Film Funding Berlin Medienboard Fetes Cannes Festival Films

On Saturday, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg film and television funding agency celebrated the six films it has funded that are running in the official program of the Cannes Film Festival.

These were Ruben Ostlund’s Triangle of Sadness in Competition, Ali Abbasis’ Holy Spider in Competition, Emily Atef’s More Than Ever in Un Certain Regard, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Un beau matin in Directors’ Fortnight, The Natural History of Destruction” by Sergei Loznitsa in the special screening and “Mariupolis 2” by Mantas Kvedaravicius in the special screening.

Kirsten Niehuus, Head of Medienboard, commented on Medienboard’s role in supporting the films at Cannes: “Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and other film funds play an important role in maintaining high-quality cinema in Europe and international co-productions around the world . ”

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The Holy Spider crew includes actors Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Sara Fazilat, and producer Sol Bondy.
Courtesy of MBB/Daniel Hinz

Speaking of the type of films Medienboard likes to promote, she said: “Not very original, but true – we prefer films that convey something original to the audience. This applies to mainstream as well as to young talent and art house. Especially this year’s MBB-funded films in Cannes are so great and diverse … each one a unicorn.”

On the role of Berlin-Brandenburg in world cinema, she said: “We are very proud to have everything … the Berlinale as an important platform for films from all over the world, some of the best producers who have made history with their extraordinary films are produced and co-produced and will be part of the future of world cinema, as well as film funding to help filmmakers bring their creative visions to the big screen.”

VIPs in attendance included More Than Ever director Emily Atef; Holy Spider director Ali Abbasi, actors Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Sara Fazilat, and producer Sol Bondy; Philippe Bober and Erik Hemmendorff, producers of “Triangle of Sadness”; the Mariupolis 2 team, including producer Thanassis Karathanos and Hanna Bliobrova, fiancee of the late manta rays Kvedaravičius; Sergei Loznitsa, director of The Natural History of Destruction; Julia von Heinz, director of “And tomorrow the whole world”; Razor Film’s Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul, producers of One Fine Morning; Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek, the directors of the Berlinale; Veronika Ferres, actress and producer; and Charlie Woebcken, Henning Molfenter and Eike Wolf from Studio Babelsberg.

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The Mariupolis 2 team including producer Thanassis Karathanos and Hanna Bliobrova, fiancee of the late manta rays Kvedaravičius.
Courtesy of MBB/Daniel Hinz

Also present were members of The Creatives, a network of independent European producers: Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach from Komplizenfilm; Synnøve Hørsdal and Cornelia Boysen from Maipo; Erik Glijnis and Leontine Petit from Lemming; Good Chaos’ Mike Goodridge; Tatjana Kozar, Jacques-Henri Bronckart and Gwen Libert from Versus; Simon Arnal of Haut et Court; and Eitan Mansuri from Spiro.

Also Alexander Wadouh, Germany’s candidate for EFP’s Producer on the Move programme; and the actors Emilia Schüle, Stefan Konarske and Maximilian Mundt. Film Funding Berlin Medienboard Fetes Cannes Festival Films

Charles Jones

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