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May 10, 2017:
A Strong Showing in Cannes: the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund, Berlinale Talents Alumni, and a Berlinale Shorts Winner

I Am Not a Witch, Los perros, Aala kaf ifrit, En attendant les hirondelles

Four films supported by the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund (WCF) have been invited to participate in the programme of the Cannes Film Festival.
Director Mahdi Fleifel, who won the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) in 2016 for A Man Returned from the Berlinale Shorts section, is also presenting his new work: A Drowning Man.

In addition, a total of 40 Berlinale Talents alumni from various film professions (directing, production, acting, camera, editing, costume design, screenwriting) are represented in 25 films selected for Cannes.
More information about Berlinale Talents can be found here

The following films funded by the WCF are screening in Cannes:

I Am Not a Witch by Rungano Nyoni (Berlinale Talents alumna) - Zambia / France / United Kingdom / Germany
La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Los perros by Marcela Said – Chile / France / Argentina
Semaine de la Critique

La belle et la meute by Kaouther Ben Hania – Tunisia / France / Germany
Un Certain Regard

Aala kaf ifrit (Beauty and the Dogs) by Karim Moussaoui – Algeria / France / Germany
Un Certain Regard

The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, with further support by the Goethe-Institut.
The special WCF Europe programme was launched with the support of the European Commission’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme.
Thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, the special programme WCF Africa was started in 2016.

More information about the World Cinema Fund can be found here

Press Office
May 10, 2017

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