Six chosen for Residence du Festival


PARIS -- Director Laurent Cantet and his jury have chosen six filmmakers for the 14th annual session of the Residence du Festival taking place March 1-July 15, Festival de Cannes organizers said Wednesday.

The Residence program, inaugurated in 2000 by the festival's Cinefondation, invites foreign filmmakers to the Festival de Cannes and shepherds them in the writing and development of their feature films.

This year's class, chosen from a field of 140 competitors, are Rusudan Chkonia of Georgia (for his project "Keep Smiling"), Turkey's Pelin Esmer ("K and Ali"), Milagros Mumenthaler of Argentina ("Absences"), Malayan Tan Chui Mui ("Living Quietly"), Mitra Farahani of Iran ("Coq, Legendes urbaines") and Israeli Naday Lapid ("Le Policier").

In addition to lodging at the festival residence in Paris while working on their projects, the selected helmers will attend next year's Festival de Cannes and screenings of their films will take place in Paris next June.