Contemporary Film Maker in Focus

Michel Franco

Michel Franco is more interested in experimentation and discovering his own style method rather than following the conventional methods of filmmaking laid out by other masters. According to him, a filmmaker should not try to cover all the various ideas that cross his mind into his film; rather he should focus in on a specific topic and try to present it with great clarity. He prefers to tell stories about family members caught up in trying situations. At just the age of 32, Michel Franco took his country of Mexico to the Cannes Film Festival with his film ‘After Lucia’ winning the Un Certain Regard Award in 2012.


Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is a film director from Chad who has lived in France since 1982. He made his first feature film, Bye Bye Africa, in 1999. His second feature, Abouna, won best cinematography award at FESPACO, while his third, Daratt, won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. The 2010 feature film A Screaming Man won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, making Haroun the first Chadian director to enter, as well as win, an award in the main Cannes competition.