Film is one of 36 in co-production market
New works by Norwegian helmer Erik Skjoldbjaerg and Danish filmmaker Bille August are among 36 projects at the Berlin Film Fest’s co-production market, which runs Feb. 8-10.Skjoldbjaerg’s “Pioneer,” already selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival’s CineMart co-production mart this month, will be a thriller set in Norway’s offshore oil industry that is produced by Oslo-based Friland. Skjoldbjaerg is best known Stateside for his 1997 thriller “Insomnia,” remade in 2002 by Christopher Nolan, and his adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s “Prozac Nation.” August, who directed the 2007 Berlinale screener “Goodbye Bafana,” will helm “The Diary,” presented by London-based Future Films. “The Diary” is a love story set in Halifax, Nova Scotia, against the backdrop of a real-life explosion that destroyed half the city in 1917. The market gives producers the chance to meet potential co-producers and financiers in one-on-one meetings. Budgets of selected films range from about $1 million to $13 million, of which a minimum 30% is already in place. The event’s program lineup offers case studies on financing options, information on co-production possibilities with selected countries and theme talks. The market for literary adaptations, Breakfast & Books, a joint event with the Frankfurt Book Fair, will also take place on Feb. 10. Publishers will present bestsellers and new books whose film rights are still available. In addition to the 22 projects, chosen from 333 submissions, in the main selection, four projects will be presented at the Rotterdam-Berlinale-Express in co-operation with CineMart. Ten projects from the Berlinale Talent Campus participants will be presented at the Talent Project Market. Other projects include Brendan Muldowney’s Irish pic “Love Eternal”; Pablo Berger’s Spanish title “Snowhite”; Belgian helmer Philippe de Pierpont’s “She is not Crying, She is Singing”; from Germany, Gregor Buchkremer’s “Goodnight” and “Silence” from Baran bo Odar; from France, Michale Boganim’s “On the Pripyat River” and “English Lessons” from Pascal-Alex Vincent; from the U.K., “The Wedding Party” from Jeremy Lovering; Marteinn St. Thorsson’s Icelandic production “Stormland”; Pablo Fendrik’s Argentine drama “The Ardor”; and Felipe Sholl’s Brazilian title “The Other End.”
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