Michael Winterbottom's The Look Of Love, Tom Hooper's Les Misérables and Ken Loach's The Spirit Of '45 (photo) are the British selections at this year's Berlinale Special. The section also includes Guiseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer (Italy), Raoul Peck's Fatal Assistance (France/Haiti/US/Belgium) and Michael Hammon's Gold – You Can Do More Than You Think (Germany). Moderated discussions will follow the screenings of Berlinale Special films and Loach will take a look at post-war Britain and track the birth of a new socialism.
Irish projects chosen for the Berlinale Co-Production Market are James Cotter's ScumBot (Black Sheep Productions) and Darragh Byrne's The Valentine Gang (Ripple World Pictures). Rebecca Daly's Mammal (Fastnet Films) is one of the five projects to have been born out of the first edition of the Berlinale Residency last autumn where scripts were developed over a four-month stay in Berlin.
From the United Kingdom, Wayne Holloway's Untitled Punk Movie (Wellington Films) is part of the Co-Production Market, and producer Jelena Goldbach's Passing Clouds (UK) and director Aaron Brookner's Smash the Control Machine: Howard Brookner and the Western Lands (UK/US) are in the Talent Project Market.
Festival Director Dieter Kosslick said, “Since 2004, more than 140 films have been developed from earlier projects. A success rate of over 40% is truly impressive and we hope that this year will again foster many great new partnerships, and result in exciting films that find their way to the screen and to audiences.”
The Market is part of the European Film Market and takes place February 10-12.
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