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Eurimages supports 49 co-productions

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- New projects by Pietro Marcello, Margarethe Von Trotta, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Teona Strugar Mitevska, Lukas Dhont and Brandon Cronenberg, among the selection

Eurimages supports 49 co-productions
Director Pietro Marcello, whose project Scarlet is selected by Eurimages

At its 163rd meeting held online, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 49 feature film projects, including 6 documentaries and 3 animation films, for a total amount of €10,816,000.

The share of eligible projects with female directors examined at this Eurimages Board of Management meeting was 36.23%. 35.37% of the projects supported were directed by women and €3,521,250 was awarded to these projects, representing 32.56% of the total amount awarded.

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The films supported include the new work by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Pietro Marcello after his successful 2019 title Martin Eden [+see also:
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and his two documentaries unveiled this year (For Lucio [+see also:
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and Futura [+see also:
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), Scarlet (L'envol) (France/Italy) (read news) (with €370,000); as well as the new films by veteran German filmmaker Margarethe Von Trotta (whose latest effort is the 2018 documentary Searching for Ingmar Bergman [+see also:
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), Bachmann & Frisch (Switzerland/Germany/Austria/Luxembourg) (with €450,000); Spain's Rodrigo Sorogoyen (fresh off his successful TV series Riot Police [+see also:
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), As Bestas (Spain/France) (with €450,000); North Macedonia's Teona Strugar Mitevska (after the several accolades received for God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya [+see also:
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interview: Labina Mitevska
interview: Teona Strugar Mitevska
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), The Happiest Man in the World (North Macedonia/Belgium/Denmark/Croatia) (with €290,000); Canada's Brandon Cronenberg (after his award-winning Possessor [+see also:
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), Infinity Pool (Canada/Hungary/Croatia) (with €324,000); Bulgaria's Stephan Komandarev (after Directions [+see also:
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and Rounds [+see also:
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interview: Stephan Komandarev
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), Hello (Bulgaria/Germany) (read news) (with €170,000); Serbia's Maja Miloš, Rift in the Ice (Serbia/Netherlands/Italy/Slovenia/Croatia) (with €225,000); Estonia's Rainer Sarnet, The Invisible Fight (Estonia/Greece/Latvia) (with €360,000); Poland's Anna Jadowska, Woman on the Roof (Poland/Sweden/France) (with €175,000); Germany's Veit Helmer, Gondola (Germany/Georgia) (with €80,000); Turkey's Aslı Özge, Black Box (Germany/Belgium) (with €290,000); Norway's Hisham Zaman, A Happy Day (Norway/Denmark) (with €320,000); Poland's Slawomir Fabicki, Anxiety (Poland/Switzerland/Germany) (with €340,000); Portugal's Margarida Cardoso, Banzo (Portugal/France) (with €250,000); Bosnia-Herzegovina's Pjer Žalica, May Labor Day (Bosnia-Herzegovina/Croatia/North Macedonia/Serbia) (with €140,000); the Netherlands' Ineke Houtman, The Book of Everything (Netherlands/Latvia) (with €145,000); the Netherlands' Jaap van Heusden, The Man from Rome (Netherlands/Germany) (with €205,000); Croatia's Pavo Marinković, The Miljacka Vampires (Croatia/Austria) (with €140,000); Greece's Penny Panagiotopoulou, Wishbone (Greece/France/Germany) (with €130,000); and Canada's Anouk Whisell, Yohann-Karl Whissell and François Simard, The Z Word (Canada/France) (with €225,000).

A few second fiction features have also been funded, such as the new title by Belgium's Lukas Dhont (winner of the 2018 Cannes Caméra d'Or with Girl [+see also:
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), Close (Belgium/France/Netherlands) (with €300,000); UK's Fyzal Boulifa, The Damned Don't Cry (Les damnés ne pleurent pas) (France/Belgium/Morocco) (with €190,000); Bulgaria's Pavel G Vesnakov, Windless (Bulgaria/Italy) (with €90,000); Ukraine's Roman Bondarchuk, The Editorial Office (Ukraine/Germany) (with €140,000); Estonia's Triin Ruumet, Dark Paradise (Estonia/France) (with €150,000); the Netherlands' Tallulah H Schwab, Mr. K (Netherlands/Belgium/Croatia) (with €295,000).

The first fiction features supported are On the Fringe (Spain/Belgium), the first directorial effort by Spanish actor Juan Diego Botto (with €280,000), Dalva (L'amour selon Dalva) (Belgium/France) by Belgium's Emmanuelle Nicot (€300,000), Dandelion Nectar (Russia/Finland) by Russia's Anna Kuznetsova (€110,000), Heaven (Le paradis) (Belgium/France) by Belgium's Zeno Graton (€330,000), Red (Netherlands/Germany) by the Netherlands' Camiel Schouwenaar (€140,000), Red Path (Les enfants rouges) (France/Belgium/Tunisia/Poland) by Tunisia's Lotfi Achour (€180,000), Richelieu (Canada/France) by Canada's Pier-Philippe Chevigny (€230,000), Sea Sparkle (Belgium/Netherlands/Croatia) by Belgium's Domien Huyghe (€180,000), Sirin (Montenegro/Albania/Croatia) by Montenegro's Senad Šahmanovic (€85,000), Something You Said Last Night (Canada/Switzerland) by Canada's Luis De Filippis (€230,000), The Man without Guilt (Slovenia/Italy/Croatia) by Italy's Ivan Gergolet (€140,000), Under the Naked Sky (Netherlands/Belgium) by the Netherlands' Lilian Sijbesma (€150,000).

Regarding the documentaries supported, the titles are The Lost Dream Team (Croatia/Italy/Serbia/Slovenia) by Croatia's Jure Pavlović (€130,000), Iraq, Children of Shame (Irak, les enfants de la honte) (Belgium/Switzerland) by Belgium's Pascale Bourgaux (€88,000), Irena (Lithuania/Estonia/Bulgaria) by Lithuania's Giedre Zickyte (€112,000), Misty - Erroll Garner (Switzerland/Germany/France) by Switzerland's Georges Gachot (€140,000), Motherhood (France/Canada/Tunisia) by Tunisia's Meryam Joobeur (€207,000), Strandzha (Germany/Bulgaria) by Bulgaria's Pepa Hristova (€80,000), and The Thousand Faces of Goya (Le mystère Goya) (France/Spain/Portugal) by Spain's José Luis López Linares (€110 000).

The animation films backed are the new animation title by veteran Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba and artist Javier Mariscal (who had already created Chico & Rita [+see also:
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together), They Shot the Piano Player (Spain/France/Netherlands/Portugal) (€470,000), Unicorn Wars (Spain/France) by their fellow countryman Alberto Vázquez (€390,000) and My Grandfather's Demons (Portugal/Spain/France) by Portugal's Nuno Beato (€380,000).

The fund's board of management also fixed the three co-production support application deadlines for 2022 as follows: 11 January, 1 April and 15 September 2022. Projects submitted at these deadlines will be evaluated from 16 to 22 March, from 13 to 17 June and from 21 to 25 November 2022 respectively.

Lastly, Eurimages agreed to award a total amount of €530,387 to 73 cinemas based on their 2020 programming and to distribute a part of the remainder of the Cinemas Support budget, namely €167,616, to the 28 cinemas in the network most impacted by the effects of Covid-19.

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