Bridging the Dragon announces selection of second Project Lab
- Following Bridging the Dragon’s successful Sino-European Project Lab kick-off in 2015, it has announced the 2016 line-up for the Lab in Beijing from 16-19 April and Venice in August/September
Part of the process of bridging the European and Chinese film industry is finding content that can appeal to both markets and overcome cultural, language and market differences. With this in mind, the Sino-European producers’ association Bridging the Dragon organises its second Sino-European Project Lab. The programme will consist of two four-day residential workshops before the next Beijing and Venice Film Festivals. Six European and six Chinese film projects suitable for co-production or co-financing will be invited for the Lab. Writing and packaging tutors such as Lu Wei, renowned screenwriter of Farewell My Concubine, To Live and Tuya’s Marriage, among others, Alex Jia of Shanghai New Culture Media Group, Marilyn Milgrom, script consultant of the BFI, Kate Leys, former head of development at Film4, Rikke Ennis of TrustNordisk/Zentropa China, Ulf Israel of Senator Film Produktion, Mercy Liao of Universal Pictures International, Emilie Blezat of Studiocanal China, Natacha Devillers of China Blue Films and Shan Dongbing of Donwa Pictures, among others, will support the attendees on story structure, believability of the setting in relationship to the other co-producing side, feasibility of the co-production. The projects selected for the Lab express a variety of genres and provenience but they have in common a strong positioning on the current market.
The European projects are:
The Sea Monster Who Couldn’t Swim, produced by Maipo Film, Norway – an animated family adventure about one sea monster’s lonely quest to save his world from being discovered by humans.
Qingdao, produced by Eikon West, Germany – the story of a forbidden love interwoven into the events of the Boxer Uprising in 1900 in China.
San Mao, produced by Lowland Holding BV, Netherlands and directed by Paula Van der Oest (Zus & Zo) – a romantic love story inspired by the life of the female writer Chen Mao Ping, whose pen name was San Mao. The film will focus on her relationship with her Spanish husband, Jose Maria Quero y Ruiz and the years they spend in the (former) Spanish Sahara.
Diplodocus, produced by Human Ark, Poland and co-produced by Walking the Dog, Belgium – a warm-hearted family animation about a young dinosaur who, searching for his parents, finds his own place in the world.
Love Of Alps, produced by Flying Color Motion Picture (Beijing), China and co-produced by Embassy of Dreams Filmproduktion, Germany, directed by Dan Tang (I Phone You) - a funny, adventurous and an emotional story about two men, three women and a noble family. A suet-jade Goddess of Mercy statue brings these five people together and they come across some exciting endeavours, such as a fast-paced GT racing with world-famous supercars. The story eventually turns into an unpredictable saga of laughter and tears.
Kinkaseki, produced by Bright Cold Day Films, UK – a compelling true-life thriller about a man whose quest for vengeance threatens to destroy him.
The Chinese projects are:
Dust To Dust, selected by FIRST International Film Festival and produced by Zeng Zeng Media, China – Xiaoshu’s father dies in a car accident. When she goes back for his funeral and discovers that he was actually murdered, she decides to take her own revenge.
Springtime for Baihe, produced by Chengdu Guangxin Le Chuang, China – a mother just released from 8-year wrongful imprisonment goes on a journey to look for her son in the Netherlands. However she cannot speak English and only has 15 days to find him.
Live Again in Italy, produced by Handcraft Films, China - a Chinese boy and girl, who are in Italy to escape from their past, fall victim to a mafia-run trap. Thanks to this incident they meet each other and while trying to adapt to life in Italy, they grasp the meaning of life and love.
My Team vs. Real Madrid, produced by JuBen Pictures, China – toilet salesman Cao Yunfei accidentally invests €200 in a La Liga football team in Spain. When he receives an invitation to watch his team play, Cao Yunfei, his childhood friend Zhao Tian, his puppy love Shuyi and silver spoon kid Da Cong embark on a hilarious and curious trip to Spain.
Da Ming Treasure Ship: Guardian Stone, produced by 1905 Pictures (Beijing), China – Chen Chen, a ten year-old boy living with a tribe on an isolated island on the Indian Ocean, longs to see the world. But as he finally gets the chance to do so, great troubles entail.
Ivory Love, produced by Yunnan Lucent Pictures, China – the story of a forbidden romance between the French architect Piero and the Chinese statutory officer's daughter Tang Zhimai and the oppressive relationship between their son and Piero’s French daughter Isabella. A story about breaking social norms, about love and hate between three generations of Chinese and French families during the First and Second World Wars at the Yunnan-Vietnam Railway.