Abrantes' doc nabs co-prod prize

PARIS — Gabriel Abrantes’ “Narciso, Edipo and Orpheus” nabbed one of the five prizes at the fourth edition of FIDLab, the co-production forum dedicated to micro-budgeted documentaries and fiction films, which is hosted by FIDMarseille Intl. Film Festival.

Currently at script stage, “Orpheus” is a €100,000 ($122,000) documentary project looking at the impact of globalization in Haiti. “It’s told through the personal story of Abrantes’ father, a Haiti local who works at an influential banking institution,” said Jean-Pierre Rhem, managing director of FIDMarseille.

Abrantes’ feature debut “Tristes Monroes” (co-helmed by Daniel Schmidt) was presented last year at Rotterdam’s Cinemart and Cannes’ Atelier.

A dozen projects hailing from nine countries (Germany, Austria, Brazil, Spain, U.S., France, Mexico, Portugal, and Tunisia) were selected from 370 submissions and pitched at FIDLab, which is topped by Rhem.

Prizes were chosen by a jury comprising Rasha Salti, Toronto Intl. Film Festival programmer for African and Middle Eastern cinema; Marie-Pierre Macia, former artistic topper of Directors Fortnight; and Spanish producer Lluis Minarro

The other nods went to three fiction films: Jean-Charles Fitoussi’s “Un Kamikaze,” which follows a young kamikaze in contemporary Japan; Ricardo Alves Jr.’s “Elon Rabin Doesn’t Believe in Death,” about a man searching for his missing wife; Neil Beloufa’s suspenser “Entertainment Suspect,” about a mysterious crime perpetrated in a Parisian hotel; and Eleonore Saintagnan and Gregoire Motte’s doc “The Foxes.”

“We’re seeing many young and talented directors who are able to make fiction films that are artistically ambitious on shoestring budgets,” said Rhem. “They think out-of-the-box and borrow the shooting style of documentaries, using small teams — and the result is often well-polished.”

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