Cupellini and Assayas supported by BLS
by Vittoria Scarpa
- Production grant managed by the Film Fund & the South Tyrol Commission set to finance eight projects, including some foreign ones, for a total amount of €1,453,000
Eight new projects will receive financing from the BLS - Film Fund & South Tyrol Commission. Films selected within the context of the second 2013 funding call include two from South Tyrol, three from other Italian regions, two from Germany and one from Sweden.
Among projects to have obtained financing are Claudio Cupellini’s (photo) and Olivier Assayas’s latest projects. Cupellini is working on I principianti [+see also:
film profile] (a provisional title) starring Elio Germano and Alba Rohrwacher. Produced by Indiana Production Company and coproduced by 2.4.7. Films SAS, the director’s third feature film after Lezioni di cioccolato [+see also:
film profile] and A Quiet Life, tells the story of a man and a woman’s meeting at the Ritz hotel in Paris. Both are in search of happiness and success, but a tragic event will abruptly separate them until their next meeting two years later. The film is to receive €350,000 from the BLS.
The same amount is to be given to the latest Assayas film, Sils Maria, a French German coproduction with Juliette Binoche, Kristen Steward and Daniel Brühl. Produced by Pallas Film GmbH and coproduced by CG Cinéma SA, it retraces the life of actress Maria Enders who knew theatrical success at the age of 18 for her work on “Maloja Snake”, to which she remained attached her entire life.
Vergine giurata by Laura Bispuri was allocated €198,000. The film was recently presented at the Cannes film festival’s Cinéfondation. Produced by Vivo Film and coproduced with Colorado Film Production for Italy, Bord Cadre Films for Switzerland, Arizona Productions for France and Erafilm SH.P.K for Albania, the film tells the story of women living in the mountains of Albania, respecting the ancient laws of Kanun. The film will be shot in Bolzano and its surroundings and will once more star Alba Rohrwacher.
Another important foreign production is Swedish Eyeworks Film & Tv Drama AB, towards which BLS has committed €400,000 for Sune on Roadtrip by director Hannes Holm. The film is a comedy about the Andersson couple who would like to bring their children to South Tyrol to show them where they spent their romantic honeymoon. Their holiday will be fraught with surprises.
Documentary film series Vier Jahreszeiten also received funding. The project is being financed by German Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG. Other beneficiaries include Ignaz Friedman - world citizen by Peter Paul Kainrath, produced by South Tyrol-based Mediaart Production Coop Gen.m.b.H, Clash! by Domenico Distillo, which is in a pre-production phase and is being produced by Helios in Bolzano, and Launig - Dala löna by Nicoletta Nesler and Marilisa Piga, produced by Italian Pierrot and Rosa Srl.
The next, and last, deadline to apply for grants in 2013 is set for October 9.
(Translated from Italian)