Co-pro mart also prizes 'Fragrance,' 'Hongos'
TorinoFilmLab, the Italo co-production mart partly modelled on the Sundance Institute, announced the winners of its fourth edition on Tuesday, awarding a total $691,000 in production coin to five projects. They are:
• “Touch Me Not,” Romanian helmer Adina Pintilie’s first feature. Drama about man’s need for physical contact received the ARTE France Cinema Award as most promising project at Rotterdam’s CineMart 2011.
• “Underground Fragrance,” a first work by Pengfei Song being set up as a France/Taiwan/China co-production, produced by Tsai Ming-Liang.
• “Mr. Kaplan,” Uruguayan helmer Alvaro Brechner’s sophomore effort after “Bad Day to Go Fishing.”
•”Beirut, I Love You,” a memoir by artist and blogger Zena el Khalil of the 2006 attacks on Lebanon. Pic is the feature debut of Italo documaker Gigi Roccati, to be shot in Lebanon and the U.S., produced by Italy’s Vivo Film.
•”Los Hongos” (The Fungi), about graffiti artists, by Colombian helmer Oscar Ruiz Navia whose “Crab Trap” bowed in Toronto in 2009 and unspooled widely on the fest circuit.
The ultra-indie mart — which takes place during the Turin Film Festival — hosted some 120 attendees.