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Co-prod’n market into ‘Pool,’ ‘River’

EFM event wraps after two days of activity

“The Devil’s Pool,” from director James Lapine starring Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart, and “A Green and Quiet River,” from Alain Choquart with Peter Sarsgaard and Naomie Harris, were just two of the projects proposed at this year’s co-production market sponsored by the European Film Market.

The co-production market wrapped Tuesday afternoon after 2 1/2 days of heavy activity. One thousand meetings for possible collaborations were scheduled from more than 1,500 requests by the 490 participants.

With an average of 30 meetings per project, market director Sonja Heinen says, “It’s not about scheduling as many (meetings) as possible, but trying to match people up for the greatest effect.”

But star power wasn’t the top draw: Most popular of the 27 projects was Lucia Puenzo’s “Wakolda,” about an Argentine girl who unknowingly falls in love with Nazi criminal Josef Mengele, from Historias Cinematograficas (Argentina), followed by “Intriguing Art of Secrets,” a comedy set in Dublin from Andy DeEmmony and Element Pictures (Ireland).

Also in demand were “Remainder,” based on the novel by controversial British author Tom McCarthy, from Omar Fast and Tigerlily Films (U.K.), as well as “Spider in the Web,” about a veteran Mossad agent on the run from a former protege sent to kill him, from Topia Communications (Israel) and Eran Riklis, whose “Lemon Tree” was a previous co-production market success story.

“The Babadook” (Austria-Germany), a horror film from Kristina Ceyton about a single mother whose 6-year-old has visions of a murderous creature in their house, was a standout in the Talent Market.

The co-production market boasts a high success rate, with 40% of projects realized. This year’s Berlinale features four films that were financed in previous years: “Invisible” and “Man at Sea” showing in Panorama, as well as “Intimate Grammar” and “The Bad Intentions” playing in Generation.

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