Feature film Mandai River selected for l'Atelier 2021 Cannes

Dutch feature film Mandai River by screenwriter/director Michael Sewandono produced by Raymond van der Kaaij of Revolver has been selected for the prestigious l’Atelier 2021 at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mandai River was developed with support from the Netherlands Film Fund and is co-written by screenwriter Roelof-Jan Minneboo. This year’s Cannes Film Festival will take place from 6 to 17 July 2021.

Logline: In the violent world of Southeast Asia’s deforestation, the lives of self-destructive palm oil consultant Matthew Calloway (45), rebellious Dayak farmer Laskar Harianja (40) and vindictive, spiritually sensitive, young prostitute Pearl (20), tragically entwine when they are overpowered by chaos and mystical forces beyond their control. They fail to take control of their own destiny.

Cinéfondation’s l’Atelier invites directors to the Festival de Cannes, whose projects are considered particularly promising. Together with their producer, they are given the opportunity at the festival to pitch the film project to potential international partners, essential for the next step and the realization of their feature film project.

Mandai River was partly developed during the EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) ‘Ties that Bind’ Program. Casting has already begun and filming will start in 2022.