Brooklyn director makes feature debut

Barcelona-based production house Mediapro has boarded the Mideast-set drama “Salt of This Sea,” the feature helming debut of shortsmaker Annemarie Jacir, who also penned the script.

Producers include Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes via their New York-based Louverture Films. Lead producers are Jacques Bidou and Marianne Dumoulin via their Paris-based JBA Prods.

In an unusual wide-ranging international spread for a low-budget film, other producers are Pierre-Alain Meier of Thelma Film in Zurich and Joseph Roushop of Liege, Belgium-based Tarantula. London’s Clarity Prods. is also involved in the project but does not take a producer credit.

“Salt” follows a young American woman who travels to the Middle East, falls in love and begins a road trip with her new boyfriend that ends on an Israeli beach.

“To make a film in this part of the world from a young, first-time director without stars in a local language is exciting but also a risk and difficult, and shooting in Israel is as expensive as Europe,” Bidou said.

Pic, which has just begun editing, continues Mediapro’s investment in international auteurs. The company is also a lead producer on Woody Allen’s Barcelona-set project.

Brooklyn-born Jacir’s “Like Twenty Impossibles” was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation panorama and drew the film short nod at the Palm Springs, Chicago, Mannheim-Heidelberg and IFP/New York fests.

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