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NCN unleashes 24 film projects in Rome

- From the Old Continent to the Gulf, the New Cinema Network is presenting a truly international selection of feature film projects

NCN unleashes 24 film projects in Rome
Eric de Kuyper

The 2013 edition of the coproduction forum New Cinema Network has selected 24 projects from around the world, covering a wide range of themes, styles and genres. The Selection Committee is composed of Marco Müller, Marie-Pierre Duhamel, and Sandra Hebron with the team of New Cinema Network, coordinated by Alexia De Vito.

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The selected European filmmakers include Flemish director, actor, writer, semiologist and artist Eric de Kuyper with the project My Life as an Actor; the Spanish director Lluìs Galter (The Substance) who presented Caracremada [+see also:
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at the 68th Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section, a film that won great consensus in the international festival circuit; and the Greek-French director Loukianos Moshonas (Saint Nicholas), debuting with his first feature-length film project.

Willem Droste, a German director from the Berlinale Talent Campus, is presenting the project Unsettled. From the United Kingdom comes the project Passing Clouds by Tatiana Korol, selected in collaboration with the London Production & Finance Market.

Switzerland is represented by two projects: Café Abu Nawas by Iraqi-born Samir, who is at the forefront of the independent Swiss production scene, and My Mother by Géraldine Zosso, selected thanks to the partnership with Cinéfondation – Résidence of the Cannes Film Festival.

Thanks to the collaboration with the Sundance Institute, the selection also includes the projects Solitaire King by Bassam Jarbawi (Palestine) and A Reverence for Spiders by Faiza Ambah and Karim Bensalah (Saudi Arabia).

Eastern Europe is represented by the Czech project Little Crusader by Václav Kadrnka, the Slovak Out by Gyorgy Kristof, and two from Lithuania: Peace to Us in our Dreams by Sharunas Bartas and Dawn by Laila Pakalnina, winner of last year’s CinemaXXI Competition at the Rome Film Festival.

Seven Italian projects will be featured this year, among which Fabrizio Cattani's Uomini e Cani, Simone Gattoni's Il Ballo, Aureliano Amadei's Il Pendolo, Roberto De Paolis' La Moglie di Lot, and Marco Dentici's Il Vento e La Luce.

Over the past seven editions, about 50% of the projects selected by NCN have completed funding and have become award-winning films. Moreover, for the fourth year in a row, the Council of Europe has recognized NCN as one of the most important coproduction markets, and has selected it to confer the prestigious Eurimages Co-production Development Award: a 30,000 € prize to develop the best project presented at NCN 2013.

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