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Paris — Pia Marais’ South African drama “White Knuckles,” Karim Ainouz’s French Riviera-set thriller “The Beauty of Sharks” and Fabio Mollo’s psychological suspenser “White Shadows” were the standout projects pitched at the inaugural of Paris Coproduction Village.
“Knuckles” tells the tale of an Australian stuntwoman who returns to her native South Africa after her mother is brutally attacked. As the young woman starts to investigate the crime, she discovers the bleak reality: Violence perpetrated against women and organized crime run rampant among the white Afrikaners living in post-apartheid Africa.
Trish Lake at Australian shingle Freshwater Pictures is producing the €2.3 million ($2.7 million) film. A Swedish-South African helmer, Marais last directed “Layla Fourie,” which played at Berlin in 2013.
Lake, who was pitching the project with Marais at the Paris Coproduction Village, said Freshwater Pictures is in discussions with a well-known young Australian actress for the role.
Lake added Marais’ reference for »
- Elsa Keslassy
English-language thriller set on French Riviera in the 1950s due to shoot July 2015.
Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz’s upcoming thriller The Beauty of Sharks was one of the hot projects at the inaugural edition of the Paris Coproduction Village, which unfolded off the French capital’s Champs Elysees last week.
Two French buyers were rumoured to be circling the thriller about a group of Us expatriate hustlers living on the French Riviera, who are trying to get a piece of an elderly socialite’s millions.
The feature is produced by Filip Jan Rymsza of Royal Road Entertainment, which is based out of Los Angeles with satellite offices in New York and Luxembourg. Rymsza, who has a dual Us and Polish nationality, also takes a co-writing credit.
“The plan is to raise finance both out »
Cannes– Paris Coproduction Village, a new development and financing platform organized by the team behind Les Arcs Film Festival and hosted by the Champs-Elysees film festival, has unveiled its projects lineup.
Brillante Mendoza’s “The Embroiderer,” Karim Aïnouz’ “The Beauty of Sharks,”Fabio Mollo’s “White Shadows” and Andrea Segre’s “40%,” as some of the 12 projects set to be presented at the two-day mart, which will take place June 12 and 13.
Open to international titles, the selection, which is spearheaded by Vanja Kaludjercic, head of industry, and Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, CEO of Les Arcs’ and Paris’ Co-production Villages, comprises four European projects, three from Asia, two from the Middle East, one from the U.S. and one from Latin America. Budgets range from less than half a million Euros to more than 10 million Euros.
The Paris forum will follow the winning receipe of Les Arcs’ event, mixing up films from emerging helmers with movies by well-established filmmakers. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Inaugural edition of the new co-production market will run June 12-13.Scroll down for full list of projects
Organised by the same team that runs Les Arcs European Film Festival, in association with the Champs-Elysees Film Festival, the event will take place off Paris’ most famous boulevard on June 12 and 13.
The event was launched in March to replace the respected Paris Project co-production market, which folded after losing its city hall funding.
“We were very proactive in terms of chasing projects we knew were coming together. Everyone did their bit and got on the phone. We’re pretty pleased with the resulting selection.”
Fleurantin said: “It »
Qissa, directed by Anup Singh, won two awards at the 20th edition of the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (Festival international des cinémas d’Asie) that concluded on February 18 in Vesoul, France.
The film won a Special Mention by the International Jury comprising Brillante Mendoza as Chairperson, assisted by Taraneh Alidoosti (Iran), Jocelyne Saab (Lebanon) and Philip Cheah (Singapore). The Jury said in its citation: “…Qissa by Anup Singh (India) for its brave fusion of the historical epic, the transgender film and most unexpectedly, a ghost story.”
The film also won the Inalco Jury Award (granted by the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris) for “the beautiful script, the quality of acting and the beauty of the picture.” Qissa features Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Rasika Dugal and Tillotama Shome.
The films awarded at the festival will be screened at Guimet Museum of Asian Arts, Paris, from »
Some 29 projects will be pitched to co-producers, investors and distributors over a three day period, Mar. 24-26, including four competing for the Haf/Fox Chinese Award, backed by Fox International Productions.
All of the Haf’s factual entries will be eligible for a new documentary prize.
The event takes place in Hong Kong as part of the Entertainment Expo that also incorporates FilMart and the Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival.
The Philippines’ Mendoza, 2009 best director at Cannes for “Kinatay,” has two projects at Haf: narrative feature, “The Embroiderer,” and “The Gay Messiah” a documentary questioning religion and belief.
- Patrick Frater
The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf) has unveiled this year’s line-up of 29 projects, including two from the Philippines’ Brillante Mendoza.
The line-up includes four projects under the third annual Haf/Fox Chinese Film Development Award, which aims to support scripts from up-and-coming Chinese filmmakers (see full line-up below).
Mendoza is bringing feature film project The Embroiderer, about undying love, along with documentary Gay Messiah, which questions religion and belief. The Philippines’ Jun Robles Lana also returns to Haf this year with his project Our Father, after winning the 2013 Haf award for Barber’s Tales.
Hong Kong filmmakers are also strongly represented in the line-up, with five projects, including comedian Lam Tze-chung’s Game and actress-turned-director Carrie Ng’s Angel Whispers.
Hong Kong projects also include Jason Kwan’s A Nail Clipper Romance, produced by acclaimed director Pang Ho-cheung; Philip Yung’s The Sea, produced by Jia Zhang-ke’s regular producer Chow Keung; and Simon Chung »
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Bryan Cranston as a Polish gangster; Chuuk immigrants in Guam; a Japanese superhero dressed only in women’s panties; Honolulu transit controversies; a home run-hitting gorilla; and filmmaking initiatives from the Cook Islands — all these and more were on display during last month’s Hawaii International Film Festival. New films by Jia Zhang-ke, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Hayao Miyazaki, Brillante Mendoza and Dante Lam dominated the festival’s solid Asian lineup, while emerging talents such as Tze Chun and Steven J. Kung led its selection of American work. Casting its nets far closer to shore, the festival also highlighted local Hawaiian and Pacific Islander […] »
- Jason Sanders
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