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Presales, traditionally the bedrock of Berlin's European Film Market, Feb. 11-19 (the festival runs until Feb. 21), look thin on the ground this year. While a few big packages are expected to come together at the eleventh hour, a strong script and A-list talent alone no longer guarantee early interest from international dealmakers. Part of this is because foreign buyers, thanks to a stronger U.S. dollar, are hesitant to commit to major deals for films that won't be made for a year or more. The market for finished or near-finished films, however, looks hotter than ever, thanks in large part to big spenders Netflix and Amazon, which set Sundance alight with their feeding frenzy and could do the same in Berlin. "Many foreign territories are in a similar situation that the U.S. was in a few years ago: Netflix is coming in, and [foreign buyers are] not quite sure how they're going to cooperate with other buyers," says Alex Walton of Bloom. "Obviously there's concern because they're deep pocketed."
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