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SARAJEVO 2019 CineLink Industry Days

CineLink selects new projects by Mirjana Karanović, Teona Mitevska, Emanuel Parvu and Ivan Marinović

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- Nine projects in the late stages of development from eight South-East European countries have been added to the CineLink Co-Production Market line-up

CineLink selects new projects by Mirjana Karanović, Teona Mitevska, Emanuel Parvu and Ivan Marinović
Director Mirjana Karanović, whose Mother Mara has been selected (© Medija centar Beograd)

The Sarajevo Film Festival's CineLink Co-Production Market has announced its final line-up, with nine new projects having been added after the first batch was announced in April (see the news).

“Seventeen projects were selected in two phases,” says head of CineLink Amra Bakšić Čamo. “The first phase featured eight feature-film projects in early development, while the projects in the second phase are closer to completion. These 17 projects are marked by their diversity – from the authors’ styles, age and experience to their genre and forms. All 17 projects are promising and bode well for an exciting future for regional cinema.”

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The list includes new films by Sarajevo regulars such as Serbian actress-director Mirjana Karanović (A Good Wife [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), North Macedonia's Teona Strugar Mitevska (God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Labina Mitevska
interview: Teona Strugar Mitevska
film profile
]
), Romania's Emanuel Parvu (Meda or the Not So Bright Side of Things [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emanuel Pârvu
film profile
]
) and Montenegro's Ivan Marinović (The Black Pin [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ivan Marinovic
film profile
]
).

They are joined by Turkey's Ümit Köreken, whose debut, Blue Bicycle [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, screened in the Berlinale’s Generation KPlus in 2016; Hungary's Mihály Schwechtje, whose RLSM [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
took part in the Montréal World Film Festival's First Fiction Films Competition last year; Greek actress Sofia Georgovassili with her feature-length directorial debut; and Croatia's Goran Kulenović, who has mostly been working on popular TV series since his debut feature, 2007’s Play Me a Love Song.

The nine projects selected in the second round for the Co-Production Market, set to take place during the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival, are as follows:

A Hope (Turkey/Germany)
Director: Ümit Köreken
Writers, producers: Ümit Köreken, Nursen Çetin Köreken
Production company: Drama Yapım Film Medya

Death of the Little Match Girl (Croatia)
Director: Goran Kulenović
Writers: Goran Kulenović, Zoran Ferić
Producer: Ivor Hadžiabdić, Antun Bahat
Production company: Livada Produkcija

Democracy Work in Progress (Hungary)
Director, writer: Mihály Schwechtje
Producer: Genovéva Petrovits
Production company: Kino Alfa

Forever Hold Your Peace (Montenegro/Serbia)
Director, writer: Ivan Marinović
Producers: Marija Stojanović, Ivan Marinović
Production companies: Adriatic Western, SENSE Production

Mignon (Greece/Romania)
Director, writer: Sofia Georgovassili
Producers: Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos, Irina Andreea Malcea
Production companies: PLAYS2PLACE, Luna Film

Mother Mara (Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Director: Mirjana Karanović
Writers: Mirjana Karanović, Ognjen Sviličić, Maja Pelević
Producer: Snežana van Houwelingen
Co-producer: Damir Ibrahimović
Production companies: This and That Productions, Deblokada

The Happiest Man in the World or Lessons in Love (North Macedonia)
Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska
Writers: Elma Tataragić, Teona Strugar Mitevska
Producer: Labina Mitevska
Production company: Sisters and Brother Mitevski

Trust (Romania)
Director: Emanuel Parvu
Writers: Alexandru Popa, Emanuel Parvu
Producer: Miruna Berescu
Executive producer: Mirona Radu
Production company: FAMart Association

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