World Cinema Fund Backs Productions From Syria, Guatamala, Brazil and Malaysia

Fund also gives distribution support to Berlin titles "Nader and Simin," "A Screaming Man," "The Light Thief" and "Huacho."

BERLIN - The World Cinema Fund is backing new features from Syria, Malaysia, Brazil and Guatemala in its most recent round of financing.

The Berlin-based fund, which supports feature productions from territories with underdeveloped film industries, selected four features to co-finance. They are: In What City Does it Live? from Malaysian director Seng Tat Liew; Syrian drama Round Trip from director Meyar Al Roumi; Dust by Guatemalan director Julio Hernandez and the Brazilian film Swirl from directing team Clarissa Campolina and Helvecio Marins Jr.

In addition to production support, the WCF also approved distribution funding for four features previously backed by the fund, to support their theatrical release in Germany. These include Asghar Farhadi's Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner Nader and Simin, A Separation, The Light Thief from Kyrgyzstani director Aktan Arym Kubat, African drama A Screaming Man from director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Chilean feature Huacho by director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras.