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Not just debut and second films: the seventh TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event kicks off

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- Featuring among the projects presented as part of the Script & Pitch project, are new films by György Pálfi, Fien Troch and Matthias Luthardt, and fiction debuts by Pietro Marcello and Peter Krüger

Not just debut and second films: the seventh TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event kicks off

Eleven films made it to the screen in 2014; a further 30 will begin production, post-production or will arrive in theatres in 2015. The TorinoFilmLab is celebrating its seventh anniversary by continuing to bear fruit: History of Fear [+see also:
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by Benjamin Naishtat (in competition in Berlin), Viktoria [+see also:
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by Maya Vitkova (in competition at the Sundance Festival), Los Hongos [+see also:
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by Oscar Ruiz Navia (selected in Locarno), Mercuriales [+see also:
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by Virgil Vernier (in the Cannes ACID selection) and Bypass [+see also:
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by Duane Hopkins (screened in Venice) are just some of the feature films developed and supported by the international lab directed by Savina Neirotti and launched this year in theatres. And at this 2014 edition, a new award will be added to the traditional production awards: the TFL Distribution Fund (supported by Creative Europe; four awards of €43,000 for the biennium 2014-2015), the missing link that was needed to complete the movie course, from the script to the big screen. 

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In fact, the starting point for this year's TFL Meeting Event (24-26 November, during the Turin Film Festival) was scripts. New to the Script&Pitch 2014 project is the presence of both debut directors and more experienced film-makers, like György Pálfi, Fien Troch, Matthias Luthardt, Peter Krüger and Pietro Marcello. “The model that we have developed, of dealing with development in collaboration with others, works so well that nowadays directors making their third or fourth, or even sixth film, come to us, like in the case of György Pálfi”, explained Savina Neirotti. “These filmmakers believe in the development process, just like we do,  aware of the fact that some projects require a different, more collaborative approach”.

Telling us about it was György Pálfi (creator of multi award-winning Hukkle, Taxidermia [+see also:
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and Free Fall [+see also:
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), at the TFL with his new project The Voice (a KMH Film production), a mix between a mockumentary, science fiction and road movie based on the book “His Master’s Voice” by Stanislaw Lem: “In Hungary it’s difficult to produce movies, you have to find new connections in order to do so. When we applied to the TFL, cinema was at a standstill in my country, everything was halted for three years. And so we had to develop a project in English and to find co-production partners”. Included in the 12 projects selected this year for Script&Pitch, also is the fiction debut by Italian Pietro Marcello (awarded in Turin and Berlin for The mouth of the wolf [+see also:
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), entitled A Backwards Journey (production company: Avventurosa), starring a ‘grave robber’, that is to say, a tomb raider who sells off precious objects on the black collectors’ market. Speaking to us about it, in the director’s absence, was co-screenwriter Alfredo Covelli: “The character is based on Pietro’s uncle, a grave robber, who, when he was young, brought him into the countryside to dig out treasures. It’s a subject that’s rarely presented in cinemas, and yet it’s very interesting because these people have a double personality: they come from modest backgrounds, but they have an extraordinary  knowledge of architecture and history”.

A leap to fiction also for Belgian Peter Krüger (creator of documentaries Antwerp Central and N-The Madness of Reason [+see also:
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) with his project entitled Continental Drift (Inti Films), a film about globalization and its effects that echo from one part of the planet to another. For his fourth movie, Home [+see also:
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 (Prime Time), his compatriot Fien Troch focuses instead on the portrait of a difficult youth and the bitter confrontation with the world, while German Matthias Luthardt (Pingpong [+see also:
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interview: Matthias Luthardt
interview: Sebastian Urzendowsky
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), with The Girl with the Double Bass (French Exit) transports a mother-daughter drama to the music world. To obtain information on all of the TFL Script&Pitch 2014 projects click here.

(Translated from Italian)

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