The Berlinale Co-Production Market has announced a selection of 44 projects from 24 countries to be presented in Berlin Feb. 12-14. It will be the market’s third edition embedded in the Intl. Berlin Film Festival.
The list was chosen from some 300 entries for feature films with budgets of up to $15 million, of which 30% must already be in place. It features established directors such as Jon Amiel, Alex de la Iglesia and Vadim Jean as well as newcomers Stefan Arsenijevic, Paula Hernandez and Tony Pemberton, organizers said.
Several of the projects also have been chosen for the Berlinale Talent Campus, the World Cinema Market and the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express, a joint venture with CineMart Rotterdam.
From Berlin’s two previous Co-Production Markets, 21 pics have been realized so far. This year’s fest’s Forum sidebar will be screening “Big River” by Atsushi Funahashi, who linked up with production partners Mohammed Naqvi and Office Kitano in Berlin two years ago.
The festival also announced the first selections for its Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, which will feature nine world premieres. It includes the directorial debut of thesp Franka Potente, “Der die Tollkirsche ausgraebt” (Digging for Belladonna), which Berlinale describes as “neither long nor short, but black-and-white and silent.”
Other young helmers featured are Florian Gaag with graffiti-gang melodrama “Wholetrain” and Bulent Akinci with tragicomic road movie “Der Lebensversicherer” (The Life Insurer/Running on Empty). “Wholetrain” is a Goldkind Film production (“Sophie Scholl”) and “Der Lebensversicherer” was produced by Razor Films (“Paradise Now”).