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Rotterdam Unveils 2021 CineMart Projects

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Rotterdam’s co-production market will run online Feb. 1-Feb. 5 as part of the festival's IFFR Pro Days for industry professionals. 

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has unveiled the 17 in-development projects selected for its 2021 co-production market CineMart. 

The typically cosmopolitan and eclectic slate of in-development projects that will be pitching for financiers and co-producers at CineMart 2021 include features from Brazil to Iran, and from Ethiopia to Ecuador.

The German director Nele Wohlatz, whose The Future Perfect won the best first feature honor at the 2016 Locarno film festival, will bring her latest, ¿Duermen los peces con los ojos abiertos?, already backed by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund, to Rotterdam. The project is an Argentine, Brazilian, Dutch, German co-production from Ruda Cine, CinemaScópio, Circe Films, and Blinker Filmproduktion.

Swedish filmmaker Johannes Nyholm, whose Koko-di Koko-da screened in Sundance last year, and who won the special jury prize in San Sebastian in 2016 for The Giant, has A Dutiful Wife, a Chinese/Scandinavian co-pro, picked for CineMart.

And Greek director Evi Kalogiropoulou, winner of the best short film award in Cannes this year for Motorway 65, brings Cora, her planned feature debut, to CineMart. The feature is being set up at Greece's Neda Film

Rotterdam's 38th CineMart will run, online-only, from Feb. 1 through Feb. 5. Rotterdam's entire Pro Days program, targeting international film professionals, will be virtual, including its Rotterdam Lab for project development, which runs Jan. 25-Feb. 5. CineMart 2021 will take place entirely on the IFFR's dedicated online platform.

Rising coronavirus infection rates in the Netherlands forced Rotterdam to split up the 2021 festival, its 50th anniversary event. During the Feb. 1- Feb. 7 period, Rotterdam will screen the festival's international premieres and its main competition lineup.

In the summer, from June 2 until June 6, the Dutch port city will hold large public screenings —assuming COVID conditions make that feasible and safe — intended to celebrate the highlights of the festival's first half-century.