Marlene Emilie Lyngstad’s ‘Norwegian Offspring’ Wins Cannes’ La Cinef

Denmark’s “Norwegian Offspring,” by Marlene Emilie Lyngstad, from Den Danske Filmskole, was chosen because the winner of the 26th version of La Cinef.

In the story, a mom passes away and her estranged son – obsessive about theories concerning the repression of male sexuality in trendy society – begins eager for offspring of his personal.

“The jury was captivated by this bold filmmaker,” stated Ildikó Enyedi, who presided over the jury.

“It made us laugh and cringe at the same time.”

Earlier, the Hungarian director – behind “On Body and Soul” and, most lately, “The Story of My Wife,” which was at Cannes – addressed the viewers: “You made it. To be in this room, it’s a lot and we all know it. We really felt for you [during our discussions]. We tried to go for the raw talent, for the promise. I just hope we did a good job, because we wanted to.”

“It was kind of surprising that people thought it was funny, because it was also so… dark. And melancholic. I found this man in real life. I read his blog where he writes, rather aggressively, how male sexuality is being repressed in modern society. And then he also has these dating sites through which he wants to meet women to have children with them. I met him and started to develop the script by improvising with him,” Lyngstad instructed Variety after her win.

“I wanted to make this modern odyssey about loneliness,” she said.

“Putting conflicting feelings in one scene is very exciting to me. And seeing how many you can actually feel, from disgust to empathy.”

The jury, which additionally included Ana Lily Amirpour, Charlotte Le Bon, Karidja Touré and Shlomi Elkabetz, awarded different prizes.

A second prize was awarded to South Korean “Hole” by Hyein Hwang (KAFA). “A ride that was tense, funny and human at the same time,” argued the jurors. In the movie, throughout a house go to, Jeong-mi discovers a younger boy and his little sister dwelling in a home with a big manhole in it. The kids ask Jeong-mi to go down the manhole.

“I made it imagining the most difficult situation you could think of,” stated the director, including she was drastically influenced by Korean society and flicks.

That’s not the one Korean providing this yr, with “The Lee Families” by Jeong-Mi Seo (Korea National University of Arts) additionally offered.

Finally, third prize went to Morocco’s “Moon” (“Ayyur”) by Zineb Wakrim, from ÉSAV Marrakech, which was referred to as by Elkabetz a “very personal testimony.”

“I hope Morocco is proud of me,” stated the visibly touched director. Later, she added: “It’s still quite complicated, making films in my country. You need to know people and know where to go. It’s changing, but very slowly,” she admitted.

“Being here is such a big deal, winning an award more. It has already opened many doors for me, especially because I am the youngest filmmaker here. I would like to talk about the visually impaired people next, focusing on their personal qualities, not their predicament.”

From 2000 brief movies submitted by movie faculties from all all over the world, 14 brief fictions and two animated brief movies had been chosen this yr.

“Created in 1998 as the Cinéfondation Selection, in order to discover young talented filmmakers right from the very beginning of their career, La Cinef has changed its name but not its mission,” says La Cinef’s inventive director Dimitra Karya.

“Since 2023, La Cinef is part of Cinéma de Demain, a section of the Cannes Festival dedicated to the future of cinema through four main missions: to reveal, transmit, accompany and connect.”

As famous by Karya, greater than half of the filmmakers chosen this yr are ladies. She can be “particularly pleased” with the participation of two African nations: Morocco, for the very first time, and Egypt with “The Call of the Brook” (“Al Toraa’”) by Jad Chahine (High Cinema Institute), the place a younger boy goes to a cursed brook and witnesses one thing that can seal his destiny.

The choice additionally included Iran’s “Inside the Skin” (“Daroone Poust”) from Karnameh Film School) by Shafagh Abosaba and Maryam Mahdiye, a few teenage soccer participant making ready for an essential match, all of the whereas maintaining a secret, in addition to the U.Okay.’s “Killing Boris Johnson” (NFTS) by Musa Alderson-Clarke, the place the internal turmoil of a grieving son collides with the failing political tenure of the Conservatives.

In “The Voice of Others” (“La Voix des Autres”) by Fatima Kaci (La Fémis), a Tunisian interpreter works in France on asylum procedures, and in India’s “Nehemich,” by Yudhajit Basu (FTII), a younger lady from a village of nomads hopes to elope together with her lover.

Brazil’s “Ground” (“Solos”) by Pedro Vargas (FAAP), a few younger employee who begins to listen to a wierd sound coming from the bottom on a development website in São Paulo, and “Crack of Dawn” (“Trenc d’Alba”) from Spain (ESCAC) by Anna Llargués had been additionally proven. In the latter, the farmhouse of a rural household is asserted unfit for habitation. While a part of the household fights to avoid wasting the area their ancestors constructed, the youthful ones think about the place they may go.

Further LA Cinef titles had been Yupeng He’s “A Bright Sunny Day,” during which the looks of a woman on a vibrant sunny day gently adjustments the lifetime of a younger man, and “Imogene” by Katie Blair, representing Columbia University. Blair’s story centered on a single, free-spirited New Yorker in her forties. Unprompted, her absurdly conventional household thrusts a being pregnant on her.

Germany “Primitive Times” (“Uhrmenchen”) by Hao Yu (Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf) and “Electra” by Daria Kasheeva turned to animation for inspiration, whereas one other FAMU proposition, Petr Pylypčuk’s “Eight Day” (“Osmý Den”), noticed a non secular sect congregating by a lake in a forest. They are making ready to carry out a baptism the subsequent day, however teenage Anna has her personal plans.

“The pandemic has left its mark on some of the films. We also note a concern about the environmental changes, as well as the position of women in different societies. Within this variety of filmmaking attitude and genres, one can enjoy the intense creativity displayed by these young directors. It brings hope for the cinema of tomorrow,” provides Karya. 

“We are proud to be a part of Cannes’ relentless effort towards discovery: a selection of student films is still something unique in the program of a major festival.”

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

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