CineMart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market has selected thirty-two projects for its 30th edition, to be held from 27-30 January 2013. Some 800 potential co-financiers will meet to speak about the new projects from reputed filmmakers Kobayashi Masahiro, Lucrecia Martel, Radu Jude, David Verbeek, Yorgos Lanthimos and others, as well as from many upcoming film talents. The selection includes four ‘Art: Film’ projects and four projects from this year’s Boost! Program. WILD FIRE a film by Bikas Ranjan Mishra is the lone Indian film in the list.
While talking about the 2013 selection CineMart managers Marit van den Elshout and Jacobine van der Vloed said, “We are proud to present a very strong selection for the 30th CineMart. From an overwhelmingly rich and varied collection of entries, we chose 32 projects that will certainly be welcomed and raise much interest among the potential partners. Despite a still difficult market, CineMart sees the large majority of our previous selections in production and, once realised, premiering at prestigious festivals, getting distributed and thus finding audiences. We are excited to see many former CineMart titles coming back in this year’s festival programme, including some in Hivos Tiger Award Competition.”
“From its first edition - now thirty years ago - CineMart has always had close links to the festival and the Hubert Bals Fund. While continuing this very productive connection, we keep developing initiatives like the very successful Rotterdam Lab, the Boost!-program and Art: Film, the promising cross-over initiative between visual arts and cinema, in collaboration with CPH:DOX.”
This year CineMart welcomes back filmmakers already connected to the Rotterdam film festival, the Hubert Bals Fund or CineMart itself. In 2008, IFFR showed Kobayashi’s work in a retrospective program. This year the festival screens his latest film Japan’s Tragedy as a European premiere and CineMart presents his new project Just like Love.
Well-known and experienced filmmakers Lucrecia Martel (LA NIÑA SANTA, LA MUJER SIN CABEZA), Yorgos Lanthimos (DOGTOOTH, ALPS), Alex van Warmerdam (LITTLE TONY, GRIMM, WAITER) and Radu Jude (THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD) return to Rotterdam with their new projects.
Previous works by Sergio Caballero (FINISTERRAE), Martijn Maria Smits (C'EST DÉJÀ L'ÉTÉ), David Verbeek (SHANGHAI TRANCE), Wichanon Somumjarn (IN APRIL THE FOLLOWING YEAR, THERE WAS A FIRE) and Dominga Sotomayor (DE JUEVES A DOMINGO) premiered in IFFR’s Hivos Tiger Awards Competition. All present their new projects at CineMart.
Upcoming talents Maryna Vroda (CROSS COUNTRY), Bikas Ranjan Mishra (DANCE OF GANESHA) and Johannes Nyholm (director of YouTube hit Las Palmas) showed their short films in Rotterdam. They will all present their first feature film projects. After her successful first feature film Corpo Celeste screened in Cannes and many other festivals, Alice Rohrwacher presents her second feature project.
The Boost! projects in CineMart 2013 by Pablo Stoll, Michel Lipkes, Teboho Edkins and Ognjen Glavonic all received script development grants from the Hubert Bals Fund, script coaching from Binger Filmlab and will now be showcased at CineMart.
Next to the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (€30,000 for a European co-production) and the ARTE France Cinema Award (€7,000), CineMart adds a third prize to its roster: the WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award (€5,000). WorldView is a CBA [Commonwealth Broadcasting Association] Project that aims to improve UK public understanding and awareness of the developing world via the mainstream broadcast and digital media. WorldView supports filmmakers who aim to bring the richness and diversity of the wider world to UK and international audiences. The winners will be announced during the co-production market’s Closing Night Party on Wednesday 30 January.
THE FULL CINEMART SELECTION 2013
AFERIM! by Radu Jude, production companies: Hi Film Productions, EZ Films, MIR Cinematografica (Romania/France/Italy)
BANG GANG by Eva Husson, production company: Full House (France)
BEER GIRL by Wichanon Somumjarn, production company: Electric Eel Films (Thailand)
DAVID HOCKNEY: A LIFE IN PICTURES, by Randall Wright, production companies: Blakeway Productions Ltd, Fly Film Company Ltd (UK)
DEAD & BEAUTIFUL by David Verbeek, production companies: Lemming Film, Les Petites Lumières, China Blue Films (The Netherlands/France/China)
DISAPPEARANCE by Boudewijn Koole, production company: Waterland Film (The Netherland)
EVERYTHING WE EVER HAD WAS NOW by Martijn Maria Smits, production company: Circe Films (The Netherlands)
THE GIANT by Johannes Nyholm, production companies: Beofilm Productions ApS, Garagefilm International AB (Denmark/Sweden)
LA HOLANDESA by Joost van Ginkel, production company: Smarthouse Films (The Netherlands)
JUST LIKE LOVE by Masahiro Kobayashi, production companies: Monkey Town Productions, Free Stone Productions (Japan/South Korea)
THE LOBSTER by Yorgos Lanthimos, production companies: Element Pictures, Limp, Scarlet Films (UK/Ireland/Greece)
LOW TIDE by Daniel Mann, production companies: Arsam International, Laila Films (France/Israel)
LE MERAVIGLIE by Alice Rohrwacher, production companies: Tempesta, Pandora Film Produktion GmbH, Amka Film (Italy/Germany/Switzerland)
NUMBER NINE (working title) by Alex van Warmerdam, production company: Graniet Film (The Netherlands)
REST HOME by Michael Rowe, production companies: Possibles Média, Freshwater Pictures (Canada/Australia)
SOLLERS POINT by Matthew Porterfield, production companies: Hamilton Film Group, Nomadic Independence, Steady Orbits (USA)
STEPNE by Maryna Vroda, production companies: Pronto Film, Directory Film (Ukraine)
STRAY by Dustin Feneley, production company: Escapade Pictures (New Zealand)
TARDE PARA MORIR JOVEN by Dominga Sotomayor, production companies: Cinestacion, Rey Cine Srl (Chile/Argentina)
THEY HAVE ESCAPED by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää, production company: Helsinki Filmi Oy (Finland)
TIENS TA DROITE by Robin Erard, production company: Box Productions (Switzerland)
THE WAKHAN FRONT by Clément Cogitore, production company: Kazak Productions (France)
WILD FIRE by Bikas Ranjan Mishra, production company: DearCinema (India)
ZAMA by Lucrecia Martel, production companies: Lita Stantic Producciones S.A., El Deseo S.L.U., (Argentina/Spain)
AMNESIA by Willie Doherty, production company: Raw Nerve Productions Ltd (UK/Ireland)
LA DISTANCIA by Sergio Caballero, production company: Advanced Music S.L., Europamerica Asesores (Spain)
FUTURE HISTORIES, by Fiona Tan, production company: Family Affair Films (The Netherlands)
WHERE IS ROCKY II? by Pierre Bismuth, production company: The Ink Connection (USA/France)
DAYS OF CANNIBALISM by Teboho Edkins, production company: Day Zero Film, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (South Africa/Germany)
THE LOAD by Ognjen Glavonic, production company: Non-Aligned Films (Serbia)
SILVER SHADOW by Pablo Stoll, production company: Temperamento Films (Uruguay)
EXTRAÑO PERO VERDADERO by Michel Lipkes, production company: Axolote Cine, Circo 20.2, Mandrake Pictures (Mexico/France)
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)