Magazine article Screen International

Michel Merkt Boards Babak Jalali's 'Land'

Magazine article Screen International

Michel Merkt Boards Babak Jalali's 'Land'

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Swiss producer Michel Merkt has boarded Babak Jalali's upcoming drama Land about a native American family dealing with the scourge of alcoholism and the death of a loved one serving in Afghanistan.

Merkt, whose recent credits include the Oscar-nominated My Life As A Courgette, Xavier Dolan's It's Only The End Of The World and Toni Erdmann, has helped close a post-production financing gap.

The deal was begun during the Doha Film Institute's talent development event Qumra in March, where Land was presented as a work-in-progress. "It's a great asset for us. Michel's doing a fantastic job and is behind so many high-quality cinema productions right now," said lead producer Ginevra Elkann of Rome-based Asmara Films.

The picture is now close to picture lock with Belgian editor Nico Leunen attached and sights set on an autumn festival release. …

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