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CineMart lines up 39 projects

Kiarostami, Puiu films pitch for finance

ROTTERDAM — Thirty-nine projects have been selected to pitch for co-production coin at Rotterdam’s CineMart from a record 550 entries.

The market, for low- and medium-budget features, runs Jan. 27-31 during the Rotterdam Intl. Film Festival.

CineMart topper Marit van den Elshout said the list is more focused and selective than in previous years. “In order to give each project the exclusivity it deserves, we have brought down the number of projects to below 40.” In 2007 there were 48 contenders.

Name directors in the selection include Abbas Kiarostami, director of Palme d’Or winner “A Taste of Cherry,” Cristi Puiu, whose “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” won Un Certain Regard in Cannes, Jafar Panahi, the helmer of Berlin Silver Bear winner “Offside,” and Alex van Warmerdam (“The Northerners”).

There are also projects from helmers who debuted in past Rotterdam fests, such as Koen Mortier (“Ex-Drummer”) and Pia Marais (“The Unpolished”).

Professionals attending CineMart will see project dossiers in advance, and for the first time helmers’ previous work will be available to view on-line, thanks to a hook up with Arts Alliance Media’s Vizumi Network.

Rotterdam’s official selection will includes several films launched at previous CineMarts, including “Gitmek” by Huseyin Karabey, “Egg” by Semih Kaplanoglu and “A Song of Good” by Gregory King.

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