The seventh edition of New Cinema Network, the project by the Fondazione Cinema per Roma whose goals are to promote, advance and facilitate the co-production of new independent Italian, European and international films, presents a selection of 20 projects from all over the world, evaluated and chosen by the selection committee appointed by Marco Müller, Marie-Pierre Duhamel and Sandra Hebron with the staff of New Cinema Network, headed by Lucia Millazzotto.
The selection features an ample spectrum of countries, themes, styles and genres.
From German director Jessica Krummacker (with the “Mordogan” project), who captured international attention with her debut film “Totem”, selected for “International Critics’ Week” at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, to Spanish director Lluis Galter (“The Vacationers”), who presented “Caracremada”, also in Venice, in the “Orizzonti” section, to English director Babak Jalali (“Land”), a young talent whose debut feature-length movie “Frontier Blues” was presented at the Locarno Film Festival in 2009.
From the United States comes Clay Jeter (“Io”), a talent discovered at the Sundance Festival where, in 2011, he presented his stunning debut film “Jess+Moss”.
There is also a significant number of film-makers from Latin America: from Argentina’s Alexis Dos Santos (“Another World”) and Lisandro Alonso (Sin titulo), an experimental and visionary talent whose previous film, “La libertad”, raised a great deal of controversy at the Cannes Film Festival, to Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (“Iron”) from Chile, who came to international attention with his debut film “Huacho”, at the Cannes Film Festival 2009.
From Egypt there is director Fawzi Saleh (“Poisonous Roses”), whose first documentary “Living Skin” participated in many international festivals and won three awards at Hotdocs in Toronto.
India will also be participating with Amit Dutta (“The Room on a Tree”), whose films have won awards in Venice and have participated in all the major festivals. NCN will also present upcoming projects by Marco Bellocchio (“Pagliacci”), a powerful transposition of Leoncavallo’s opera seen through the director’s aesthetic universe, and by Jia Zhangke, whose ambitious new documentary (“Almost Anonymous”) is dedicated to one of the cinema greats, Dziga Vertov.
The selection includes four other projects chosen from within the Italian Panorama section that is designed to support and cultivate new trends and is dedicated to projects that are still in the process of funding, but have been developed as a production and are in search of foreign co-producers.
The films are: “The Dream of the Gold Fish” by Gianni Cardillo (Producer Enzo Giulioli), “Tito” by Paola Randi (Producer Angelo Barbagallo), “Life Runs over you” by Paolo Sassanelli (Producer Tommaso Arrighi) and “Sworn Virgin” by Laura Bispuri (Producer Alessandro Usai).
It should be remembered that NCN is the place where film-makers can find an ideal platform for presenting their new projects and make contact with the most important players in the European film industry. Almost 50% of the projects selected by NCN at past editions managed to complete their funding and become award-winning internationally recognized films. To name just a few: “Illégal” by Olivier Masset-Depasse, “The In- visible Eye” (“La Mirada Invisible”) by Diego Lerman – selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2010 – and “Milk of sorrow” by Claudia Llosa, winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin and nominated as Best Foreign Film at the Oscars® in 2008.
Today NCN can count on 25 partners among the European institutes for the promotion of cinema and 7 international partners (Cinéfondation L’Atelier, Film London Production Finance Market, Sundance Feature Film Labs, Screen Institute Beirut, Rotterdam CineMart, Sarajevo Cine- Link and ACE – Atelier du Cinéma Européen) in addition to 4 Italian partners (AGPC, ANAC, ANICA and Indicinema). Furthermore, NCN is consolidating the fruitful relationship with the European Commission and the European Council started three years ago.