European Film Awards: 'Lunchbox,' 'No Man's Land' Producer Wins Co-Production Prize

Cedomir Kolar
Dejan Vekicc

Cedomir Kolar, whose credits include Oscar nominee 'Before The Rain' and Cate Blanchett-starrer 'Heaven,' will receive the Prix Eurimages.

Croatian producer Cedomir Kolar will receive this year's European co-production prize, the Prix Eurimages, for his decades-long career in the European film industry.

The honor, presented as part of the European Film Awards in Berlin on Dec. 9, rewards excellence in the tricky business of co-productions, where filmmakers in two or more countries pool resources to finance a movie.

Kolar, who worked with Paris-based Noe Productions before setting up his own shingle, A.S.A.P. Films, has proven to be a master of combining talent across borders to extraordinary effect. His production of Danis Tanovic's anti-war drama No Man's Land won the Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2002. Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox, which Kolar helped put together as an Indian-French-German-American-Canadian co-production, was a crossover hit in 2013.

Kolar was also a co-producer on Tom Tykwer's Heaven, starring Cate Blanchett, and Womb from director Benedek Fliegauf, with Eva Green and Matt Smith.

Most of Kolar's productions have been co-financed by pan-European subsidy body Euroimages, the sponsor of the co-production prize.