Cannes' Atelier Selects Films from Argentina, Chile, and Mexico


Cinéfondation's Atelier, the co-production showcase at the Cannes Film Festival has announced the 15 directors selected for its tenth edition, which includes projects from Argentina, Chile, and Mexico.

The projects includes Invisible by Argentinean director Pablo Giorgelli (pictured), the follow up to his acclaimed debut feature road movie Las acacias, which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2011.

From Chile, Matías Rojas Valencia will present A la sombra de los árboles / In the Shade of the Trees, following his 2013 road movie debut Raíz. This project, a chronicle of true events at a sinister Chilean boarding school run by German settlers, was at Berlin’s co-production market last month and is produced by Don Quijote Films.

From Mexico, Daniel Castro Zimbrón is presenting the psychological thriller The Darkness, which is his second feature film, and turns on a family in an isolated hamlet cabin whorled by perpetual fog and terrorized by a stalking beast.

Additionally Spanish-born Antonio Méndez Esparza, who won the top prize at Cannes' Critics Week for his debut feature film Aquí y allá, presents Saudade, which is the story of a young Brazilian mother who migrates to Spain.

Created in 2005, the Cinéfondation’s Atelier stimulates creative filmmaking and encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers. The directors, along with their producers, will be given the opportunity to meet potential partners at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in a bid to finish their projects and start the making their films.