Rotterdam Film Festival’s CineMart Unveils Lineup

Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage,” Radu Jude’s “Is this What You Were Born For?” and Andrew Hulme’s “The Devil Outside” are among the projects set to be presented at CineMart, the co-production forum hosted as part of Rotterdam Film Festival.

The forum will showcase 25 projects from the Netherlands, Australia, China, Brazil, the U.K., Lebanon, France and the U.S..

Marit van den Elshout, head of industry and CineMart, said the upcoming edition will showcase “great discoveries with high potential (…), five debut feature films, ready for the international market and to be attached to financiers.”

“We are looking forward to another great edition of CineMart, supporting the future of storytelling by nurturing the work of all these great filmmakers, both emerging and established,” added Elshout.

“Birds of Passage” marks Guerra’s follow up to “El abrazo de la serpiente” which won a nod at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and is competing at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Hulme’s previous pic “Snow in Paradise” won a nod in Un Certain Regard in 2014. Jude won a Silver Bear in Berlin for “Aferim.”

A pair of US/France co-productions will be pitched at CineMart: Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein’s “The Strange Ones” and Benjamin Crotty’s “Ursa Major.”

Other projects set for CineMart include “Jessica” by Swedish up-and-comer Ninja Thyberg, whose short film “Pleasure” opened at Cannes and competed at Sundance in 2013; as well as “The Notebooks” by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige who presented their 2008 Lebanon-set pic “I Want To See” with Catherine Deneuve at Cannes’ ‘Un Certain Regard.

Among the other projects lined up for CineMart are “The Announcement” by Mahmut Fazil Coskun, who won best new director nod at San Sebastian for “Yozgat Blues;” “Berlin Alexanderplatz” by Burhan Qurbani Shahada, whose “Shahada” played Berlin and Guido Van Driel’s “Bloody Marie,” whose “The Resurrection of a Bastard” played at Rotterdam and Austin.

Two additional projects, “Over the City” by Emir Baigazin and “Sick, Sick, Sick” by Alice Furtado both received script and project development support from Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund.

All 25 projects will compete for the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of 20,000 Euros, the Arte International Prize of 7,000 Euros and the Wouter Barendrecht Award of 5,000 Euros.

CineMart will take place Jan.31 to Feb. 3.

Here’s the first list of CineMart projects:

“The Announcement,” Mahmut Fazil Coskun

“Berlin Alexanderplatz,” Burhan Qurbani

“Birds of Passage,” Ciro Guerra 

“Bloody Marie,” Guido van Driel

“Bootlegger,” Caroline Monnet

“Dark Room,” Itamar Alcalay

“The Devil Outside,” Andrew Hulme

“Is this What You Were Born For?,” Radu Jude

“Jessica,” Ninja Thyberg

“The Last Harem,” Maryam Keshavarz

“The Notebooks,” Joana Hadjithomas

“Over the City,” Emir Baigazin

“Pompei,” John Shank

“Rafaël,” Ben Sombogaart

“Sick, Sick, Sick,” Alice Furtado

“Slam,” Partho Sen-Gupta

“Sleep,” Jan-Willem van Ewijk

“The Strange Ones,” Christopher Radcliff

“Teenage Jesus,” Marie Grahtø

“Under the Sun,” Qiu Yang

“Der Unschuldige,” Simon Jaquemet

“Ursa Major,” Benjamin Crotty

“Vikings,” Daniel Hoesl

“Wild Princess,” Ester Martin Bergsmark

“What if Women Ruled the World?,” Yael Bartana

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