French indies fuse sales operations to create Mpm Premium (exclusive)

Current Mpm Film and Premium Films sales executives Ricardo Monastier and Leslie Saussereau will combine forces on the international sales front.

Paris-based auteur-focused Mpm Film and shorts specialist Premium Films have joined forces to create a single sales entity called Mpm Premium, combining their industry know-how and network.

Under the new structure, current Mpm Film and Premium Films sales executives Ricardo Monastier and Leslie Saussereau will combine forces on the international sales front.

Mpm Film founding chief Marie-Pierre Macia and producer Claire Gadéa and Premium Films founder Jean-Charles Mille will oversee management of the company.

“The market is evolving and we have to adapt. The fusion allows us more flexibility and better reactivity thanks to a bigger team, with complementary abilities and a wide expertise. We plan to optimise our investments and be more present on the international markets,” Macia, Gadéa and Mille said in a joint statement.

“It’s more and more difficult for auteur films to find
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Strange Things Still Happen In This World: Close-Up on Julian Radlmaier's "Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Julian Radlmaier's Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (2017), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from January 12 - February 11, 2018 as a Special Discovery.Personnel is being hired for the Theater in Oklahoma! The great Theater of Oklahoma is calling you!—Amerika, Franz Kafka “But how can we know we’re in communism?”—Camille, Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois DogSpecters haunt: class society, the ghost of Mayakovsky, the Soviet avant-garde. Julian Radlmaier’s filmography has thus far demonstrated a fixation with the terminology, the iconography—and the names, and the reference points—of a Marxist culture at once sacred, dogmatic, malleable, popular, misquoted, bastardized, mocked. The German filmmaker foregrounds his referential framework (two medium-length efforts preceded this one: 2012’s A Specter Is Haunting Europe and 2014’s A Proletarian Winter’s Tale) as if to simultaneously goad and warn his audience.
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LatinoBuzz: Winners of 33rd Edition CineMart Include Academy Award-Nominee Ciro Guerra's New Project

The CineMart 2016 awards have been announced marking the close of the 33rd edition of the co-production market. German production "Berlin Alexanderplatz" was awarded the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000, which is given to a project presented by a European producer. Colombian production "Birds of Passage" was awarded the €6,000 Arte International Prize and the Wouter Barendrecht Award went to Christopher Radcliff’s new project "The Strange Ones." The prize of €5,000 is given by the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation. The jury for the Arte and Eurimages awards is comprised of the Netherlands Film Fund’s Dorien van de Pas, producer Annamaria Lodato and Fabien Westerhoff, head of international licensing, production and finance company Ffwd (formerly with Hanway and WestEnd). The Wouter Barendrecht Award is decided on by representatives of the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation, Nelleke and Ellis Driessen.

CineMart selected 25 international projects to participate in the four day event which has been one of the most successful in recent years. Multiple conferences and panels covering topics ranging from “Making the most of a film festival” to “The Micro-Budget Talent Programmes” were held in front of packed audiences who were invited to be involved in the debates and receive advice. Mike S. Ryan (Greyshack Films), Michael Weber (The Match Factory), Winnie Lau (Jettone Films Ltd) and Bero Beyer (Director Iffr) discussing ‘The Creative Thunder of Cinema’ proved one of the highlights of Iffr 2016.

On making the announcement, Head of Industry and CineMart, Marit van den Elshout commented: “This year’s line-up was exceptional and inspiring. I speak on behalf of the entire team when I say that we could not be more proud – we have seen so many great projects, and so many talented teams behind them, the winners really exemplify this. I am also pleased to say that we hosted multiple extremely well attended panels and conversations, discussing the current state and possible future of the cinema that we love and cherish in Rotterdam.”

This year’s Eurimages Co-Production Development Award winner, "Berlin Alexanderplatz" by Burhan Qurbani (Germany) is a Sommerhaus Filmproduktion production. On the jury’s decision, Dorien van de Pas commented: “The project gives us a new and relevant view on a classic piece. The talented director has already made several films about urgent and relevant topics, that currently affect all our countries. Here he will combine elements of genre film with more political and emotional layers, which makes it accessible for a younger audience. The project leads to an ideal co-production scenario and the money of this award will be well employed for casting and further development.”

The Arte International Prize winner is "Birds of Passage" (Colombia) by Ciro Guerra, who is currently nominated for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award for "Embrace of the Serpent," produced by Ciudad Lunar Producciones and Blond Indian Films. On presenting the award, Annemaria Lodato commented: “We decided to give the Arte International Prize to a young South American filmmaker who has already produced a strong and convincing body of work. The project takes us into the heart of an indigenous community, a time and place never explored on screen.”

The Wouter Barendrecht Award winner is "The Strange Ones" (USA), directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein, produced by Sébastien Aubert. "Mysterious events surround the travels of two brothers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to something more complex, dark, and potentially deadly." On presenting the award Managing Director of Fortissimo Films, Nelleke Driessen commented: “The short film on which this film project is based, convinced the jury of the potential for the feature. We trust that the makers will succeed to translate this apparent simple story into an intriguing, multi layered psychological thriller.”

Hbf+Europe Distribution Support for International Co-productions

Next to these awards, Iffr’s Hubert Bals Fund is proud to announce the first selection of its brand-new distribution scheme: Hbf+Europe Distribution Support for International Co-productions. The scheme is designed to boost the distribution of internationally co-produced films from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.

The Hbf is pleased to announce that the first Hbf+Europe Distribution grant of 20.000 Euro has been awarded to Heretic Outreach from Greece to support the distribution of "Babai" by Visar Morina (Kosovo, Germany, Macedonia and France) in Greece, Bulgaria and Egypt.

Full selection list for CineMart 2016:

"The Announcement" - Mahmut Fazil Coskun - Turkey/Bulgaria - Filmotto Production/The Chouchkov Brothers "Berlin Alexanderplatz" - Burhan Qurbani - Germany - Sommerhaus Filmproduktion GmbH "Birds of Passage" - Ciro Guerra - Colombia - Ciudad Lunar/Blond Indian Films "Bloody Marie" - Guido van Driel - the Netherlands/Germany - Family Affair Films/Schiwago Film GmbH "Bootlegger" - Caroline Monnet - Canada - Microclimat Films "Dark Room" - Itamar Alcalay - Israel/Germany - Lama Films/Komplizen Film "The Devil Outside" - Andrew Hulme - UK - Ipso Facto Productions "Is this What You Were Born For?" - Radu Jude - Romania - Hi Film Productions "Jessica" - Ninja Thyberg - Sweden - Plattform Produktion "The Last Harem" - Maryam Keshavarz - France/Portugal - Neon Productions/ Ítaca Films/MaraKesh Films (Art:Film) "The Notebooks" - Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige - Lebanon/France - Abbout Productions "Over the City" - Emir Baigazin - Kazakhstan/Germany - Emir Baigazin Production/Augenschein Filmproduktion "Pompei" - John Shank, Anna Falguères - Belgium/Italy - Tarantula/Solaria Film "Rafaël" - Ben Sombogaart - the Netherlands/Italy/Belgium/Tunisia - Rinkel Film/Verdeoro/Entre Chien et Loup/Nomadis Images/Cinetelefilms "Sick, Sick, Sick" - Alice Furtado - Brazil - Estúdio Giz/Oceano "Slam" - Partho Sen-Gupta - Australia - Invisible Republic "Sleep." - Jan-Willem van Ewijk - the Netherlands - Waterland Film/Propellor Film "The Strange Ones" - Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein - France/USA - Adastra Films "Teenage Jesus" - Marie Grahtø - Denmark - Beofilm "Under the Sun" - Qiu Yang - France/China - House on Fire/Colorful Age Culture & Media "Der Unschuldige" - Simon Jaquemet - Switzerland - 8Horses "Ursa Major"- Benjamin Crotty - USA/France - AgX/Les Films du Bal "Vikings" - Daniel Hoesl - Austria - Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH "Wild Princess" - Ester Martin Bergsmark - Sweden - Garagefilm International (Art:Film) "What if Women Ruled the World?" - Yael Bartana - UK - Jacqui Davies Limited
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Rotterdam Film Festival’s CineMart Unveils Lineup

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
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Iffr: Radu Jude, Ciro Guerra among CineMart 2016 line-up

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Iffr: Radu Jude, Ciro Guerra among CineMart 2016 line-up
Exclusive: Projects hail from Australia, China, Brazil, UK, Lebanon and Us.Scroll down for full line-up

International Film Festival Rotterdam’s (Iffr) co-production market CineMart (Jan 31-Feb 3) has revealed its line-up for the upcoming 2016 edition.

The line-up consists of titles includes new works from filmmakers from the Netherlands, Australia, China, Brazil, the UK, Lebanon, France and the Us. The selection also includes two Art:Film projects.

Filmmakers selected this year include Romania’s Radu Jude, whose Aferim! won the Silver Bear at the 2015 Berlinale and will present his new feature project, Is This What You Were Born For?.

Director Guido van Driel from the Netherlands, whose debut feature film Resurrection of a Bastard was the opening film of Iffr in 2013, will present his new project Bloody Marie.

Colombian director Ciro Guerra, whose third feature Embrace of the Serpent won the Art Cinema Award in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at 2015 Cannes, will attend
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IndiePix Acquires International Titles 'So Bright is the View' and 'Soldate Jeannette'

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Indiepix Films announced today two new acquisitions to be released across all platforms. "So Bright is the View," directed by brothers Michaël and Joël Florescu, was an official selection at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival. The film follows a pregnant, middle-class Jewish girl in Bucharest who's forced to decide between working for a business thug in Atlanta and joining her mother in Israel. Her only other option, it seems, is a Romanian-American businessman who may or may not have a job for her. "Bright" will be released on VOD on April 21 with a limited theatrical release to follow. "Soldate Jeannette," ("Soldier Jane" in English) directed by Daniel Hoesl, won the Hivos Tiger Award at the 2013 Rotterdam International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and New Directors, New Films in 2013. It has been described as a somber art film, a depiction of the failure of materialism and a deadpan comedy. It begins with a.
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Keeper wins big at Swiss Film Awards

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Keeper wins big at Swiss Film Awards
I Am The Keeper, Dreamland and Father’s Garden win at Swiss Film Awards; First Saas-Fee Filmfest honours Soldate Jeannette and Love Steaks.

Sabine Boss’ I Am The Keeper (Der Goalie bin ig) was the big winner at this year Swiss Film Awards in Zurich, picking up four prizes for Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Marcus Signer) and Best Film Score after being nominated in seven categories.

The production by C-Film Ag and Carac Film, based on the eponymous novel by Pedro Lenz about an ex-junkie’s past catching up with him as he tries to find a way back into normal life, was released by Ascot Elite Entertainment Group in cinemas in the German-speaking part of Switzerland on Feb 6 and has already posted over 68,000 admissions.

The members of the Swiss Film Academy voted to give the Quartz trophy for Best Actress to Ursina Lardi for her performance as a prostitute in Zurich in [link
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Austrian Cinema: Diverse Dozen Thrive in Berlin’s Lineup

Austrian Cinema: Diverse Dozen Thrive in Berlin’s Lineup
Austrian cinema looks set to make another big splash at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. The diverse lineup is certain to springboard to fests around the globe, where Austrian film continues to represent an increasingly broad range of up-and-coming talent and works by veteran filmmakers.

A dozen Austrian works are unspooling at this year’s Berlinale, from such genre pics as Alpine Western “The Dark Valley” (pictured) from established helmer Andreas Prochaska to the competition selection “Macondo,” Sudabeh Mortezai’s debut feature about an immigrant family in Vienna, and “Cracks in the Concrete,” by Umut Dag (“Kuma”), about an ex-convict trying to keep a son he doesn’t know from making the same mistakes he made.

“It’s really quite amazing,” says Austrian Film Commission managing director Martin Schweighofer, pointing out that Austrian pics will be unspooling “from competition to Forum, Berlinale Special, Panorama, Panorama Special, shorts — it’s quite an avalanche.
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Premium takes Panorama opener 2030

Exclusive: Film is second work from director of critically acclaimed Buffalo Boy.

Paris-based Premium Films has acquired futuristic Vietnamese, murder mystery 2030 (Nuoc) which is set to open the Panorama section of the Berlinale.

2030 is the second feature from Vietnamese director Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo after his critically acclaimed Buffalo Boy, which was Vietnam’s Oscar submission in 2006 and screened at several festivals including Toronto, Rotterdam Locarno and Busan.

The film is set against the backdrop of a futuristic Vietnam, where global warming and rising sea levels have forced cultivation to be done on floating farms.

The storyline revolves around a woman investigating the death of her husband. In the process, she discovers that a floating farm, close to where her husband’s body was found floating, is a secret genetic engineering research laboratory run by a former lover.

Premium Films, which has expanded its activities to features sales over the last two years having originally focused on shorts
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Review: Soldate Jeanette Is A European Film Conspiracy Challenging Viewing Habits

Austrian art house flick Soldate Jeanette by Daniel Hoesl does not hide its rebellious tendencies. In big letters "A European Film Conspiracy" appears on the screen at the beginning of the film. It stands for a certain style of thinking and shooting low-budget but it is also a challenge for the audience in terms of viewing habits. Protagonist Fanni lives in a strange world of rejection. She is of bourgeois decent but stops to pay her bills. Nevertheless she keeps her decadent lifestyle. As in the case of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting (though without the drugs) a modern rebellion of "Not to" unfolds. Fanni just stops and thus inspires revolution. She escapes to a rural area, a farm, and meets Anna, a young woman with problems...

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Reel Mtl: Fnc’s International Competition for the Louve d’Or Boasts Strong Selection

This fall, one of Montreal’s most intriguing film festivals the Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Fnc) offers sixteen films as part of their international showcase. This showcase provides a platform for fresh, personal and visionary films from around the world. Films in this competition come from Quebec, Morocco, France, Poland, Mexico, Singapore, Austria, Venezuela, Georgia and more. Themes range from vengeance, drama, youth, daily violence, questions of identity, to migrant life, mystery, and love.

Some of these titles have already won awards (despite their short time on the festival circuits), including Escalante’s Heli, Chen’s Illo,Ilo, Guiraudie’s L’Inconnu du Lac, Avranas’ Miss Violence (picture on right), and Dolan’s Tom à la ferme (featured image). However, this doesn’t mean the prize is in the bag for these front runners.

The program is from Oct. 9th to Oct. 20th, 2013:

Arwad, Samer Najari et Dominique Chila (Québec)

Au nom du fils,
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Seidl's Latest Movie Leads to Catholic Protests in La, NY

‘Paradise: Faith’ screenings in Los Angeles and New York draw Catholic protests (photo: Maria Hofstätter in ‘Paradise: Faith’) "Oh boy. People are picketing our box office in protest of Paradise Faith." That’s a tweet by Cinefamily, referring to the Wednesday, August 28, 2013, screening of Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise: Faith at the Silent Movie Theater in West Hollywood. Part two of Seidl’s "Paradise" trilogy — which began with the Cannes Film Festival entry Paradise: Love and ends with Paradise: Hope — Paradise: Faith was co-written by Seidl and Veronika Franz. The stark drama revolves around a Viennese woman (Maria Hofstätter) who happens to be both the wife of a paraplegic Muslim man (Nabil Saleh) and an ardent Catholic, along the lines of the religiously demented Hazel Motes from Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. Ulrich Seidl: More merciless than Michael Haneke "Mr. Seidl’s eye is even more merciless — some would
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Al Jazeera Balkans, Croatia’s Hrt acquire Sarajevo titles

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Al Jazeera Balkans, Croatia’s Hrt acquire Sarajevo titles
Al Jazeera Balkans and Croatian national broadcaster Hrt are negotiating TV rights for Sarajevo Film Festival’s competition films.

Al Jazeera has picked up Danis Tanovic’s An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker for the territories of the former Yugoslavia, and Hrt took the film for Croatia.

Hrt is also negotiating acquisition of TV rights for the territory for all the films from Sarajevo Film Festival’s feature competition and most of the films from the documentary selection with running times fitting TV programming slots.

This amounts to a total of nine features and twelve documentaries, including Pjer Zalica’s Slave, Arsen Oremovic’s winner of the Human Rights Award Married To The Swiss Franc, Katherina Mückstein’s Talea and Daniel Hoesl’s Soldate Jeanette, which have already been picked up.

“Both competition selections this year are so good that it’s a no-brainer,” says Djelo Hadziselimovic, acquisition manager
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Sarajevo Film Festival Documentary Competition Aug 16-24

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Last year and again this year we are invited to attend the Sarajevo Film Festival by Asja Makarević, Project Manager for Sarajevo Talent Campus. If you are going, look for Peter Belsito there!

Sarajevo Film Festival (August 16-24, 2013), now in its 19th year, is an international film festival with special focus on the region of Southeast Europe, it provides high quality programming, a strong industry segment, an educational platform for young filmmakers, the presence of numerous representatives of film industry, film authors and media representatives from all over the world, as well as over 100,000 visitors, thus confirming the festival's status, renowned and recognized by film professionals as well as by its audience.

It serves as a catalyst for cooperation within the region, and establishes connections with partners from all over the world. It also represents a platform for development of film business in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the region, as well as setting new standards of festival organization and film presentation. While Karlovy Vary Film Festival has the Best of the East which gives a good view of finished films from Eastern Europe and is especially kind to journalists around the world, Sarajevo simultaneously hosts Cinelink, a very pro-active co-production market and workshop and Talent Campus which is a part of the Berlinale. This general networking of the world film industry is even more interesting because of its location in the city of Sarajevo itself. After the 4 year long siege of Sarajevo, it was founded as a means to recreate civil society of the City in 1995.

American actor/activist Danny Glover will curate and present the award for this year's Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award to a new cinematic voice whose work embodies Katrin Cartlidge’s “integrity of spirit and commitment to independent film”. Cartlidge, who died in 2002, was a British actress best known for her work with Mike Leigh and whose last role in the Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanović’s No Man’s Land. Over the past nine years the Foundation has appointed a curator, selected from Cartlidge’s friends and colleagues, who in turn chooses a recipient for the annual award, a cash bursary, which is announced at a special red carpet gala at the Festival.

This year, all the selections of the Sff Competition Programme will present a total of 50 films. This brings the best of regional cinema and follows the Sarajevo Film Festival strategy of discovering new talents, approaches and tendencies rooted in the world cinema today.

For the final line-up of the Competition Program, programmers and the Sarajevo Film Festival team saw 750 films from the region, including 200 feature films, 150 documentaries and 400 short and animated films. This year's selection, but also the general interest in our Competition selections, encourages the Sarajevo Film Festival in its determination to continue working on strengthening regional film production, promotion and film distribution. This is even more strongly emphasized by the fact that this year, in its three Competition selections, the Festival brings 14 world premieres, 7 international and 19 regional ones.

Competition Program - Feature Films

World Premieres

Carmen, Romania, 88 min. Director: Doru Nițescu, Screenplay: Tudor Voican, Doru Nițescu

Runaway Day, Greece, Black & White, 80 min. Director and screenplay: Dimitris Bavellas

Talea, Austria, 75 min. Director: Katharina Mückstein, Screenplay: Selina Gnos, Katharina Mückstein

With Mom / Sa Mamom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Slovenia, 80 min.

Director and screenplay: Faruk Lončarević

Wolf / Lupu, Romania, 77 min. Director and screenplay: Bogdan Mustață

Regional Premieres

In Bloom / Grzeli Nateli Dgeebi, Georgia, 102 min. Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili ♀, Simon Groß, Screenplay: Nana Ekvtimishvili ♀ . Isa: Memento

Soldate Jeannette, Austria, 79 min. Director and screenplay: Daniel Hoesl

A Stranger / Obrana I Zaštita, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 87 min. Director and screenplay: Bobo Jelčić. Berlinale Forum.

When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism / Când Se Lasă Seara Peste Bucureşti Sau Metabolism, Romania, 93 min. Director and screenplay: Corneliu Porumboiu

Documentary Competition:

World Premieres

A Slave (Bosnia and Herzegovina) by Bosnian director Pjer Žalica, known internationally for fiction films Days and Hours and Fuse [trailer]Autofocus, director: Boris Poljak (Croatia)Crazy About You, Danilo Marunović (Montenegro)Escape, Srdjan Keča (Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina) who was the winner of Best Central and East European Documentary Award at Jihlava for Mirage and Best Balkan Documentary at Prizren Dokufest for A Letter to DadFinding Family, Chris Leslie, Oggi Tomic (Bosnia and Herzegovina-uk)Patient, Zdenko Jurilj (Bosnia and Herzegovina)Screens, Hanna Slak ♀(Slovenia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Germany)

International Premieres

Here... I Mean There, Laura Capatana – Juller♀ (Romania), winner of Romanian Days Award For Feature Film at the Transylvania International Film FestivalMarried to the Swiss Franc, Arsen Oremović (Croatia)Mother Europe, Petra Seliškar♀ (Slovenia-Macedonia-Croatia) whose Grandmothers of Revolution played in Sarajevo’s documentary competition in 2006Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, Marta Popivoda ♀(Serbia-France-Germany) which played in 2013 Berlinale Forum Expanded

Regional Premieres

The Cleaners, Konstantinos Georgousis (Greece), Idfa competition entryGangster of Love, Nebojša Slijepčević (Croatia-Germany-Romania), winner of audience award at Zagrebdox and competition entry at Karlovy VaryThe Grocer, Dimitris Koutsiabasakos (Greece), audience award winner at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film FestMy Fathers, My Mother & Me, Paul-Julien Robert (Austria), world premiere Visions du RéelMy Kith and Kin, Rodion Ismailov (Azerbaijan), world premiere Visions du RéelRegina, Diana Groó ♀ (Hungary-uk-Germany)Sickfuckpeople, Juri Rechinsky (Austria)Unplugged, Mladen Kovačević (Serbia-Finland), world premiere Visions du RéelThe Verdict, Djuro Gavran (Croatia)When I Was a Boy, I Was a Girl, Ivana Todorović ♀ (Serbia), Berlinale Shorts title

Gala Screening - Out Of Competition

Occupation, the 27th Picture, Pavo Marinković (Czech Republic-Croatia) Competition ProgramSarajevo Film Festival Competition Program screens world, international and regional premieres of feature, short, animated and documentary films from: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. Films selected in Competition Programmes for feature, short and documentary film compete for the prestigious Heart of Sarajevo Awards. Feature FilmHeart of Sarajevo for Best Film - 16,000 EurosSpecial Jury Prize - 10,000 Euros Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress - 2,500 EurosHeart of Sarajevo for Best Actor - 2,500 Euros Short and Animated FilmHeart of Sarajevo for Best Film - 2,500 Euros Documentary FilmHeart of Sarajevo for Best Film - 3,000 Euros CinelinkCineLink, the backbone of the festival’s Industry Section, is a development and financing platform for carefully selected feature projects from Southeast Europe suited for European co-production. With an average conversion rate of its selected projects from development to production at 60% over the past decade, CineLink has grown into one of the most successful development and financing platforms in Europe. With its CineLink, CineLink Plus and Work in Progress sections it caters for projects in all stages of development, as well as projects in production and postproduction. CineLink also offers an awards fund of over 160,000 Euros in cash and services. CineLink is open for feature-length fiction film projects with potential for theatrical distribution, created by authors from Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. As part of CineLink, a new project called Regional Forum was first launched in 2009, organised in cooperation with Screen International, one of the leading global magazines in film industry. Regional Forum, conceived as a platform offering a discussion framework for relevant national and regional film organisations and professionals from Southeast Europe, also encourages the harmonisation of national film policies and offers a possibility for exchange of good ideas and practices. Sarajevo Talent CampusSarajevo Talent Campus, the educational and networking platform for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Europe, was launched in 2007 in cooperation with Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talent Campus. The programme offers inspiring lectures, panel discussions, and active critical debates, complemented by workshops, practical tutorials, screenings and inter-festival excursions for participants. The 7th Sarajevo Talent Campus, taking place from the 18th to the 24th of August, will be inviting scriptwriters, directors, actors, producers and film critics. Participation in Sarajevo Talent Campus is open to candidates from: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. 18th Sarajevo Film Festival By Numbers:

• 21 Programmes • 210 Films From 57 Countries• 10 Venues • 330 Employees and 280 Volunteers• More Than 1000 Accredited Guests • More Than 800 Accredited Media Representatives From 32 Countries • More Than 100,000 Visitors At All The Programs

Sarajevo City Of FilmAs the continuation of the activities in accordance with the goals set by the Sarajevo Talent Campus, the Sarajevo City of Film Fund was launched in 2008. The project is aimed at testing the knowledge and experience gained by the Sarajevo Talent Campus participants through the practical application in realisation of low-budget short films, as well as development of cooperation between the young creative authors whose work represents the future of the regional cinematography. Sarajevo City of Film Project has so far led to the filming of 20 short films screened worldwide and won numerous festivals awards.
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Romanian Films Dominate Sarajevo Competish

The strength of filmmaking in Romania has been underscored by the Sarajevo Film Festival’s inclusion of three pics from the country in its competish program, which was unveiled Thursday.

Sarajevo, which is one of South-East Europe’s leading sprocket operas, includes five world preems in its competish program, of which two are Romanian.

The first, “Wolf” is the debut feature from director-scripter Bogdan Mustata, in which he looks at the confused feelings of a young man toward his mother and a young woman whom he loves, but she loves someone else.

Carmen,” which is the feature bow by Doru Nitescu, and penned by Tudor Voican and Nitescu, centers on a woman who will do anything for her dying child in a world that doesn’t care.

The other Romanian film in competish is director-writer Corneliu Porumboiu’s third feature “When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism.”

The other world
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Sarajevo unveils Competition line-up

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Sarajevo unveils Competition line-up
Feature film competition five world premieres and four regional premieres, including multi award-winner In Bloom.

The Sarajevo Film Festival (Sff), running August 16-24, has announced the Feature, Short and Documentary Competition titles comprising 50 films.

Selectors and the Sff team viewed 750 films from the region, including 200 feature films, 150 documentaries and 400 short and animated films.

Across the three Competition sections are 15 world, seven international and 18 regional premieres.

The main competition will feature five world premieres including Carmen, the first feature by Romanian director Doru Nitescu.

It is a family drama co-written by Tudor Voican, known for Periferic and Medal of Honour. The Filmex Romania production stars Doru Ana from Principles of Life, Adrian Titieni from Child’s Pose and Maia Morgenstern.

Greek director Dimitris Bavellas’ debut feature Runaway Day is a black-and-white film exploring how young Greeks feel lost in modern day Athens, a city under financial occupation. It starts Maria Skoula from Wasted Youth.

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Eeff 2013: ‘Soldate Jeanette’ offers pleasant developments and little else

Soldate Jeanette

Directed by Daniel Hoesl

Austria, 2013

“The rich man may fall for a stock exchange ruse, but the poor man’s got nothing to lose.” In case you hadn’t gathered the sentiment of Soldate Jeanette around two-thirds of the way into its brisk 80-minute runtime, the man strumming his guitar at the dinner table says what everyone’s thinking, through his musical praise of a slender existence. The meal takes place at a farm, where former financial high-flyer Fanni (Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg) has escaped to start a new life, away from the hollow boardrooms and into the tangled textures of the forest, surrounded by beings with a detectable pulse, from humans to barnyard critters. Her last remaining wads of cash can be found in the nearby thicket, burnt to a crisp atop a bonfire.

A streak of referential humour runs throughout this riches-to-rags odyssey, as director Daniel Hoesl name-checks the works of Godard,
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Festival radar: Off Plus Camera, Krakow, Poland

Our irregular series on smaller film festivals looks at a Polish celebration of independent cinema kicking off this Friday

Festival name: Off Plus Camera – International Festival of Independent Cinema

Location: Krakow, Poland


Dates: annually,12-21 April 2013

About: This increasingly dynamic festival of independent cinema is geared towards young and debut directors. Taking place in the picturesque southern Polish city of Krakow, the festival is staged in former palaces – such as the Pod Baranami cinema and Kino Ars just off the main square – and, to a lesser extent, at all seven of the city's other art-house cinemas. This year's festival will also offer rooftop screenings, "for those who like extreme sports", according to the artistic director. By attracting more sponsors and by vastly improving organisation and publicity, Off Plus Camera has developed rapidly under the auspices of festival director, Szymon Miszczak; artistic director, Ania Trzebiatowska (who formerly
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New Directors/New Films preview

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 42nd edition of New Directors/New Films from March 20-31 in New York. The festival will screen 25 features (19 narrative, six documentary) and 17 short films, representing 24 countries.

Matías Piñeiro's Viola, Shane Carruth's Upstream Color, Shannon Plumb's Towheads, Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell, Daniel Hoesl's Soldate Jeannette and Rachid Djaïdani's Rengaine are films to look out for on the conflicts from within and the contentions from without.

Alexandre MoorsBlue Caprice will open the festival at MoMA on March 20. A new component this year is a mid-festival screening at the Vw Performance Dome at MoMA PS1, in Long Island City, on March 26, of Sophie Letourneur’s Les Coquillettes. Found-footage documentary, Our Nixon, directed by Penny Lane will close the film festival at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater on March 31.

Here are six standouts.
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Rotterdam Film Festival Awards

Several films which premiered at Sundance -- Soldier Jane (Isa: Premium Films), Fat Shaker, What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love, Stoker (Fox and Fox Searchlight) and Il Futuro (Isa: Visit Films) -- have gone on to take awards at the recently wrapped International Film Festival Rotterdam.

And the winners are…

Hivos Tiger Awards

The three winners of the equal Hivos Tiger Awards 2013 are:

My Dog Killer (Môj pes Killer) (Isa: M-appeal) by Mira Fornay (Slovakia/Czech Republic, 2013). An unflinching study of a troubled teen in small-town Slovakia, the film was praised by its jury for 'showing a very strong subject from the inside' Soldate Jeannette (Soldier Jane) (Isa: Premium Films) by Daniel Hoesl (Austria, 2012). A provocative portrait of two women from different ends of the social spectrum, Hoesl's debut feature was commended for it 'strong imagery and visual power.' Fat Shaker (Larzanandeye charbi) by Mohammad Shirvani (Iran, 2013). Shirvani's drama about a stern patriarch was, the jury stated, 'a fascinating story with superb characters.' Apparently the film’s showing in the West has caused some problems at home. See Indiewire story here.

The jury of the 2013 Hivos Tiger Awards Competition (prize €15.000) consisted of distinguished Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamedarya; Russian scriptwriter and filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa; Dutch filmmaker Kees Hin; José Luis Cienfuegos, artistic director of the Seville European Film Festival (Spain) and Chinese visual artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei(who was not be able to attend the festival and commented on his jury duty in a prerecorded video message). They made their announcement of the winners at the Awards Ceremony in Rotterdam.

The winners of the Netpac, Fipresci and Knf awards were also announced. Two of the winners were supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, and one was a CineMart project.

Netpac Award

The Netpac Jury (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) awards the best Asian film in Iffr 2013 official selection. The winner of the Netpac Award 2013 is What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love (Indonesia, 2013). It also had received money earlier from the Hubert Bals Fund.

Fipresci Award

The winner of the Rotterdam Fipresci Award 2013 (see photo on this page for selected jury members) is The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser by Alberto Gracia (Spain, 2013)

The Big Screen Award

Introduced this year, the Big Screen Award Competition aims to support the distribution of films in Dutch cinemas. The Iffr named Pretty Butterflies (Bellas mariposas) by Salvatore Mereu (Italy, 2012) as winner of its new Big Screen Award Competition. The film follows a day in the life of a young Sardinian girl.

Knf Award

The Dutch Circle of Film Critics (Knf) Jury award – chosen from the ten films in The Big Screen Award Competition – went to The Future (Il futuro) by Alicia Scherson (Chile/Germany/Italy/Spain, 2013).
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