CineMart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market has selected 36 film projects (from 465 entries) which will be presented to approximately 850 potential co-financiers. Reputed filmmakers such as Kelly Reichardt, Ruben Östlund, Quintin Dupieux, Athina Rachel Tsangari and Úrszula Antoniak will launch their new projects. The selection further includes feature length débuts, a project from a director with a film in Tiger Awards Competition and films participating in the BOOST!-program, a collaboration with the Hubert Bals Fund and Binger Filmlab. The 29th Cinemart takes place from 29 January – February 1, 2012 in Rotterdam. (See full CineMart Selection 2012 below)
CineMart manager Jacobine van der Vloed about the 2012 selection:
“One of the starting points of the CineMart Selection 2012 was to focus, more than before, on the alliance between the IFFR, the Hubert Bals Fund and the CineMart. We have managed to do this: many filmmakers and producers get the unique opportunity to present their latest works in the festival programme and launch their projects at CineMart. Others, who saw their films screened at previous IFFR editions, now bring their new projects to CineMart. Some filmmakers return to CineMart a second or third time. In the end we have selected the projects that best tie in, on geographical, artistic and financial levels, with the need of the current market for independent filmmaking.
In close collaboration with Binger Filmlab, the relation between CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund has been strengthened through the BOOST! initiative. In 2011, five film projects already supported by the Hubert Bals Fund for script and project development participated in the Binger Filmlab On Demand Programme and have now been selected for CineMart 2012.
The crossover trend between art house cinema and visual arts is strongly reflected in the CineMart Selection. To look into this development CineMart organizes a panel discussion among artists and museum or gallery representatives on 29 January 2012 in collaboration with Screen International and CPH:DOX. The Art:Film panel focuses on the blurring boundaries between art and film and explores several questions. What motivates artists to explore narrative cinema? What can projects that originate in the art world learn from existing film financing and distribution models and vice versa?”
New projects by Athina Rachel Tsangari, Quentin Dupieux, Alexei Popogrebski and Kelly Reichardt
Following her successful second feature ATTENBERG (2010), filmmaker and producer Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece) presents her third feature length project DUNCHARON, together with producers HAOS Films and Faliro House Productions. Maharaja Films (France) and The Match Factory (Germany are connected to this project as co-producers.
French music producer and filmmaker Quentin Dupieux’s WRONG will see its world premiere at Sundance 2012. Dupieux, successful in 2010 with his comic horror film RUBBER, launches his new film project REALITÉ at CineMart 2012 along with producer Realitism Films.
Alexei Popogrebski, Russian filmmaker and screenwriter known for his HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER (2010), will present his new 3D-film project LOST ROOMS, produced by Koktebel Film Company.
US-filmmaker Kelly Reichardt took home a Tiger Award from Rotterdam in 2006 for her second feature film OLD JOY. Her WENDY AND LUCY and MEEK’S CUTOFF were subsequently selected for Cannes and Venice. Reichardt launches her new project NIGHT MOVES in collaboration with producer filmscience.
Art:Film, projects by Knut Åsdam, Henry Coombes and others
No less than five film projects in the CineMart Selection 2012 are from visual artists. All five will also be making their fiction feature length débuts. Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam, an Artist in Focus during IFFR 2007, is preparing his KIRKENESK-MURMANSK with German producer Vitakuben. Scottish artist Henry Coombes makes his first film LITTLE DOG BOY, in collaboration with producer Broken Spectre. Siblings Carlos and Jason Sanchez, both photographers from Québec, work with producer micro_scope on A WORTHY COMPANION.
French artist and filmmaker Christelle Lheureux presents her first feature film project LE VENT DES OMBRES together with producer Independencia Productions; Lheureux’s short film LA MALADIE BLANCHE has been selected for the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2012.
Back at CineMart: Ruben Östlund and Aktan Arym Kubat
In 2012, some filmmakers return to CineMart with their latest projects. After INVOLUNTARY and PLAY, both launched during previous CineMart editions, Ruben Östlund (Sweden) presents the project for his fourth feature TOURIST with producer Plattform Produktion.
Aktan Arym Kubat (Kyrgyzstan) brought THE LIGHT THIEF to CineMart in 2007 and now returns with his project CENTAUR, produced by A.S.A.P. Films.
From Rotterdam Lab to CineMart: Ritesh Batra
CineMart welcomes a project by two former participants of Rotterdam Lab, CineMart’s training programme for emerging producers organized in collaboration with its partners. The Indian project THE LUNCHBOX by Ritesh Batra and producer Guneet Monga from Anurag Kashyap Productions originates from their initial meetings at Rotterdam Lab 2011. Batra’s short film CAFÉ REGULAR, CAÏRO has been selected for IFFR 2012’s Spectrum: Shorts.
Young talent: Eduardo Nunes, Malcolm Murray, Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt
The IFFR, CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund aim to offer emerging filmmakers a platform to launch their films and film projects. Therefore the CineMart Selection 2012 includes several projects by strong talent at the beginning of their careers. SUDOESTE (SOUTHWEST), fiction feature début by Eduardo Nunes (Brazil), has been selected for the Tiger Awards Competition 2012. HAPPY DEATH, his second feature film project produced by Superfilmes, is part of CineMart 2012.
Following the world premiere of his first fiction feature BAD POSTURE during IFFR 2011, CineMart 2012 includes US-filmmaker Malcolm Murray’s second feature project TOKYO CANNONBALL RISING SUN, produced by THIS.
Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt (both US) are selected with their fiction feature début project TRISTES MONROES and present their short PALACES OF PITY in IFFR 2012’s Spectrum: Shorts.
The full CineMart Selection 2012, alphabetically by film project title:
Apprentice, by Boo Junfeng, production companies: Zhao Wei Films, Peanut Pictures (Singapore)
Between Ten and Twelve, by Peter Hoogendoorn, production companies: Keren Cogan Productions, Phanta Vision Film International (The Netherlands)
Cannibal, by Manuel Martín Cuenca, production company: La Loma Blanca P.C. (Spain)
Centaur, by Aktan Arym Kubat, production companies: A.S.A.P. Films, Pallas Film GmbH, Oy Art Film Producing Company (France, Germany, Kyrgyzstan)
Duncharon, by Athina Rachel Tsangari, production companies: Haos Films, Faliro House Productions, Maharaja Films, The Match Factory GmbH (Greece, France, Germany)
Estiuejants, Els, by Lluis Galter, production company: Paco Poch Cinema, S. L. (Spain)
Groenlandia, by José Luis Torres Leiva, production company: Jirafa Films (Chile)
Happy Death, A, by Eduardo Nunes, production company: Superfilmes, 3 Tabela Filmes (Brazil)
History of Fear, by Benjamin Naishtat, production company: Rei Cine (Argentina)
Hungry Mouth, by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, production company: Stefi Productions (Greece)
Invisibles, The, by Mushon Salmona, production company: Transfax Film Production Ltd (Israel)
Jojo Rabbit, by Taika Waititi, production companies: Defender Films, Unison Films (New Zealand, US)
Kirkenes – Murmansk, by Knut Åsdam, production company: Vitakuben GmbH (Germany)
Little Dog Boy, by Henry Coombes, production company: Brocken Spectre (United Kingdom)
Lost Rooms, by Alexei Popogrebsky, production company: Koktebel Film Company (Russia)
Lunchbox, The, by Ritesh Batra, production company: Anurag Kashyap Productions Pvt Ltd, Cine Mosaic (India, US)
Night Moves, by Kelly Reichardt, production company: filmscience (US)
Nude Area, by Úrszula Antoniak, production company: Topkapi Films, Pandora Film Produktion GmbH (The Netherlands, Germany)
Our Sun, by Joost van Ginkel, production company: PRPL, producer: Els Vandevorst (The Netherlands)
Realité, by Quentin Dupieux, production company: Realitism Films (France)
Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted, The, by David Dusa, production company: SCIAPODE, Kamoli Films (France, Denmark, Sweden)
Service for People, by Jang Cheol-soo, production company: Bidangil Pictures, Finecut Co, Ltd. (South-Korea)
Snow in Paradise, by Andrew Hulme, production company: Ipso Facto Films (United Kingdom)
Through My Veins, by Florin Serban, production company: FANTASCOPE (Romania)
Tokyo Cannonball Rising Sun, by Malcolm Murray, production companies: THIS, Nappinati Films Ltd., Armian Pictures (US)
Turist, by Ruben Östlund, production companies: Plattform Produktion, Essential Filmproduktion, Coproduction Office (Sweden, Germany, Denmark)
Tristes Monroes, by Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, production companies: A Mutual Respect Productions, Filmes do Tejo II, Les Films du Bélier (Portugal, France)
Vent des ombres, Le, by Christelle Lheureux, production companies: Independencia Productions, Kick the Machine (France, Thailand)
We Are Sisyphos, by Peter Brunner, production company: Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices GmbH, LEV Pictures (Austria, The Netherlands)
White Buffalo, The, by Aditya Assarat, production company: Pop Pictures Co. Ltd. (Thailand)
Worthy Companion, A, by Carlos Sanchez & Jason Sanchez, production company: micro_scope (Canada)
Djin, by Hawa Essuman, production company: Ginger Ink Films (Kenya)
Dólares de arena, Los, by Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas, production companies: Aurora Dominicana, Athénaïse (Dominican Republic, Mexico, France)
Humidity, by Nikola Ljuca, production companies: Dart Film, zischlermann filmproduktion GbR (Serbia, Germany)
Jomo, by Kivu Ruhorahoza, production companies: POV Productions, Camera Club (Rwanda, Australia)
Midfielder, by Adrián Biniez, production companies: Morocha Films, Mutante Cine, Pandora Film Produktion GmbH, Topkapi Films (Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, The Netherlands)