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CineLink Industry Days reveals projects selected for the Co-Production and Drama strands

With only one call for projects in 2021 CineLink Industry Days selected ten most promising feature films and six drama series from Southeast Europe.

Selected projects are taking part in the CineLink preparatory workshop (June 7-25) ahead of their presentation in August 14-19, 2021. 

The filmmakers and creators behind the selected projects will spend three weeks working with the CineLink staff and its regular team of tutors and consultants on further development of their projects.

Amra Bakšić Čamo, Head of CineLink said: „We are pleased to see that our sector is getting back on its feet and this year’s selection of projects in both strands presents very strong, authentic voices across Southeast Europe, that are challenging realities that we live in. It seems that pandemics has sharpened our creative lenses and what connects all these projects is emphasis on the social and personal responsibility towards other, and urgency to be heard through strong, gripping cinematic storytelling. The co-production market line-up features first and second time directors’ projects and their common trait is passion and thought-provoking. This year’s CineLink Drama line-up is very diverse with established filmmakers and newcomers and it is a great indicator that this part of the industry is keeping its pace with the rest of the continent. “ 


CINELINK CO-PRODUCTION MARKET 2021:


EVERYTHING THAT'S WRONG WITH YOU  

Director: Urša Menart 

Writer: Urša Menart 

Producer: Danijel Hočevar, Katja Lenarčič 

Production company: VERTIGO 

Country: Slovenia 

When a girl she is friends with online gets seriously ill, MARUŠA moves across Europe to help her. But is her friend really sick or just suffering from the loneliness epidemic?  


FORGET THE OCEAN, WHY NOT TRY SURFING THESE INSANE RIVER WAVES 

Director: Marko Grba Singh 

Writer: Marko Grba Singh 

Producer: Dragana Jovović 

Production company: NON-ALIGNED FILMS, BOCALUPO FILMS 

Country: Serbia, France 

A reconstruction of the 1957 encounter and relationship between director's Punjabi and Yugoslav grandparents set in the context of the contemporary post-Brexit crisis in the UK.  


GAMBIT 

Director: Konstantin Bojanov 

Writer: Konstantin Bojanov, Petar Krumov 

Producer: Katya Trichkova, Konstantin Bojanov 

Production company: CONTRAST FILMS 

Country: Bulgaria 

NINA’s life turns upside down when she finds herself at Rotterdam’s Kunsthal the night two masked robbers break in, stealing six priceless masterpieces.  


HESITATION WOUND 

Director: Selman Nacar 

Writer: Selman Nacar 

Producers: Burak Çevik, Diloy Gülün 

Co-producer: Guillaume de Seille 

Production company: KUYU FILM 

Country: Turkey, France 

On the day of the sentencing hearing for a murder suspect whom attorney NESRIN believes is innocent and has been defending for a long time, she comes face to face with her conscience. 


LUNATIC  

Director: Igor Šterk 

Writer: Igor Šterk 

Producer: Petra Vidmar 

Production company: A.A.C. PRODUCTIONS  

Country: Slovenia 

A humorous but heart-breaking family drama with three main actors, father, mother and son, who represent three forces within their household, while the sailing boat represents the fourth.  


LUST 

Director: Ralitza Petrova 

Writer: : Ralitza Petrova 

Producer: Poli Angelova 

Production company: APORIA FILMWORKS 

Country: Bulgaria 

When a daughter becomes the unwitting heir to her estranged father, all she wants is to refusethe heritage, and get back to her life. But fate has other plans.  


MAN IN A BLUE SWEATER 

Director: Teymur Hajiyev 

Writer: Teymur Hajiyev 

Producer: Teymur Hajiyev, Eva Blondiau 

Production company: FIL PRODUCTION, COLOR OF MAY 

Country: Azerbaijan, Germany 

A middle-aged photographer undergoes a strange ritual in order to connect to his wife, who untimely passed away after a close encounter with the mysterious creature called guleybani. 


TEKBETEK 

Director: Ismail Safarali 

Writer: Ismail Safarali 

Producer: Naila Safarali 

Production company: GREEN GARDEN FILMS 

Country: Azerbaijan 

When 13 year old AGALI’s classmate suddenly dies in the middle of a football game, he is forced to face a personal and public reckoning for his own role in the tragedy. 


THREE MILES TO THE END OF THE WORLD  

Director: Emanuel Parvu 

Writer: Emanuel Parvu 

Producer: Miruna Berescu 

Production company: FAMART ASSOCIATION 

Country: Romania 

A gay teenager living in a small village in the Danube Delta is trapped in the local conservative community. Unfortunately for him, his loving parents prove they are part of that community, too.  


VANJA 

Director: Aleksandra Odić 

Writer: Aleksandra Odić 

Producer: Julia I. Peters 

Production company: JIP FILM UND VERLEIH 

Country: Germany 

VANJA lives in Germany. When her father, who lives in Bosnia, falls seriously ill, she sets off on a journey to her old homeland. They both get a chance for reconciliation.  

 

CINELINK DRAMA 2021:


DOUBLE'S DILEMMA 

Creators: Esra Saydam, Mauricio Leiva-Cock 

Writers:  Mauricio Leiva-Cock, Esra Saydam, Melis Aker, Murat Mentes (novel) 

Producer: Atilla Salih Yücer, Juan Diego Villegas, Esra Saydam, 

Production company: KARLAKUM FILM, FIDELIO FILMS, YAKA FILM 

Country: Turkey, Colombia 

The adventures of NUH (20s), an underground leader with albinism, who begins to work as a double for his anti-corruption mission after his best friend invents hyper-realistic masks.  But his heart matters interfere and make him entangled in a dangerous and action-packed world. 


HOOKED  

Creator/Director: Adrian Sitaru  

Writer: Adrian Sitaru 

Producer: Anamaria Antoci 

Production company: TANGAJ PRODUCTION, 4 PROOF FILM 

Country: Romania 

When a prostitute from the hidden past of a married couple comes back with an outrageous proposal, even murder is justified in exchange for survival. 


JINX  

Creator: Kristian Novak 

Writers: Mario Kozina, Maja Pek-Brünjes 

Producer: Danijel Pek 

Production company: ANTITALENT 

Country: Croatia 

A Romani investigator is sent out to solve a crime case and restore balance in a town exhausted by racial intolerance. She will have to choose between the peace in the community and her own integrity. 


THE GRAND TRIAL  

Creator: Iván Szabó 

Producer: Ádám Farkas 

Production company: CINESUPER 

Country: Hungary 

In the grand blood libel case of 1880s Hungary, prosecution's crown witness, MORIC SCHARF (15) is ready to send his own father to the gallows unless star attorney EÖTVÖS halts insanity in the country. 


TREASURE OF VELEŠ  

Creator: Tina Šmalcelj 

Producer: Tina Šmalcelj 

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina 

When three teenagers go on a quest of finding a lost Bogumil treasure, they end up tangled in a dangerous world of secret societies, corruption, and long forgotten crimes. 


TRIXY 

Creator: Tudor Giurgiu 

Writer: Cecilia Stefanescu, Tudor Giurgiu 

Producer: Matei Truta 

Production company: LIBRA FILM PRODUCTIONS 

Country: Romania 

A Romanian Nijinsky is oppressed by communists and forced to hide his sexual identity and emotions for decades. His journey mirrors all the tormented historical moments of the last century. 

 

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