Michael Nyman's directorial debut, and film version of his own opera Facing Goya and Icelandic filmmaker Hilmar Oddson's Cold Ice are among the film projects from Latin America, West and Eastern Europe and Canada already confirmed for this year's Mannheim Meetings co-production market (October 11-14) at the 50th International Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival.
Similar in its structure to the Pusan Promotion Plan (see separate story) as well as Rotterdam International Film Festival's Cinemart, the producers of the Meetings' projects have the chance to pitch their proposed features at pre-arranged meetings to potential financiers from all over Europe.
Among the projects confirmed for presentation at this year's Meetings are:
A Cup Full of Life, prod: Blind Spot Pictures (Fin), dir: Aleksi Selmenpera, budget: $1.26m
Cold Ice, prod: Icelandic Film Corporation/Fridrik Thor Fridriksson (Ice), dir: Hilmar Oddson, budget $ 1.82m
Facing Goya, prod: Basilisk Communications (UK), dir: Michael Nyman
Retreating Reality, prod: Filmplus (Hun), dir: Agnes Kossis, budget $ 314,000
Strangers, prod: STI Film (Pol), dir: Malgorzata Szumowska, budget $ 750,000
99% Murdered, prod: Sur Films (Mex), dir: Esteban Schroeder
Misfortune, prod: Agitprop Films (Can), dir: David Christensen, budget $ 813,000
Mademoiselle Madame, prod/Dir: Moussa Toure (Senegal)
Previous Mannheim Meetings found co-production partners for such films as Suzhou River, Geography Of Fear, Desire, Eisenstein, Lovely Rita, Daybreak, Dog Days and Urbania.