A raft of projects fromacclaimed UK directors including Nicolas Roeg, David MacKenzie and PeterGreenaway have been selected for this year's Cinemart co-production market,which takes place during the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 26 -Feb 6).
In all, 47 projects havemade the line-up out of 539 entries for next year's event, the largest filmco-production market worldwide.
Other high profile directorsmaking the selection with new projects include the US' John Sayles, Germany'sSandra Nettelbeck and China's Jia Zhangke.
"The content of the projectsreally reflect the state of the world in that they are rather dark," CineMartdirector Ido Abram told ScreenDaily.com. "It's a strong line-up withstrong projects about strong people in strong stories."
Young Adam director David MacKenzie's new Euros 4.4m project iscalled White Male Heart and is the story of the lifelong friendshipbetween two young men, raised as deerstalkers in the Scottish Highlands, thatis torn violently apart when a young woman arrives.
Peter Greenaway will belooking for funding partners for the Euros 4.8m 55 Men On Horseback.Billed as a story of love and lust on horseback, it's a late eighteenth centurytale of a man who tries to bed a woman by sending her 55 paintings of horses.
Meanwhile, Performancedirector Nicolas Roeg's new project is Puffball, a Euros 4.3msupernatural thriller about a young, pregnant architect. When she moves to amysterious English valley to build a house, witches turn against her unbornchild and her very survival is threatened.
Abram said the Cinemartline-up also includes highly promising projects from first or second timefeature directors, including France's Delphine Kreuter (Tu Es Dieu), UKshort film director Adrian McDowall (The Nana Saga) and Russia's MariaSaakyan (Majak).
The 2005 Selection is alsopresenting many projects from film-makers whose works were included in previousfestival editions, who were supported by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund or whohave been selected for previous editions of IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition:Albania's Fatmi Koçi (Tirana Year Zero), France/Chad's Mahamet SalehHaroun (Abouna) and the UK's Dom Rotheroe (My Brother Tom).
In past years, CineMart haspresented projects that turned into significant arthouse hits, including TheMagdalene Sisters by Peter Mullan, Fuse by Pjer Zalica, FatherAnd Son by Alexander Sokurov, Lost Embrace by Daniel Burman and TropicalMalady by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
The Cinemart Selection2005 (alphabetically by projecttitle)
(film project title;director; production company; country)
6ixtynin9, Jim Fall, Bohemian Films & ShadowCatcherEntertainment (USA)
55 Men On Horseback, Peter Greenaway, The Kasander Film Company(Netherlands/UK)
American Widow, Christian S. Leigh, American Widow 2 Ltd. (UK/Germany)
Belinda's Notes, Dorthe Sheffman, MF Films (New Zealand)
Catching A Glide, Sunu Gonera, Maxi D. Productions (Zimbabwe/SouthAfrica)
Chamelle, Marion Hänsel, Man's Film Production (Belgium/France)
Che Tze, Zhang Yi-Bai, Arclight Pictures (Taiwan/China/Hong Kong)
The Clogged Town, Gert Embrechts, Filmprodukties de Luwte(Netherlands/Belgium)
El Custodio, Rodrigo Moreno, Rizoma Films (Argentina/Germany)
Daratt, Mahamat Saleh-Haroun, Chinguitty Films (France/Chad)
Le Dernier Des Fous, Laurent Achard, Agat Film & Cie / Ex Nihilo(France)
Dochtertje, Boris Paval Conen, SNG Film BV (Netherlands)
L'ete Indien, Alain Raoust, Sunday Morning Productions (France)
Exhibit A, Dom Rotheroe, Bent Films (UK)
Fallen Hero, Partho Sen Gupta, Santocha Productions (France/India)
Five Worlds, U-Wei bin HajiSaari & Garin Nugroho & Sobhial-Zobaidi & Kamal Tabrizi & Homayoun Paiz, leBrocquy FraserProductions Ltd (Malaysia/Indonesia/Palestine/Iran/Afghanistan)
Hamaca Paraguaya, Paz Encina, Slotmachine (Paraguay/France)
Hamelin, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 1001 Productions (Japan/France)
Hei An Zhuan, Zhang Ming, Nitu Film Production (China)
Helen, Sandra Nettelbeck, Echo Lake Productions (Germany/USA)
Honeydripper, John Sayles, Anarchists' Convention (USA)
Jas Sum Od Titov Veles, Teona Mitevska, Sisters and Brother MitevskiProduction (Macedonia)
Jean-Baptiste, Wayn Traub, Sciapode (Belgium / France)
Johanna, Kornel Mundruczo, Proton Cinema Ltd (Hungary)
Kilometre Zero, Hiner Saleem, la Cinefacture/Memento Films Production(France/Iraq)
Liverpool, Lisandro Alonso, Fortuna Films (Argentina/Netherlands)
Majak, Maria Saakyan, Andreevsky Flag Film Company (Russia)
Man And Woman, Fatmir Koçi, KKoçi Productions (Albania/Belgium / France)
The Miracle Of Monthlery, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Lama Films (Israel)
The Nana Saga, Adrian McDowall, Slate Films (UK)
Ou Est La Main De L'homme Sans Tete, Guillaume Malandrin, La PartiProduction, (Belgium/Luxembourg)
Puffball, Nicolas Roeg, Tall Stories (UK/Canada)
Rafina, Sabiha Sumar, Vidhi Films (Pakistan)
Sangre, Amat Escalante, Mantarraya Producciones (Mexico)
La Sangre Y La Lluvia, Jorge Navas, Patofeofilms (Colombia)
Scar, Teboho Mahlatsi, Bomb (South Africa)
Small Crime, Christos Georgiou, Lychnari Productions (Cyprus / Greece)
Smoke And Ochre, Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Riba Filmproductions(Netherlands)
La Soledad, Jaime Rosales, Fresdeval Films (Spain)
Still Life, Jia Zhangke, Xstream Pictures (China)
Suburban Mayhem, Paul Goldman, Doll (Australia)
Suplent, Martin Krejci, Bionaut Pictures & Barrandov Studios (CzechRepublic)
A Thousand Of Plateaus, Jang Sun-Woo, East Film Co Ltd. (South Korea)
Tu Es Dieu, Delphine Kreuter, Les films du poisson (France)
Waiter, Alex van Warmerdam, Graniet Film (Netherlands)
White Male Heart, David Mackenzie, Hepp Film & Brocken Spectre(United Kingdom/Sweden)
Wunderkind, Michiel van Jaarsveld, Motel Films (Netherlands)