22nd Of May dir: Koen Mortier (Belgium, Ger-Neth)
Mortier caused a stir with his debut Ex Drummer, in Rotterdam's Tiger competition last year. The film, dubbed by some as a Flemish Trainspotting, was distributed in Benelux by A-Film and was sold internationally by Loic Magneron's Wide Management. Now, Mortier is back with 22nd Of May, about a security guard struggling to cope in the aftermath of a bomb at his shopping mall workplace. The film (again being made through Brussels-based Cccp) has $460,000 (EUR312,000) of its $3.7m (EUR2.5m) budget already in place.
Aurora and Home, Sweet Home Christi Puiu (Rom)
Puiu's The Death Of Mr Lazarescu not only racked up awards on the festival circuit but paved the way for other Romanian films to flourish in its wake. His next two features - also part of his 'Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest' series - are bound to provoke strong interest. M is a crime story, Home, Sweet Home a social drama. Both are being made through production company Mandragora Movies.
Callgirl Mikael Marcimain (Swe)
Swedish director Marcimain's Callgirl is the most expensive film at CineMart with a projected budget of $6.3m (EUR4.3m). Based on a true story, it tells the story of two 14-year-old girls who slept with top politicians during Olaf Palme's time in power. The Swedish establishment goes to extreme lengths to stop their story leaking to the media. The film is being made through GaragefilmAB.
Certified Copy Abbas Kiarostami (Fr)
Iranian master Kiarostami is making a French-language film in Italy with an international cast headed by Juliette Binoche and Sami Frey. This is an unusual project for Kiarostami, as it is one of the few times he has worked from a script with professional actors. The story follows an English writer who has a brief encounter with an art-gallery owner while promoting his new book. The $6.2m (EUR4.2m) film is being produced through MK2.
Errors Of The Human Body Eron Sheean (Ger-Aus)
Australian writer-director Sheean, whose shorts have screened at Sundance, Berlin and Telluride, presents this quirky and original project set in the world of genetic engineering. Based in Germany, Sheean developed Errors during a stint as artist-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, where the film will be set. It follows a scientist who is working on human regeneration.
Le Pere Des Mes Enfants Mia Hansen-Love (Fr)
Humbert Balsan, a legendary figure of European arthouse cinema who died in 2005, is the inspiration for Hansen-Love's second feature. A fictional drama, Le Pere Des Mes Enfants tells the story of the final weeks in the life of movie producer Gregoire Canvel before his suicide. Writer-director Hansen-Love is one of the brightest young talents in French cinema. Her debut feature, Tout Est Pardonee, screened in the Quinzaine.
Rhapsody Gillies MacKinnon (Ire)
Rhapsody is the latest project from Scottish director MacKinnon, whose credits include Small Faces, Regeneration, Hideous Kinky and A Simple Twist Of Fate. Scripted by Billy Roche, it has been written for Irish actor Stephen Rea. Rhapsody is the story of Martin, the maitre d' at a gentleman's club who stumbles on a sinister sex-trafficking ring run by the club members. The Irish Film Board is attached to the project, which is being made through Grand Pictures Limited and has $1.8m (EUR1.2m) of its projected $4.4m (EUR3m) budget in place.