Tokyo Project Gathering, a project market run under the aegis of the Tokyo film fest’s Tiffcom market, generated this year’s first production deal today.
L.A.-based producer Ann Carli of Fuzzy Bunny Films, whose credits include “Fast Food Nation,” “Trapped in the Closet” and Takeshi Kitano’s gang pic “Brother,” has agreed to put development coin into “Hachi Honey,” an omnibus drama based on fiction of the same title by Japanese writer Banana Yoshimoto. Her Japanese production partner is Hiroko Akatsu of Synapse Entertainment, who will contribute half the coin.
Naomi Kawase (“Suzaku”), winner of the 1997 Cannes Camera d’Or, and veteran Argentine helmer Suzana Amaral (“A Hidden Life”) are attached, as are scriptwriter Aida Bortnik and composer Shigeru Umebayashi. The producers intend to recruit two more helmers, one Chinese and one European.
Akatsu expects the script, about four women who search for new lives and loves in South America, to be completed by the second half of 2007.
The finished pic will present four chapters, each by a different female helmer. “It’s a film by women, for women,” Akatsu said.