EU supported films at the Berlinale

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19 of the films selected for the 2015 International Film Festival in Berlin are supported by the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme. Nine of the EU-awarded films are presented as part of the Main Competition, including the opening film Nobody Wants the Night by Isabel Coixet, a co-production between Spain, France and Bulgaria. The 65th Berlinale opened on the 5 February for ten days, attracting of thousands of professionals from the audiovisual industries worldwide. On 9 February, Creative Europe will hold the first European Film Forum.

The 19 MEDIA supported films represent a variety of European countries, stories, genres and artistic approaches and are selected across several different sections of the Berlinale programme. In addition to the opening film, the following films in the Main Competition have been developed and/or distributed by MEDIA, many of which  will have their world premiere in Berlin: 45 Years (UK) directed by Andrew Haigh, Radu Jude's Aferim! (Romania / Bulgaria / Czech Republic), Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Netherlands / Mexico / Belgium / Finland) by Peter Greenaway, El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button) – a documentary by Patricio Guzmán (France / Chile / Spain), Journal d'une femme de chambre (Diary of a Chambermaid) by Benoit Jacquot (France / Belgium), and Vergine giurata (Sworn Virgin) a debut film from Laura Bispuri (Italy / Switzerland / Germany / Albania / Kosovo). All the above films will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bears.

Out of competition

Two German films supported by MEDIA will be screened out of competition: Elser (13 Minutes) by Oliver Hirschbiegel and Wim Wender's world premier Every Thing Will Be Fine which is a co-production between Germany, Canada, France, Sweden and Norway.

Other sections

Ten MEDIA-supported films are selected for other official sections of the 65th Berlinale. The German director Margrethe von Trotta is selected for the Berlinale Special with her latest film Die Abhandene Welt (The Misplaced World). In the Panorama section, there are three films developed with EU grants: De ce eu? (Why me?) by Tudor Giutgiu, a co-production between Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, Sangailé (The Summer of Sangailé), directed by Alanté Kavalité, produced in Lithuania, France and Netherlands and the documentary film Une jeunesse Allemande (A German Youth) by Jean Gabirel Périot, co-produced by France, Switzerland and Germany.

Two MEDIA-supported films are presented as part of the Forum programme: Heidi Schneider steckt fest (Heidi Schneider is Stuck) made by Sonja Heiss, a collaboration between Germany and Norway and Koza by Ivan Ostrochovský, co-produced between Slovakia and Czech Republic.

In the section Generation for children and young people, MEDIA is represented by three films from Scandinavia: the Danish drama series Heartless by Natasha Arthy, Cykelmyggen og Minibilen (Mini and Mozzies) by the Grand Old Men of Danish animation Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Møller, co-produced in Germany, and the Swedish-German co-production Min lilla syster (My Skinny Sister), directed by Sanna Lenken.

Culinary Cinema

For the 10th time, Berlinale presents its section Culinary Cinema with 13 recent films about food and ecology, accompanied by meals prepared by famous chefs. One of the culinary films of 2015 has been developed with the aid of Creative Europe; Så meget godt i vente (Good Things Await) from Denmark, directed by Phie Ambo.

Co-Production Marked

Every year, the Berlin International Film Festival hosts a two-and-a-half day-long Berlinale Co-Production Market. Five hundred experienced international producers, film financiers and film distributors as well as representatives from funding bodies, sales agents and TV channels come together to initiate international co-productions. The co-production market is supported by the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe.

European Film Forum

The first European Film Forum will take place at the Ritz Carlton on the 9 February. Professionals are invited by Creative Europe/MEDIA to a day of discussions regarding new audiovisual business models and innovative showcases of supported projects and international co-productions. The Creative Europe Desks, representing all countries participating in the Creative Europe programme, will also meet during the Berlinale.

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