Furtherdetails are emerging of the six new features being prepared as part of Vienna'sNew Crowned Hope Festival (November 14-December 13) to celebrate the 250thanniversary of Mozart's birth.
Titlesare Bahman Ghobadi's The Last Symphony Of The Kurds, Garin Nugroho's RequiemFrom Java,Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Intimacy, Paz Encina's Hamaca Paraguaya, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun'sDarattand Tsai Ming-Liang's Dark Circle.
Simon Fieldand Keith Griffiths of London's Illumination Films are executive-producers ofthe films, with financing initiated by the City of Vienna Department ForCultural Affairs through the Weiner Festwochen.
HamacaParaguaya (whose other backers include Slotmachine, Lita Stantic Productions,Fortuna Films and Arte France) will be in the running for Cannes.
Thereis also a possibility that Ghobadi's Last Symphony Of The Kurds, now shooting inKurdistan) will be finished by May.
The sixfilms will be shown together in Vienna.
Theatre andopera director Peter Sellars is artistic director of the New Crowned Hopeproject; Sellars was given around $12m (10m Euros) by Vienna to invest in theevent, with $2.3m (2m Euros) set aside for cinema.
Through theNCH fund, Field and Griffiths have been providing between 15% and 80% of thebudgets for the six features.