The Acrobats

ACROBATES FILMS is a French production company based in Paris since 2002. Involved in Art House films, international coproductions and documentaries. We are dedicated to feature films from new talents with strong cinematic vision and contemporary issues that can reach international audiences.

Claire Lajoumard

After mastery of Modern Letters in cinema, at the University of Paris III, Claire Lajoumard has worked at CNC, and then at different production studios, among them Les Films de la Lune Vague. From 1996 to 2000, she was associated to Paraiso Production, where she collaborated on films as a production director, associated producer, and executive producer (3 features, 15 short films). She then worked as production director and executive producer at Key Light Productions (2 features, 1 short film).

In 2002 she founded the production studio Acrobats Films.

Parallel to this, since 2010, she has worked as an expert for the Produire au Sud workshops (3 Continents Festival Nantes) as well as for other workshops on international co-production (EAVE Ties That Bind, SEAFIC). In charge of courses from 2016-2019 at the Polytechnics University of Hauts-de-France, Master 2 MCAV. Graduate of EAVE 2000.

Aamir Bashir

Aamir Bashir was born in 1970 in Srinaga, Kashmir, India. After having received a diploma in  History, he studied law at the University of Delhi. He worked as a journalist and as an anchor on Television. He moved to Bombay in 1998 and began a career in acting.

He played notably in multiple independent films such as “Clever & Lonely” by Ashwini Malik, “Split Wide Open” by Dev Benegal, “The Great Indian Butterfly” by Sarthak Dasgupta, “A Wednesday” by Neeraj Pandey, “Peepli (Live)” by Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui and “Frozen” by Shivajee Chandrabhushan. He directed “HARUD (Autumn)”, his first feature film as a screenwriter, director and producer in 2010. HARUD won the Don Quixote Prize at the Friburg International Film Festival in 2011, and the Best Film Prize in Urdu in 2013.

Pham Ngoc Lan

Pham Ngoc Lan is an emerging artist and film director based in Hanoi, Vietnam with a background in urban planning and architecture.

Since 2011, Lan’s debut short film ‘The Story of Ones’ (2011) has been screened in numerous film festivals and art museums, include Visions du Reel (Switzerland), CPH-DOX (Denmark), New Cinema and Contemporary Art – Rencontres Internationales (France), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Japan), etc. In 2012, he was invited to a Creators Residency in Hokkaido, Japan, where he organized his first exhibition.

In 2015, Lan’s first short fiction project ‘Another City’ participated in the Short Film Station in Berlinale Talents. One year later, the final production premiered at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Germany) under Berlinale Shorts Competition and competed in Palm Spring Film Festival (USA) under International Competition. It also received awards from Uppsala International Short Film Festival, IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival, Hanoi International Film Festival and Chicago Underground Film Festival.

Currently, Lan is developing his first feature film Cu Li Never Cries. The project is selected to  L’Atelier 2017  – festival de Cannes, Busan Project Market 2016 and SEAFIC script lab.

Tumpal Tampubolon

Tumpal Tampubolon is a screenwriter and director from Indonesia.

He first studied mathematics before devoting himself to cinema after graduating. In 2007 he participated in the Asian Young Filmmakers in Jeonju, South Korea. He directed Drum Lesson during this period. He directed Mamalia in 2010, one of the short films for Belkibolang Omnibus Film. Belkibolang was selected in Rotterdam, Hong-Kong, Jeonju and in Udine Far East Film Festival. In 2014 he won the Citra Best Screenplay Award for Tabula Rasa, one of the most prestigious recompensations in Indonesia.

Pablo Fendrik

Pablo Fendrik was noticed in 2007 with the thriller “The Assailant”. Graduate of the Buenos Aires Center of Cinematographic Research, he invested himself in cinema at the frontier of genre and authorism. Assistant director and then screenwriter, he was formed along with other filmmakers. He worked with Alejandro Agresti on the production of “Wind Takes Them Elsewhere” and “One Night With Sabrina” as well as with Jorge Gaggero and Sandra Gugliotta where he signed the respective scenarios “Vida en Falcon” and “Las Vidas Posible” In 2009 he released his second feature film, “Blood Appears”. Again presented at Critic Week, this confirms the talent of Pablo Fendrik.

Soudade Kaadan

Born in France in 1979, Soudade Kaadan studied Critical Theatre in Damascus, Syria, then Cinema at the Institute of Scenic, Audiovisual and Cinematographic Studies (ISACS) in Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. She has directed documentaries for UNDP, UNICEF and the chain Aljazeera. Her first feature documentary, “Looking For Pink” won the Martine Filippi Discovery prize – Urti Documentary Grand Prize of author of Monte Carlo 2010. Her short documentary Damascus Roof and Tales of Paradise was screened at the Dubai Film Festival.

K. Rajagopal

Born the 21st of September 1965 in Singapore, K. Rajagopal was a theatre comedian for about 15 years. He collaborated with well-known filmmakers (William Teo, Kuo Pao Kun, Ong Ken Sen, Arifin Noer, and Krishen Jit). He appeared as King Lear in The King Lear Project  shown at the Brussels and Singapore Art Festivals in 2008. In the present day, he has directed  numerous documentaries and short films for Asian television channels. He won the Special Jury Prize in the Singapore International Film Festival three consecutive times with his three first short films, ‘I Can’t Sleep Tonight’ (1995), ‘The Glare’ (1996), and ‘Absence’ (1997). In 2010, the National Singapore Museum organized a retrospective of his films.

Phan Dang Di

Phan Dang Di’s films have been screened at festivals globally, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Hong-Kong, Moscow, Stockholm, Vancouver, and Busan. He won the ACID and SACD prizes at Cannes for his first film, “Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!” His second film, “Big Father, Small Father, and Other Stories” was selected for the Golden Bear prize of Berlin. He is also a professor of Cinema History and screenwriting. Furthermore, he is the founder and president of Autumn Meeting, which meets every year with the new generation of Vietnamese and Asian filmmakers.

Bui Thac Chuyen

Born in Hanoi in 1968, Bui Thac Chuyen studied directing at the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema. He started directing short films and TV series in 1991. Also directing documentaries, he set up the Center for Assistance and Development for Cinema. He supports and helps to produce numerous film projects by other directors and participates in the formation of the first cinema-specialized library in Vietnam.

Fanta Régina Nacro

Born in 1962, Fanta Régina Nacro grew up in a rural region of Burkina Faso. A graduate of  the Institute of Cinematographic Education in Ouagadougou in 1986, she then worked as a script writer on Idrissa Ouédraogo’s “Choice” before completing additional film training in Paris.

Her first short film, “Un Certain Matin” in 1991, is considered the first work of cinematographic fiction ever directed by an African woman, and won an award at the Carthage Film Festival. Short and medium-length films then followed and reinforced her notoriety, notably “Puk Nini” in 1995 and “Le Truc de Konaté” in 1998, a comedy promoting the use of condoms. “Bintou” was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and also received the award for best short film at Fespaco in 2001. In 2004, her fiction feature, “Night of Truth”, on ethnic conflicts, was also noted.