Friday, April 24, 2009

Cannes 2009

Directors' Fortnight has selected the short film Anna, directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson, for its 41st edition, which takes place during the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival, from May 14th to 24th, 2009.
This will be the world premier.
Anna is in competition for The SFR Award for the best short film presented at the Directors' Fortnight,
The 35 minutes long film is from the National Danish Film School and is a graduation film even though Rúnarsson and his team will first graduate in June.
The team behind Anna are:
Director / screenplay : Rúnar Rúnarsson
producer : Caroline Schlüter
photography : Sophia Olsson
sound : Sylvester Holm
editing : Jacob Schulsinger

Its the third film that they make together.

Rúnarsson and his team have already received numerous awards for "2 Birds", who attended the Cannes in 2008 in the competition program for short films. His previous short film "The Last Farm", was Oscar-nominated in 2006 and also received numerous prices.

"Anna" portraits a young girl in a delicate period of her life. The 12-year-old Anna, who lives in a fishing village, is at crossroads. Her world is changing - and so is she.

Directors' fortnight profile
Every year, the Directors’ Fortnight created by the SRF (French Directors Society) in 1969, programs a selection of films from around the world during the Cannes Film Festival.

Since its creation, the Directors' Fortnight has discovered and held the first French screenings of debut films by Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmush, Michael Haneke, Spike Lee, the Dardenne Brothers, Sofia Coppola… and invited the likes of Robert Bresson, Manoel de Oliveira, Stephen Frears, among others.

Among the various sections at the Cannes Film Festival, the Directors’ Fortnight is distinguished by the independent judgment displayed in the choice of films, the “cinéphile” standards and the accessibility to non-professional audiences at the festival

Directors' Fortnight editorial line
This not only involves highlighting new talent in world cinema and the directors of tomorrow, but also supporting filmmakers who are still little-known in the West or whose work has not been shown in the major international festivals.

In striving to be eclectic and receptive to all forms of cinematic expression, the Directors’ Fortnight pays particular attention to the annual production of fiction features, short films and documentaries, to the emergence of independent fringe filmmaking, and even to contemporary popular genres, provided these films are the expression of an individual talent and an original directorial style.

SRF profile
«Created in June 1968, the Société des Réalisateurs de Films (Film Directors' Society) was set up to "defend artistic, moral, professional and economic freedom in filmmaking, and to participate in the development of new cinema structures".

Born in an atmosphere of anger and turbulence, the SRF has stayed faithful to its original mandate. Taking care to implicate itself in a prestigious tradition, which has always brought French filmmakers together to defend their art, the SRF has remained steadfastly representative. Given the "new information" of cinema in Europe and throughout the world, the society provides inspiration for the creation of filmmaker's organisations in numerous countries.

Fiercely independent, the SRF is funded by member subscriptions and grants from the Centre National de la Cinématographie for its cultural actions. »

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