COLOGNE — Belgian helmer Jaco van Dormael (“Toto the Hero”) has collected E600,000 ($800,000) from pan-European funding org Eurimages for “Mr. Nobody.”
In its May session, Eurimages lined up more than $5 million for 13 international co-productions, many of them with Belgian participation.
These included Bouli Lanners’ tragicomedy “California Wash”; “Lost Persons Area,” helmed by Caroline Strubbe; and animated pic “La Veritable histoire du chat botte” (The True Story of Puss in Boots), helmed by French artists Pascal Herold and Jerome Deschamps.
“Mr. Nobody” is van Dormael’s English-language debut and sports a budget of more than $40 million.
The funder also awarded cash to an adaptation of a WWI novel by popular Finnish author Leena Landa, “She-Wolf,” and African war kid biopic “Feuerherz,” by Italian helmer Luigi Falorni.
Documentaries receiving coin are Germany’s “Pianomania” and “Fritsud ja blondiinid” (Fritz in Blond), an Estonian recollection of how actors from the Baltic states got stuck with Nazi parts in Russian war pics.
Other pics to receive funding include “La Frontiere de l’aube,” helmed by France’s Philippe Garrel, and Italian helmer Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il Divo,” a bio of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti.
Coin also went to “Gyonged kezeles — Bibliotheque Pascal,” helmed by Hungary’s Szabolcs Hajdu; “Country Teacher,” by Czech helmer Bogdan Slama; and “Karamazovi,” from Czech director Petr Zelenka.