Magazine article Screen International

Cupellini, Kozole Drum Up Next Features at Les Arcs

Magazine article Screen International

Cupellini, Kozole Drum Up Next Features at Les Arcs

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A host of new and established European talent were discussing new projects at the Les Arcs Co-Production Village this week.

Damjan Kozole, Claudio Cupellini, Ilann Girard and Alexandra Stone were among directors and producers presenting new projects to co-producers, sales companies and distributors at this week's Les Arcs European Film Festival Co-Production Village.

Spare Parts and Slovenian Girl director Damjan Kozole [pictured] presented new film Night Life, which he wrote with Ognjen Svilicic and will direct himself. The black comedy follows the intertwined stories of a young mother, a repressed lawyer and a suicidal security guard in the Slovenian capital Ljubliana.

The film already has interest from a German producer and Kozole and producer Danijel Hocevar are looking for French and Croatian partners.

Speaking to Screen, Kozole described the script as a "strong, powerful story about a serious subject revealed through black comedy. It explores contemporary fears in France, Slovenia and the whole of Europe and will combine a cast of well known Slovenian actors with lesser known ones".

"We're waiting on a decision from the Slovenian Film Centre, who we hope will provide a decent amount of the budget," said the director.

Kozole's 2009 drama Slovenian Girl, a project which came out of the first edition of the Les Arcs Co-Production Village, debuted at the Sarajevo Film Festival before getting a berth at Toronto and more than 70 other festivals.

Italian production outfit Indiana Productions and director Claudio Cuppelini were present to discuss their new film The Beginners, a love story between an Italian waiter and a young Russian model spanning Paris, Milan and Moscow. The script is due to be completed early next year for an autumn shoot.

Cupellini's third film retains many of the creative elements from his acclaimed 2010 drama A Quiet Life. The director is again writing his script with Filippo Gravino and Giudo Iuculano while cinematographer Gergely Poharnok and editor Giuseppe Trepiccione are on board once again. Rai is on board for development.

Speaking to Screen, Cupellini described the project: "As in my previous film A Quiet Life, I am trying to understand the behaviour of those who have no roots. My previous film was about a man escaping from his past and his relationship with his son. In this film, I follow two people who don't have family or any supprt and who live in countries which are not theirs. It's a story about finding the right person at the wrong time. And as in previous stories of mine I consider morality. …

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