Spring Grants 2017
Current project status: COMPLETED
About a hundred kilometres away from Kabul, Salim Shaheen, the most popular and prolific actor-director-producer in Afghanistan, comes to show some of his 110 films and to shoot the 111th in the process. He has brought with him his regular troupe of actors, each more eccentric and out of control than the next. That trip is an opportunity for us to get to know Shaheen, a real movie buff who has been making Z movies tirelessly for more than thirty years in a country at war. ‘Nothingwood’ is the story of a man who spends his life making his childhood dreams come true.
- Sonia Kronlund
- Sonia Kronlund
- Laurent Lavolé
About the Director
Since 2002, Sonia Kronlund has co-written scripts, run several documentary series for television and is the producer of the daily program ‘Les Pieds sur Terre’ for the public radio channel France Culture. She has directed several films and radio documentaries in Iran and Afghanistan, for Arte and France Culture. In 2012, Actes Sud published her collection of stories entitled ‘Nouvelles du réel’. ‘Nothingwood’ is her first feature-length film as a director.
Production Company Profile
Founded by Laurent Lavolé in Paris in 1994, Gloria Films is an independent production company dedicated to fiction and creative documentary films by French and international directors. The company’s films have regularly been international co-productions, distributed in leading overseas territories, and won awards at major festivals.
Awards and Festival History
"Cannes FF 2017, Director’s Fortnight (WP)
Munich FF 2017, Section Lights Camera Action
Odessa IFF 2017
Locarno FF 2017, Fuori Concorso
New Horizons IFF 2017, Panorama
Melbourne IFF 2017, Documentary
Helsinki IFF 2017
Fantastic Fest Austin 2017
"LifeTales Award for Qurban Ali, Biografilm Festival 2017, Concorso Internazionale
Best Documentary, Fiumicine FF 2017"