64th @Berlinale : After a Successful 2013, World Cinema Fund Gets Off to a Smashing Start in 2014
For the World Cinema Fund (WCF), 2013 proved to be an exceedingly successful year: the WCF-funded film Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons) by Emir Baigazin took home the Silver Bear at the last Berlinale.
Also the Berlinale 2014 could not have got off to a better start. For the first time two WCF-funded films will be screening in the Competition: Celina Murga’s La tercera orilla (The Third Side of the River, Argentina / Germany / Netherlands), and Benjamin Naishtat’s directorial debut, Historia del miedo (History of Fear, Argentina / Uruguay / Germany / France).
Showing in Panorama is the German-Turkish production Kuzu (The Lamb) by Kutluğ Ataman; and in Forum, Chilla (40 Days of Silence) by Saodat Ismailova, co-produced by Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Netherlands, Germany and France.
The WCF invites all friends of the WCF, as well as international representatives of the trade and press to WCF Day on February 12, 2014. After welcoming words from Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, and WCF project managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno, Jorge Sánchez, director of the Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía will present the IMCINE Award. This new prize will be awarded by IMCINE to all Mexican films that receive funding from the World Cinema Fund in the next three years. The IMCINE-Award is endowed with 15,000 Euro.
Following the presentation, two WCF panel discussions will be held (in English).
World Cinema Fund Day on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Location: Filmhaus Berlin – Potsdamer Str. 2
11:45 am: Welcome and presentation of the IMCINE Award
12:00 noon: Panel discussion Forever Young / Argentinian Cinema of the XXI Century Artistic Profile, Content, Production and Co-operation
Participants: Celina Murga (director, La tercera orilla, Berlinale Competition 2014; Argentina), Benjamin Naishtat (director, Historia del miedo, Berlinale Competition 2014, Argentina), Diego Lerer (film critic, Argentina), Hernán Musaluppi (producer, Argentina), Peter Rommel (producer, Germany) Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno, WCF
1:00 pm: Panel discussion History and Innovation Fit Together Retrieving film history in WCF countries: Conditions, Needs, Technical Solutions
Participants: Frédéric Maire (Cinématèque suisse, Switzerland), Lorna Tee (producer, Malaysia / Hong Kong), Tamer El Said (director, curator, Egypt), Viola Shafik (director, film scholar, Egypt / Germany) Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno, WCF
The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, and with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.