November brought a bunch of great news for TorinoFilmLab-supported films (which month did not, anyway?). For my ongoing series of posts focused on TFL releases and work in progress projects, especially related to the 2012 Script&Pitch and Audience Design Programmes, I’m glad to share three updates from Chile, France and Italy.
Principal photography for La Holandesa started in Chile at the end of October, and the first scenes have just been presented at TorinoFilmLab’s Work-In-Progress section within the TFL Meeting Event 2016. This is a film I am especially looking forward to seeing: back in 2012 I was paired with it as an Audience Designer, so I read the first inception of this intimate road movie across Patagonia and the desert of San Pedro de Atacama. La Holandesa is written by Daan Gielis and directed by Marleen Jonkman. Keep an eye on the official Facebook page for upcoming news.
Meanwhile, Les Arcs European Film Festival has recently unveiled its selection for the Coproduction Village. It includes David Verbeek’s Dead & Beautiful, which is a co-production between Lemming Films (The Netherlands) and China’s XStream Pictures. The script is written by Verbeek, who is also going to direct the film, and revolves around a group of Chinese nouveau-riche youngsters who get transformed into vampires after a wild night spent in a nightclub.
Finally, Italian audiences still have the chance to catch up with Anne Fontaine’s Les Innocentes, written by Sabrina B. Karine and Alice Vial. Released in the UK on 11 November and in Italy this week through Good Films with the title Agnus Dei, it is a drama set in a convent in 1945 Poland, where several pregnant nuns are assisted by a French Red Cross doctor. Internationally acclaimed, the Italian press has labelled the film “a revelation” (La Stampa), “heart-warming” (Ciak), “spiritual and disturbing” (il Giornale). The Italian trailer is available here.