10 Extraordinary Series in search of International Partners

admin   January 30, 2022

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is hosting “Co-Pro Series” on February 15 and 16. For the eighth time, Berinale is inviting producers, editors, distributors and other series financiers to pitches and meetings.

“Co-Pro Series” is curated and organised by the Berlinale Co-Production Market under the direction of Martina Bleis and is also part of the “Berlinale Series Market” programme (February 14-16).

This time around, ten outstanding international series projects from Europe, Canada and Latin America are looking for suitable co-producers and financiers. After the pitch, their creators and producers will meet with interested partners. Potential co-producers and interested financing partners have registered in large numbers, and can soon book their one-on-one meetings with the projects.

From Germany comes The Report, the first series project by Match Factory Productions, based on a political murder case in Lebanon that is to be solved by an international team of investigators. Author Ben von Rönne is known for writing the Emmy-nominated film Toter Winkel (2017).

Spin Control from Finland is a series project to be directed by Alli Haapasalo, whose current film Girl Picture premieres at Sundance and is part of the Generation programme at the Berlinale. The lead role as an environmental PR consultant is played by Seidi Haarla, who drew attention to herself this year as a European Shooting Star and leading actor in Compartment No. 6, which is currently on the shortlist for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

Winterland from Denmark is based on the bestseller of the same name by the successful crime novelists Janni Pedersen and Kim Faber. It is produced by Nimbus Film, who created one of the great Nordic Noir cult series with The Bridge.

The Promised Land by San Sebastián award-winning Argentine director and co-writer Emiliano Torres is the first ever Latin American “Co-Pro Series” project – a thriller that brings turmoil to a Mennonite community in Paraguay.

You Are Obsolete comes from Canada’s Sienna Films, the producers of Cardinal: in this adaptation of the Aftershock graphic novel, a young woman travels to an isolated island to uncover a mysterious new climate saving technology created by a teenage prodigy who will stop at nothing to implement her plans.

Coming from Belgium is This is not a Murder Mystery, a whodunit in genuine Agatha Christie style, but riddled with surrealist motifs and elements. Hans Herbots, known for – among other things – the international series successes The Serpent and Riviera, is one of the directors aiming to bring René Magritte to life in 1930s London.

The Italian series Belcanto takes us to the world of early opera and the Napoleonic era, while The Attachment Theory from the Czech Republic (to be directed by Olmo Omerzu) recalls a real and yet scarcely comprehensible case of manipulation, identity fraud and human confusion.

In Nowheresville in the Norwegian hinterland, young female podcasters chase a cat-killer and struggle with growing up in the provinces. The series is produced by Hummelfilm, whose best-known series Occupied was a worldwide success.

Picadero from Barcelona, partly to be directed by Isabel Coixet, will be presented in cooperation with the Series Mania Forum in Lille, where the project was first pitched in August. And, one of the “Co-Pro Series” projects can continue its journey at Series Mania in March to pitch there and meet more partners.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12 to 16, 2022) is supported by MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA programme.

The “Co-Pro Series” pitches will take place online again this year on February 15 – in cooperation with the Norwegian Film Institute, which will host the presentation.

The “Berlinale Series Market” and its annual conference programme is a joint initiative of the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents; it is organised in close cooperation with Berlinale Series.

Project Selection 2022

At the 19th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12-16, 2022), a selection of 34 promising feature film projects from 32 countries are presented and brought together online with a wide range of potential co-production and funding partners from around the world, this time online..

Official Projects
(in alphabetical order of production company):

Mehal Sefari (Director: Abraham Gezahagne), Abricom Multimedia, Ethiopia & Gobez Media, Canada/Ethiopia
Los Corrientes (Director: Milagros Mumenthaler), Alina Film, Switzerland & Ruda Cine, Argentina
The Paris Project (Director: Arno Salters), Beluga Tree, Belgium
Jimpa (Director: Sophie Hyde), Closer Productions, Australia
Mother (Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska), Entre chien et Loup, Belgium
Ortalan (Director: Nariman Aliev), ForeFilms, Ukraine
The Wolf Will Tear Your Immaculate Hands (Director: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén), Hobab, Sweden & Resolve Media, USA
The Wind Also Sings (Director: Hadi Ghandour), Incognito Films & Virginie Films, France
Bonefever (Director: Bence Fliegauf), Inforg-M&M Film & Fraktál Film, Hungary
20,000 Species of Bees (Director: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren),Gariza Films & Inicia Films, Spain
The Difficult Bride (Director: Rubaiyat Hossain), Khona Talkies, Bangladesh
Truly Madly Deeply (Director: Carlo Sironi), Kino Produzioni, Italy
Yellow Letters (Director: İlker Çatak), Liman Film, Turkey & if… Productions, Germany
Slow (Director: Marija Kavtaradze), M-Films, Lithuania
Texas Soul Sister (Director: Pascale Lamche), Maneki Films & Haut Et Court Doc, France
Kafka(Director: Agnieszka Holland), Marlene Film Production, Czech Republic & Film and Music Entertainment, United Kingdom/Ireland
In the Shadow of the Horns (Director: Ognjen Glavonić), Non-Aligned Films, Serbia
Virginia Woolf’s Night & Day (Director: Tina Gharavi), Piccadilly Pictures & Asterisk Films, United Kingdom
The Spring (Director: Ivan Ostrochovský), Punkchart Films, Slovakia
“Berlinale Directors” projects:
My Favourite Cake (Directors: Maryam Moghaddam & Behtash Sanaeeha), Caractères Productions, France & Honare Khiyal, Iran
Heia, Heia, Safari! (director: Radu Jude), jip Film & Verleih, Germany & Micro Film, Romania
Eunuch (Director: Udita Bhargava), Schiwago Film, Germany
No Beast So Fierce (Director: Burhan Qurbani), Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, Germany

“Rotterdam-Berlinalale Express”:
Love on Trial (Director: Koji Fukada), Knockonwood, Japan & Survivance, France

“Talent Project Market”:

Breed (Director: Kate Dolan), Blinder Films (producer: Evan Horan), Ireland
The Trials of Alien Life (Director: Ian Lagarde), Colonelle Films (producer: Sarah Mannering), Canada
Girls Will Be Girls (Director: Shuchi Talati), Crawling Angel Films (producer: Pooja Chauhan), India
Available Now (Director: Assaf Machnes), KM Productions (producer: Kobi Mizrahi), Israel
Sadrack (Director: Narcisse Wandji), Les Films d’Ebène (producer: Evodie N. Ngueyeli), Cameroon
Lucky Strikes (Director: Vivienne Vaughn), MHK Productions (producer: Maya Korn), USA
Don’t Cry, Butterfly (Director: Duong Dieu Linh), Momo Film Co (producer: Tan Si En), Singapore & Vietnam
Hana Korea (Director: Frederik Sølberg), Seesaw Pictures (producer: Heejung Oh), Republik of Korea & Denmark
Cachalote (Director: Angelo Defanti), Sobretudo Produção (producer: Bárbara Defanti), Brazil
Kevlar Soul (Director: Maria Eriksson-Hecht), Zentropa Sweden (producer: Ronny Fritsche), Sweden

“Co-Pro Series” Projects 2022

For the eighth time, the Berlinale Co-Production Market is inviting producers, editors, distributors and other series financiers to pitches and meetings at “Co-Pro Series” on February 15 and 16.

Ten new, selected drama series projects were pitched and met with co-production and financing partners here.

Selected Projects for “Co-Pro Series” 2022
(in alphabetical order of production company):

The Promised Land (Writers: Paula Eleod, Marcelo Chaparro & Emiliano Torres; Director: Emiliano Torres), Gaman Cine, Argentina
Nowheresville (Creators: Caroline B. Arnesen & Rebecca W. Kjellmann; Director: Rebecca W. Kjellmann), Hummelfilm, Norway
Belcanto (Creators: Mariano Di Nardo, Antonio Manca & Federico Fava; director: tba), Lucky Red, Italy
The Report (Writer: Ben von Rönne; Director: tba), Match Factory Productions, Germany
Winterland (Writers: Pauline Wolff & Jörgen Hjerdt; Director: tba), Nimbus Film, Denmark
This Is Not A Murder Mystery (Original idea: Matthias Lebeer & Christophe Dirickx; Writers: Christophe Dirickx & Paul Baeten; Directors: Hans Herbots & Matthias Lebeer), Panenka, Belgium
The Attachment Theory (Showrunner: Radovan Síbrt; Creators: Miro Šifra & Lucie Vaňková; Director: Olmo Omerzu), Pink, Czech Republic
You Are Obsolete (Creator: Steve Cochrane; Director: tbd), Sienna Films, Canada
Spin Control (Writer: Kaisa Pylkkänen; Director: Alli Haapasalo), Tuffi Films, Finland
Project selected in cooperation with Series Mania:
Picadero (Writers: Almudena Monzú & Mauricio Leiva Cock; Director: Isabel Coixet), Amor Y Lujo & Zeta Studios, Spain & Fidelio Films, Colombia

“Books at Berlinale” 2022

On February 14, the Berlinale Co-Production Market, in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse, will present ten exceptional books particularly suitable for literary adaptation in “Books at Berlinale”. At the live pitching event, which has been presenting new publications, bestsellers and award winners every year since 2006, film producers can get in touch with the film rights holders – renowned, internationally working publishers and literary agents. This year, the pitch will be accessible online.

Books At Berlinale 2022

The following literary works are selected for “Books at Berlinale” 2022:
(in alphabetical order of presenting companies)

The Riff-Raff (Monika Helfer, Germany), Carl Hanser Verlag / Sibylle Seidel Medienagentur, Germany
The Sound of the Jaguar’s Roar (Micheliny Verunschk, Brazil), Companhia das Letras, Brazil
Mary (Anne Eekhout, Netherlands), De Bezige Bij, Netherlands
More Than I Love My Life (David Grossman, Israel), Deborah Harris Agency, Israel
The Granddaughter (Bernhard Schlink, Germany), Diogenes Verlag, Switzerland
Spanish Beauty (Esther García Llovet, Spain), Editorial Anagrama, Spain
Lack of Life (Nino Haratischwili, Georgia), Graf & Graf Literatur- und Medienagentur, Germany
The Lamplighters (Emma Stonex, United Kingdom), Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency, United Kingdomy
Impatients (Djaïli Amadou Amal, Cameroon), Mediatoon Audiovisual Rights, France
Wherever You Are (Khuê Phạm, Germany), Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe, Germany