CineMart, the Rotterdam film festival's co-production market, has announced its 2009 selection.
There are 35 titles in all. New projects from established autuers like Zhang Yuan, Rodrigo Moreno and Pablo Stoll nestle alongside films from newcomers.
There are animation films (Alois Nebel from the Czech Republic), dark-themed family dramas and thrillers. Confirmed sales agents attending already include Fortissimo Films, Wild Bunch, The Match Factory, The Works International, Bavaria Film International, MK2, Coproduction Office Films Distribution, Coach14 and Elle Driver.
CineMart organiser Marit van den Elshout confirmed that the event had received around 500 applications.
'We aimed this year to make a selection of no more than 35 projects. We wanted to maintain the exclusvitity of being in CineMart and also to give more space and exclusivity to the projects,' van den Elshout said. 'We had to select in a sharper and more rigorous way. That meant we had to kill more darlings but at the same time, that give us a better focus on the projects we did select.'
Running from January 25 to January 29, CineMart is now in its 26th year.
CineMart Selection 2009
Title Director (Production Company) Country
3 Pablo Stoll (Control Z Films & Pandora Film Produktion) Uruguay/Germany
Alois Nebel Tomas Lunak & Jaromir Svejdik (Negativ Film Productions & Tobogang) Czech Republic
Atomium Norbert Ter Hall (Phanta Vision Film International) Netherlands
Berina's Chakras Faruk Loncarevic (SCCA & pro.ba) Bosnia & Herzegovina
Birdie Byamba Sakhya (Guru Media) Mongolia
Executioner Garden Zhang Yuan (Beijing Good Tiding Culture Development Company & Chinese Shadows) China
Freedomland Adolfo Alix Jr. (Bicycle Pictures) Philippines
Galloping Mind Wim Vandekeybus (Savage Film & Ginga Eleven Filmes) Belgium/Brazil
Gin & Tonic Alice Bell (Doll) Australia
Girimunho Helvecio Marins Jr. & Clarissa Campolina (Dezenove Som e Imagens & Teia Filmes & Autentika Films) Brazil/Germany
Greengrass Nicola Mills (Quark Films) UK
L'hiver Dernier John Shank (Tarantula & Limited Adventures) Belgium
L'homme Qui Cache La Forêt Bertrand Mandico (Societe Parisienne de Production & Essential Film Produktion) France/Germany
The Housemaid 2009 Gina Kim (Mirovision Inc) South Korea
Hunter Bakur Bakuradze (Salvador D Production & CTB) Russia
Koeraaj Koeraaj Marjoleine Boonstra (Volya Films & Niko Film & Zapomatic) Netherlands/Belgium/Germany
Letters to Ingel Sulev Keedus (F-Seitze & Frame Productions OY) Estonia/Finland
Le Mensonge Dimitri Karakatsanis (CCCP) Belgium
Un Mundo Misterioso Rodrigo Moreno (Rizoma Films) Argentina
My Back Page Yamashita Nobuhiro (Bitters End Inc) Japan
Naufragio Pedro Aguilera (Alokatu S.L.) Spain
Nordfjord Danyael Sugawara (SNG Film) Netherlands
Pioneer Erik Skjoldbjaerg (Friland AS) Norway
PLAY>> Ruben Östlund (Plattform Produktion) Sweden
Rare Exports Jalmari Helander (Cinet Ltd) Finland
The Silent Ones Ricky Rijneke (Rotterdam Films) Netherlands
Skeletons Nick Whitfield (Forward Films/Edge City Films) UK
The Snakehead Guka Omarova (Les Petites Lumières & KINOFABRIKA) France/ Russia/Germany
Straw Man Peng Tao (New South Independent Film Studio) China
Sur La Planche Leila Kilani (Aurora Films & Soccochico Films) France/Morocco
Tama Taika Waititi (Whenua Films) New Zealand
La Tercera Orilla Del Rio Celina Murga (Tresmilmundos Cine) Argentina
The Tour Chris Chong Chan Fui (Red Films & Tanjung Aru Pictures) Malaysia
Tuesday After Christmas Radu Muntean (Multimedia Est) Romania
Zephyr Belma Bas (Filmik Productions) Turkey