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BERLINALE 2020 EFM

The 2020 Berlinale Co-Production Market unveils its line-up

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- With a selection of 36 projects, including those by Adina Pintilie, Milko Lazarov, Radu Jude, Ole Giæver and Simon Jaquemet, among others, the Berlinale’s co-pro market is raring to go

The 2020 Berlinale Co-Production Market unveils its line-up
A previous edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market

A total of 36 new feature-film projects hailing from 34 countries are being invited to the 17th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The projects and the teams behind them – which are taking part in four separate segments – will have the chance to meet international film professionals from various fields and from around the globe while participating in a total of 1,500 pre-organised one-on-one meetings. As was the case last year, five selected production houses will enjoy a special focus offered by the “Company Matching” programme. An integral part of the European Film Market (EFM, 20-27 February), the Berlinale Co-Production Market will run for five days, from 22-26 February.

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For the official programme of the market, 21 feature-film projects have been selected from among the 302 submitted. The majority are European productions or co-productions, and their budgets range from €750,000 to €5 million. They will all be presented by their production companies, and they must already have secured support from their home countries or a minimum of 30% of their financing. Also, for the first time, over 50% of the selected projects are directed by women, with 11 projects in the main programme and a total of 15 across all sections.

Some of the picks include a Berlinale regular, Norwegian filmmaker Ole Giæver (From the Balcony [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ole Giæver
film profile
]
), who will present his fourth feature, as will Polish director Kasia Rosłaniec (Baby Blues [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
). Two participating projects hail from Switzerland, both of which are third features: they are helmed by Simon Jaquemet (The Innocent [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Simon Jaquemet
film profile
]
) and Christine Repond (Vacuum [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christine Repond
film profile
]
). From Italy, Andrea Magnani is coming to the market clutching his sophomore feature, following his debut, Easy [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Andrea Magnani
film profile
]
. Berlinale Kompagnon Fellowship winner Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu is returning four years after her sophomore feature, Anishoara [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
. Furthermore, Ireland’s Nick Kelly (The Drummer and the Keeper [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) is presenting his second feature, as is Brit Alex Helfrecht (The White King [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
). Also, well-known Belgian actress Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Felix van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
film profile
]
) is making her feature-length directorial debut with The Melting, as is award-winning Spanish filmmaker Carlota Pereda, with Piggy. The selection also includes a Venice Orizzonti winner, Ukrainian director Valentyn Vasyanovych (Atlantis [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Valentyn Vasyanovych
film profile
]
), the latest project by Turkish filmmaker Onur Saylak (More [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) and Moroccan director Hicham Lasri, who is returning to Berlin after his latest feature Jahilya, which premiered two years ago.

As for the market’s other sections, Berlinale Directors will host projects by directors who have been present at the festival before and whose new cinematic works are now at the early funding stage: here we find the latest projects by a Golden Bear winner, Romanian director Adina Pintilie (Touch Me Not [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Adina Pintilie
film profile
]
), Bulgarian filmmaker Milko Lazarov (Ága [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Milko Lazarov
film profile
]
), and Luxembourgish writer-director Laura Schroeder (Barrage [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laura Schroeder
film profile
]
). Furthermore, two film projects that will first be presented at Rotterdam’s CineMart (see the news), Radu Jude’s (“I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians” [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
) and John Trengove’s (Inxeba) upcoming features, are included in the context of the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express programme.

Here is the official project selection for the 2019 Berlinale Co-Production Market:

A House in the Country - Davi Pretto
Producer: Vulcana Cinema (Brazil)

Antonia’s Garden - Christine Repond
Producer: Contrast Film (Switzerland)

Bedsitterland - Nick Kelly
Producer: Samson Films (Ireland)

Boldstar - Antoinette Jadaone
Producers: Epicmedia, Project 8 Projects (Philippines)

Electric Child - Simon Jaquemet
Producer: 8horses (Switzerland)

Happiness - Pepa San Martín
Producers: Manufactura de Películas (Chile), Aleph Cine (Argentina)

Happy Lovers - Hicham Lasri
Producers: Moon A Deal (France), La Prod (Morocco)

Let The River Flow! - Ole Giæver
Producer: Mer Film (Norway)

Life of a Great Director - Philippe Lesage
Producer: Productions l'unité Centrale (Canada)

The Long Run - Andrea Magnani
Producer: Pilgrim (Italy)

The Melting - Veerle Baetens
Producer: Savage Film (Belgium)

Piggy - Carlota Pereda
Producer: Morena Films (Spain)

Reflection - Valentyn Vasyanovych
Producers: Limelite, Arsenal Films (Ukraine)

Salt Lake - Kasia Rosłaniec
Producer: Mañana (Poland)

Skin of Youth - Ash Mayfair
Producers: An Nam Productions (Vietnam), Mayfair Pictures (USA)

Sweet Lips - Tusi Tamasese
Producer: Blueskin Films (New Zealand)

There Are Two Kinds of People in This World - Onur Saylak
Producers: Liman Film, b.i.t Arts (Turkey)

Toll - Carolina Markowicz
Producers: Biônica Filmes (Brazil), O Som e a Furia (Portugal)

Transit Times - Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
Producers: Weydemann Bros (Germany), Mobra Films (Romania)

Winterreise - Alex Helfrecht
Producer: Oiffy (UK)

Zafari - Mariana Rondon
Producers: Sudaca Films (Peru/Venezuela), Klaxon (Brazil)

Berlinale Directors

Death and the Maiden - Adina Pintilie
Producer: Manekino Film (Romania)

The Herd - Milko Lazarov
Producer: Red Carpet (Bulgaria)

Maret - Laura Schroeder
Producers: Red Lion (Luxembourg), Red Balloon (Germany)

Rotterdam-Berlinale Express

A Shadow Creeps in Silver Trees - John Trengove
Producer: Urucu Media (South Africa)

Sleepwalkers - Radu Jude
Producer: microFILM (Romania)

Company Matching

Big World Cinema (South Africa)
Cinéma Defacto (France)
Kinorama (Croatia)
Rei Cine (Argentina)
Snowglobe (Denmark)

The selection is rounded off by the ten projects, selected from among a total of 166 submissions, being presented at the Talent Project Market, which is taking place in collaboration with Berlinale Talents 2020 (see the news), where up-and-coming producers will have a chance to showcase their projects.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is part of the European Film Market, and is organised in partnership with MDM - Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the European Union’s Creative Europe - MEDIA programme.

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