Magazine article Screen International

Paris Project Unveils 2012 Selection

Magazine article Screen International

Paris Project Unveils 2012 Selection

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Paris Cinema's co-production forum, running July 2-4, will present 14 core projects alongside a selection of Cannes Cinefondation and Taiwanese productions.

Upcoming films from Gurvinder Singh [pictured], Khavn De La Cruz and Wang Chao are among the 12 productions due to be presented at this year's edition of the Paris Project co-production forum.

"It's not a deliberate move but there is more of an accent on Asian films. Six of the 14 films hail from Asia," comments Vanja Kaludjercic, who took over as head of the Paris Project this year.

Running July 2-4 within the confines of the Paris Cinema festival, Paris Project aims to connect filmmakers from across the world with French producers and distributors.

Indian filmmaker Singh, whose debut Alms For The Blind Horse premiered in the Orizzonti section of Venice last year and won the Special Jury Prize at Abu Dhabi, is seeking French backers for his second film The Fourth Direction, capturing two ordinary men caught up in the Sikh separatist violence of the 1980s.

Experimental Philippine filmmaker De La Cruz, a Rotterdam regular who screened his Mondomanila there earlier this year, will present Ruined Heart!, an exploration of love and violence set against the backdrop of Manila's slums.

German producer Stephan Holl of Rapid Eye Movies is already attached to the project alongside De La Cruz's long-time Philippine producer Achinette Villamor.

"This production is Khavn's most ambitious to date. It will take him to another level of filmmaking," says Kaludjercic.

Chinese director Wang Chao will present his road movie Looking For Rohmer, set between Beijing and Tibet, and Paris and Provence. Chao previously worked with French companies on his The Memory of Love, which was distributed by Bac in France last year.

Portuguese producer Luis Urbano, who recently co-produced Miguel Gomes' Tabu, will bring Ivo Ferreira's Letters From War, a biopic about focusing on the early years of Portuguese writer Antonio Lobo Antunes, which has already secured half its [euro]1.4 million budget.

Italian producer Marta Donzelli, who past credits productions include Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte which screened in Directors' Fortnight in 2010, will present Chiara Malta's feature I'm Not An American Actress about a Romanian actress living in the US and Rome.

Two of the projects have been selected in partnership with the Hong Kong Asia Finance Forum (HAF): Flora Lau's Bau's tragicomedy Bends, about an unexpected friendship between a chauffeur and the affluent housewife, and Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan's documentary Flowing Stories capturing dying village traditions in Hong Kong's new territories. …

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