MARCHÉ’S CHINESE NEW TALENTS
FOR NEW Chinese Talents on May 16, eight projects by newcomers will be presented, and the participants will receive training as part of the event. This year’s selection includes: Apotato, by Wu Bo, which is about a young girl from a remote village in the south of China who struggles with the tribal rules of her society; Bubblemarriages, by Cui Du, which follows migrant workers who form temporary marriages away from home; and Crowandaboa, by Zheng Laizhi, a dramatic fantasy which follows the twenty years relationship between a man and a woman who meet at age nine. The other projects are Lisi’stroubles, by Liu Junfeng, which follows a man whose plans to commit suicide are interrupted by two extraterrestrials. Mum, by Wang Yida, is a revenge story about a mother on the war path after losing a daughter, who commits suicide after dealing with campus violence and rape. Ourhometown, by Wang Zhao, follows a protagonist who seeks to raise money to give his father a splendid funeral; Perfectstranger, by Tian Li, follows an increasingly desperate plastic surgeon who eventually leaves an actress with a facial scar. In Grandpa’scounter Attack, five old men that meet at a betting hall, hoping to win the lottery, soon find other amusements. The film is by James Jseng and Shoher Lin. Author Stefano Tealdi will be mentoring the filmmakers in Cannes for the fourth year. A pitching session will take place from 10 to 12 PM followed by a press conference at 12 on the 16th. “Some of the difficulties for these new Chinese Talents are to understand and integrate a ‘world cinema’ vision,” he says. “They are extremely interested in understanding what projects professionals attending Cannes could be interested in. They do not know how projects are developed and produced in Europe and even less how they are pitched. This makes the work we do here together quite exciting as they are discovering a new world.” Indeed, being in Cannes is an education for them. “The filmmakers attending are pleasantly surprised to understand that, at the market in Cannes, there are producers seeking out art-house films, which means that they can concentrate more on the story than on the commercial aspects of their projects. They have a lot of stories to tell and the New Chinese Film Talents is offering them a platform,” he adds. In a separate China initiative, around twenty advanced students in production from the Beijing Film Academy (BFA) program will also be in Cannes this year looking to know more about international production and investment.