The Drama Series Days, to be held on February 9th and 10th,are the main new feature of the Berlin co-production market: the market screenings of ten TV series will be accompanied by a session (on the morning of the 10th) dedicated to the pitching of six television co-production projects.
One of these comes from the European Coproduction Forum of Series Mania, the international TV series Festival that is held in Paris in April. “Series Mania, our partner in this initiative will, in turn, choose one of the five projects presented and invite it to the Forum in April”, says Wiebke Esser, the head of this new section.
There are 36 projects in the Co-production Market this year, 20 in the official selection which also includes the new picture by Ritesh Batra, the director of the international success “The Lunchbox”. Italy is represented in the project directed by Stefano Savona “Samouni Road”, a co- production between the Italian Dugong, and the French Picofilms. The new Berlinale Directors section will also make space for the new projects from three directors who have made a name for themselves at the Berlinale in the past years: “Sway with Me” by India’s Avinash Arun (Crystal Bear 2014 for “Killa”, at Genaration Kplus), “My Happy Family” by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, the directors of the German-Georgian co-production “In Bloom” (Forum 2013), and “High Dive” by the Hungarian Ádám Császi, director of “Land of Storms” (Panorama 2014).
Italy is also present in the Breakfast and Books selection, the pitching section featuring ten novels which will be presented to producers on the afternoon of February 10th, with “La tentazione di essere felici” by Lorenzo Marone (Meucci Agenzia Letteraria).
MEDIA SALLES AT THE BERLINALE
The twelfth edition of the DigiTraining Plus course to be held in Prague and Bratislava in summer 2015, will be presented on Saturday February 7th during the usual event that MEDIA Salles organizes at the Berlinale in collaboration with AG Kino and Cicae.
At this meeting, which is dedicated, in particular, to quality theaters, MEDIA Salles will present the latest statistics on cinema consumption in Europe and the progress of digitalization.