LONDON – Poland’s Jerzy Skolimowski “11 Minutes,” Spain’s Isabel Coixet “Nobody Wants the Night,” Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse “Les Chevaliers” and Iran’s Mohsen Makhmalbaf “The President” have won financing for new movies from Eurimages, Europe’s biggest co-production fund.
Ranging up to around $750,000, and backed by the Council of Europe, Eurimages coin serves as vital completion finance for films by many of Europe’s higher-profile movies which go on to snag major festival berths, so fast-tracking them into production.
Marking his follow-up to 2010 Venice Special Jury Prize-winner “Essential Killing,” with Vincent Gallo, which was picked up by Tribeca Film for the U.S., “11 Minutes” is described by Skolimowski as a “catastrophic thriller.” It has already received backing from the Irish Film Board.
Sold by Elle Driver, “Night” stars Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi as two women from very different worlds in love with the same Arctic explorer. It is Coixet’s follow-up to both “Another Me,” starring “Game of Throne’s” Sophie Turner, which played in competition at Rome last month, and “Learning To Drive,” now in post, with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.
“Chevaliers,” from Lafosse, whose last film, “Our Children,” won best actress for Emilie Dequenne at Cannes 2012’s “Un Certain Regard,” turns on a bungled NGO Darfour orphan rescue mission.
Produced by London-based Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), “The President,” about an overthrown Caucasus state dictator, marks Makhmalbaf’s first movie in English.
Featuring two toon pics – 3D “Richard the Stork,” Toby Genkel and Reza Memari’s tale of a sparrow raised by storks, and Belgian Jan Bultheel’s experimental cautionary World War I tale “Cafard” – Eurimages’ awards list also takes in “Kongens Nei,” from Norway’s Erik Poppe, whose “A Thousand Times Good Night” (pictured), toplining Binoche and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, won this year’s Montreal World Festival.
Daniele Cipri, whose “It Was the Son” was well-received at 2012’s Venice, draws down coin for “The Hole,” a black comedy with a social undertow, starring Sergio Castellitto, Rocco Papaleo and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Lucky Red distributes in Italy.
Vet Portuguese helmer-producer Luis Galvao Teles won moneys for drama “Gelo.”
EURIMAGES RECIPIENTS, DECEMBER 2013
“Richard, the Stork,” (Toby Genkel, Reza Memari, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway)
“Cafard ,” (Jan Bultheel, Belgium, France, Netherlands)
“Toni Erdmann,” (Maren Ade, Germany, Austria)
“Houston, imamo problem,” (Ziga Virc, Slovenia, Croatia)
“Wilsonov,” (Jiri Strach, Czech Republic, Slovakia)
“Michel de Ruyter,” (Roel Reine, Netherlands, Belgium)
“Mon souffle,” (Jihane Chouaib, France, Switzerland, Belgium)
“Jeder Stirbt Fuer Sich Allein,” (Vincent Perez, Germany, France)
“Snake Bite,” (Teimuraz Butikashvili, Fuad Imbragimbekov Eldar Shengelaia, Russia, Georgia, Spain, France)
“Kongens Nei,” (Erik Poppe, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Hungary)
“Tete baissee,” (Kamen Kalev, France, Belgium, Bulgaria)
“Nobody Wants the Night,” (Isabel Coixet, Spain, France, Bulgaria)
“La buca,” (Daniele Cipri, Italy, Switzerland)
“11 Minutes,” (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland, Ireland)
“Les chevaliers,” (Joachim Lafosse,Belgium, France)
“Skammerens Datter,” (Kenneth Kainz. Denmark, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden)
“Gelo,” (Luis Galvao Teles, Portugal, Spain)
“The President,” (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Georgia, France, United Kingdom, Germany)