TorinoFilmLab - Training, development, Funding

Thierry Lenouvel

Thierry Lenouvel




Decision Maker 2019
Decision Maker 2018
Decision Maker 2017
Decision Maker 2015
Decision Maker 2014
Decision Maker 2013


Thierry Lenouvel earned a BA in Modern Literature and Cinema.
He is the co-founder and General Delegate of Cinemed (Mediterranean Film Festival), Montpellier (1980-1995), founder and organizer of the Script Development Fund, Amiens Film Festival (1996-2015)., co-founder of Cinema in Motion/San Sebastian (2005-2012) and Final Cut in Venice (since 2013).

He is also a member of CICAE (Art house theaters association), Fonds Sud Cinéma, EFA (European Film Academy), SPI (Syndicate of Independent Film Producers) and several international film festivals jurys.
He was associate of the distribution company Les Films du Sémaphore (1983-1989) which has released films by Pedro Almodovar, Youssef Chahine, Benoît Jacquot, Gaston Kaboré, Emir Kusturica, Philip Noyce, Roman Polanski, John Sayles, Shinji Somai, Billy Wilder and others.

He worked as independent publicist/press agent (1990-2000) of 150 arthouse movies.
Thierry created in 1993 CINE-SUD PROMOTION, a company designed to promote arthouse films. Creation of the production arm in 2001.
Almost 50 films produced till today, internationally awarded.

company profile

Started in 1993 as a company designed to promote art house films (Rachid Bouchareb, Wang Chao, Guillermo Del Toro, Raymond Depardon, Djibril Diop Mambety, Julio Medem, Jafar Panahi, Manuel Poirier, Arturo Ripstein, Paulo Rocha, Carlos Saura, Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Jean-Philippe Toussaint… amongst others), which has developed a production arm since 2001 in the same way (almost 50 films produced or co-produced till now, more 250 international awards).
Editorial line is quality, without frontiers, constraints of form, style or genre, researching emerging talents and supporting as well confirmed directors, preferably with projects delivering a singular and important message on humanity and society, but always under a strong cinematic form.

TIRANA, YEAR ZERO by Fatmir Koci (France/Albania/ Belgium), Competition/Venice 2001, Golden Alexander/Thessaloniki
RACHIDA by Yamina Bachir Chouikh (France/Algeria), Official Selection/Cannes 2002, Bayard d’Or/Namur
FUSE ! by Pjer Zalica (Bosnia/Austria/Turkey/France), Silver Leopard/Locarno 2003
WALL by Simone Bitton (France/Israel), Directors Fortnight/Cannes 2004, Special Jury Prize/Sundance, Grand Prix in Marseille, Pesaro, Montreal and Jerusalem
MOOLAADE by Sembene Ousmane (Senegal/France/Burkina/Maroc), Grand Prix Un Certain Regard/Official Selection Cannes 2004, Best Foreign Film/American Critics Awards
FALAFEL by Michel Kammoun (Lebanon/France), Bayard d’Or/Namur 2006, Silver Muhr/Dubai, Bronze Palm/Valencia
RACHEL by Simone Bitton (France/Belgium), Forum/Berlin 2009, Competition/Cinema du Reel Paris
POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH by Najwa Najjar (Palestinian Territories/Germany/France) – Awarded in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sundance…
EVERY DAY IS A HOLLIDAY by Dima El Horr (France/Lebanon/Germany), Discovery/Toronto 2009, Competition/Roma & Dubai, Rotterdam 2010, New Directors New Films
THE STOPLIGHT SOCIETY by Ruben Mendoza (Colombia/France/Spain/Germany), best Colombian film of the year/Cartagena 2011, Best Director/Amiens 2010, Best 1st film/Huelva
MOTHERS by Milcho Manchevski (Republic of Macedonia/Bulgaria/France) – Toronto/Discovery – Berlin/Panorama 2010
EL CAMPO by Hernan Belon (Argentina/Italy/France) – Critics Week/Venice 2011
LA PLAYA by Juan Andres Arango (Colombia/Brazil/France) – Official Selection/Cannes 2012
VILLEGAS by Gonzalo Tobal (Argentina/France) – Official Selection/Cannes 2012
LA SIRGA by William Vega (Colombia/Mexico/France) – Directors Fortnight/Cannes 2012
QISSA by Anup Singh (Germany/India/France/Netherlands) – NETPAC Award/Toronto 2013, Audience Award/Rotterdam 2014
DUST ON THE TONGUE by Ruben Mendoza (Columbia/France) – Best film, best director/Cartagena 2014
MATEO by Maria Gamboa (Colombia/France) – Jury Special award/Cartagena 2014, Audience award/Miami
RED ROSE by Sepideh Farsi (Iran/France/Greece) – Discovery/Toronto 2014
FLAPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Nguyen Hoang Diep (Vietnam/France/Norway/Germany) – Critics Week award/Venice 2014
LAND AND SHADE by Cesar Acevedo (Colombia/France) – Camera d’Or & 3 Critics Week awards/Cannes 2015
OUR MOTHER (D’UNE PIERRE DEUX COUPS) by Fejria Deliba (France) – Audience Award/Angers 2016
THE BLIND CHRIST by Christopher Murray (Chili/France) – Competition/Venice 2016
THE SONG OF SCORPIONS by Anup Singh (Swiss/France/India) – Official Selection/Piazza Grande, Locarno 2017
SIR by Rohena Gera (India/France) – Cannes 2018/Critics Week competition – 6 audience awards
LOS SILENCIOS by Beatriz Seigner (Brazil/France/Colombia) – Cannes 2018/Directors Fortnight – San Sebastian 2018/Cooperation award
NINA ERRANTE by Ruben Mendoza (Colombia/France) – Tallinn 2018/Grand Prix, Best music - Cartagena 2019/Opening –Toulouse 2019/competition
I WILL CROSS TOMORROW by Sepideh Farsi (France/Greece/Netherlands/Luxembourg) – Opening in 2019 in Warsaw & Amiens/International competition
In post-production :
TO OUR CHILDREN by Maria de Medeiros (Brazil/Mexico/France)
ZIYARA by Simone Bitton (France/Morocco)
THE PATHS OF MY FATHER by Mauricio Osaki (Brazil/Poland/France)
In preparation :
LETTERS FROM THE LAND OF TARAHUMARAS by Federico Cecchetti (Mexico/France)
MEDUSA by Anita Rocha (Brazil/France)
98 SECONDS WITHOUT SHADOW by Juan Pablo Richter (Bolivia/Colombia/France)
THE SETTLERS by Felipe Galvez (Chile/France/Argentina/Danemark)
In development :
THE MAN WITH A COW HEAD by Carl Lionnet (France)
YALLAH BYE by Dima El Horr (France/Lebanon)
YURT (Dormitory) by Nehir Tuna (Turkey/Germany/France)
DOI BOY by Nontawat Numbenchapol (Thailand/Cambodia/France)
MOSTRO by Jaime Osorio (Colombia/France)