora Film Produktion
                                                           World sales: tbc                                                                                                          World sales: tbc
a friend calling me from a foreign land. His mother                                                                       fested clearly. Also where fear of the unknown and
had just passed away; he wished to bring her ashes         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2017                    the paradox of the impossibility of killing – within a     Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2017
back. His last words echoed in my ears for years until I   Funding amount: 40.000 €                                       system designed for oppression – allows me a closer        Funding amount: 40.000 €

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NOCHE DE FUEGO
                                                                                                                     by Tatiana Huezo

THE MEMORY OF THE FOREST
LA MEMORIA DEL MONTE
by Paz Encina

Synopsis                                                    cannot be overthrown nor abolished.                      Synopsis In a solitary mountain town, where corn
Memory from the world                                       Why not believe?                                         and poppies grow, the girls have boyish haircuts and
The exile and the song of remembrance                                                                                each has an underground hiding place, like a tomb.
The chant of what endures                                                                                            Their mothers train them to flee death, to escape
Those who dwelled in the land before us                                                                              those who turn them into slaves or ghosts. Eight-year-
Dreams, cinema, 3D                                                                                                   old Ana grows up with her best friends, Paula and
A format that allows us to inhabit the eternal                                                                       María. They kill snakes, take over houses of those who
Preserve the forest and the spiritual world of the forest                                                            have fled and dress up as women. They create their
Remember and dwell on it, at all times and forever                                                                   own impenetrable world amidst growing violence,
That is the memory from the forest.                                                                                  yet there comes a day when one of them doesn’t
                                                                                                                     make it to her hiding place in time.
Director’s note MEMORY FROM THE FOREST is                   PARAGUAY
the story of the first ones, the eternal ones and the                                                                Director’s note NOCHE DE FUEGO explores what
ones of today. It is the story of exile, the story of our   Director: Paz Encina                                     it means to grow up as a girl in the midst of war in      MEXICO
                                                            Producers: Silencio Cine (Paraguay), Gaman Cine
ancestors who had to leave their lands and of those                                                                  Mexico. It’s a story that invokes the magic and resist-
                                                            (Argentina), Fortuna Films (Netherlands), Black Forest                                                             Director: Tatiana Huezo
who have to do the same today. It is the story of the       Films (Germany), MPM Films (France), Eaux Vives          ance of children and their honest gaze in the face        Producers: Pimienta Films (Mexico),
future of the peoples, which could be different. It is      Productions (France)                                     of a violent reality. The film speaks of the time we      The Match Factory (Germany)
the place where evil cannot exist. MEMORY FROM              German WCF partner: Black Forest Films                   live in and how it resonates in our innermost being,      German WCF partner: The Match Factory
                                                            World Sales: tbc                                                                                                   World sales: The Match Factory
THE FOREST aims to preserve a space of memory                                                                        through the point of view of three girls on the path
and wants, and, even if it is in image form, to pre-        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2018          to adolescence.                                           Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2018
serve a physical and also a spiritual place – one that      Funding amount: 40.000 €                                                                                           Funding amount: 30.000 €

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OCTOPUS SKIN                                                                                                         THE RIVER
LA PIEL DE PULPO                                                                                                     AL NAHR
by Ana Cristina Barragán                                                                                             by Ghassan Salhab

Synopsis Iris and Ariel are 16-year-old twins, who live                                                              Synopsis A young woman and a man meet for lunch
with their mother and older sister Lia near a beach                                                                  in a restaurant located in the midst of a mountain-
full of mollusks, birds and reptiles. They have grown                                                                ous landscape in Lebanon. Suddenly, a war seems to
up isolated, with a transcendental connection with                                                                   explode in the distance, fighter planes crisscross the
nature. A resort opens on a nearby island and Iris                                                                   sky. They both leave the place and venture deeper
travels to the city for the first time, on the search for                                                            into a nature that is more and more spectral, like the
her individuality. Shopping centres, social networks,                                                                couple they form today.
parties and meeting Nina mark her journey toward
self-awareness and recognition of her love for her                                                                   Director’s note THE RIVER is the final part of a
siblings and their island.                                                                                           triptych that began with THE MOUNTAIN and THE
                                                                                                                     VALLEY. Three deliberately geographic titles, three
Director’s note I want to deal with siblinghood                                                                      territories. What binds them is essentially organic, an
taken to the extreme: twinness. I want to speak of                                                                   invariable threat that affects the whole, reaching the
the complicity of their very own world, the unique          ECUADOR                                                  slightest corner, the slightest of us; a threat present      LEBANON
language between twins and the rupture that grow-                                                                    in Lebanon for so long that it has imperceptibly
                                                            Director: Ana Cristina Barragán                                                                                       Director: Ghassan Salhab
ing up implies. An imaginary island will be created in      Producers: Caleidoscopio Cine (Ecuador), Desenlace       mutated into a territory itself. With a scarcity of words,   Producers: Khamsin Films (Lebanon), The Postoffice
OCTOPUS SKIN, a universe of prehistoric creatures,          Films (Mexico), Graal S.A. (Greece), unafilm (Germany)   THE RIVER retraces an afternoon as it shifts into night,     (Lebanon), Survivance (France), Unafilm (Germany)
lava pathways and mollusks. I need to replicate an          German WCF partner: Unafilm                              in the company of a young woman and a much older             German WCF partner: unafilm
                                                            World sales: tbc                                                                                                      World sales: Les Films du Losange (France)
aroma that transcends the screen and stays with the                                                                  man, less a couple than two persons caught in an in-
spectator.                                                  Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2019              termediate state between the continued existence             Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2018
                                                            Funding amount: 40.000 €                                 of their relationship and survival itself.                   Funding amount: 30.000 €

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TASTE
VI
by Lê Bảo

                                                                                                                   WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE
                                                                                                                   KUN MAUPAY MAN IT PANAHON
                                                                                                                   by Carlo Francisco Manatad

Synopsis Bassley, a Nigerian illegal, plays in the Viet-   I want to approach TASTE in a more contemplative        Synopsis In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, re-          no reason, the characters inescapably lose their own
namese football league to support his son back             way. To respect the spaces as living entities that      ligious fanatics, desperados, criminals and fleeing       sense of justice. In the desperate struggle for survival,
home. When he breaks his leg, his contract is termi-       breathe, to observe the characters inhabiting that      animals are loose in the city. Miguel, a desperate son    all sense of humanity and morality are eroded, and to
nated. With nowhere to go, Bassley finds work as a         space in an unobstructed way.                           roams the ruins in search of the two women in his life:   save oneself, one must destroy another. No one can
masseur at a salon. Seeking additional income, he also                                                             his childhood friend, Andrea and his mother, Norma.       stay innocent. The films speaks of a satire and a com-
works as a prostitute. Over the course of three days,                                                              As soon as he finds them, Miguel tries to convince        mentary of the absurdist generation we are in today.
he and four women clean together, cook together, eat                                                               them to leave the unlivable city. However, Norma is
together, sleep together, and have sex. Afterwards,                                                                fixated on waiting for her estranged husband Luis,
Bassley wires the money he has earned to Nigeria. He                                                               and Andrea is entangled in a surreal situation, in
tries to enter the lives of the women in more ordinary                                                             which the typhoon survivors believe she is the saviour
ways. They have moved on, but something in him                                                                     amidst this tragedy. Miguel’s time slowly runs out as
                                                                                                                                                                             PHILIPPINES
has changed.                                                                                                       a rumour of another incoming storm circulates – his
                                                           VIETNAM                                                 freedom and even his life are at stake. He must decide    Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad
Director’s note The idea for TASTE came to me                                                                      whether to stay on to persuade his loved ones, or to      Producers: Cinematografica (Philippines),
                                                           Director: Lê Bảo                                                                                                  Globe Studios (Philippines), Dreamscape Entertainment
when I was in high school. I observed tired young          Producers: Le Bien Pictures (Vietnam),                  leave town alone before the next disastrous storm
                                                                                                                                                                             (Philippines), Iwant (Philippines), Plan C (Philippines),
African men sitting at the back of the bus at the end      E&W Films (Singapore), Deuxième Ligne Films (France),   devours him and the only home he knows.                   Black Sheep (Philippines), House on Fire (France),
of the day. This image stayed with me.                     Petit Film (France), Wild Bunch Germany (Germany)                                                                 Kawankawan Media (Indonesia), Aand (Singapore)
                                                           German WCF partner: Wild Bunch Germany                  Director’s note My city’s horrendous loss collided        German WCF partner: tbc
                                                           World sales: Wild Bunch (France)                                                                                  World sales: tbc
In Saigon, there are many Africans and they are often                                                              with terrible personal demons, and I decided to make
preyed upon. I do not want to make a film that ex-         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2018             a film set during the aftermath of the typhoon. After     Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2019
ploits the plight of an African man living in Vietnam.     Funding amount: 30.000 €                                the senselessness of having lost so much to nature for    Funding amount: 30.000 €

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           PRODUCTION SUPPORT
     FINISHED FILMS 2018–2020

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ASWANG                                                                                                             BACK TO KINHASA
by Alyx Ayn Arumpac                                                                                                RETOUR À KINSHASA
                                                                                                                   by Dieudo Hamadi

Synopsis When Rodrigo Duterte is elected president           World premiere IDFA 2019, Competition for First       Synopsis Stalked by the Congolese security services            World premiere Berlin International Film Festival
of the Philippines, he sets in motion a machinery of         Appearance                                            for taking part in the youth uprising against President        2018, Panorama
death to execute suspected drug dealers, users and                                                                 Kabila’s third term in January 2015, Ben flees to New
small-time criminals. ASWANG follows people whose            Key festivals and awards FIPRESCI Award, IDFA 2019    York with the help of a few friends. On the spot his asy-      Key festivals and awards Berlin International Film
lives entwine with the growing violence during two                                                                 lum application is rejected. Ben has a choice ­between         Festival 2018, Tim Hetherington Award, Sheffield Doc/
years of killings in Manila.                                                                                       living illegally in the United States or ­returning clandes-   Fest 2018; Cinéma du Réel 2018; Zurich Film Festival
                                                                                                                   tinely to the Congo. He chooses to return to Kinshasa.         2018; Viennale 2018
Director’s note The Philippines’ “war on drugs” is                                                                 He makes a stop in Brazzaville before crossing the river
ultimately an autocrat’s war against the urban poor                                                                in secret, joining the base which continues to mobilise
who catapulted him into power. How a people with                                                                   against the third mandate.
a tradition of democratic values elected a provincial
mayor to the country’s highest post on promises of                                                                 Director’s note I want to take my camera to docu-
restoring peace and order in the capital by – among          PHILIPPINES, 2019                                     ment the long-term process of these young Congo-               DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF
other things - dumping the bodies of “drug pushers                                                                 lese people, who, faced with no future, have decided           THE CONGO, 2018
                                                             Director: Alyx Ayn Arumpac
and do-nothings into Manila Bay and fattening the                                                                  to fight in order to have one. In this country, there
                                                             Producers: Cinematografica (Philippines), Les Films                                                                  Director: Dieudo Hamadi
fish there” provides a sobering context within which         de l'Oeil Sauvage (France), Razor Film Produktion     have always been men and women who have stood                  Producers: Kiripifilms (DRC), Les films de l’oeil
we can examine our society. Marked by viciousness            (Germany), Stray Dog Production (Norway)              up against injustice. I want to show their courage and         sauvage (France), Bärbel Mauch Films (Germany)
and impunity, the roots of this systemic violence run        German WCF partner: Razor Film Produktion (Germany)   pay tribute to them by telling their stories. Lumumba          German WCF partner: Bärbel Mauch Films
                                                             World sales: LevelK (Denmark)                                                                                        World sales: Andana Films (France)
deep in this country’s capital and periphery. It is a his-                                                         said: “One day, the history of the Congo won’t be
tory marked by protracted conflict in the countryside        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2019           ­written in the United Nations, in Washington or Paris         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2016
and violent deaths in the squalor of its cities.             Funding amount: 37.000 €                               but in the streets of Mbandaka, Kinshasa, Kisangani…”         Funding amount: 40.000 €
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THE BED
LA CAMA
by Mónica Lairana

                                                                                                                        BRIEF STORY FROM
                                                                                                                        THE GREEN PLANET
                                                                                                                        BREVE HISTORIA DEL PLANETA VERDE
                                                                                                                        by Santiago Loza

Synopsis It’s a hot summer in Buenos Aires. George             World premiere Berlin International Film Festival        Synopsis Tania is a trans girl who performs her            World premiere Berlin International Film Festival
(58) and Mabel (56) spend their last 24 hours together         2018, Forum                                              shows at night clubs in Buenos Aires. Pedro is a           2019, Panorama
as a couple, locked in their family home. The house                                                                     creature of the night, a regular dancer, a young gay
has been sold, and now they have to dismantle it and           Key festivals and awards Berlin International Film       man. Daniela works as a waitress in a bar. She is deal-    Key festival and awards Berlin International Film
to divide up all their material belongings before the          Festival 2018, New Horizons Film Festival 2018, Best     ing with a break-up, and is deeply melancholic. The        Festival 2019, Istanbul International Film Festival 2019,
moving van arrives. That morning, Jorge and Mabel              director and best actress awards Mar del Plata Inter-    three are friends and went to school together. Tania       BAFICI 2019, Neuchatel Fantastic Film Festival 2019,
try to fuck in several positions, but it’s all in vain. They   national Film Festival 2018; Kerala International Film   receives the news that her grandmother has died.           Sitges International Film Festival 2019, Lima Interna-
both end up crying. The rest of the day, locked in their       Festival 2018                                            They find an alien body in her grandmother’s house,        tional Film Festival 2019, Bogotá International Film
home, they move furniture, eat, have a shower, laugh,                                                                   alongside a letter in which she asks Tania to please       Festival 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival
pack things, cry, laugh again, find their dead cat, bury                                                                take the creature to the place where it first appeared.    2019
their cat, play with their dog, throw away stuff. And in                                                                Pedro, Daniela and Tania start a long and mysterious
the middle of these emotional ups and downs, they                                                                       journey.
say goodbye to each other.                                     ARGENTINA, 2018                                                                                                     ARGENTINA, 2019
                                                                                                                        Director’s note I want to make a movie about
                                                               Director: Mónica Lairana                                                                                            Director: Santiago Loza
Director’s note THE BED, my first feature-length film,                                                                  beloved and hurt people, who are dragged to live
                                                               Producers: Gema Films (Argentina), Sutor                                                                            Producers: Constanza Sanz Palacios
revolves mostly around the bodies of an old man and            Kolonko (Germany), Topkapi Films (Netherlands),          through an extraordinary situation, forced to experi-      Films Srl (Argentina), Autentika Films (Germany),
a woman, who, after 30 years of marriage, are forced           3 Moinhos (Brazil)                                       ence a huge and strange adventure. An existential          Anavilhana Filmes (Brazil)
to spend their last 24 hours together before finally           German WCF partner: Sutor Kolonko                        journey between the banal and the profound, the            German WCF partner: Autentika Films
                                                               World sales: Gema Films (Argentina)                                                                                 World sales: The Open Reel (Italy)
separating.                                                                                                             daily and the sublime. The movie is about the power
                                                               Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2016              of the weak. The hidden strength of outcasts. It is a      Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2016
                                                               Funding amount: 30.000 €                                 tribute to all the losers. And an act of poetic justice.   Funding amount: 30.000 €

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DEATH WILL COME
AND SHALL HAVE YOUR EYES                                                                                               THE FEVER
VENDRÁ LA MUERTE Y TENDRÁ TUS OJOS                                                                                     A FEBRE
by José Luis Torres Leiva                                                                                              by Maya Da-Rin

Synopsis Ana is in her 50’s and is the head nurse of         Within the project lays a desire to speak about death     Synopsis In Manaus, an industrial city surrounded by         lish with these families, were determining experiences
the city’s hospital. María is 42 years old and a math-       and to totally move away from its clichés and stereo-     the Amazon rain forest. Justino, a 45 year-old Amer-         for me. Urged on by these encounters, I began to jot
ematics teacher in a small school. They live in a small      types. To speak not about the end of a life but rather    indian, works as a security guard at a cargo port and        down my first notes for a movie to be set in Manaus.
town in the south of Chile. They have been a couple          of the beginning and the possibility of something new,    lives in a small house on the outskirts of town. Since
for 20 years, but had never lived together until the day     a self-discovery that is necessary to grow as a person.   the death of his wife, his only company has been his         World premiere Locarno International Film Festival
Maria was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This illness                                                                 youngest daughter Vanessa, but she will be leaving           2019, Competition
will mark a sign in their lives. Maria decides against       World premiere San Sebastian International Film           soon to study medicine in Brasília.
any kind of treatment and they sell all their belong-        festival 2019, Competition                                                                                             Key festivals and awards Pardo d'Oro for Best Ac-
ings and move to a small cottage in the middle of a                                                                    Stuck between the city and his village, which he left        tor and FIPRESCI Award, Locarno International Film
forest where they live until the day Maria dies. This is     Key festivals and awards Hamburg International            over 20 years ago, Justino finds himself condemned           Festival 2019, TIFF 2019, Torino International Film
how they fall in love again, living together for the first   Film Festival 2019, BFI London International Film Fes-    to an existence without place. During the day he             Festival 2019; Best Film, Pingyao Film Festival 2019
time, facing the unbeatable death and determined to          tival 2019, Viennale 2019                                 strives to stay focused at work. As time goes by, he
strengthen their relationship.                                                                                         is gripped by a high fever, whose cause the doctors          BRAZIL, 2019
                                                             CHILE, 2019                                               are not able to identify. Vanessa finds herself torn
                                                                                                                                                                                    Director: Maya Da-Rin
Director’s note DEATH WILL COME AND SHALL                                                                              between the desire to become a doctor and the                Producers: Tamanduá Vermelho (Brazil)
                                                             Director: José Luis Torres Leiva
HAVE YOUR EYES is the name of a famous poem by               Producers: Globo Rojo Films (Chile), Constanza Sanz       decision to leave her father, sick, in Manaus.               Enquadramento Produções (Brazil), Still Moving
Italian writer Cesare Pavese, perhaps one of the clear-      Films (Argentina), Autentika Films (Germany)                                                                           (France), Komplizen Film (Germany)
est and most awesome self-reflection exercises about         German WCF partner: Autentika Films                       Director’s note I was shooting two documentaries in          German WCF partner: Komplizen Film
                                                             World sales: Compañía de Cine (Argentina)                                                                              World sales: Still Moving (France)
work, love and death there has been in the history                                                                     the Amazon region in 2006, when I met several indig-
of literature.                                               Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2017           enous families who had left their traditional territories    Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2017
                                                             Funding amount: 40.000 €                                  to live in the city. The relationship I was able to estab-   Funding amount: 48.000 €

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FIG TREE
ETZ TE’ENA
by Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian

                                                                                                                    FLATLAND
                                                                                                                    by Jenna Bass

Synopsis Fourteen-year-old Mina lives in civil war-         with friends and the next witnessing them being         Synopsis FLATLAND is a contemporary, all-female         portrait of femininity against a harsh frontier-land, and
torn Ethiopia. One day, her Jewish family is presented      kidnapped.                                              western-adventure that tells the story of a lonely      questions what it means to be a woman in contem-
with the opportunity to escape the war by fleeing to                                                                policewoman longing to reunite with her fugitive        porary South Africa and the world at large.
Israel. But Mina won’t leave her boyfriend, Eli, behind.    World premiere Toronto International Film Festival      boyfriend; while simultaneously leading a murder
Confronting the war head on, she makes desperate            2018, Discovery section                                 investigation wherein a newly-married former house-     World premiere Berlin International Film festival
plans to save the love of her life before their child-                                                              keeper and a heavily-pregnant teen are the prime        2019, Panorama
hood ends.                                                  Key festivals and awards Eurimages Audentia             suspects. Helped and hindered along the way by an
                                                            Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2018; Best   ensemble of wayward denizens, the unlikely trio soon    Key festivals and awards Berlin International Film
Director’s note I spent the first years of my life in       Cinematography Award of the Award of the Israeli        become embroiled in a cross-country chase as they       Festival 2019 , Toronto International Film Festival 2019,
Ethiopia, sheltered under my grandmother’s loving           Film Academy 2018                                       navigate the Karoo semi-desert in freezing winter, at   Zurich Film Festival 2019, Transatlantyk Film Festival
wings. Through the gaps in her feathers I viewed a                                                                  times on horseback, all the while in search of a new    2019
magical world, occasionally interrupted by horror. I                                                                life and a fresh start.
was 10 years old when I left Ethiopia and despite the       ISRAEL, ETHIOPIA, 2018                                                                                          SOUTH AFRICA, 2019
war, my incognisant last days in Ethiopia passed by                                                                 Director’s note Femininity, today more than ever,
                                                            Director: Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian                                                                                  Director: Jenna Bass
quite normally.                                                                                                     has become embattled and undefinable. And then,
                                                            Producers: Black Sheep Film Productions Ltd (Israel),                                                           Producers: Proper Film (South Africa),
                                                            av medien penrose GmbH (Germany), En Companie           there’s “What is South Africa?” a country named         Deal productions (Luxembourg),
I would like to create a world similar to the one that      des Lamas (France)                                      purely after its place on the map, with 11 official     IGC Films (Germany), unafilm (Germany)
has accompanied me since childhood. Yet the heart           German WCF partner: AV medien penrose GmbH              languages and countless more peoples and cultures       German WCF partner: IGC Films
                                                            World sales: Films Boutique (Germany)                                                                           World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
of the film will be Mina’s daily life. Through Mina, I’ll                                                           without their own names. For these three different
describe the surreal situation of building a normal         Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2016         but equally desperate women, the journey of self-       Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2014
life during wartime; one moment playing peacefully          Funding amount: 40.000 €                                discovery within FLATLAND paints a vivid and unique     Funding amount: 45.000 €

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THE HEIRESSES
LAS HEREDERAS
by Marcelo Martinessi

                                                                                                                         HOMING
                                                                                                                         QUERÊNCIA
                                                                                See also WCF Distribution Support WCF    by Helvécio Marins Jr.
                                                                              See also Distribution Support WCF Europe

Synopsis Chela and Chiquita, both descended from            This film comes out of my desire to heal.                    Synopsis In the bucolic and serene Brazilian country-        World Premiere Berlin International Film Festival
wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been                                                                        side of Minas Gerais, Marcelo – an easygoing cowboy          2019, Forum
together for over 30 years. But recently their financial    World premiere Berlin International Film Festival            on a cattle farm – lives for one passion: the dream of
situation has worsened. When their debts lead to            2018, Competition                                            becoming a full-time rodeo announcer. One night,             Key festivals and awards Berlin International Film
Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is                                                                     armed men force him into rustling the cattle. The            Festival 2019, Cinélatino Toulouse 2019, IndieLisboa
forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time    Key festivals and awards Alfred Bauer Prize, Silver          incident affects him deeply and he relies on his sister      International Film Festival 2019, Jeonju International
in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a   Bear for Best Actress (Ana Brun) and FIPRESCI Award,         and friends to help him recover. Little by little he over-   Film Festival 2019, New Horizons 2019, Sao Paulo Inter-
group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into      Berlin International Film Festival 2018; Best Director,      comes the trauma and is ready to dream again and             national Film Festival 2019, Kino Latino Cologne 2019
her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy,         FIPRESCI Award, Cartagena IFF 2018; Golden Athena,           dream big: to launch his very own rodeo company.
forging a fresh and invigorating new connection.            Athens IFF Paraguay’s Submission for the 91st Acad-
Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and en-      emy Awards 2018                                              HOMING is about love for the land, animals and na-
gage with the world, embarking on her own personal,                                                                      ture. The film highlights the simple life of the rural
intimate revolution.                                        PARAGUAY, 2018                                               man who is often ignored in Brazil. In places where          BRAZIL, 2019
                                                                                                                         people live with very little, Marcelo is an example of
                                                            Director: Marcelo Martinessi                                                                                              Director: Helvécio Marins Jr.
Director’s note I “inherited” the diaries of a woman                                                                     humanity and strength of character in opposition to
                                                            Producers: La Babosa Cine (Paraguay), Pandora                                                                             Producers: Muiraquitã Filmes (Brazil), Videofilmes
who spent most of her life in the confinement of her        Filmproduktion (Germany), Esquina Filmes (Brazil),           the political and moral crisis we now face. His princi-      (Brazil), Canabrava Filmes (Brazil), Autentika Films
own home. Transforming her experiences into a nar-          Mutante Cine (Uruguay), Norks Filmprodukjson (Norway)        ples and captivating simplicity define him as a natural      (Germany)
rative feature film made me think about Paraguay,           German WCF partner: Pandora Filmproduktion                   antihero of our time.                                        German WCF partner: Autentika Films
                                                            World sales: Luxbox (France)                                                                                              World sales: The Open Reel (Italy)
my prison-country, and our system of “values” passed
from one generation to the next, like a hereditary          Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2016                                                                               Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2018
­disease. A system that doesn’t allow us to change.         Funding amount: 40.000 €                                                                                                  Funding amount: 25.000 €

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THE MONEY CHANGER
ASÍ HABLÓ EL CAMBISTA                                                                                                MONOS
by Federico “Cote” Veiroj                                                                                            by Alejandro Landes and Alexis Dos Santos

Synopsis Umberto Brause managed to become                 World premiere San Sebastián International Film            Synopsis On a faraway Colombian mountaintop,                International Film Festival 2019; Best Film, BFI London
renowned in the Uruguayan financial market; if he         Festival 2019                                              what at first looks like a hedonistic summer camp, is       Film Festival 2019; Best film, Transilvania International
wants to stay alive in the struggle for making money,                                                                actually the setting of a mission: child soldiers with      Film Festival 2019; Cine Latino Award, Palm Springs
he will have to put at risk his marriage, the emerging    Key festivals and awards San Sebastián Interna-            war names must ensure that the Doctor, a kidnapped          International Film Festival 2020; Best director, SANFIC
subvention of the 70s and his ancient code of ethics.     tional Film Festival 2019, Toronto International Film      American woman, stays alive. When a battle breaks           2019
                                                          Festival 2019, Viennale 2019, Tallinn Black Nights Film    out and a milk cow is accidentally killed in the fight,
Director’s note THE MONEY CHANGER means                   Festival 2019, Zurich Film Festival 2019, Chicago Inter-   playtime is over.
a huge challenge to me as a director, being my            national Film Festival 2019
first screenplay based on a previously existing                                                                      Director’s note Within the intimate, self-contained
text. The conception of this film was influenced by                                                                  framework of a squad of child soldiers belonging to
Scorsese’s films Casino and The Wolf of Wall Street,                                                                 an illegal army, we intend to build a parallel reality, a
films whose characters are entirely products of their                                                                fable of sorts, that allows us to get closer to the main    COLOMBIA, 2019
time and environment. Reason for which, they lead                                                                    victims in armed conflicts around the world: children.
two-faced lives.                                          URUGUAY, 2019                                                                                                          Director: Alejandro Landes and Alexis Dos Santos
                                                                                                                                                                                 Producers: Campo Cine (Argentina), Lemming Film
                                                                                                                     World premiere Sundance International Film Fes-
                                                          Director: Federico “Cote” Veiroj                                                                                       (Netherlands), Mutante Cine (Uruguay) Pandora Film
The counterpoint to this visual frenzy is a con dential   Producers: Oriental Features (Uruguay), Rizoma             tival 2018                                                  Produktion (Germany), Le Pacte (France),
toned first-person narrative voice, indifferent to any    (Argentina), Pandora Film Produktion (Germany)                                                                         Snowglobe (Denmark)
redemption for the character. On the contrary, aware      German WCF partner: Pandora Film Produktion                Key festivals and awards Special Jury Prize, Sun­           German WCF partner: Pandora Film Produktion
                                                          World sales: Film Factory Entertainment (Spain)                                                                        World sales: Le Pacte (France),
of his cynicism and perhaps seizing his chance on                                                                    dance International Film festival 2019; Berlin Interna-
screen, Brause strips down, eager to share his experi-    Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2017                tional Film Festival 2019; Audience Award, Cartagena        Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2014
ence as yet another narcissistic key to his persona.      Funding amount: 40.000 €                                   International Film Festival 2019; Best Director, Odessa     Funding amount: 40.000 €

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ONE IN A THOUSAND
LAS MIL Y UNA
by Clarisa Navas

                                                                                                               THE ORPHANAGE
                                                                                                               PARWARESHGAH
                                                                                                               by Shahrbanoo Sadat

Synopsis Iris meets Renata and feels immediately          World premiere Berlin International Film Festival    Synopsis THE ORPHANAGE is about an orphanage,                World premiere Cannes International Film Festival
attracted to her. She will have to overcome stigma,       2020, Panorama Opening Film                          its pupils and their everyday life. It is set in Kabul,      2019, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
and struggle with insecurities, in order to experiment                                                         Afghanistan, in the late 80s.
with first love. ONE IN A THOUSAND is a story full        Key festivals and awards Berlin International Film                                                                Key festivals and awards Cannes International Film
of tenderness in a hostile environment, where desire      Festival 2020                                        Qodrat (14) illegally sells cinema tickets for Bollywood     Festival 2019, Filmfest München 2019, Odesa Interna-
takes on many forms in the darkness, and gossip can                                                            movies on the black market, when the police catch him        tional Film Festival 2019, BFI London International Film
turn into a hostile weapon.                                                                                    and bring him to the orphanage. Qodrat dreams him-           Festival 2019, Busan International Film Festival 2019,
                                                                                                               self away to situations right out of an Indian Bollly­wood   Rotterdam International Film Festival 2020
Director’s note In the dark hallways of Las Mil, the                                                           movie until he becomes part of a group of friends.
biggest love came by once; along with the good                                                                 When the civil war starts, Qodrat escapes to Pakistan.
friends who helped shape a queer resistance on
the periphery. I believe that we need more images                                                              Director’s note The film happens in a time when
that get closer, instead of lecturing, bringing about                                                          Afghanistan was not an Islamic country. No one has
intense situations between the neighbourhood and                                                               made a fiction film about that time until now. Talking       AFGHANISTAN, 2019
the teenage bodies that resist and defile the fake        ARGENTINA, 2020                                      about civil war is taboo in Afghanistan. ­Mujahedeen
                                                                                                                                                                            Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat
condemnation of living on the edge on a daily basis.      Director: Clarisa Navas                              are a big part of the current Afghan government.             Producers: Adomeit Berlin (Germany), La Fabrica
This film takes shape in the power of these encoun-       Producers: Varsovia Films (Argentina)                What I want to achieve with THE ­ORPHANAGE is to             Nocturna (France), Adomeit Film (Denmark)
ters, defending a dissident way of life in the north of   German WCF partner: Autentika Films (Germany)        break this taboo and talk about that time without            German WCF partner: Adomeit Berlin
                                                          World sales: Pluto Films (Germany)                                                                                World sales: Luxbox (France)
Argentina – unique and bright, but on the verge of                                                             judging. I want to connect with all the ethnicities and
disappearing.                                             Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2019          make a real conversation about that time and about           Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2017
                                                          Funding amount: 30.000 €                             the ethnic civil war.                                        Funding amount: 60.000 €

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