Carlos Saura's Bunuel And King Solomon's Table and Dina, to be directed by Denmark's Ole Bornedal, are among the eight projects to receive support from Council of Europe-backed funding body Eurimages in its fifth round of funding this year.
Dina, which is being produced by Denmark's Per Holst with co-production partners in Norway, Sweden, Germany and France, is an English-language adaptation of Norwegian author Herbjorg Wassmo's award-winning trilogy Dina's Book. Sweden's Maria Bonnevie will play the lead and the Nordic and international cast also includes Pernilla August, Hans Matheson, Mads Mikkelsen and Soren Saetter Lassen.
The Saura project, which started shooting Monday (December 4), is a fictional adventure tale incorporating three legendary figures of Spanish culture: Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca. Germany's Road Movies and Italy's Lanterna Editrice recently boarded the project alongside Mexico's Altavista Films, France's Les Films Sans Frontieres and Spain's Rioja Films and CPI.
Following a meeting in Strasbourg (Nov 27-29), the Eurimages board announced that it is handing out support of Euros3.283m in its fifth funding round. The organisation allocates its funding via two schemes, with cultural criteria that films seeking support must conform to.
Dina received support through the first scheme, which gives assistance based on the project's circulation potential. Bear's Kiss, a co-production between Germany, France, Spain and Italy, directed by Sergei Bodrov, also received funding under this scheme.
Bunuel was awarded assistance through the second scheme, which bases its support primarily on artistic value. This scheme also backed five other projects:
Drengen Der Ville Vaere Bjorn (Denmark-France)
(Dir: Jannik Hastrup)
(Dir: Rolando Colla)
Globi - Der Gestohlene Schatten (Germany-Switzerland-Luxembourg)
(Dir: Robi Engler)
Une Part Du Ciel (Belgium-France-Luxembourg)
(Dir: Benedicte Lienard)
Tristan & Isolde (Luxembourg-France)
(Dir: Thierry Schiel)
Meanwhile, awards to distributors went to:
Ady Films (Bulgaria) for Saint-Cyr.
Marigold Films (Bulgaria) for Code Inconnu.
Vadi Van Kris Ltd (Bulgaria) for Les Destinees Sentimentales, Peut-Etre and Veuve De Saint-Pierre.
Cineinvest (Czech Republic) for Promenons-Nous Dans Les Bois.
Cinemart (Czech Republic) for Une Liaison Pornographique.
Vapet Production (Czech Republic) for Six Pack.
Best Hollywood (Hungary) for A La Verticale De L'Ete.
Contact Film Cinematheek (Netherlands) for Clouds Of May and Simon Magus.
Gutek Film (Poland) for Together and Faithless.
Independenta Film (Romania) for Veuve De Saint-Pierre.
WN Danubius Film (Slovakia) for Dancer In The Dark.
Agpra Films (Switzerland) for La Ville Est Tranquille.
Agora Films Sarl (Switzerland) for Kippour and Lise Et Andre.
JMH Distributions (Switzerland) for Le Roi Danse.