Talents Set to Dazzle in Cannes

Another stellar alumni line-up is about to hit the Croisette. All Berlinale Talents alumni attending the festival are invited to raise a glass with us at our annual Talents Rendez-Vous (RSVP through your online profile).

The Competition includes Frankie, executive produced by Lucas Joaquin, and Bacurau, produced by Emilie Lesclaux and starring Bárbara Colen (pictured). Un Certain Regard is showing A Brother’s Love, with music by Olivier Alary, and Fire Will Come, written and directed by Oliver Laxe. Additional titles are Bull, written and directed by Annie Silverstein and produced by Monique Walton, and Share, co-produced by Matt Code. The Short Film Competition has selected Agustina San Martín’s Monster God, Yona Rozenkier’s Butterflies, and Anna, lensed by Vladymyr Ivanov.

The Critics’ Week is absolutely packed with alumni titles. Features include Abou Leila, produced by Louise Bellicaud, and Land of Ashes, co-produced by Cecilia Salim, edited by Ariel Escalante, and with music by Wissam Hojeij. The line-up continues with A White, White Day, produced by Anton Máni Svansson, Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson and Katrin Pors; Our Mothers, written and directed by César Díaz and starring Armando Espitia; and The Unknown Saint, produced by Alexa Rivero and shot by Amine Berrada. Several shorts are competing: The Trap, produced by Gregor Streiber; Lucía en el limbo, produced by Marcelo Quesada; The Manila Lover, co-produced by Bianca Balbuena-Liew; Tuesday from 8 to 6, produced by Jean-Christophe Reymond; and She Runs, written and directed by Yang Qiu, produced by Justin Pechberty and edited by Carlo Francisco Manatad. There will be special screenings of the feature Heroes Don’t Die, co-produced by Adis Djapo, and of the shorts Demonic (written, directed and produced by Pia Borg), Naptha (produced by Ali Mansuri and Tom Kimberley) and Please Speak Continuously… (produced by Andrew Cividino and edited by James Vandewater).

The Directors’ Fortnight offers six alumni features. There’s Canción sin nombre, edited by Manuel Bauer; Give Me Liberty, written and directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky; and To Live to Sing, produced by Jing Wang and co-produced by Matt Drake. Further titles include Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, co-produced by Alise Gelze; Oleg, produced by Alise Gelze and co-produced by Lukas Trimonis; and Sick sick sick, executive produced by Carlos Eduardo Valinoti, co-produced by Nidia Santiago and Frank Hoeve, co-edited by Eva Randolph, and with sound by Tiago Bello.

The ACID programme has selected two features by former Talents: Solo, co-edited by Valeria Racioppi, and Rêves de jeunesse, with sound by Miguel Cabral. Finally, five directors have been selected to present their projects at the Cinéfondation Atelier: Felipe Galvez (The Settlers), Mikko Myllylahti (The Woodcutter Story, Berlinale Talents Script Station 2015), Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Victoria Falls), Maja Milos (Rift in the Ice), Anna Bofarull (Sinjar) and Soudade Kaadan (Nezouh). Congratulations and good luck to you all!

Buenos Aires and Guadalajara Roundup

From Argentina to Peru, the next generation of South American filmmakers recently united at Talents Buenos Aires (April 2-6, 2019) for pressing debates on the current state of Latin American cinema. A series of talks, workshops and presentations explored the theme “Too Late to Die Young.” Watch what happened in this video.

The 50 Mexican, Central American and Caribbean participants of Talents Guadalajara (March 8-13, 2019) enjoyed workshops on the theme of “Filmocracy” and masterclasses with actor Peter Fonda, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, producer Christine Vachon and director Guillermo del Toro. You can read the Talent Press participants’ coverage here (in Spanish).

Call for Entries: Sarajevo, Tokyo and Berlinale Talents

Up-and-coming filmmakers and critics from Southeast Europe and the Southern Caucasus have until May 20 to apply for Talents Sarajevo (August 17-22, 2019). This year’s theme, “Innocence Un/Protected,” borrows its title from a Dušan Makavejev documentary. Apply here.

Applications for Talents Tokyo (November 25-30, 2019) will be open from May 15 until June 15 for directors and producers from East and Southeast Asia. In addition, Talents Tokyo alumni are eligible for the Next Masters Support Program, which provides funds for project development, film promotion and attendance at international project markets. Details here.

Finally, save this very important date! Applications for Berlinale Talents 2020 will open on July 1, 2019. In the meantime, you can follow us on social media for all the latest news and to receive reminders about our call; simply click on the icons further below. Have a great summer, everyone!

Upcoming Dates

Talents Sarajevo, apply by May 20, 2019
Talents Tokyo, apply from May 15 until June 15, 2019
Talent Press Rio, apply by June 2019
Berlinale Talents, apply from July 1 until Sept 2, 2019
World Cinema Fund, next deadline: July 5, 2019

Talents Durban, July 19-23, 2019
Talents Sarajevo, Aug 17-22, 2019
Talents Beirut, Sept 19-23, 2019
Talent Press Rio, November 2019
Talents Tokyo, Nov 25-30, 2019

Photo credits
1) Still: Bárbara Colen in Bacurau © SBS Distribution, Paris
2) Peruvian director Claudia Vanesa Figueroa Muro at Talents Buenos Aires 2019
3) Having a lark at Talents Tokyo 2018 © Talents Tokyo/ TOKYO FILMeX

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Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, and is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Film Board.