Council of Europe’s cinema fund to award €3,843,000.

Matteo Garrone

Eurimages, the council of Europe’s fund for co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinema, has announced it will support 13 films (including a documentary and an animation) for a combined €3,843,000.

The projects selected by the Eurimages board are:

  • Wicked Games (Austria, Germany, France) - Ulrich Seidl
  • Double Bind (Belgium, France) - Olivier Masset-Depasse
  • Pinocchio (Italy, France) - Matteo Garrone (Italy)
  • Memoirs From The Cell (Spain, France, Argentina, Uruguay) - Álvaro Brechner
  • Where Are You, João Gilberto? (Switzerland, Germany, France) - Georges Gachot
  • About Endlessness (Sweden, Germany, France, Norway) - Roy Andersson
  • The Crossing (France, Germany, Czech Republic) - Florence Miailhe          
  • Life Runs Over You (Italy, Iceland) - Paolo Sassanelli
  • Wild Witch (Denmark, Hungary, Norway) - Kaspar Munk
  • Kings (France, Belgium) - Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  • Virgins (France, Israel, Belgium) - Keren Ben Rafael          
  • The Cellar (Slovakia, Russia, Czech Republic) - Igor Voloshin
  • Lady Winsley (France, Turkey, Belgium) - Hiner Saleem

Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio is a high profile film on the list. Screen International broke the news in October that Toni Servillo was cast as Geppetto in the Gomorrah director’s live-action update of Carlo Collodi’s classic tale.

Eurimages also decided to award 14 films a combined €126,746 from their distribution support programme, which helps projects with marketing and publicity costs.

The organisation has supported 1,810 European co-productions, totalling approximately €540m, since it was set up by the council of Europe in 1988.

Last week it was announced that former French minister of culture Catherine Trautmann was replacing Jobst Plog as the Eurimages president.

Her tenure, which will include chairing the Eurimages fund, will begin on January 1, 2017, and runs for a two-year term.