News 12 APR 2017

"Paul is Here" by Valentina Maurel selected at the Cannes Film Festival

The school film Paul is Here by Valentina Maurel will be part of the selection of the Cinéfondation for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which will be held from May 17 to 28.

Like Trash by Alexandre Gilmet in 2016, Paul is Here comes out from INSAS, prestigious Brussels art school. It has been chosen amongst 2600 shorts from around the world and will compete for one of the three prizes awarded in this category.

Valentina Maurel's Paul is Here tells the story of a step backwards, like a ghost knocking at the door. Paul is here, and his annoying presence will disrupt Jeanne's everyday life.

Born in Costa Rica, both Costarican and French, Valentina Maurel travels to France to study film making. After going briefly through university in Paris, she moves to Brussels to obtain a master degree in directing.

The Cinéfondation was created in 1998 by Gilles Jacob, under the aegis of the Cannes Film Festival, for new talents’ searching. Its activities are organized around the Selection, the Résidence and the Workshop. The Selection concentrates around fifteen to twenty short and medium-length films presented by schools of cinema of all countries. Since 2000, the Résidence has offered dozens of young foreign filmmakers the opportunity to write the screenplay for their first or second feature film for four and a half months in Paris. This year, Belgian director Zeno Graton will join the Résidence. Finally, the Atelier selects around fifteen feature film projects every year and invites their directors to the Cannes Film Festival to put them in contact with professionals to help them complete the financing of their project.

This year, the director, screenwriter and producer Cristian Mungiu will chair the Jury of the Cinéfondation and Short Films.