FNE at Berlinale 2015: Georgian Film in Berlin


    My Happy Family, a new project by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross produced by Georgia’s Polare Film is among 36 feature film projects from 28 countries selected for the 12th annual Berlinale Co-Production Market (8 – 10 February 2015) and will look for partners in a new section called Berlinale Directors

     In addition, five renowned international production companies will be introduced at  the 12th Berlinale Co-Production Market as part of the exclusive "Company Matching" programme.

    Registered participants will be able to request meetings with the projects and companies, which the team of the Berlinale Co-Production Market schedules prior to the event.

    From a total of 331 submissions, 20 new feature film projects from all over the globe were added to the official project selection. An additional three are coming in the "Rotterdam-Berlinale Express" and participate in CineMart as well as in the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Three projects are part of the "Berlinale Directors" selection, and ten projects by upcoming directors and producers were selected from another 245 submissions for the "Talent Project Market".

    The selected projects’ directors include some who have already attended the Berlinale in previous years. In the "Berlinale Directors" section, these are Avinash Arun from India, who won the Crystal Bear (Kplus) in 2014 for Killa (The Fort), Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, whose Georgian-German-French debut In Bloom began its highly successful festival run at the Berlinale, and Ádám Császi from Hungary, whose film Land of Storms attracted much attention in last year's Panorama section. New projects by Benjamin Naishtat and Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy are presented in the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express.

    And previous participants Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) and Marcela Said (The Summer of Flying Fish) are returning to the Berlinale Co-Production Market with new projects.


    Corn Island by George OvashviliCorn Island and Tangerinse Nominated for the Cinema for Peace Awards at Berlinale 2015

    George Ovashvili's meditative drama Corn Island Produced by Alamdary Films in coproducetion with Arizona Productions, 42film, Axman Production, Kazakhfilm and supported by Georgian National Film Centre, is nominated for the International Green Film Award.

    The Estonian Georgian coproduction Tangerines by Zaza Urushadze, produced by Estonian Allfilm and Cinema 24 in Georgia, is nominated for the Cinema for Peace Award for the Most Valuable Movie of the Year.

    List of Cinema for Peace Nominations:

    Cinema for Peace Award for The Most Valuable Movie of the Year
    Selma by Ava DuVernay
    Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev
    Black or White by Mike Binder
    Pride by Matthew Warchus
    Tangerines by Zaza Urushadze
    Tigers by Danis Tanovic
    Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako
    The Theory of Everything by James Marsh
    Unbroken by Angelina Jolie
    The Imitation Game by Morten Tyldum
    The Interview by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen

    Tangerines by Zaza UrushadzeCinema for Peace Award for Justice
    Three Windows and a hanging by Isa Qosja
    In the Sands of Babylon by Mohamed Al Daradji
    Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait by Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
    Dukhtar by Afia Nathaniel
    Miners shot down by Rehad Desai

    The International Green Film Award
    Corn Island by George Ovashvili
    We come as Friends by Hubert Sauper
    Virunga by Orlando von Einsiedel
    Years of Living Dangerously
    Backlight: Regreening the Planet by Rob van Hattum and Gijs Meyer Swantee

    Cinema for Peace Award for The Most Valuable Documentary of the Year
    E-Team by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman
    Drone by Tonje Hessen Schei
    1989 – A Statesman Opens up by Anders Østergaard and Erzsébet Rácz
    Red Army by Gabe Polsky
    Citizenfour by Laura Poitras
    The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz by Brian Knappenberger
    The Salt of the Earth by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado