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Activities - 20/05/2011
Directors’ Fortnight: Austria's Atmen wins Cannes Europa Cinemas Label
Karl Markovics’ debut feature ATMEN from Austria has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Directors’ Fortnight section of Cannes, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors – the ninth year the Label has been awarded in the section. Europa Cinemas is a partner of the Directors’ Fortnight.
ATMEN will now benefit from support from Europa Cinemas for its promotion and programming in the Network's cinemas.
The jury issued the following statement: “Karl Markovics has given us a very strong debut feature. The story of a young man leaving prison and learning how to lead his life mirrors many of the themes involving young people present in other Cannes films this year – coping with the problems of growing up, parents, school and love. Markovics put less emphasis on the aesthetics - although the photography is very good - but gives us a dark but positive story that is full of life, sparked by excellent performances. We very much hope this Label prize will help this great film secure as wide a European audience as possible. »
Sold internationally by Films Distribution, there are already deals made in several key territories. Karl Markovics is both director and screenwriter. The film stars Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka, Gerhard Liebmann and Georg Friedrich. Cinematography is by Martin Gschlacht, editing by Alarich Lenz, sound by William Edouard Franck, and music by Herbert Tucmandl. Produced by Dieter Pochlatko, Atmen is an epo- film produktiones.mb.H. production.
Roman Kogler, 18, is serving time in a juvenile detention center. He has already served half of his sentence, and could be released on probation, but his chances are poor: he doesn’t have family, and seems incapable of coping with society. After many failed attempts, Roman finds a probation job at the municipal morgue in Vienna. One day, Roman is faced with a dead woman who bears his family name. Even though it soon turns out that she is not his mother, Roman wonders about his past for the first time and starts looking for his mother.
Born in 1963 in Vienna, Karl Markovics is a respected stage actor, appearing in many plays and musicals. He starred as Salamon Sorowitch in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s 207 film The Counterfeiters, which was awarded the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film.
The Europa Cinemas jury of Network exhibitors consisted of : Barbora Drobná (Exhibitor, Distributor - Cinemax/Continental Film, Slovakia); Elena Mascioli (Young AudiencesCoordinator - Cinema Farnese, Italy); Mary Nazari (Exhibitor, Producer - Pioneer Cinema/Too much Pictures Film Company - Russia); Vincent Paul-Boncour (Exhibitor, Distributor - Le Nouveau Latina/Carlotta Films - France).
Winners of the Label in Cannes in previous years have included: 12:08 East of Bucharest, Control, Eldorado, La Pivellina and Le Quattro Volte.
The Europa Cinemas Label awarded in Cannes complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, Giornate degli Autori in Venice and Karlovy Vary.
Barbora Drobná (Slovakia)
Before working for Continental Film, a family-run distribution company, which works closely with the biggest cinemas chain in Slovakia CINEMAX, Barbora started her career as a production manager and casting director on short films and TV series and shows. At Continental film she is responsible for Young audience activities and festivals that take place in CINEMAX cinemas. She teaches distribution at the film faculty of VSMU Bratislava.
Elena Mascioli (Italy)
Elena Mascioli is co-founder of Farnese CinemaLab, the educational project team of Cinema Farnese Persol in Rome, which was created to manage the organization of school screenings and educational projects. She is in charge of writing and selecting the didactic material provided to students and teachers, and often leads post-screening discussions with students. In 2010 she took part in the Young Audience seminar held by Europa Cinemas in Bologna.
Mary Nazari (Russia)
Mary Nazari graduated from Moscow State University, where she studied psychology and psychology of art. She is General Director and Head of Programming of the new art house cinema in Moscow, Pioner. As a producer, she worked on Silent Souls (Osvyanki) by Aleksei Fedorchenko, and is currently working on two films for Too much Pictures Film company.
Vincent Paul-Boncour (France)
Vincent Paul-Boncour runs Carlotta Films, a distribution company which specializes in repertory films. Since its creation in 1998, the company has broadened its activities to include DVD releases and VoD. He also runs Bodega Films with his associate Jean-Pierre Gardelli, which recently distributed Europa Cinemas Label winner, Nord. In 2008 he took over as director of Network member cinema, Le Nouveau Latina, in Paris.