Magazine article Screen International

Connecting Cottbus to Feature New Projects from Ivan Ostrochovský, Evgeny Ruman

Magazine article Screen International

Connecting Cottbus to Feature New Projects from Ivan Ostrochovský, Evgeny Ruman

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New films by Slovakia's Ivan Ostrochovský, and Israel's Evgeny Ruman are among 10 projects selected for a slimmed down version of Germany's East-West co-production market Connecting Cottbus (C°Co) (November 5-6).

Last year, the East-West co-production market presented 13 projects.

This year's line-up includes Romanian director Bogdan Muranescu's 1985, which was the winner of the C°Co Award at the Transilvania Pitch Stop during Cluj's Transilvania International Festival in June, and Danyael Sugawara's When Fucking Spring Is In The Air, to be produced by Trent of Oak Motion Pictures, as part of FilmFestival Cottbus' Global East focus on The Netherlands.

Ostrochovský will be coming to Cottbus on the back of the success of his boxing drama Koza to pitch The Disciple about the extent aspiring priests were prepared to go in collaborating with the Communist regime in Slovakia of the 1980s, while Ruman will present the horror thriller The Swamp.

Other projects selected from some 75 submissions include Bosnian director Ines Tanovic's The Son about growing up in divided Sarajevo, Cypriot filmmaker Tonia Mishiali's Menopause about a woman's revenge fantasies after a loveless relationship with her husband, and Ukrainian Max Ksondija's Tank which was previously pitched at the Film Industry Office pitching forum in Odessa in July.

This first edition under the new director Rebekka Garrido will see a change to the awards handed out after the public pitchings on November 5: the C°Co Post Pitch Award will be presented for the fourth year in a row by Post Republic, but Berlin-based Eurotape Media Services will be new sponsor for the C°Co Best Pitch Award.

In addition, the producer of one of the ten projects will be awarded the C°Co Producers Network Award of free accreditation to the 2016 edition of the Producers Network in Cannes.

However, it appears that the C°Co Special Pitch Award, which was granted to the winner of the main prize at the parallel FilmFestival Cottbus (3-7 November) in order to pitch a new project the following year at Connecting Cottbus, has been discontinued. …

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