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Cannes 2009 Producer’s Patch: Fortissimo Films

What would Cannes be without Fortissimo Films? Actually what would any of the other big festivals be without this kind of ‘company’? They got a foursome of projects which I am eagerly awaiting to see from helmers Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Tsai Ming-Liang and a Latin American product from Michel Franco.

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What would Cannes be without Fortissimo Films? Actually what would any of the other big festivals be without this kind of ‘company’? They got a foursome of projects which I am eagerly awaiting to see from helmers Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Tsai Ming-Liang and a Latin American product from Michel Franco. Sadly, this will be a bitter sweet Cannes for the company with the passing of an industry vet Wouter Barendrecht, who was an anchor in bringing the best of Asian films to North American audiences. In the near future we can look forward to the next Todd Solondz and Stephan Elliott projects and a “Marley” docu around the corner. 

AGAINST THE CURRENT   by Peter CALLAHAN – Completed
AIR DOLL (KUKI NINGYO)  by Kore‐eda HIROKAZU – Completed
BLACK OASIS  by Stephan ELLIOTT – Pre-Production
CHILDREN OF THE PYRE  by Rajesh JALA – Completed
DANIEL & ANA  by Michel FRANCO – Completed
DISGRACE  by Steve JACOBS – Completed  
FACE (VISAGES)  by Tsai MING-LIANG – Completed
MARLEY  by Jonathan DEMME – Production
NYMPH  by Pen-Ek RATANARUANG – Completed
TELSTAR  by Nick MORAN – Completed   

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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