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Back to the Lido: TFL brings 3 films to Venice

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Back to the Lido: TFL brings 3 films to Venice

July 26, 2021

Three films developed also thanks to the TFL’s programmes are ready to approach the Venice lagoon from the 1st to the 11th September for the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival.

Two #TFL films - out of the 19 selected - will be screened within the Orizzonti section; we send our congratulations to the teams of WHITE BUILDING and PILGRIMS.

WHITE BUILDING is written and directed by Kavich Neang, the first director from Cambogia to get a spot in the official selection of the festival, and it was supported by TorinoFilmLab with the Audience Design Fund 2020 (€ 45.000).
The plot - written with Daniel Mattes - focuses on Samnang that has to face the demolition of his lifelong home in Phnom Penh coupled with pressures from family, friends, and neighbors, which all arise and intersect at this moment of sudden change. 

PILGRIMS is a debut by the Lithuanian director Laurynas Bareiša and it was developed within the FeatureLab class of 2019 together with the young producer Klementina Remeikaite.
The film unfolds around Indre and Paulius that travel to the small town where a gruesome crime was committed and they learn it is not as easy as expected to revisit the past.

Finally, we have a film in the brand new section of the festival: Orizzonti Extra. Congrats to COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON by the Lebanese Mounia Akl. She worked on the film with the producer Myriam Sassine in the frame of the programme FeatureLab 2018, gaining the TFL Co-Production Award 2018 (€ 50.000).

COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON - written together with Clara Roquet - tells the story of a free-spirited family that has escaped the toxicity of Beirut by seeking refuge in the utopic mountain home they have built when, unexpectedly, a garbage landfill is built right outside their fence.
This film is very much inspired by sustainability topics and has been produced following green protocols such as albert, Beirut DC e Greener Screen.

Fingers crossed also for Il buco - screened in the main competition - directed by our alumnus Michelangelo Frammartino!

Still from Venice: two #TFLfillms will premiere in the frame of the Giornate degli Autori 2021: ANATOMIA and OUT OF SYNC.

by Ola Jankowskawhich has been developed within the Script&Pitch programme in 2014, focuses on Mika that arrives in Poland to pay a hospital visit to her father whom she hasn't seen for nearly 20 years and who now suffers from a severe brain injury and inherent memory loss. When they eventually meet, the father is convinced she is still a teenager and they are a family. Mika decides to stay in Poland a bit longer, thus becoming the father's companion in perplexity -- gently guiding him through the labyrinth of his fading mind.

OUT OF SYNC by Juanjo Giménez - implemented within the FeatureLab programme in 2018 - tells the story of a sound designer who starts hearing everything too late. Dyssynchrony has become a way of discovering who she really is.

Good job also to our alumni Aly Muritiba and Monica Stan screening their films: Deserto Particular and Imaculat

Lastly, Matteo Tortone's film Mother Lode has been selected within the Settimana Internazionale della Critica. The film is produced by Nadège Labe and co-produced by Margot Mecca, the three of them are all current Alpi Film Lab participants. 

Best of luck with all the films, we can’t wait until September.

In the image: a still picture from WHITE BUILDING.