Radu Jude

Source: Silviu Ghetie / Micro Film

Radu Jude

Berlin Golden Bear winner Radu Jude’s upcoming feature A Case History is one of 24 features to receive a share of €6.5m ($6.87m) in the latest round of Eurimages co-production support funding.

The film, a co-production between Romania and Croatia, has received €150,000 ($158,000) and marks the Romanian filmmaker’s next feature after winning the Golden Bear in 2021 with Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn.

Produced by Ada Solomon and Adrian Sitaru of Bucharest-based 4Proof Film, the story will be told in two parts. The first follows a production assistant working for a Romanian production company who drives around Bucharest on assignment for a large multinational corporation. The second part will follow several characters as their make a corporate film. Shooting is expected to begin this summer or early autumn.

Also receiving funding is Passage from Georgian-Swedish director Levan Akin, which has received €400,000 ($423,000). Akin is the writer-director of Cannes 2019 hit And Then We Danced and has described Passage as “a story about love and longing for a place to belong. It’s about chosen families, created by people who have no place within their biological families”.

A further title is Animal from Greece’s Sofia Exarchou. The Greece-Austria-Bulgaria-Romania co-production received €418,000. The film, which follows a group of performers at a resort on a Greek island, is produced by Maria Drandaki and Maria Kontagianni for Homemade Films. Exarchou’s first feature, Park, premiered at Toronto and won the New Directors Award in San Sebastian.

Two animated projects will receive the most funding in this round of €500,000 ($528,000) each. These are Savages! from Switzerland’s Claude Barras and Valemon: The Polar Bear King from Norway’s Mikkel Sandemose. Savages! will mark Barras’ first feature since the Oscar-nominated My Life Is A Courgette and follows an indigenous girl who works to protect an orphaned baby orangutan, found in the jungle of Borneo.

The Eurimages Executive Committee decided the awards via an online meeting.

Eurimages Co-production Support 2022 funding

A Case History (Rom-Cro) dir. Radu Jude, €150,000

A Massacre (Ger-Switz-Fr) dir. Milo Rau, €236,000 - documentary

Animal (Greece-Austria-Bul-Rom) dir. Sofia Exarchou, €418,000

Apathy (Fr-Greece-Est-Swe) dir. Alexandros Avranas, €390,000

Chain Reaction (Ser-Slovenia-N Mac) dir. Dragan Bjelorgrlić, €350,000

Just One Drop (Ger-Geo-Bul) dir. Stefan Tolz, €100,000

Life-Size Pauline (Switz-Bel) dir. Nadège de Benoit Luthy, €250,000

Meril (Swe-Fr) dir. Victoria Verseau, €117,000 - documentary

Passage (Swe-Den-Fr) dir. Levan Akin, €400,000

Re-Writing (Sp-Port-Fr) dir. Víctor Iriarte, €232,000

Samia (It-Ger) dir. Yasemin Samdereli, €450,000

Savages! (Switz-Fr-Bel) dir. Claude Barras, €500,000 - animation

Storms (Fr-Bel) dir. Dania Reymond-Boughenou, €300,000

Superluna (It-Bel) dir. Federico Bondi, €430,000

The Black Hole (Est-Fin) dir. Moonika Siimets, €220,000

The House With No Address (Turkey-Greece) dir. Hatice Aşkın, €97,000

The Last Hero (Slovenia-Greece) dir. Žiga Virc, €126,000

The Rye Horn (Sp-Bel-Port) dir. Jaione Camborda Coll, €312,000

The Spring (Slovak-Czech-Hun) dir. Ivan Ostrochovský, €260,000

The Sweet Bitterness Of Ripe Pomegranates (N Mac-Bul) dir. Andrej Ilievski Volkashin, €48,000

Triumph (Bul-Greece) dir. Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva, €135,000

Under The Flame Of The Lamp (Port-Fr) dir. André Gil Mata, €140,000

Valemon: The Polar Bear King (Nor-Bel) dir. Mikkel Sandemose, €500,000 - animation

Vincent Must Die (Fr-Bel) dir. Stéphan Castang, €350,000