‘Solution,’ ‘Pieds’ take Cinemart awards

Rotterdam market showcased 48 independent projects

LONDON — Swedish helmer Jorgen Bergmark’s “A Rational Solution” and Gallic director Fabienne Berthaud’s “Les Pieds nus sur les limaces” clinched the Arte France Cinema Awards Wednesday for the best projects presented at the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Cinemart.

This year, 48 projects were presented at Rotterdam’s market aimed at developing indie projects from across the globe.

“A Rational Solution” is a tragicomedy about a papermill worker who falls for his best friend’s wife. It is Bergmark’s first feature after a series of shorts and writing credits on pics such as “Kitchen Stories.” Sweden’s Hepp Film is producing.

“Les Pieds nus sur les limaces” is a tense huis clos about two sisters living in an isolated house in the middle of the countryside. It is Berthaud’s second feature after the 2005 pic “Frankie,” which starred Diane Kruger as a model at the end of her catwalk career. The project was presented by France’s Agat Films and Cie.

The awards, worth Euros 10,000 ($12,900) each, are given to the producers as a contribution towards financing and developing the project.

The Prince Claus Fund Film Grant was awarded to Philippine helmer Raya Martin’s “Independencia,” which is set against the backdrop of the American occupation of the Philippines in the early 20th century.

The award is worth Euros 15,000 ($19,497) and is earmarked for projects from Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean.

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