The Marché du Film, held from 8-17 May, will have a healthy roster of Basque companies at the ICEX stand in Rivera A5 thanks to a partnership collaboration between Zineuskadi, the Etxepare Basque Institute and the Eiken cluster.
A catalogue of 43 film projects will be distributed in this space, located in the Cinema from Spain area, 13 of which are in a stage of production and 12 are either finished or were released in 2017. The catalogue features the work of 28 companies in all: Adabaki Ekoizpenak, Amania Films, Area Comunicación, Arena Comunicación, Arquetipo Comunicación, Atera Films, Baleuko, Basque Films, Barton Films, Blogmedia, Demeter Films, Dibulitoon Studio, Doxa Producciones, Einarte Produkzioak, Euskadi Movie AIE, Fragil Cinema, Izar Films, Kanaki Films, Komiki Films, Kubelik Films, Lamia Producciones, Laniakea, Pimpi&Nella Films, Sr&Sra Producciones, Talka Films, Taui Media, Txintxua Films and Zazpi t’erdi. Nine of the companies will be present at the Marché du Film. Among the works represented are 19 documentaries and 24 fiction features.
One of the most outstanding projects is the film Another Day of Life, produced by the San Sebastian production company Kanaki Films (Amaia Remirez), premiered at the Cannes festival in the Official Selection as part of the Special Projections, out of competition. This feature-length film is a blend of animation with a comic book aesthetic and real imagery to tell the story of Angola war reporter and author Ryszard Kapuscinski. Based on a book of the same title, the film is a coproduction between Kanaki Films (Basque Country), Platige Image (Poland), Walking the Dog (Belgium), Animation Fabrik and Wuste Film (Germany) and Puppetworks (Hungary).
The production company Txintxua Films will also take part in one of the events organized by BS2B0 (Best Seller to Box Office) with its project Karmele, an adaptation of the novel Elkarrekin esnatzeko ordua (Time to wake up together) by Kirmen Uribe. Asier Altuna and Marian Fernández will be present to pitch the film to possible international co-producers.
The Bilbao director Arantxa Echevarría will present her first feature film at the Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight). Carmen y Lola is a love story between two Roma teenagers who struggle to keep their relationship alive despite social discrimination.