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Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage,” Radu Jude’s “Is this What You Were Born For?” and Andrew Hulme’s “The Devil Outside” are among the projects set to be presented at CineMart, the co-production forum hosted as part of Rotterdam Film Festival.
The forum will showcase 25 projects from the Netherlands, Australia, China, Brazil, the U.K., Lebanon, France and the U.S..
Marit van den Elshout, head of industry and CineMart, said the upcoming edition will showcase “great discoveries with high potential (…), five debut feature films, ready for the international market and to be attached to financiers.”
“We are looking forward to another great edition of CineMart, supporting the future of storytelling by nurturing the work of all these great filmmakers, both emerging and established,” added Elshout.
“Birds of Passage” marks Guerra’s follow up to “El abrazo de la serpiente” which won a nod at Directors’ Fortnight in »
- Elsa Keslassy
The topicality of “We Are Young. We Are Strong.” is hard to miss, which is a key reason why this worthy but over-obvious fictionalization of xenophobic riots in 1992 Germany will hit a nerve. Burhan Qurbani’s mostly black-and-white sophomore feature (after “Shahada”) is a by-the-book re-creation of the buildup to two nights of violent unrest in the eastern port city of Rostock, when Vietnamese immigrants became the target of disaffected residents unhappy with their own status in a recently unified Germany. Given current tensions with “the other in our midst,” the pic will undoubtedly gain traction at home following a late January opening. Euro screens may also beckon.
Like most areas of the former East Germany, Rostock suffered from a depressed economy and general malaise following the fall of the Berlin Wall, exacerbated by a not-unwarranted sense of alienation from the West. Qurbani’s strong suit is the way he captures the zeitgeist, »
- Jay Weissberg
The collaboration will start with the English-language sci-fi thriller “SUM1,” directed by Christian Pasquariello. Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones,” “Misfits,” “The Liberator”) will be starring in the lead role as a young soldier, placed on a desolate watchtower high above a forest on a 100-day assignment. His mission is to defend the outpost against eerie, powerful alien creatures in a strange world.
“SUM1″ is produced by Alvart (“Antibodies,” “Case 39,” “Pandorum”), Sigi Kamml (“1 1⁄2 Brothers,” “Banklady”) and Susa Kusche (“Run Boy Run,” “Shahada”). Director of photography is Hagen Bogdanski (“The Lives of Others,” “The Young Victoria”).
Principal photography is starting on Feb 9. Global Screen will start selling the title at the European Film Market in Berlin.
- Leo Barraclough
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