Country Focus: Belgium
Netherlands Film Fund to back six new international co-productions
by Vitor Pinto
- Six international projects (including five features and a documentary) have received support to the tune of €550,000 from the Netherlands Film Fund (NFF) through its special budget for selective funding for Dutch minority co-productions.
Standing out among the titles with a €150,000 grant is Siv Sleeps Astray [+see also:
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The NFF is also backing Love and Friendship [+see also:
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Another movie granted €100,000 is Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel’s highly anticipated return with the historical drama Zama. Starring Spanish/Mexican actor Daniel Giménez Cacho, the film caught the eye of Dutch outfit Lemming Film, which is co-producing it with the Almodóvar brothers’ El Deseo (Spain), MPM (France), Louverture Films (USA) and Bananeira Filmes (Brazil).
Meanwhile, Arab Idol [+see also:
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€75,000 were also granted to Aktan Arym Kubat’s Centaur [+see also:
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