Magazine article Screen International

Mannheim to Honour Olivier Assayas

Magazine article Screen International

Mannheim to Honour Olivier Assayas

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French director Olivier Assayas is to receive the Master of Cinema Award at this year's Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival (Oct 9-24) following previous recipients such as Wim Wenders, Atom Egoyan and Zhang Yimou,

Festival director Michael Kötz said: "Assayas' directorial work has an intelligent depth to it which make his films more captivating with every viewing. He has a unique and distinctive style that is all his own."

Assayas has directed films including Carlos – Der Schakal, Irma Vep and Clouds of Sils Maria.

The award will be presented to Assayas on Oct 10 before a screening of his 2012 film Après Mai – Something in the Air.

World/international premieres

Kazakh filmmakers Ruslan Magomadov and Serik Abishev's Once at an Orphanage will have its world premiere in the festival's 22-title International Competition for the Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg.

Iranian director Vahid Qazimirsaeid's Road to Shahriyar, Belgium's Raf Reyntjens' Paradise Trips, and French filmmaker Ada Loueilh's Papa Lumière – So Long Africa are among five international premieres screening in the competition, while European premieres have been programmed of films from Uruguay (Clever by Federico Borgia und Guillermo Madeiro), Bangladesh (Jalal's Story by Abu Shahed Emon) and The Netherlands (12 Months in 1 Day by Margot Schaap), among others.

"Every film in the Competition distinguishes itself by telling its story with a very personal touch – authentic and believable – and the fact that none of the films deny where the come from," Michael Kötz noted. "Each of them are infused with the culture, the people and the country of their origin."

World cinema

In addition, this year's Golden Palm winner Dheepan by Jacques Audiard will be one of 17 films screening in the festival's World Cinema showcase with such titles as Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre, Naomi Kawase's An, and Léa Pool's La Passion d'Augustine.


US in Wroclaw

New projects by Sasha Gordon and Shaz Bennett are among the final six selected from 50 US independent features to participate in the fifth edition of the US in Progress co-production forum, which will be held from Oct 22-23 as part of Wroclaw's sixth American Film Festival (Oct 20-25).

Leading European buyers and festival programmers will be coming to Wroclaw for the project presentations and one-to-one meetings with the filmmakers.

2015's line-up of projects, which are all in their final editing stages, includes:

· Actor Martinez by Mike Ott and Nathan Silver

· Alaska is a Drag by Shaz Bennett

· Americana by Zachary Shedd

· It Had to Be You by Sasha Gordon

· The Alchemist Cookbookby Joel Potrykus

· The Loner by Daniel Y Grove

The projects will all have a chance of winning in-kind awards of post-production service packages worth a total $40,000 as well as prizes offered by Cannes' Producers' Network and Polish broadcaster Ale kino+. …

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