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Forum unveils ‘T Project,’ ‘Wind’

Pics at EPC Locarno co-prod'n event

MADRID — Gyorgy Palfi’s “T Project” and Marco Puccioni’s “Like the Wind” figure among projects to be pitched at the European Producers Club’s next Co-Production Forum.

Showcasing 15 movies, the Forum takes place Aug. 7 at the Locarno Film Festival.

The fourth feature from Hungarian helmer Palfi, who shot to fame with “Hukkle,” which won the European Discovery/Fassbinder Award, “T Project” is set up at top Magyar production house Katapult Film, which produced Palfi’s latest pic, “I Am Not Your Friend.”

A romping, humor-laced action-romancer, “T Project” turns on Miklos Toldi, a self-destructive jousting hero described as the Raging Bull of 14th century Europe.

Produced by Italy’s Intelfilm and Puccioni’s follow up to 2007 Berlin Panorama player “Shelter,” “Wind” narrates the arrestingly tragic real-life tale of Armida Miserere, an Italian woman who as head of Sulmona High Security Jail stood up to the mafia.

The Locarno event also features Daniel Ragussis’ “Haber,” the ethically instructive bio of German Nobel Prize winning chemist Fritz Haber, which is being moved by Germany’s highly active Hofmann & Voges (“John Rabe,” “The Sea Wolf”).

Of other better-known directors at the Forum, mainstream Magyar helmer Gabor Herendi (“A Kind of America”) has social drama “The Ten Commandments,” about Hungary’s direction-less youth. Germany’s Cine Plus Filmproduktion will present “Devotion,” turning on a liberating menage-a-trois, from Martin Gypkens, last seen at Locarno’s Piazza Grande in 2007 with “Nothing But Ghosts,” and Italy’s Far Out Films will present “Pizza e Datteri,” from Italian-Iraqi Fariborz Kamkari (“The Forbidden Chapter”).

Instituted in 2002, Co-Production Forums form one of the core initiatives of the European Producers Club, a Paris-based network, think tank and lobby counting many of Europe’s most powerful production forces among its members.

Under Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of film and TV and EPC prexy since 2008, membership has grown to 49 companies. “The EPC has reinforced its presence in key territories — France, Germany, Spain and Scandinavia,” Moszkowicz said.

New members this year include France’s StudioCanal and Fidelite Films and Italy’s RAI Cinema.

Moszkowicz added: “The EPC is the only institution I’m aware of on a European level where you have a variety of big companies and small producers from big and small countries all under the same roof.”

This facilitates first-hand experience information exchange, which is hard to gather otherwise, he added.

Organizing members’ meetings at major markets and festivals, this year EPC expanded its reach beyond Europe creating the World Cinema Network connecting producers from outside Europe — from Egypt, Latin America, India and China, for instance — to EOC members.

EPC will hold a further Co-production Forum at the Rome Festival on Oct. 28.

Its Berlin and Cannes Co-Production Forums broke attendance records, Moszkowicz said.

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