Event links producers with financiers, festival with festival
BERLIN — The Co-Production Market smartly illustrates how the Berlinale is developing into a platform for international filmmakers to get a helping hand in making movies.Since its inception in 2004, 21 projects have been realized, and some former projects, like Atsushi Funahashi’s Forum screener “Big River,” are unspooling in the festival. This year’s mart is presenting 44 projects from 24 countries — up from 31 projects last year. Titles were chosen from some 300 entries for feature films with budgets of up to $15 million, of which 30% must already be in place. The Co-Production Market has developed organically from the festival but maintains strong links to the EFM, the Talent Campus and the World Cinema Fund. Of the titles selected, 18 are part of the Talent Co-Production Market, one is from the World Cinema Market and three are from the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express, a joint venture with CineMart Rotterdam. Some highlighted projects include:
- “King of Devil’s Island,” Marius Holst’s Norwegian pic about two boys who escape an infamous boys’ home following a violent riot;
- “Efraim Longstocking & the Cannibal Princess,” a German project about Pippi Longstocking’s father’s childhood adventure in the South Seas;
- “105 Degrees and Rising,” Jon Amiel’s U.S. pic chronicling the final days before the U.S. pullout from Vietnam;
- “A Plane for My Soul,” Maythem Ridha’s Iraqi tale of a boy searching the streets of Baghdad for a banned newspaper — the best paper for a sturdy kite;
- “Doctor Struensee,” Charlotte Sieling’s historical film about the young, schizophrenic Danish King Christian VII and his teenage British queen, Caroline Mathilde, who recruits the king’s German doctor to run the country; and
- “The Oxford Murders,” Alex de la Iglesia’s Spanish pic about a young Argentine mathematician visiting the U.K. who is drawn into a murder mystery when his landlady is killed.