Lucrecia Martel and Paolo Branco confirmed as final 2017 Qumra Masters

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Argentina’s eminent filmmaker Lucrecia Martel (The Swamp, The Holy Girl and The Headless Woman) and internationally acclaimed producer Paulo Branco (The Lisbon Story, Cosmopolis, Time Regained) have been confirmed by the Doha Film Institute as the final two Masters for the third edition of Qumra taking place from March 3 to 8, 2017.

This was announced during the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, where a strong showcase of captivating films supported by the Institute are being screened.

Lucrecia Martel and Paolo Branco join the previously announced Qumra Masters - contemporary Iranian master Asghar Farhadi; French auteur Bruno Dumont; and Cambodian creative documentarian Rithy Panh. They will mentor first and second-time filmmakers during Qumra, to support the development of emerging filmmakers from Qatar, the Arab region and around the world. 

Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO of Doha Film Institute said: “Lucrecia Martel and Paolo Branco are luminaries in world cinema, who bring a unique perspective on filmmaking that will incredibly benefit emerging filmmakers who have been selected to participate in Qumra this year. The five Masters, while very different in style, are renowned for their innovative approach to filmmaking, and bring a wealth of experience to Qumra that will be invaluable for the participating filmmakers. We want to inspire and support these emerging talents in their work, and provide them with the opportunity to establish connections with some of the most important names in world cinema today.”

Filmmaker and Doha Film Institute Artistic Advisor Elia Suleiman said: “The works of Lucrecia Martel and Paolo Branco have a vivid place in the history of world cinema. While Martel has brought some compelling films that stand out for their powerful themes and narrative style, Branco is the mind behind some very accomplished films of our time. Along with the other Qumra Masters, they present exciting insights on modern filmmaking, and will be an inspiration for the filmmakers participating in Qumra.”

Lucrecia Martel studied at the National Experimentation Filmmaking School in Buenos Aires and made a number of short films between 1988 and 1994. Her award-winning short film ‘Dead King’ was part of the omnibus film ‘Brief Tales I’, a collection of shorts by new Argentinian filmmakers. Her debut feature ‘La Cienaga’ was It went on to be voted the greatest Latin American film of the decade in a poll of New York film critics, and is seen as an important development in the New Argentine Cinema. All her films have been well-received at international film festivals, and has been a juror at festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance and Rotterdam, among many others. Currently, Martel is in post-production with her fourth feature-length film, ‘Zama’, slated to premiere in 2017.

Honoured by the European Parliament as the ‘Greatest European Producers,’ Paolo Branco embodies one of the most important figures of independent production in the world. He has the largest number of films selected at the Cannes Film Festival (60 films with 36 in Official Selection) and to have competed for the Golden Palm. He is recognized for having given their first chances to numerous aspiring filmmakers who turned into immense cinematographers, offering them the opportunity to make their screen debut. He has produced over 300 films and worked with the most renowned film directors in the world including David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders, Chantal Akerman, Alain Tanner, Werner Schroeter, Olivier Assayas, Cédric Kahn, among many others.

Along with the other Qumra Masters, Paolo Branco and Lucrecia Martel will engage in a series of masterclasses and one-on-one sessions with participating Qumra projects, along with screenings and question-and-answer sessions for Doha audiences throughout the week.

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