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EWA members at Circle Women Docs in Progress in Cannes

Three projects by EWA members in the Circle Women Doc Accelerator Cannes showcase

Our partner Circle Women Doc Accelerator has unveiled the four projects that will take part in its showcase as part of the Cannes Docs program of the upcoming Cannes Film Market.

For the fifth consecutive year, four alumnae of the program will present their works-in-progress during the market. We are so proud to see plenty of EWA members and alumnae of our Mentoring Programme for Emerging Female Producers in their selection.

Biljana Tutorov, CIRCLE’s Program Director has said: "We will highlight another four talented filmmakers coming from Iran and Germany, Ukraine, Italy and Azerbaijan. As usual, personal, political and ethical issues are at the core of our Docs-in-Progress selection, inviting to emotional journeys through four different cinematic paths - from cinema verité and black & white drama to mixing archives and virtual reality, interrogating the nature of memory and image, and the complexity of present moment between life and destruction".

Dreamers” by Imam Hasanov, produced by Maria Ibrahimova (participant in the Mentoring Programme) for Cinex production (Azerbaijan), is set in rural Azerbaijan, where former football player Mamed coaches an all-girls football team. He leads young girls to defy societal norms and patriarchy, and pursue their dreams amidst the haunting shadows of history.


UPDATE: Dreames received the Think Film Impact Award

The Elf’s Tower by Polina Kelm (winner of the EWA Network Award at Circle Doc Accelerator) is a metaphoric tale set in a mental health institution in Kyiv as the full invasion of Ukraine is happening. A theater troupe made of patients rehearses a prophetic play that will never be ready for the premiere, as if an invisible force stands in the way. “It is produced by Polina Kelm and Magika Films (Ukraine) in co-production with Rok Biček for Cvinger Film (Slovenia).

“White Lies” directed by Alba Zari and produced by Manuela Buono for Slingshot Films (Italy) (former alumna of the EWA Network mentoring Programme), revolves around the director’s identity quest. Born in a cult in Bangkok but raised in Italy, Zari, a photographer and artist, traces the history of three generations of women through her artistic lens, hidden truths and the white lies that define their current identities.

“Portrait of a Friendship” directed by Faezeh Nikozaad and produced by Julia Cöllen (Fünferfilm, Germany) is about three Iranian women, all filmmakers and close friends. Through their decade-long filmed correspondence they question life paths they took on the backdrop of an increasingly complex political reality.