Eurimages supports 37 co-productions
- New projects by Cristian Mungiu, Jessica Hausner, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Bertrand Bonello, Abderrahmane Sissako and Houda Benyamina among the selection
At its 164th meeting held online, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 37 feature film projects, including 5 documentaries and 5 animation films, for a total amount of €9 141 000.
The share of eligible projects with female directors examined at this Eurimages Board of Management meeting was 33.12%. 48.65% of the projects supported were directed by women and €3,962,000 was awarded to these projects, representing 43.34% of the total amount awarded.
The films supported include the new work by acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu five years after his acclaimed 2016 title Graduation [+see also:
Q&A: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
film profile], R.M.N [+see also:
film profile] (Romania/France/Belgium) (with €420,000); as well as the new films by Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner (whose latest effort is the 2019 film Little Joe [+see also:
interview: Jessica Hausner
film profile]), Club Zero (Austria/Germany/France/United Kingdom) (with €450,000); Italy's Susanna Nicchiarelli (who presented her latest feature Miss Marx [+see also:
interview: Susanna Nicchiarelli
film profile] last year), Chiara (Italy/Belgium) (with €480,000); France's Bertrand Bonello (after his 2019 title Zombi Child [+see also:
interview: Bertrand Bonello
film profile]), The Beast (France/Canada) (read news) (with €290,000) and Houda Benyamina (five years after her Caméra d'Or-winning Divines [+see also:
interview: Houda Benyamina
film profile]), All for One (France/Belgium) (with €500,000); and acclaimed Mauritanian-born Malian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (seven years after his César-winning Timbuktu [+see also:
film profile]), The Perfumed Hill (France/Luxembourg) (with €470,000).
Other established filmmakers that have received funding for their new projects are France's David Oelhoffen, with €360,000 for The Fourth Wall (France/Luxembourg/Belgium); Austria's Barbara Albert, with €150,000 for Blindness of the Heart (Germany/Luxembourg/Switzerland); Bulgaria's Milko Lazarov, with €240,000 for The Herd (Bulgaria/Germany/Luxembourg); Denmark's Nikolaj Arcel, with €470,000 for The King’s Land (Denmark/Germany/Sweden); Greece's Yorgos Zois, with €180,000 for Arcadia (Greece/Bulgaria/Serbia); Slovakia's Iveta Grofova, with €330,000 for Emma and the Death’s Head (Slovakia/Czech Republic); Lithuania's Tomas Vengris, with €230,000 for Five and a Half Love Stories in an Apartment in Vilnius (Lithuania/Latvia/Ireland); and three directors coming from the Netherlands, Michiel ten Horn with €250,000 for Hotel Sinestra (Netherlands/Switzerland), Sander Burger with €290,000 for Totem (Netherlands/Luxembourg/Germany) and Guido Van Driel with €300 000 for When We Lost to the Germans (Netherlands/Belgium).
A few second fiction features have also been funded, such as the new directorial effort by Serbian actress Mirjana Karanović, Mother Mara (Serbia/Luxembourg/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Slovenia/Montenegro) (with €170,000) as well as the new films by Portuguese duo João Miller Guerra - Filipa Reis, Légua (Portugal/France/Italy) (with €143,000) and two Turkish directors, Gürcan Keltek, New Dawn Fades (Turkey/Italy/Germany/Netherlands/Norway) (with €70,000), and Melisa Fatma Önel Tecimen, Suddenly (Turkey/Germany/Serbia) (with €85,000).
The first fiction features supported are Most Alive (Belgium/France/Canada) by Belgium's Delphine Girard (with €235,000); The Open Body (Spain/Portugal) by Spain's Angeles Huerta (with €270,000); Caravan (Czech Republic/Italy/Slovakia), by Czech director Zuzana Kirchnerová (with €250,000); Day Begins in a Blue Room (Belgium/France) by Costa Rican born, Belgium-based director Valentina Maurel (with €100,000); Kretsul (Russia/Lithuania) by Russia's Aleksandra Likhacheva (with €48,000); Man of the House (Albania/Italy) by Albania's Andamion Murataj (with €110,000); Pirates (France/Greece) by Myriam Gharbi (with €85,000).
Regarding the documentaries supported, the titles are Fiume o Morte (Croatia/Italy/Slovenia) by Croatia's Igor Bezinović (with €140,000), Jan Mancuska: You Will Never See It All (Czech Republic/Slovakia) by Czech Republic's Štěpán Pech (with €30,000), The Total Trust (Germany/Netherlands) by US-Chinese director Jialing Zhang (with €150,000) and Sailing off the Edge (Canada/France) by Canada's Virginia Tangvald (with €140,000).
The animation films backed are Allah is not Obliged (France/Luxembourg/Belgium) (read news) by France's Zaven Najjar (with €470,000), Chicken for Linda (France/Italy) by Italian-French duo Chiara Malta - Sebastien Laudenbach (with €115,000), Fox and Hare Save the Forest (Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg) by Dutch director Mascha Halberstad (with €325,000) and Nowhere (Italy/Switzerland) by Italy's Simone Massi (with €290,000), as well as omnibus film Of Unwanted Things and People (Czech Republic/France/Slovakia/Slovenia) directed by Patrik Pašš Jr., Leon Vidmar, David Súkup and Jean-Claude Rozec (with €380,000)
The fund's board of management also adopted the 2022 budget of €415,000 for the Promotion Support Programme. This covers the renewal of 7 Eurimages Co-production Development Awards of €20,000 each and 9 sponsoring partnerships for a total of €50,000 in addition to the participation of Eurimages in the Berlin, Cannes and Venice film markets. It also includes a financial participation of €70,000 towards the Eurimages Co-production Award at the European Film Awards (EFA).
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