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Mpm, Blonde Sa team on Myriam Gharbi's 'Pirates'

16 July 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Project is debut feature from the director of award-winning short April 4th 1968.

Paris-based Mpm Films and Greek production company Blonde Sa are teaming on French director Myriam Gharbi’s debut feature Pirates.

The semi-autobiographical tale revolves around a rebellious young woman from a tough outer-city suburb who is given a new lease of life when she hooks up with two anarchical squatters – Z and Manos - after serving time in prison on drug-dealing charges.

It was among nine upcoming productions presented at the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab pitching event on Friday.

Mpm producer Claire Gadéa, who is lead producing out of France, previously produced Philippe Lacôte’s Run, which was also developed at the lab before going on to premiere in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2014.

Gadéa has also already secured development money from France’s National Cinema Centre (Cnc).

Blonde Sa founding chief Fenia Cossovitsa is one of Greece’s best known independent producers »

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MandarinVision boards Bradley Liew's 'Motel Acacia'

16 July 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Upcoming Filipino genre picture tackles global immigration debate.

Taipei-based film and TV powerhouse MandarinVision has boarded Malaysian-born, Philippines-based director Bradley Liew’s upcoming horror picture Motel Acacia, set against a brothel with a sinister mission to bump off migrant workers.

Producer Bianca Balbuena of Manila-based Epicmedia Productions revealed the deal at the Sam Spiegel Film Lab pitching event on the fringes of Jerusalem Film Festival on Friday.

Balbuena said it was the fruit of a meeting with MandarinVision’s head of film Yeh Jufeng at Taipei Film Festival earlier this month. “She wants to support Bradley Liew because she thinks he’s one of the new talents of southeast Asian cinema and the reason I am here right now is because I believe the same thing,” said Balbuena.

In Liew’s words, “Motel Acacia is about a young half-Philippine, half-American man who is brought over to the West by his tyrannical Caucasian father and groomed »

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