More Dutch films off to Berlinale
January 22, 2014
The Berlin International Film Festival has announced its selections for the Panorama and Forum programmes, which include several films and co-productions from the Netherlands.
Dutch documentary Last Hijack by directors Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting and produced by Submarine (international sales: The Match Factory) is selected for Panorama Dokumente. The film is a true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate’s perspective and combines animation with documentary storytelling.
Also part of Panorama is the Norwegian/Dutch co-production Blind, director Eskil Vogt’s debut feature. The film is co-produced by Lemming Film and just had its world premiere at Sundance.
Forum includes 40 Days of Silence, directed by Saodat Ismailova and produced by Volya Films, about a young woman in an isolated village of Central Asia, who decides to take a vow of silence followed by her past, unaware of her future and struggling with the present.
Peter Krügers latest documentary N, a minority Dutch co-production with Belgium and Germany, co-produced by Dieptescherpte, will also be presented in Forum.
The short film Inferno by Yael Bartana, that will also screen at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, is part of the Forum Expanded programme.
Furthermore the Netherlands are well represented at other sections of the Berlinale. Dutch filmmaker Boudewijn Koole is a member of this year’s International Jury of Generation Kplus. Koole’s Kauwboy won both the Grand Prix of the International Jury of Generation Kplus and the Best First Feature Award of the entire festival in 2012.
My Father’s Garden from director Ben Sombogaart and the Netherlands based production company NL Film is one of the projects selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
And finally, the Dutch novel Melanie by author Carel Donck (publisher: De Arbeiderspers) is one of the eleven books that have been selected out of 120 books from more than 25 countries to participate in Books in Berlinale. The selected novels will be presented and pitched at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Invited producers will have an opportunity to meet with right-holders and to make contacts in the book world or perhaps even to option film rights directly.
Previously was announced the strong presence of Dutch cinema at the Generation section and Berlinale Shorts, read here…
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