Israel, Germany, France Join Ridley Scott's

VENICE – Israel, Germany, and France are joining Ridley Scott’s user-generated feature format “Life in a Day,” the collective filmmaking project in which people in an individual country upload footage of their lives on a specified day and the material subsequently gets processed and edited by a director.

The announcement was made at the Venice Film Festival where “Italy in a Day,” had its out-of-competish world preem Tuesday to positive reponse.

Produced by Italy’s Indiana Productions and pubcaster RAI, “Italy in a Day” generated 45,000 uploads, 627 of which were utilized by director Gabriele Salvatores.

Besides folks going though their day in Italy it also features an Italian astronaut in space, a sailor on a cargo ship, a doctor in Iraq, and an Italo immigrant in Shanghai.

“Gabriele Salvatores and his team at Indiana Production have made a beautiful film, truly reflecting the reality of life in Italy today,” Ridley Scott enthused in a statement.

Indiana, which is a growing innovative shingle, and Scott’s London-based Scott Free will now produce “Israel in a Day” in tandem with Israeli producers Haim Mecklberg and Estee Ycov-Mecklberg, and Tel Aviv-based 2teamProductions. The project is presently on hold due to Israel’s current conflict with Hamas.

“It’s a country with plenty of drama in everyday lives. We just need more time, but we will do it,” said Indiana’s Marco Cohen.

“Germany in a Day” is being developed with Germany’s Egoli Tossell Films. The “France in a Day” project is in earlier development stages.

After launching “Life in a Day” at Sundance in 2010, Scott Free subsequently licensed the format to Fuji TV for “Japan in a Day,” to the BBC for “Britain in a Day,” then to Indiana and RAI for Italy.

Now They’ve now teamed up with Indiana for more territories.

“Italy in a Day,” which is 75 minutes long, will have a minuscule theatrical outing in Italy on September 22 and 23, before airing in primetime on RAI 3 on September 27.

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