Guy Daleiden (Film Fund Luxembourg) director, Xavier Bettel (Prime minister), Olivier Henrard (CNC - France director general) and Mathieu Fournet (CNC - France director of European and international affairs) / © Film Fund Luxembourg
There were many happy faces at the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, likely due to the fact that Luxembourgish co-productions have never been as successful as they were this year.
Prime minister Xavier Bettel is also in charge of Luxembourg's films as Minister for Communications and Media. Over the weekend, the prime minister brought back good news from Cannes.
The Luxembourg Pavilion has been the area where those in the film sector meet in Cannes to work and enjoy the views of the sea for the past 18 years. Whilst the weather did not cooperate over the weekend, Bettel had good news for those in the film sector.
Bettel announced that there would be increased funding for Luxembourgish films and co-productions, which is crucial to guaranteeing the survival of the sector. Increasing funds for Luxembourgish films allows these productions and co-productions to experience more success, as seen by the four co-productions featured at this year's festival.
Ireland has been a longstanding co-production partner of Luxembourg. The director of the Film Fund, Guy Daleiden, expressed his delight at proposing a new cooperation with the Irish focusing especially on female directors and screenwriters.
And finally, Superjhemp has also arrived in Cannes after stops in Berlin and Los Angeles.