A Golden Lion for Eurimages at the Venice Film Festival...

06/09/2014 - The Golden Lion for Best Film has been awarded to Swedish Roy Andersson, for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, a co-production between Sweden, Norway, Germany and France supported by Eurimages. The Jury of this 71st Festival, chaired by Alexandre Desplat, chose to reward a film which is surrealistic, absurd, funny and existential. The Eurimages Fund wishes to congratulate the Director, the producers and the film’s cast and crew following this great success. The full list of winners is on the Festival’s website.

 


 

Eurimages Films screened at the Odyssée Cinema

02/10/2014 – The 15th edtion of the event Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen which will begin at the Odyssée Cinema on 3 October with the screening of the film Alabama Monroe (BE, NL) by Felix Van Groeningen gives the audience the opportunity to discover a selection of ten films supported by the Eurimages Fund (see the Programme).
This festival will end on 4 November with the screening of the film Ida (PL, DK) by Pawel Pawlikowski, preceded by the closing ceremony during which two honorary prizes will be awarded:

  • The Odyssée-Council of Europe Prize for Artistic Creation
  • The Odyssée-Council of Europea Prize for Human Rights

By a jury made up of nine ambassadors to the Council of Europe, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Executive Director of Eurimages.
Link to the Odyssée cinema website.

A special evening with the screening of the film Xenia (FR, GR, BE) by Panos H. Koutras will take place on 15 October at 8.20 pm in the presence of the members of the Eurimages Board of Management brought together in Strasbourg to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Fund.


A Golden Lion for Eurimages at the Venice Film Festival...

06/09/2014 - The Golden Lion for Best Film has been awarded to Swedish Roy Andersson, for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, a co-production between Sweden, Norway, Germany and France supported by Eurimages. The Jury of this 71st Festival, chaired by Alexandre Desplat, chose to reward a film which is surrealistic, absurd, funny and existential. The Eurimages Fund wishes to congratulate the Director, the producers and the film’s cast and crew following this great success. The full list of winners is on the Festival’s website.

 

 


Obituary

11/09/2014 - It is with great sadness that we have heard about the death of our dearest friend Zsolt Kézdi-Kovàcs, following a long illness. He was 78 years old.
Not only renowned for his work as director, he was also the founder of Magyar Filmunió and worked as the Hungarian representative of Eurimages for 19 years.
Zsolt made 10 full-length feature films (the first in 1970 – Temperate Zone -  won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival). In the 1990s, he began filming an ambitious documentary series (Letter from Transylvania) inspired by the anthropologist Balázs Orbán. He was working on this uncompleted project, which paid homage to the multiculturalism of central and eastern Europe, until his death. All our thoughts go to his family, his spouse, his friends.

 


Call for Project Submissions for the 12th Berlinale Co-Production Market (8-10 February 2015) is now open!

11/09/2014 - The deadline for project submissions is 22 October 2014. Please use the submission form and find more information at the following address: https://www.efm-berlinale.de/en/copromarket/participation/project_submission/project-submission.php.

 

 

 


 

This Summer's Festivals...

EIGHT FILMS SUPPORTED BY EURIMAGES AT THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL!
25/07/2014 – The films of the 71st edition of the Venice International Film Festival have just been revealed: among them, no less than eight European co-productions supported by Eurimages of which 5 have been selected in official competition:

  • The Cut (DE, FR) by Fatih Akin,
  • A Pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence (SE, NO, DE, FR) by Roy Andersson
  • Pasolini (FR, IT, BE) by Abel Ferrara
  • La rançon de la gloire (FR, CH, BE) by Xavier Beauvois and
  • Anime Nere (IT, FR) by Francesco Munzi.

The film The President (GE, FR, UK, DE) by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, also supported by Eurimages and selected in the Orizzonti competition, will be screened at the opening of this programme.
Moreover, the French-Belgian co-production by Stéphane Demoustier named Terre battue will have its world première on the Lido as it has been selected in competition of the 29th Critic’s Week which will be held from 27 August to 6 September 2014
Finally, the full version of Nymphomaniac volume 2 - director’s cut (DK, DE, FR) by Lars Von Trier will be screened out of competition.
The Eurimages Secretariat will be at a stand at the Venice Film Market from 28 August to 2 September 2014. Festival’s website.

THE EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AWARD
28/08/2014 - The CineLink Awards were dished out on 23 August, during the Sarajevo Film Festival awards ceremony. The Co-Production Market jury, comprising Behrooz Hashemian (Silkroad Production), Čedomir Kolar (ASAP Films), Georges Goldenstern (Cannes Film Festival), Dorien Van de Pas (Netherlands Film Fund), Claire Launay and Annamaria Lodato (ARTE France), presented Eurimages Co-production Development Award (€30 000) to the successful duo Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross (winners of last year’s Heart of Sarajevo for their beautiful In Bloom) for the development of their new project, entitled My Happy Family which will be produced by the company Polare Film established in Tbilisi, Georgia.


Corn Island wins Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival!

15/07/2014 – The Eurimages supported film Corn Island / Simindis kundzuli directed by George Ovashvili and co-produced by Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan was awarded the Grand Prix – Crystal Globe at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which ended last Saturday. This co-production also received the Ecumenical Jury Award while the Eurimages-supported film Bota by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci (Albania, Italy, France) took the Fedeora Award for Best Film from East of the West Competition. More information on the festival web-site.

 

 


23 co-productions supported at the 135th Board of Management meeting

23/06/2014 -  At its 135th meeting held from 16 to 20 June 2014 in Sarajevo, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 20 feature films, 2 animation films and 1 documentary for co-production. (Press release)

List of co-productions supported in 2014

 

 


A new Palme d'Or for Eurimages!

26/05/2014
– The Jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival has awarded the Palme d’Or to the Eurimages-supported film Winter Sleep (Kis Uykusu) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, a co-production between Turkey, Germany and France, which has also received the International Critics FIPRESCI Prize.

The Eurimages Fund, which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary during the Cannes Film Festival, sees its selection choices rewarded by an 8th Palme d’Or and in addition the Prize Un Certain Regard for White God (Hungary, Germany, Sweden) by Kornel Mundruczó and the Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard for Force Majeure (Sweden, Denmark, France) by Ruben Östlund, both supported by Eurimages.

It is the 3rd consecutive Palme d’Or following Amour by Michael Haneke in 2012 and La Vie d’Adèle - Chapters 1 and 2 by Abdellatif Kechiche in 2013 where a Eurimages-supported European co-production has been rewarded.

The Eurimages Fund is delighted with these award-winners which pay tribute to European cinema: through these films, the Fund demonstrates its commitment to fostering cinematographic creativity and once again confirms the strength of the Eurimages label.



19 co-productions supported at the 134th Board of Management meeting

17/03/2014 -  At its 134th meeting held from 11 to 13 March 2014 in Budapest, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 17 feature films, 1 animation film and 1 documentary for co-production. (Press release)


List of co-productions supported in 2014

 


Eurimages co-production La Grande Bellezza wins Academy Award for best foreign language film

04/03/2014 -La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) received the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood.

Paolo Sorrentino’s film, a co-production between Italy and France supported by the Council of Europe’s fund Eurimages, has already won a European Film Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

(Press release)




Big wins for Eurimages at the Belgian Magritte Awards

04/02/2014
-The fourth edition of the “Magritte” which was held on Saturday evening awarded the animation film Ernest et Célestine, supported by Eurimages and already nominated at the Oscars. Rewarded with the Prize for Best Film and Best Sound, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner received the Prize for Best Director. The Prize for Best Flemish Film in Co-production was awarded to the film Kid by Fien Troch, also winner of the Eurimages Co-production Development Awarded and supported by Eurimages. La Vie d’Adèle by Adbdellatif Kechiche was awarded the prize for Best Foreign Film in Co-production as well as the prize for Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Salée). The co-production Tango Libre, also supported by Eurimages, received the prize for Best Original Screenplay or Adaptation (Philippe Blasband and Anne Paulicevich) as well as the prize for Best Decor (Véronique Sacrez). The prize for Best Editor was awarded to the film Kinshasa Kids (Marie-Hélène Dozo). Finally, three other films supported by Eurimages were awarded – Le Passé by Asghar Farhadi with the prize for Most Promising Young Actress (Pauline Burlet), Le Temps de l’Aventure by Jérôme Bonnell with the prize for Best Supporting Actor (Laurent Capelluto) and La Religieuse by Guillaume Nicloux with the prize for Best Actress to Pauline Etienne. The list of winners can be found on the website of the Magritte.



Eurimages Co-production Development Award is given in recognition to the best 2014 Cinemart Project

31/01/2014
-The 31st CineMart co-production market came to a close on 29 January with the awarding of prizes. The jury composed by Annamaria Lodato (Arte France), Pierre Menahem (MPM Films) and Dorien van de Pas (Netherlands Film Fund) gave the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €30,000 for the best CineMart 2014 project with a European partner to Tabija by Igor Drljaca from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a production of SCCA/pro.ba. The jury stated: “This is a project with great urgency developed by a young team, in an interesting form and style. This will be a film that portrays a generation of young people after a war we all know. We are very much looking forward to see this intense and modern film from a country, that hasn’t made such a film yet.” Igor Drljaca fled with his parents from his homeland to Canada in 1993, where he graduated with a masters’ degree in film production at York University in 2011. During his studies, he made several successful short films. His feature debut Krivina screened at IFFR 2013. Tabija previously received support from the Hubert Bals Fund for script and project development in 2012. More information here.

Ten Eurimages films in Berlin

24/01/2014 -Ten Eurimages supported European co-productions have been selected at the upcoming International Berlin Film Festival (6-16 February 2014):

Stratos (Greece/Germany/Cyprus) by Yannis Economides and In Order of Disappearance (Norway/Denmark/Sweden) by Hans Petter Moland in the Official Competition
Nymphomaniac Volume I (Long Uncut Version) (Denmark/France/Germany) by Lars von Trier is selected Out of Competition
Diplomacy (France/Germany) by Volker Schlöndorff will have its world premiere as Berlinale Special Gala
We Come As Friends – documentary (Austria / France) by Hubert Sauper will have its European premiere within the Berlinale Special screenings
Superegos (Germany/Switzerland/Austria) by Benjamin Heisenberg is selected in the Panorama section
The Blue Wave (Turkey/Germany/Greece/The Netherlands) by Merve Kayan and Zeynep Dadak and The Word (Poland/Denmark) by Anna Kazejak are both selected in the Generation14Plus section
Aunt Hilda (France/Luxembourg) by Jacques-Rémy Girerd is selected in the GenerationKPlus section and
N – The Madness of Reason (Belgium/Germany/The Netherlands) by Peter Kruger is selected in the Forum section

You will find the Eurimages team on the Creative Europe MEDIA stand in the Martin-Gropius-Bau from 6 February onwards.
More information on the Berlinale website.


Golden Globe for La Grande Bellezza

16/01/2014 - Italian director Paolo Sorrentino picked up the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in Los Angeles for the Eurimages supported co-production La Grande Bellezza (Italy, France) which was the big winner of last year’s European Film Awards, taking home four gongs – for best European director, actor, editor and best film.