Magazine article Screen International

Asia-Euro Producer Finalists Revealed

Magazine article Screen International

Asia-Euro Producer Finalists Revealed

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Finalists include five from Asia and five from Europe.

The 6th Ties That Bind: Asia - Europe Producers Workshop has announced ten finalists for this year - five from Asia and five from Europe.

The producers will work together on developing their projects over two events.

The first will take place during the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, April 29-May 3. The second, during the Busan International Film Festival (Oct 2-11).

Here are the finalists (further details below):

Karim Aitouna (France)Women of the Weeping River, Hautlesmains ProductionsDir: Sheron Dayoc

Joenathann Alandy (Philippines)Hypothalamus, Outpost Visual FrontierDir: Dwein Baltazar

Valérie Bournonville (Belgium)Walkers, TarantulaDir: Olivier Meys

Weronika Czolnowska (Poland)Baby, EasyBusyProductionsDir: Kei Ishikawa

Antonin Dedet (France)Black Stones, Neon ProductionsDir: Gyeong Tae Roh

Justin Deimen (Singapore)Lanun, Silver Media GroupDir: Chua Jingdu

Julius Ponten (Netherlands)Fatu Adil, HabbekratsDir: Jim Taihuttu

Alina Yan Qui (China)Mazu, Guardian of the Seas, Jampa FilmsDirs: Xiao Zheng and David Ebner

Masumi Soga (Japan)KodokushiDir: Janus Victoria

Lina Tan (Malaysia)Five Star Billionaire, Red FilmsDir: Bernard Chauly

Karim Aitouna (Hautlesmains Productions, France) is producing Women of the Weeping River, directed by Sheron Dayoc. It is the story of two women in a remote Muslim community who hope to undo an escalating blood feud stretching back generations. The project is supported by the Sundance Institute, Hubert Bals and the Asian Film Fund.

Since 2010, Joenathann Alandy (Outpost Visual Frontier, Philippines) has produced five feature films and three short films that have received recognition locally and internationally. His first collaboration with writer/director Dwein Baltazar was on her debut feature film Mamay Umeng which was awarded Best Picture Prize at the Jeonju IFF in 2013. Hypothalamus is a multi-narrative drama/love story in which Baltazar interweaves the story of four different men and their affection for a mysterious young woman named Aileen.

Valérie Bournonville (Tarantula, Belgium) is producing the first feature film Walkers by Olivier Meys. The film is dealing with the sensitive subject of prostitution of Chinese women in Europe. The director has been living in China for eight years and has a great knowledge of China's social issues and culture. Tarantula is a company that stands out with its co-productions with Mexico (Batalla en El Cielo by Carlos Reygadas - in competition in Cannes 2005); Canada (Congorama by Philippe Falardeau - Director's Fortnight in Cannes 2006); Palestine (Le Sel de la Mer by Annemarie Jacir - Un Certain Regard" in Cannes 2008); Argentina (La Cantante de Tango by Diego Martinez Vignatti, in competition Locarno 2009); and Taiwan (Visages by Tse Ming-Liang, in competition in Cannes 2009), among others.

Weronika Czolnowska (EasyBusyProductions, Poland) is the producer of Baby, a fantasy comedy about a young couple who end up in strange Kappa Word and have to convince their baby to be born. Baby will be a Polish- Japanese co-production and the project won the main prize at IT Project Market at the Fantastic Film Festival in Bucheon, Korea. Baby will be the first feature of Kei Ishikawa whose previous short film Dear World received a special prize in the prestigious competition of the Akira Kurosawa Foundation. His other short film It's All in the Fingers also produced by Weronika Czolnowska premiered at New Directors/New Films Festival in New York.

The Korean filmmaker Gyeong Tae Roh was immediately recognized with his first film The Last Dining Table, which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival. …

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