Pontas at the Berlinale’s European Film Market 2013

As the first major film event of the year, the European Film Market (EFM) is a magnet for international industry professionals, and is seen as a barometer for the upcoming year in film. It runs for nine days as part of one of the most important film festivals in the world, the Berlinale. Once again, Anna Soler-Pont had the opportunity to enlarge the network in the film industry and present the Pontas activity to new contacts: as a literary agency selling film rights of books with adaptation possibilities and as a production company developing and packaging film projects.

In the photos below: the magnificent exhibition building of Martin-Gropius-Bau where the EFM takes place, next to a piece of Berlin’s wall.
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From left to right: producers Joshua Mehr and Patrick Nebout at Nice Drama Entertainment are working on the film adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s novel The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Through the Window and Disappeared, whose rights they acquired in 2010 from Pontas. The film is written, directed and co-produced by Felix Herngren, starring Robert Gustafsson, one of Sweden’s most beloved actors. The film started shooting in October 2012 in Hungary, mainly the flashbacks scenes; and the contemporary road movie will be shot in Sweden during April and May 2013. Premiere is alreadyscheduled for Christmas Day – December 25th, 2013 in Sweden. Meanwhile Hollywood studios and big independent production companies are already in conversations for the remake rights and international distributors have started to buy some rights.

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Within the Berlinale’s Forum programme there were five screenings scheduled of When I Saw You, the new feature film by Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir. A film for which Pontas had worked in previous markets. In the photos below, Annemarie Jacir at the Q&A session after one of the screenings, always in front of an audience of hundreds of people.

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Among the film projects in which Pontas is now involved as literary agency are also the adaptation of Dolores Redondo’s Trilogy of Baztan, starting with The Invisible Guardian: a project leaded by German producer Peter Nadermann from NadCon, the recent created joint venture with Constantin Film. And the adaptation of Olivier Truc’s novel The Last Sami, in development by Nice Drama Enternainment, most probably as a French-Norwegian-Swedish co-production.

As a production company, Pontas is currently completing finance of the feature film project Traces of Sandalwood, to be directed by Maria Ripoll (who was also in Berlin) and whose pre-production is scheduled for October 2013, to be shot between Mumbai and Barcelona.

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