Tallinn's BE Co-Production Market reveals projects selection
- 13 feature films from the Baltics, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Ukraine will vie for the Eurimages Award
The 14th edition of Baltic Event, held during Tallinn's Black Nights Film Festival, presents 13 feature film projects in development in its Co-Production Market category. For the first time this year, the selected projects from the Baltics, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Ukraine, compete for the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000. In other sections, Baltic Event highlights 8 Baltic and Nordic projects in the script and pitch workshop POWR Baltic Stories Exchange.
The Baltic Event Co-Production Market hosts projects from 11 countries this year. The organizing country Estonia is represented by award-winning director Ilmar Raag’s fantasy film for children, Erik Stoneheart, produced by one of the most successful local studios, Amrion. Neighboring Latvia’s contribution is The Boy with the Dog, a II World War era coming-of-age story by director and historian Davis Simanis, whose filmography includes a number of Grand-Prix-winning documentaries. The third Baltic project, helmed by Vilnius-based producer Uljana Kim, is a post-Soviet period immigrant drama Motherland, directed by successful short film director Tomas Vengris. From Scandinavia, Finland is represented by two projects: Klaus Härö, whose work has been submitted for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film for the record-breaking four times, attends with grandfather-grandson drama Dark Christ, and award-winning writers, producers and documentary directors Joonas Berghäll and Katja Gauriloff team up on Baby Jane, based on the book by famous Finnish-Estonian novelist Sofi Oksanen. Sweden represents the Swedish-German-Danish-Italian-Belgian-Chinese co-production North Pole by Italian-German team Teresina Moscatiello and Simone Orlandini, and Norway brings a thriller, Arild Østin Ommundsen’s From Grace, to the slate. Croatian producer Siniša Juričić presents the drama A Somewhat Better Ending by director Miha Knific. Romania is the second country from which two projects have been selected to this year’s Baltic Event: Otto the Barbarian, the debut feature of Ruxandra Ghitescu, who is backed by established studio Alien Film, and Berliner by Marian Crisan, whose films have won awards at Cannes, Locarno, etc., selected as national Oscar entry, and whose third feature Orizont [+see also:
interview: Marian Crisan
film profile] premieres at Black Nights Film Festival this year. Bulgarian project Compatibility is directed by an equally successful director Stephan Komandarev, whose latest film The Judgement [+see also:
interview: Stephan Komandarev
film profile] has also been chosen for the consideration of Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Russian entry for 2015 is Suleiman Mountain, a project developed through the previous edition of B’EST EAVE, directed by Elizaveta Stishova. The Focus Country the Netherlands participates with director Max Porcelijn’s The Source Code, a mystery thriller based on a bestselling book.
In the meantime, the POWR Baltic Stories Exchange projects will welcome the following: Autumn in Dubai (Sweden), Corcovado Boreallis (Lithuania), Duty (Estonia), Home Truths (Finland), The Most Beautiful Girl (Estonia), Nevada (Norway), Shiksa (Finland) and To Die on Mars (Lithuania).