Berlin Alexanderplatz gets the Eurimages Award at CineMart
by Vitor Pinto
- Birds of Passage and The Strange Ones were also awarded at the four-day co-production market
The International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market, CineMart, has concluded its 33rd edition with the announcement of three winning projects – out of the 25 submitted. German project Berlin Alexanderplatz received the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (worth €20,000). Afghan-German filmmaker Burhan Qurbani (We Are Young. We Are Strong [+see also:
film profile]) is attached to the project, which is being developed along with Germany’s Sommerhaus Filmproduktion.
According to Dorien van de Pas (from the Netherlands Film Fund, and one of the members of the jury), the project offers “a new and relevant view on a classic piece. The talented director has already made several films about urgent and relevant topics that currently affect all of our countries. Here he will combine elements of genre film with more political and emotional layers, which makes it accessible to a younger audience.”
The ARTE Award (€6,000) went to Birds of Passage, a co-production between Ciudad Lunar and Blond Indian Films, set to be directed by Ciro Guerra. The Colombian filmmaker, who was also at the IFFR this year, went home with the Dioraphte Award for his film Embrace of the Serpent (read more).
Finally, the Wouter Barendrecht Award (€5,000) went to US director Christopher Radcliff’s new project, The Strange Ones.
CineMart selected 25 international projects to participate in the four-day event, which was one of the most successful in recent years. Multiple conferences and panels covering topics ranging from "Making the Most of a Film Festival" to "Micro-budget Talent Programmes" were held in front of packed audiences, who were invited to get involved in the debates and receive advice. Mike S Ryan (Greyshack Films), Michael Weber (The Match Factory), Winnie Lau (Jettone Films Ltd) and Bero Beyer (the director of the IFFR) discussing “The Creative Thunder of Cinema” proved to be one of the highlights of this year’s IFFR.