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As buyers and sellers touch down in Berlin, the high-end pics in the European Film Market are now moving in two directions: cast-driven action thrillers and older-skewing prestige dramas with stars attached, budgeted around $20 million-$30 million.

This is exactly the budgetary range that Europe, led by France, dove into after Hollywood’s specialty divisions began closing and downsizing over the past several years.

But now the Americans have staged a comeback in that space, thanks to hits such as “Lee DanielsThe Butler,” “Mud,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “All Is Lost,” a thriving, if niche, VOD/theatrical scene and more money.

But there are still big pics coming out of Europe. Benedict Cumberbatch headlines Sergei Bodrov’s Altitude-sold action thriller “Blood Mountain”; Cillian Murphy plays opposite Bryce Dallas Howard in Jason Lew’s thriller “The Free World,” from Memento; “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto penned Embankment’s thriller “Galveston” with Mathias

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