Rough Cut Lab – Selected Projects 2019

4 feature documentary projects in a rough cut stage have been selected for the Rough Cut Lab 2019

AFTER YOUR REVOLT, YOUR VOTE

by Kiswendsida Parfait Kaboré
Burkina Faso, France | 90'
Justin Pechberty - Les Valseurs | Serge Désiré Ouedraogo - BRANDIMAGE
Expected release: September 2019

Following a popular uprising in October 2014, Burkina Faso commits to a historic vote. Thanks to a movement led by the young Burkina generation, this is the first time the country is witnessing a change of government via the ballot boxes.


OUR DARK 70'S

by Ali Essafi 
Morocco, France | 80’
Ali Essafi - Cinemaat Productions | Marie-Clémence Paes - Laterit Productions
Expected release: June 2019

Our Dark 70’s is an archival footage project which reveals the mood and the artistic production of an era that has long been censored. Assembling fragments of works (film, photo, sound) together with interviews of the protagonists, the film will tell the story of this very unique period in Morocco’s history known as “The Years of Lead”.


THE DEVIL'S DRIVERS

by Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty
Germany, Qatar, Lebanon, France, Palestine | 90'
Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty
Expected release: September 2019

Pursued by the army, two Bedouin cousins smuggle Palestinian workers through the Negev desert. An intimate portrait filmed over the course of five years about men living on the edge in one of the most fragile regions of the world.


URBAN AMAZONS

by Thaïs Odermatt
Switzerland, Germany | 80’
Brigitte Hofer - maximage GmbH | Sophie Ahrens - Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF 
Expected release: June 2019


Urban Amazons are fierce heroines who have the power to conquer hearts. They fight for their beliefs. No justifications, no compromise, always pushing on. A fight for victory in a martial arts cage; a fight for love and respect; a fight for fellow sufferers and humanity. This is a call for Amazons to stand together.

AFTER YOUR REVOLT, YOUR VOTE
by Kiswendsida Parfait Kaboré
France - Les Valseurs
Burkina Faso - BRANDIMAGE

OUR DARK 70'S
by Ali Essafi  
Morocco - Cinemaat Productions  
France - Laterit Productions    

THE DEVIL'S DRIVERS
by Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty
Germany, Qatar, Lebanon, France, Palestine

URBAN AMAZONS
by Thaïs Odermatt
Switzerland - maximage GmbH
Germany - Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Tutors

Maria Bonsanti, Head of Program, EURODOC (FR) 

Maria Bonsanti has established herself in the world of documentary film since 2000. For twelve years she worked for the Festival dei Popoli in Florence, where she was appointed co-director in 2011. She also frequently worked for the Locarno Festival, where she coordinated, for instance, the Play Forward section in 2006 and 2007. From 2012 to 2017, Bonsanti was artistic director of the documentary film festival Cinéma du réel at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Since 2017, she has been the head of Program for Eurodoc, a leading training programme and network for over 1,000 documentary producers from more than 60 countries worldwide. Maria Bonsanti has already served on a number of festival juries around the globe.

mbonsanti@eurodoc-net.com
www.eurodoc-net.com

Matthieu Darras, Director, First Cut Lab (SK) 

Matthieu Darras is First Cut Lab’s director. He collaborates with various film talents initiatives such as When East Meets West’s First Cut Lab. As a festival programmer, he notably worked for Cannes Critics’ Week, and is currently delegate of San Sebastian Film Festival in charge of Eastern Europe. He is a contributor to the film magazine Positif; he founded & directed the European Network of Young Cinema NISI MASA. He recently founded the Pop Up Film Residency.

[email protected]
http://www.firstcutlab.eu

Marina Drozdova, Producer, Writer, Artistic Co-Director of Flahertiana IFF (RU) 

Marina graduated from Moscow University, and has since enjoyed a long career as a film critic and film archives researcher for European documentaries. She has also written and produced historical documentaries and is the artistic co-director of Flahertiana IFF (Perm, Russia).

drozdfilm@gmail.com
www.flahertiana.ru

Rada Sesic, Head of Documentary competition and Co-Head of Docu Rough Cut Boutique, Sarajevo Film Festival (BA) 

Rada is a documentary filmmaker, film critic and lecturer, festival programmer. She was born in Croatia, lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo), now she lives in The Netherlands. She collaborates on the program of two biggest film festivals in The Netherlands - IFFR Rotterdam where she is a program advisor and on the selection of Hubert Bals Fund and IDFA Amsterdam where she is on a viewing comity and IDFA Bertha Fund selection. She teaches at the Master of film at the Dutch film Academy Amsterdam and was lecturer for seven years at the University of Amsterdam at Film and Media studies. At the Sarajevo Film Festival, Rada heads the documentary competition and co-heads the Docu Rough Cut Boutique. With friends, she started a film festival in The Hague - Eastern Neighbours -where she is the artistic director.

radasesic@yahoo.co.uk
www.sff.ba

Gion-Reto Killias, Film Editor (CH) 

Born in 1970, in Zurich. ZHdK Film Zürich 1994-1999. Film editor (including): Das Fräulein (fic./2006) Andrea Staka, Day Is Done (doc./2011) Thomas Imbach, Abrir puertas y ventanas (fic./2012) Milagros Mumenthaler, Eine wenig, dr Dällebach Kari (fic./2012) Xavier Koller Nichts passiert (fic./2015) Micha Lewinsky, Schellen-Ursli (fic./2015) Xavier Koller, The Idea of A Lake (orig.: La idea de un lago) (fic./2016) Milagros Mumenthaler, Almost There (doc./2016) Jacqueline Zünd, Where We Belong (doc./2019) Jacqueline Zünd.

[email protected]

Isabelle Ingold, Film Editor (FR) 

Isabelle Ingold is a freelance editor. She is a La Femis alumni with a major in editing. Since her graduation, she has worked with a number of different directors, among others, such as Amos Gitai, Vincent Dieutre, Vivianne Perelmuter, Toshi Fujiwara, Barmak Akram, Bojena Horackova, Itvan Kebadian, Renaud Cohen, Jean-Charles Massera And Julia Pinget. Several of the documentary and fiction features she has edited have been selected in Festivals such as: Venise, Cannes, Toronto, Berlinale, Sundance, Locarno, Lussas, Visions du Réel.

[email protected]