Turkish director Onur Saylak received the prestigious Eurimages Co-production Development Award for his project There Are Two Kinds of People in This World, at the 17th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (22-26 February). The Market handed out its three awards after an extensive series of more than 1,500 individual meetings involving almost 600 participants. This year’s selection brought together 36 new feature-film projects.
There Are Two Kinds of People in This World follows the president’s visit to a coalmine during Ramadan to attend a dinner with the miners. When the mine collapses, trapping him, some miners and a journalist, tensions begin to rise, as some of the survivors either worship or hate the president. The film is written by Hakan Günday, and produced by Nadir Öperli from Liman Film.
The jury comprising of Czech Film Fund representative Elena Kotová, Greek producer Giorgos Karnavas and French world sales representative Marie-Pierre Vallé, gave a Special Mention to the artificial intelligence-themed project Electric Child by Swiss writer-director and co-producer Simon Jaquemet. The ArteKino International Prize, valued at €6,000, went to The Melting by Belgian director Veerle Baetens.
The Last Paradise on Earth by writer-director Sakaris Stórá, from the Faroe Islands won the VFF Talent Highlight Award, to the tune of €10,000. Finally, producers Deepak Rauniyar from Nepal and Diana Almeida from Brazil pitched their projects to the participants in the Berlinale Co-Production Market, and each received a nomination prize of €1,000.