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Amat Escalante, Tatiana Huezo

New features from Mexican director Amat Escalante and Mexican-San Salvadoran filmmaker Tatiana Huezo are among the 28 feature projects selected for the fifth edition of European Work in Progress Cologne (EWIP), the industry pitching event held from October 17-19 in the run-up to Film Festival Cologne.

Escalante will pitch Lost In The Night, about a man searching for those responsible for his mother’s disappearance, who encounters an incompetent justice system.

The Mexico-Germany-Netherlands-Denmark co-production is produced by Nicolas Celis and Fernanda de la Peza for Tres Tunas Cine. Escalante has previously directed four features including Venice and Toronto 2016 horror The Untamed

Scroll down for the full list of EWIP 2022 projects

Huezo, who broke through with 2022 Mexican Oscar entry Prayers For The Stolen, will pitch The Echo, a documentary about children growing up in a remote Mexican valley punished by winter and drought. Huezo also produces the Germany-Mexico co-production for Radiola Films, with delivery due in 2023.

The 28 projects were selected from over 150 submissions, with €60,000 (£52,603) funding to be allocated during the event

An international jury will watch 15-minute pitching sessions for each project, with further meetings arranged by EWIP to match producers with sales agents, distributors and other partners.

The jury consists of Olivier Barbier, head of acquisitions at mk2 films; Vanja Kaludjercic, director of International Film Festival Rotterdam; Julien Rejl, artistic director of Cannes Director’s Fortnight; Saralisa Volm, producer, director, writer and actress; and Thanassis Karathanos, producer at Berlin’s Twenty Twenty Vision and Halle’s Pallas Film.

Over 250 industry professionals will participate in the event, including programmers from Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals; and representatives from US distributor Neon.

EWIP 2022 projects

Almamula (Fr-Arg-It) dir. Juan Sebastian Torales; prods. Pilar Peredo, Edgard Tenembaum (Tu Vas Voir)

As It Is (Ger-It) dir. Antonello Scarpelli; prod. Ingmar Trost (Sutor Kolonko)

Between Us (Ger) dir. Kanwal Sethi; prod. Benny Drechsel (Rohfilm Productions)

Brief History Of A Family (China-Den-Fr) dir. Jianjie Lin; prods. Yue Zheng, Yiwen Wang, Ying Lou (First Light Films), Rikke Tambo Anderson (Tambo Film), Ping Zhou (Films du Milieu)

Deserts (Ger-Bel-Mor) dir. Faouzi Bensaidi; prod. Nicole Gerhards (NiKo Film)

Empty Nets (Ger-Iran) dir. Behrooz Karamizade; prods. Eva Kemme, Ansgar Frerich, Uschi Feldges (Basis Berlin); Jorn Mollenkamp (Living Pictures Production), Majid Barzegar (Rainy Pictures)

Franky Five Star (Ger-Fin) dir. Birgit Moller; prod. Jamila Wenske (Achtung Panda!)

Human/Animal (Sp-It-Mex) dir. Alessandro Pugno; prods. Jose Alba, Odile Antonio-Baez (Pecado Films)

Intermission (Rus-Fin) dir. Anna Kuznetsova; prod. Natalia Drozd (Forest Film)

Jepota (Braz-Fr) dirs. Carlos Papa Guarani, Augusto Canani; prods. David Rosier (Decia Films), Luciana Tomasi (Prana Filmes)

Last Shadow At First Light (Sing-Jap-Slovenia) dir. Nicole Midori Woodford; prod. Jeremy Chua (Potocol)

Lost In The Night (Mex-Ger-Neth-Den) dir. Amat Escalante; prods. Nicolas Celis, Fernanda de la Peza (Tres Tunas Cine)

Mamacruz (Sp-Ven) dir. Patricia Ortega; prod. Olmo Figueredo (La Claqueta PC)

(Ger) dir. Jan Henrik Stahlberg; prod. Martin Lehwald (Mux Film)

Natasha’s Dance (Neth-Ger) dir. Jos Stelling, prod. Hans de Weers (Fatt Productions)

Nobody Likes Me (Cze-Slovakia-Fr) dir-prods. Tomas Weinreb, Petr Kazda (Black Balance)

On Mothers And Daughters (Ger) dir-prod. Tanja Egen

Pierce (Sing-Tai-Pol) dir. Nelicia Low; prods. Sam Chua Weishi, Jeremy Chua (Potocol), Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment), Izabela Igel (Harine Films), John M Lo

Running On Sand (Isr-Ger) dir. Adar Shafran; prods. Adar Shafran, Roni Abramowsky, Moshe Edery (Firma Films)

Russia Vs. Lawyers (Ger) dir. Masha Novikova; prod. Julia Shaginurova (Einbahnstrasse Productions)

Samsara (Sp) dir. Lois Patino; prod. Claudia Salcedo (Senor y Senora)

Sultana’s Dream (Sp-Ger) dir. Isabel Herguera; prods. Isabel Herguera (Sultana Films), Chelo Loureiro (Abano Producions), Mariano Ramirez (El Gatoverde Producciones), Fabian Driehors (Fabian&Fred)

Superluna (It-Bel) dir. Federico Bondi; prods. Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa (Vivo Film)

The Alienated (Ger-Mol) dir. Anna Kruglova; prod. Anna Kruglova (Fortis Fem Film), Tatiana Pascaru (Pascaru Production)

The Echo (Ger-Mex) dir-prod. Tatiana Huezo (Radiola Films)

The First Lady (Isr) dirs. Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein; prod. Georg Tschurtschenthaler (gebrueder beetz filmproduktion)

The Projectionist (Ger-Fr-Az) dir. Orkhan Agazadeh; prod. Lino Rettinger (Lichtblick)

Until The Sun Dies (Sp) dir. Jonas Brander; prod. Catalina Florez Ibarra (urua films), Leonie Pokutta