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Gilles Jacob’s picks for 08′ edition of the Cannes Résidence

Sort of like what the Sundance labs do to nurture promising (mostly U.S) filmmaker talent, the Cannes Résidence, presided by Gilles Jacob, does the exact same with world talents. This year’s six new candidates include the Mexican helmer Francisco Vargas Quevedo whose festival favortie El Violin (The
garnered international acclaim and he is joined by Rebecca Daly (Irish, 28 years old), Nikias Chryssos (German, 29 years
old), Adrian Sitaru (Romanian, 36 years old), Manuel Nieto Zas (Uruguayan, 35 years old) and Yang Heng (Chinese, 32 years old).

Each year twelve participants are selected and invited to live in Paris for four
and a half months as they embark on a course designed to help them in the
writing and production of their films, with invaluable help and support from
film professionals

The Résidence has received more than ninety directors since 2000, and assisted in the making of some fifty films. Recent examples include Nadine Labaki’s Caramel and Jaime Rosales’ Solitary
Fragments (La Soledad)
(“La Soledad”).

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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