‘Guide’ honored at CineMart

Fiennes' film named best project

Sophie Fiennes’ “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology” has picked up the prize for best project at this year’s CineMart, the co-production market of the Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam.

The Arte France Cinema Award, announced Wednesday night at the close of the mart, is worth €10,000 ($14,780).

The film continues the collaboration between Fiennes and philosopher-psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek, who together made “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema” in 2006. Dutch shingle Kassander produces.

Liew Seng Tat’s “In What City Does It Live?” picked up the Prince Claus Fund Film Grant, worth $22,180. The grant supports the first creative phase in the development of a CineMart project. The story involves a community in Malaysia that plans to demolish an abandoned house, only to find a Nigerian migrant has moved in. The villagers come to believe that he is a ghost haunting the house. Dahuang Pictures produces.

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The awards end CineMart’s five days of back-to-back meetings among producers, financiers, directors and sales agents. Thirty-nine projects were seeking coin, from 800 registered participants.

With a laid-back atmosphere, most projects come away from the meet with proposals to discuss rather than solid deals. Many agreements will be signed at Berlin or afterwards.

One exception is Belgian producer CCCP, which agreed to a co-production deal for Koen Mortier’s “22 Mei” with Ijswater Films in the Netherlands.

Most buzz at CineMart went to projects with big-name helmers, such as Abbas Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy” and Jafar Panahi’s “Return.” Interest also ran high for Cristi Puiu’s “Aurora” and “Home Sweet Home,” which with Fran Torres’ “Man of Tears” and Gilles MacKinnon’s “Rhapsody” are selected for the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express. These are expected to firm up deals in Berlin.

Meanwhile, Big World Cinema in Cape Town and Rinkel Film & TV in Amsterdam tied a pre-conceived knot by signing a deal to produce South African feature “Flawed Life,” by Matthew A. Brown. Half the budget is secured, and Rinkel expects to find a further 35% in Benelux. Big World will look for the rest internationally. Brown hopes to shoot toward the end of 2008.

Pic is one of a package of 10 films and TV plays brought to CineMart by the South African Broadcasting Corp., the National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa and Amsterdam’s Binger Filmlab.