New Spotlight on projects

CineMart kicked off today in style with the über theatrical Spotlight presentation of the projects - less a white knuckle ride for filmmakers and producers, more an inclusive and informal on-stage chat to whet the appetites of future partners. 

All sixteen projects were discussed, the format being a conversation between a designated mentor/expert and the project representative.

Event moderator Marten Rabarts from EYE was impressed: "Introducing Spotlight is a great way to introduce the projects into a deeper more profound discussion by the time people sit down one-to-one. Producers and filmmakers are given the opportunity to sit on stage in front of the participants of Cinemart and share the birth of the idea, the core of it, where it comes from. Why they are making his film above all, opening the door for a deeper discussion for when they actually get to sit down [with potential financiers] who will be more prepared and will have more understanding, and they can actually get to the point of the meetings much more quickly. This selection is a distillation of some of the finest works coming out of the international film world - truly international"

Added MUBI's SVP of Content Bobby Allen: "[The format] really makes the filmmakers focus on what is important in the story and in projects, so you really get a theatrical example of what they are trying to convey. It's great that Marten is kicking in with those questions because they have to react to something, maybe a little more left field, and come up with a response. As a potential co-financier or distributor of the film it is a great way to be able to take in the whole story, the whole project."

"[Spotlight offers] a sort of distance so you can allow it to wash over you as opposed to feeling that you have to react directly in the moment," he added. "It gives you more time to absorb it before you get down to the one-to-ones."

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The Projects

First up this morning were director Anita Rocha da Silveira (Brazil, project: Medusa), filmmaker Jesper Dalgaard and producer Maria Møller (Denmark, Moonblood) and the director/producer team of Lovisa Sirén and Siro Hjorton Wagner (Sweden, Sagres). The discussed their projects with mentor Roshanak Behesht Nedjad.

Da Silveira told how her film about violence perpetrated by girls upon other girls was inspired by the Medusa myth. "Everybody knows that Perseus cut her head off but in the first part she is beautiful and was punished by Athena because she had sex, and was transformed into this creature. And then I realised that this [story of] a woman punishing another woman and trying to control another girl had a parallel in our culture."

Danish director Dalgaard (whose Doom Room VR is showing at WORM) explained the crisis at the heart of his film, about a man trying to communicate with God through his brain brother damaged at Christmas time. When the director was eight years old his own brother was involved in a terrible car accident which left him severely brain damaged, an event which had a profound effect upon his family. "Since then I have had a difficult relationship with him, and to be honest I really hate him. And sometime I think it would have been better if he had died. So I finally decided to make a film about this feeling, this problem I have toward him and also because…I work a lot with characters that stand outside society. Dark horses, characters that we think are useless. II really believe that these characters can maybe lead us towards something more divine."

Sagres is described as a road movie about three generations of women who in their own ways strive to be free and independent. "The story about being a woman, a mother, a daughter and a sister in this society today. It is about the bad girl versus the good girl… I want to make a film where women can fuck up and break the rules and do what they want to do."