Five directors among Rotterdam contenders

Titles are among 46 projects due to be presented at Cinemart

Kim Ki Duk, Stephan Elliot, Bruce Weber, Arnaud Desplechin and Andrew Bujalski will be among the helmers presenting projects at the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Cinemart in January, the co-production market announced Wednesday.

Kim will present love story “Breath,” due to shoot in the first half of next year with Taiwanese star Chang Chen in the lead.

Weber will be looking for finance to finish his Robert Mitchum tribute, “Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast,” a work-in-progress that has already been shot.

Elliot’s “Black Oasis,” a biopic about B-Movie actress Susan Cabot, and Desplechin’s “Tromperie,” an adaptation of Phillip Roth’s 1990 novel “Deception,” are both at the script stage.

Other participants will include the Swiss multimedia artist Pipilotti Rist who hopes to drum up coin for her debut feature “Pepperminta.”

“The film will be very much in the style of her art. It will be a very colorful and joyful film,” said Cinemart co-topper Bianca Taal..

They are among 46 projects due to be presented at Cinemart. Reflecting the difficult financial climate for indie fare, 520 projects were submitted this year, 70 up on 2006.

“All the projects, bar one, have never been presented at a market before. It’s not that we have an exclusivity rule but we do try and look for projects that haven’t been around yet,” said Taal.

A number of helmers whose works have screened in Rotterdam in previous years will return to attend Cinemart, including Czech Bohdan Slama, who won the Tiger Award for “Wild Bees” in 2002.

Taal noted that two helmers with projects selected for Cinemart — Malaysian Tan Chui Mui (“Living Quietly”) and Chinese Xiao Giolu (“La Chinoise”) — would also screen their latest pics in the Tiger Awards competition.