TVCO to offer an array of titles from all over the world in Cannes
- From Poland’s Time for Love by way of the Philippines’ Death of Nintendo through to the Latvian-Finnish film The Pit, the Italian sales agent is offering buyers a varied line-up
The first title to be put forward by the international sales agency helmed by Vincenzo Mosca TVCO at the Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film is Time for Love [+see also:
film profile]. Directed by Miguel J. Vélez, a Colombian filmmaker who trained in Los Angeles and who also produced the film via his very own Lanterna Pictures (based in Colombia, the US and Poland), the film is a romantic dramedy starring Jacek Kałucki, Marta Sutor and Marcin Franc which plays out in Polish and English. Attracted by a mysterious female stranger, Mikołaj climbs aboard a train without a ticket. Will the journey last long enough for him to find love before Christmas?
Death of Nintendo, meanwhile, is set in Manila in the 1990s and takes us to the colourful pop culture world of four teenage friends, at a time when videogames were still a novelty. The title is directed by Filipino filmmaker Raya Martin and produced by Indieflip and Black Sheep.
Mario Piredda’s The Lamb [+see also:
film profile] is likewise a coming of age film, co-produced by Italy and France by way of Articolture and MAT Productions, alongside RAI Cinema, with the support of the Sardinia Region and the Sardinia Film Commission Foundation. The father of rebellious sixteen-year-old Anita is seriously ill and awaits a bone marrow transplant. His brother is a donor match, but the two haven’t spoken for years. Anita decides to intervene, in a harsh and polluted version of Sardinia. The cast stars Luciano Curreli, Piero Marcialis, Michele Atzori and youngster Nora Stassi.
Similarly Italian in origin is Opera Mundi [+see also:
film profile] by Paolo Fiore Angelini, an experimental film based upon the theatrical production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. Starring Raffaele Abete, Cristiano Scilla, Vladimir Stoyanov and Antonio Di Matteo, the movie is produced by Avocado Pictures, ABC Arte Bologna Cultura, Icaro like-us and Oblivion Production.
For its part, El silencio del cazador by Argentina’s Martín Desalvo (a Doménica Films production) tells the tale of Guzmán, a ranger who tirelessly patrols a nature reserve in pursuit of poachers, pitted against Orlando Venneck, a farm-owning settler of European origin who’s also a hunter. Behind the touristic image of the nature reserve, there lies a hidden world besieged by tensions between the different cultures fighting for control.
In terms of documentaries, there are two such works gracing the TVCO slate. Starring Maya Sansa, Franco Berrino and Giuseppe Cederna, A riveder le stelle [+see also:
film profile] by Italy’s Emanuele Caruso is a docu-film produced by Obiettivo Cinema which is intended as a letter to future humanity. In the coming years, once climate change has brought about the biggest crisis ever known to man, we will look back to the past. Thinking on the many mistakes we knowingly made over the years, we will ask ourselves one question: "How could we have allowed it?”.
Sisterhood by Domiziana De Fulvio (Alfa Multimedia), meanwhile, offers an up-close snapshot of three all-female street basketball teams in Lebanon, Italy and New York City. These women live totally different lives but share a deep and genuine passion for basketball, which has always been considered a sport for men alone; communities of women who, aside for this shared passion, all differ greatly in terms of ethnic origins, culture, religion, social class, age, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Next, in post-production, we find The Pit [+see also:
film profile] by the Riga-born director Dace Pūce, which was adapted from a successful novel by Latvian writer Jana Egle and which stars Russian newcomer Damirs Onackis in the lead role. The film is a co-production between Marana Productions SIA (Latvia) and Inland Film Company OU (Finland).
And last but not least, in development, the TVCO line-up boasts the next film by Stefano Incerti, I Want to Watch, a thriller revolving around a sixteen-year-old girl, written in league with Diego De Silva and produced by Rain Dogs, alongside TVCO themselves.
(Translated from Italian)
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