This autumn, the Berlinale World Cinema Fund turns five and is celebrating with a presentation of selected WCF films from November 4 to 7 in the "Hackesche Höfe Kino" in Berlin.
The WCF was established in October 2004 as an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlinale in cooperation with the Goethe Institut. Since then, 63 films from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South Asia and the Caucasus have received production or distribution funding. These films have screened internationally in cinemas and/or programmes of renowned international film festivals.
In little time, the WCF has established itself as a facilitator in the cultural-political sector, a seal of approval for projects receiving support and an initiative to promote contacts in the international film industry. To mark this 5th anniversary, the Berlinale, together with the German Federal Cultural Foundation, is organizing a WCF spotlight called Infectious Films. It will highlight ten WCF films to give cineastes and Berlin audiences a taste of the authentic stories and artistic strengths of WCF-supported productions.
"The more local, the more international: The WCF believes that films that show one's own cultural identity, in all its fluctuations, can move and infect international audiences as well," says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.
"Every film supported by the World Cinema Fund shows determination and artistic courage and opens a window into a world that we otherwise wouldn´t be able to experience in German cinemas. These five years also show that WCF is a cultural-political success story: German producers are systematically involved in the funding programme and thereby hold their ground in the international film industry," comments Hortensia Völckers, Artistic Director of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
The WCF spotlight Infectious Films will open on Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. with an introduction by famous director of photography Michael Ballhaus in "Hackesche Höfe Kino". It will be followed by the premiere of this year's Berlinale winner The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada) by Claudia Llosa, in cooperation with the distributor Neue Visionen, who will release this Peruvian film the next day in German cinemas nationwide.
Directors Salif Traoré, Raya Martin and Kiko Goifman, whose films will screen at the WCF-Spotlight, will also attend the opening on November 4. Until November 7 three WCF-supported films will be shown every day. Renowned German filmmakers will serve as "patrons" and introduce the films and guests: Robert Thalheim, Hannes Stöhr and Emily Atef.
November 5, 2009
6 p.m. Faro (Mali, 2007). Directed by: Salif Traoré.
Guests: director Salif Traoré, German producer Bärbel Mauch
8 p.m. Independencia (Philippines, 2009). Directed by: Raya Martin.
Guests: director Raya Martin, German producers Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul. Presented by: Robert Thalheim.
10 p.m. Liverpool (Argentina, 2008). Directed by: Lisandro Alonso.
November 6, 2009
6 p.m. Hamaca Paraguaya (Paraguay, 2006). Directed by: Paz Encina.
8 p.m. The Wind Journeys (Colombia, 2009). Directed by: Ciro Guerra.
Guests: lead actor Marciano Martínez, German producers Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul.
Presented by: Hannes Stöhr.
10 p.m. Ajami (Israel/Palestine, 2009). Directed by: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti.
November 7, 2009
6 p.m. Paradise Now (Palestine, 2005). Directed by: Hany Abu-Assad.
8 p.m. Pandora’s Box (Turkey, 2008). Directed by: Yesim Ustaoglu.
Guests: director Yesim Ustaoglu, producer Serkan Cakarer. Presented by: Emily Atef.
10 p.m. Filmphobia (Brazil, 2008). Directed by: Kiko Goifman.
Guest: Kiko Goifman
The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival in cooperation with Goethe Institut.
October 7, 2009