Female Directors Behind 48.6 Percent of Projects at Berlinale Co-Production Market

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'Summer 1993' director Carla Simon and Chinese helmer Wang Yichun are among the female filmmakers pitching the latest features at the event, which will also include new projects from Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky and 'Full Monty' producer Uberto Pasolini.

Berlin is closing in on gender parity for the 2019 edition of its co-production market.

Female directors are behind 48.6 percent of projects picked by Berlin to pitch for financing and co-production partners at the 16th Berlinale Co-Production market, which is set to run Feb. 9-13 during the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 7-17).

Carla Simon, whose debut, Summer 1993, won Berlin's best first feature award in 2017, will attend the 2019 co-production market with Alcarras, a project being produced by Spain's Avalon, and Each of Us from Althena Production, which will see Simon team with fellow Spaniard Meritxell Colell (Facing the Wind) and German director Anne Zohra Berrached (24 Weeks).

Other female talents pitching at this year's event include Chilean director Marcela Said (Cannes 2017 Critics' Week entry Los Perros) Greek director Elina Psykou (Son of Sofia), Chinese helmer Wang Yichun (What's in the Darkness), Norwegian-born filmmaker Tallulah H. Schwab (Confetti Harvest) and Brazil's Julia Murat, whose drama Pendular won the FIPRESCI award in Berlin's Panorama section in 2017.

Berlin's 2019 co-production lineup includes several high-profile indie male directors as well, with new projects from Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters), British filmmaker Uberto Pasolini (director of Still Life and producer of crossover hit The Full Monty) and Germany's Christian Schwochow (TV's Bad Banks) all presenting new projects.

This year's market includes 22 feature film projects, picked from a total of 325 submissions. To qualify, all projects — with budgets ranging from €750,000 to €6.5 million ($864,000 to $7.5 million) — had to have at least 30 percent of their financing in place.

The Berlinale co-production market has proved remarkably successful in securing financing and production partnerships for international indie cinema. Last year, 16 films packaged at the Berlinale market screened at A-list festivals and in cinemas worldwide. The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, a 2015 co-production project from director Syllas Tzoumerkas, has been picked for Berlin's Panorama sidebar this year. And two of the film’s producers — Maria Drandaki from Athens-based Homemade Films and Ellen Havenith from the Dutch production company PRPL — will both be presenting new projects at this year’s market.

The full list of projects for the 2019 Berlinale co-production market (alphabetical according to production company) follows.

Official Co-Production Projects

Aamu Film Company, Finland: Compartment Number Six (director: Juho Kuosmanen),
Avalon PC, Spain: Alcarras (director: Carla Simon)
Cinema Defacto, France: The Hunt for the Puma (director: Marcela Said),
Esquina Filmes & Bubbles Project, Brazil: Rule 34 (director: Julia Murat),
Austria & Amour Fou, FreibeuterFilm Luxembourg: Hinterland (director: Stefan Ruzowitzky)
Goopy Bagha Productions, Bangladesh, & Razor Film Produktion, Germany: Paradise (director: Bijon)
Huace Pictures & Voila Pictures, People’s Republic of China: The Kidnapping (director: Wang Yichun)
Jar Pictures, India: Reshma Shera (director: Megha Ramaswamy)
July August Production, Israel & Extreme Emotions, Poland: The Property (director: Dana Modan)
Les Films du Tambour, France: Apollo (director: Arab and Tarzan Nasser)
Maneki Films, France & La Union de los Rios, Argentina: Petite Fleur (director: Santiago Mitre)
Mansarda Production, Italy & Fantasia Audiovisual, Greece: Home Away (director: Thanos Anastopoulos)
Marker Films, Israel: A Responsible Adult (director: Shira Geffen)
Miso Film Norge, Norway: Chica_Chile_Norway (director: Ingvild Soderlind)
Pandora Film Produktion, Germany: Je suis Karl (director: Christian Schwochow)
Peanut Pictures, Singapore: Dominion (director: Boo Junfeng)
PRPL, The Netherlands: The Souls (director: Tallulah H. Schwab)
Red Wave Films, U.K.: Nowhere Special (director: Uberto Pasolini)
Rohfilm Factory, Germany: For Real (director: Benjamin Cantu)
Snowglobe, Denmark: Farewell to Earth (director: Ask Hasselbalch)
Stellar Citizens & Scythia Films & Mixtape VR, Canada: Slash/Back (director: Nyla Innuksuk)
Wrong Men, Belgium: Happy Sheep (director: Valery Rosier)

“Berlinale Directors” Projects:

Araucaria Cine & Panchito Films, Chile: A Golden Shotgun (director: Alex Anwandter)
Flybridge, Sweden: From Malta to Oblivion (director: Axel Petersen)
Homemade Films & StudioBauhaus, Greece: Patrimonial Fears and Other Symptoms (director: Elina Psykou)

“Rotterdam-Berlinale Express”

Apple Film Production, Poland: Stillborn (director: Olga Chajdas)
Hong Kong & Salty Pictures, People’s Republic of China: Peaches (director: Jenny Suen), White Sea Pictures (P: Jenny Suen)

“Talent Project Market”

3 Moinhos, Brazil & Rio Azul Films, Argentina: Three Brothers (director: Francisco Paparella), (producer: Ana Alice De Morais)
Alhena Production, Spain: Each of Us (director: Anne Zohra Berrached, Carla Simon, Meritxell Colell), (producer: Eva Paune)
Arissas Multimidia, Brazil: Livramento (director: Lillah Halla), (producer: Clarissa Guarilha Santos)
Black Sheep Film Productions, Israel: Kullu Men Allah (director: Rotem Kaplinsky), (producer: Alona Refua)
Cultural Video, Kenya: Bufis (director: Mahad Ahmed, Vincenzo Cavallo), (producer: Vincenzo Cavallo)
Feline Films, Ireland: Wolf (director: Nathalie Biancheri), (producer: Jessie Fisk)
Illusion Production, Armenia: The Driver (director: Lusine Sargsyan),(producer: Ophelia Harutyunyan)
Jugaad Motion Pictures, India: In-Law (director: Dar Gai),(producer: Dheer Momaya)
KawanKawan Media, Indonesia: Autobiography (director: Makbul Mubarak), (producer: Yulia Evina Bhara)
Tekhne Film, Turkey: Like a Limbless Tree (director: Tunç Davut), (producer: Sinem Altindag)
White Sea Pictures, Hong Kong & Salty Pictures, People’s Republic of China: Peaches (director: Jenny Suen), (producer: Jenny Suen)

“Company Matching”

Bord Cadre films, Switzerland
Heretic, Greece 
One Two Films, Germany
Pimienta Films, Mexico
Proton Cinema, Hungary