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CineMart projects Kid and Touch Me Not awarded

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The co-production market that unspools during the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), CineMart, came to a close earlier this week, with two awards handed out to CineMart projects.

The Arte France Cinéma Award for Best CineMart Project, worth €10,000, went to Romanian/French co-production Touch Me Not from director Adina Pintilie.

Manekino Film and4 Proof Film from Romania and Atopic from France are production partners on the project that is described as “an investigation into our chronic longing for touch, for contact, on its multiple levels. A woman and two men in search of intimacy. Their solitudes meet – by chance or maybe they were supposed to – in a forlorn attempt at contact”.

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The film will be Pintilie’s feature debut as a director.

The Eurimages Award for Best CineMart Project with a European Partner went to Kid, the third feature of Flemish director Fien Troch.

The title character in Kid is “a happy seven-year-old boy who feels safe at home and loved by his mother, even though being a single mom isn’t easy for her. When his mother dies, Kid has to face the fears and anxieties of this world”.

The Prime Time production is Troch’s second CineMart project after Unspoken [+see also:
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, which was presented at the 2007 edition of the CineMart and screened at the IFFR in 2009.

The Jury for the awards consisted of Rémi Burah, General Secretary of Arte France Cinéma; Peter Gustaffson of SVT (Swedish Television and a Board Member of Eurimages; and Susanne Marian from German production outfit Essential Filmproduktion.

The IFFR Tiger Competition Awards will be handed out on Friday evening, while the festival will continue through Sunday.

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