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The Hubert Bals Fund supports two Dutch minority co-productions


- Topkapi has embarked on the production of Mónica Lairana’s feature debut, La Cama, whilst Viking Film is co-producing Benjamin Naishtat’s Rojo

The Hubert Bals Fund supports two Dutch minority co-productions
Argentinian director Mónica Lairana

Two Dutch minority co-production projects developed with Argentinian partners have been selected in the autumn 2015 round of the Netherlands Film Fund (NFF) and Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) Co-production Scheme. The selection will lead to production support totalling €50,000 for the two upcoming titles.

Topkapi Films will co-produce actress-turned-director Mónica Lairana’s feature debut, La Cama. The film portrays the final day of a 30-year relationship that has bonded a couple now in their late 50s. Lairana’s previous two shorts, María (2012) and Rosa (2010), were both selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Besides Topkapi – which is also currently involved in Belgian director Felix van Groeningen’s upcoming film Belgica [+see also:
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– Argentinian companies Rio Abajo and Gema Films are also on board to co-produce La Cama.

This is the second NFF+HBF support given to Topkapi this year, as it was granted funds for the Turkish co-production Something Useful by Pelin Esmer during the scheme’s spring round.

Viking Film, run by Marleen Slot, is co-producing Rojo by Benjamin Naishtat along with Argentina’s Pucará Cine, France’s Ecce Films, Germany’s Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion and Brazil’s Desvia. Naishtat, whose latest film, History of Fear [+see also:
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, competed at the Berlinale in 2014, is set in 1970s Argentina, when the country was facing an unprecedented wave of political violence. Viking Film has recently co-produced, among others, Neon Bull [+see also:
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by Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro, which was awarded at the latest Venice Film Festival.

The NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme has been designed to support European producers taking part in projects originally developed by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and certain countries in Eastern Europe. The next application deadline for the scheme is 1 April 2016.

In addition, the HBF has also announced its support for eight new titles in the Script and Project Development Selection, and to six films in the Post-Production Selection. The list includes projects hailing from Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, China, Iran, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Ecuador, Peru and Sri Lanka.

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