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"One Week and a Day" WON distribution prize at Cannes' Critics Week

The Lab's alumni continued to show a strong presence at the different programs of the Cannes Film Festival, for the 3rd year in a row:


One Week and a Day, directed by Asaph Polonsky, was accepted into the Cannes Critics Week and WON the Prix Foundation Gan for distribution. Polonsky is an alumnus of the Lab's 1st run (2012).


Deadline interview

Hollywood Reporter review

Variety review

Indiewire review


Apprentice, by Singaporean director Junfeng Boo, developed during the Lab's 2nd run, was chosen for the Un Certain Regard program. Apprentice is Boo's 2nd feature film; the first premiered at the 2010 Cannes Critics Week.


Variety review

The Hollywood Reporter review

Screen Daily review



Returning to Cannes this year is Nadav Lapid. Lapid acted as one of the Critics Week jury, after having his film The Kindergarten Teacher premiere at the same program, at 2014. This year, his newest film, Diary of a Wedding Photographer, premiere at the Critics Week in an out of competition special screening.


Representing the Lab's 2016 run at the Festival's Atelier were Bibhusan Basnet & Pooja Gurung of Nepal, working at this time of their film The Whole Timers.



Other Lab films to premiere at Cannes are RUN by Phillippe Lacote of the Ivory Coast, The Kindergarten Teacher by Nadav Lapid of Israel, and Son of Saul by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, who won this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


From 2012 to this day, 17 feature films developed in the Lab have been filmed (75% of all the Lab's films) in: Israel, USA, Uruguay, Argentina, Ivory Coast, Hungary, Singapore, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, Montenegro, and Sri Lanka. They have participated in many A-list festivals, including: Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Tribeca, and San Sebastian.

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