Alain Joyandet, French State Secretary for Cooperation and the French-speaking world, will today open the second annual “Les Cinémas du Monde” Pavillon at noon. He will be accompanied by the Pavillon’s patrons, Sandrine Bonnaire and Rithy Panh, Jeannette Kavira, Minister of Arts and Culture of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival de Cannes, and numerous other producers and directors.
Located in the heart of the international village, this Pavillon aims to showcase less well-known films (from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Asia, Latin America, the Near and Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe), and to encourage worldwide distribution of these films by bringing professionals into contact with each other.
This year, five films at Cannes received funds from Fonds Sud: Long Boonmee Raluek Chat by the Thai director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (In Competition), Nostalgia for the Light by the Chilian, Patricio Guzman (Special Screening), The Light Thief by the Krirghize director, Aktan Arym Kubat (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), La Mirada Invisible by the Argentinian Diego Lerman (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and Bi, Dung So! by the Vietnamese director, Phan Dang Di (Semaine de la Critique).
Le Fonds Sud Cinéma is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Culture and Communication. Since its creation in 1984, it has supported the production of more than 500 feature films from Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Near and Middle East, and, since 1997, some Eastern countries.