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"The Whole-Timers" Accepted into the Cinefondation's Atelier Program
The project is one of the Lab’s current edition’s projects, written and to be directed by
Bibhusan Basnet and Pooja Gurung and produced by Marie Legrand (France).

A few months ago Basnet and Gurung arrived in Jerusalem and for one of their two periods of writing and discussion under the mentorship of Eran Riklis. Now it has been selected to participate in the Cannes film festival’s Cinéfondation's luxurious Atelier program.

Each year, The Atelier selects about fifteen feature length projects from around the world, and invites their directors to the Cannes film festival in order to put them in contact with film professionals. The filmmakers are selected according to the quality of their project and that of their previous films, as well as on the state of progress of their finance plan. The program enables them to gain access to international financing and speed up the production process.

The Whole-Timers tell the story of Kuprey, a 13 year old Maoist guerrilla, exchanges his AK-47 for a Video Camera to fill in the post of a Documentarian in his platoon. Kuprey is in awe of the camera and how beautiful the world looks through it, inspite of the war that surrounds him.
A missing father that he has vowed to find, a home that he cannot visit and a war that he cannot understand – Kuprey tries to make sense of the chaos through the images he captures with his camera.
We see a country ravaged by war as the turmoil transforms him from a naïve school boy to a hardcore guerilla aka Comrade GURANS who can go to any line or length to serve the principles of his political party. But, try as he may, can he sacrifice his personal agendas that stop him from serving for the common good of the people and their aspirations?
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