The U.K.’s Film Council and Italy’s RAI Cinema have come on board to develop the next movie by Danis Tanovic, the Bosnian writer-director whose debut pic “No Man’s Land” won last year’s script prize at Cannes and this year’s foreign-lingo Oscar.
Tanovic intends to shoot the as-yet-unscripted film early next year in Morocco.
Like “No Man’s Land,” it will be produced by Tanovic’s Paris-based partner Cedomir Kolar, with U.K. co-producer Cat Villiers. Villiers is routing the project through her slate development deal with the Film Council.
Few hints are being dropped about the pic’s subject matter. “It will be politically current, with a mystery element,” Kolar says cryptically.
For much of the past year, Tanovic has been touring the world with “No Man’s Land,” picking up a remarkable 43 prizes at fests and national film awards, climaxing with the Oscar victory. He has also turned down all offers of projects and Hollywood agency deals.
He will move onto his next feature after he shoots his segment for the portmanteau movie about Sept. 11, which will involve 11 helmers each offering an 11-minute seg for the Jacques Perrin-produced pic (Cannes Daily Variety, May 16).