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A Korean remake, the latest from Chinese director Zhang Yuan and an animated tale from the Czech Republic are among 36 selections for the next CineMart.

Organizers of the Rotterdam, Netherlands, co-production market said Monday that they sifted through nearly 500 submissions from 26 territories before crafting their lineup.

South Korea's "The Housemaid" is expected to land a production partner for Gina Kim's remake for Mirovision.

Zhang's 1933-set "Executioner Garden" tells the story of a man sentenced to death who, as his last wish, requests that he be killed "in motion." He escapes into the prison's vaults, and a game of life and death ensues.

Czech animation stalwart Negativ Film, the production house behind the works of Bohdan Slama, will travel to the Dutch market to find partners for "Alois Nebel."

The first movie directed solely by Pablo Stoll, half of Uruguay's famous "25 Watts" and "Whisky" duo, also will make an appearance. CineMart takes place during the Jan. 21-Feb. 1 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

"In order to maintain the exclusiveness of CineMart, the selection this year has been restricted to no more than 36 projects," CineMart manager Marit van de Elshout said. "That means difficult choices but also more space and attention for the projects that have finally been selected." (partialdiff)
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