The International Film Festival Rotterdam has just announced that its co-production market, CineMart, "has selected 36 film projects (from 465 entries) which will be presented to approximately 850 potential co-financiers." In the press release, CineMart manager Jacobine van der Vloed emphasizes this year's "focus, more than before, on the alliance between the IFFR, the Hubert Bals Fund and the CineMart" and makes special mention of the BOOST! initiative, a collaboration with the Hubert Bals Fund and Binger Filmlab.
Here's a first look at some of the projects highlighted in the release:
Following her successful second feature Attenberg (2010), filmmaker and producer Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece) presents her third feature length project Duncharon, together with producers HAOS Films and Faliro House Productions. Maharaja Films (France) and The Match Factory (Germany are connected to this project as co-producers.
French music producer and filmmaker Quentin Dupieux's Wrong will see its world premiere at Sundance 2012. Dupieux, successful in 2010 with his comic horror film Rubber, launches his new film project Realité at CineMart 2012 along with producer Realitism Films.
Alexei Popogrebski, Russian filmmaker and screenwriter known for his How I Ended This Summer (2010), will present his new 3D-film project Lost Rooms, produced by Koktebel Film Company.
US-filmmaker Kelly Reichardt took home a Tiger Award from Rotterdam in 2006 for her second feature film Old Joy. Her Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff were subsequently selected for Cannes and Venice. Reichardt launches her new project Night Moves in collaboration with producer filmscience.
Back in August, by the way, the Playlist quoted Peter Sarsgaard who'd just signed up to take a role in Night Moves: "It's about three people who want to blow up a dam. They are a kind of environmental terrorists. They are not thinking about killing anyone, [they] just [want to] change the world. When I read the script I was passionate and committed to the film..." A few days later, the Playlist followed up with a report that Paul Dano had joined the project. Back to the release:
After Involuntary and Play, both launched during previous CineMart editions, Ruben Östlund (Sweden) presents the project for his fourth feature Tourist with producer Plattform Produktion.
Once again, the Playlist: "Said to be told in three parts, the French Alps-set movie will center on a father and his cowardly behavior following a monstrous avalanche. Those not sold on the simple premise might like to know that the filmmaker hopes to create 'the most spectacular avalanche in film history' with a combination of live snow-fall and visual effects."
Aktan Arym Kubat (Kyrgyzstan) brought The Light Thief to CineMart in 2007 and now returns with his project Centaur, produced by A.S.A.P. Films.
And here's the full CineMart Selection 2012, listed alphabetically by film project title. The 41st IFFR runs from January 25 through February 5, while the CineMart's doors will be open from January 29 through February 1.