Films supported by HBF and CineMart in prestigious autumn festival

PRESS RELEASE August 30, 2010

A rich harvest of new films supported by the Hubert Bals Fund or presented at CineMart has been invited for the Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian festivals. In Venice, Pablo Larraín’s POST MORTEM premieres in Venezia 67. Four other Hubert Bals Fund supported films compete for the Zabaltegi New Directors Award in San Sebastian. Among the seventeen Rotterdam backed titles in Toronto, new films presented at CineMart by Koen Mortier and Nanouk Leopold see their world premieres (see complete list below).

Competing for the Golden Lion with POST MORTEM, Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín also received support from the Hubert Bals Fund for his successful previous film TONY MANERO. For POST MORTEM Larraín and main actor Alfredo Casto teamed up again in a tale set during the Chilean dictatorship period.

Two Hubert Bals Fund backed films are selected in Venice’s Orizzonti section. JEAN GENTIL, second film by COCHOCHI-directors Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas, received support for script development in 2008 and for postproduction in 2009. The film follows a Haitian man on a quest for work in the Dominican Republic. Also in Orizzonti, SUMMER OF GOLIATH by Nicolás Pereda explores the boundaries between fiction and documentary in a film about tensions and the threat of danger among the people of a rural Mexican community.

The Toronto lineup includes seventeen films that were backed by the IFFR. Among the films supported by the Hubert Bals Fund is Palme d’Or winner UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES. New HBF titles include Guatemalan film MARIMBAS FROM HELL, Turkish film ZEPHYR and, both from India, AUTUMN and SOUL OF SAND. Toronto titles that were presented at CineMart include new films by Nanouk Leopold (The Netherlands), Koen Mortier (Belgium), Wang Bing (China) and Pia Marais (Germany) as well as films launched in Cannes from Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine/Germany), Im Sang-Soo (South Korea) and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (France).

In San Sebastian, four new Hubert Bals Fund supported films compete for the Zabaltegi - New Directors Award. Three of these are débuts that received a grant for digital production: GESHER from Iran, LUCIA from Chile and MARIMBAS FROM HELL from Guatemala. The fourth title, Federico Vieroj’s A USEFUL LIFE, received post production support.

An international role model for other funding bodies, the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam continues to play a crucial role in supporting film-makers and film industries in developing or southern countries. The fund’s grants (for script development, digital production, post production or distribution in the country of origin) act as seal of approval, making it easier to attract additional co-producers and financiers.

Rotterdam’s CineMart remains the largest co-production market where a selection of independent film-makers and producers launch their ideas and projects to the international film industry. CineMart was the first of its kind and has since its inception served as example for other co-production markets worldwide, including Pusan, Mannheim, Berlin, Rome and more recently the Durban FilmMart. The entry deadline for CineMart 2011 is September 1, 2010.

The dates of the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam are January 26 - February 6, 2011. The 28th CineMart takes place January 30-February 2, 2011.

Hubert Bals Fund supported films and/or former CineMart projects within the programme of 67th Venice Film Festival, September 1-11, 2010:

Venezia 67 - International Competition
POST MORTEM by Pablo Larraín (Chile)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2008

Orizzonti
JEAN GENTIL by Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas (Dominican Republic)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2008 and post production 2009

SUMMER OF GOLIATH by Nicolás Pereda (Mexico)
Hubert Bals Fund support for digital production 2009

Hubert Bals Fund supported films and/or former CineMart Projects within the programme of the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, September 9-19, 2010:

City to City
10 TO 11 by Pelin Esmer (Turkey)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2007 and post production 2009

Contemporary World Cinema

22ND OF MAY by Koen Mortier (Belgium)
Selected for CineMart 2008

THE LIGHT THIEF by Aktan Arym Kubat (Kyrgyzstan)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2005
Selected for CineMart 2007
Hubert Bals Fund Plus 2008

MY JOY by Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2006
Selected for CineMart 2007

Discovery
AUTUMN by Aamir Bashir (India)
Hubert Bals Fund support for post production 2010

MARIMBAS FROM HELL by Julio Hernández Cordón (Guatemala)
Hubert Bals Fund support for digital production 2010

RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE by Jalmari Helander (Finland) Selected for CineMart 2009

SOUL OF SAND by Sidharth Srinivasan (India)
Hubert Bals Fund support for digital production 2008

ZEPHYR by Belma Bas (Turkey)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2007
Selected for CineMart 2009 Galas

THE HOUSEMAID by Im Sang-Soo (South Korea)
Selected for CineMart 2009 Masters

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2008

Special Presentations

A SCREAMING MAN by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (France)
Selected for CineMart 2007

Vanguard
AT ELLEN'S AGE by Pia Marais (Germany)
Selected for CineMart 2008 Visions

BROWNIAN MOVEMENT by Nanouk Leopold (The Netherlands)
Selected for CineMart 2006

THE DITCH by Wang Bing (France)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2003
Selected for CineMart 2006

SUMMER OF GOLIATH by Nicolás Pereda (Mexico)
Hubert Bals Fund support for post production 2010

A USEFUL LIFE by Federico Veiroj (Uruguay)
Hubert Bals Fund support for post production 2009

Hubert Bals Fund supported films and/or former CineMart Projects within the programme of the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival, September 17-25, 2010:

Zabaltegi - New Directors
GESHER by Vahid Vakilifar (Iran)
Hubert Bals Fund support for digital production 2008

LUCIA by Niles Atallah (Chile)
Hubert Bals Fund support for digital production 2008

MARIMBAS FROM HELL by Julio Hernández Cordón (Guatemala)
Hubert Bals Fund support for digital production 2010

A USEFUL LIFE by Federico Veiroj (Uruguay)
Hubert Bals Fund support for post production 2009

Horizontes Latinos
AGUA FRÍA DE MAR (COLD WATER OF THE SEA) by Paz Fábrega (Costa Rica)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2007 and post production 2009
Tiger Award winner IFFR 2010

POST MORTEM by Pablo Larraín (Chile)
Hubert Bals Fund support for script development 2008

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Notes to the Editor, not for publication:

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