Magazine article Screen International

Sarajevo: 18 Projects Head to Co-Production Market

Magazine article Screen International

Sarajevo: 18 Projects Head to Co-Production Market

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The 14th CineLink Co-Production Market (Aug 18-20), the backbone of Sarajevo Film Festival's industry section, will this year present 15 projects from South-East Europe, and three guest projects from Qatar and Mexico.

CineLink boasts an impressive track record. An average of 60% of the projects that have taken part at the market in the last 13 years went all the way from development to production.

The most recent success is Laszlo Nemes' Son Of Saul which won the Grand Prix at Cannes 2015 and Oscar for Best Foreign Language Films.

Other titles developed at the market include two winners of Venice's Lion of the Future: White Shadow by Noaz Deshe, and Mold by Ali Aydin; two Berlinale Silver Bear winners: Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin and If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle by Florin Serban; and Semih Kaplanoglu's 2010 Golden Bear winner Honey.

The jury is comprised of Behrooz Hashemian (Silkroad Production), Cedomir Kolar, (ASAP Films) Georges Goldenstern (Cannes), Annamaria Lodato (ARTE France), Mimi Gjorgoska-Ilievska (Macedonian Film Agency), Doina Bostan (CNC Romania), will give out the Eurimages Coproduction Development Award ($22,000), Arte International Relations CineLink Award ($6,700), Macedonian Film Agency CineLink Award ($11,000), and an EAVE Scholarship.

THE PROJECTS:

Awakenings (Croatia)

Director/Writer: Jure Pavlovic

Producers: Luka Venturin, Bonaj Kanjera

Production Company: Sekvenca

Awakenings is a story of a woman named Jasna who pays a visit to her bedridden mother, sick with cancer. Jasna wants to forcefully hospitalize her mother, but things don't go as planned. The project is the feature debut of Jure Pavlovic, who won the EFA European Short of the Year in 2014 with Picnic.

Book of Hours (Georgia)

Director/Writer: Dea Kulumbegshvili

Producers: Rati Oneli, Jim Stark

Production Company: OFA

The main character Alex, a failed writer, returns to his home village where his father is dying. While struggling with old estrangement and rebukes with his dad, and waiting for him to die so he can sell the land, Alex begins an affair with a Jehova's Witness, getting embroiled in a conflict between local Christians and the Jehovah's Witnesses community. The project is the first feature film of Dea Kulumbeshvili, whose 2014 short Invisible Spaces competed at Cannes and Sarajevo. Book of Hours was awarded with the Grand Prix at the Sofia FF's co-production market Sofia Meetings.

Butterflies (Turkey)

Director/Writer: Tolga Karaçelik

Producer: Cem Doruk

Production Company: Karaçelik Films

After receiving a call from their father, siblings Cemal, Kenan and Suzan find themselves back in their strange village. But instead of a family reunion, they end up waiting for butterflies to come in order to be able to bury their father according to his wishes. Karaçelik is best known for his second feature Ivy, which world-premiered at Sundance 2015, and won more than 20 awards world-wide.

Dustcatcher (Bulgaria, Germany, France)

Director/Writer: Pavel Vesnakov

Producers: Sebastian Weyland, Monica Balcheva, Knut Jäger, Hélène Cases

Production Companies: Moviemento, Heimathafen Film & Media

Nicola, 27 year-old, returns to his hometown after serving a murder sentence, and falls for Iva, a girl working in a refugee camp. But one day Nicola discovers something terrible is happening behind the walls of the camp.Vesnakov is a famous name on the short film circuit, thanks to The Paraffin Prince and Pride, which won the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand. Dustcatcher is his feature debut.

Ela And Hilmi (Turkey)

Director: Ziya Demirel

Writers: Ziya Demirel, Nazli Elif Durlu

Producer: Anna Maria Aslanoglu

Production Company: Istos film

Newlyweds Ela and Hilmi fail at having intercourse on their first night together. Trying to solve the problem separately, they get into a vicious circle of miscommunication. …

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