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Katz aims to fund controversial films

'Unforgettables,' 'Eyes' are stories from region, producer sez

Israeli producer Raphael Katz is seeking co-producers for a clutch of projects that are raising eyebrows before they’ve even been made.

“The Unforgettables,” which is in the Co-production Market, tells the story of a French photographer who seeks revenge on the Israeli soldier who shot her Palestinian boyfriend, only to discover she has fallen in love with her dead beau’s killer.

French shingle 1001 and the Israeli Film Fund have signed up with Katz’s Pimpa Prods. for the project, which will be helmed by Matan Guggenheim. Latter is no stranger to controversy after his short, “Crickets,” looked at folks betting on the number of people killed in suicide bomb attacks.

Katz is also in negotiations with potential German sales agents.

Meanwhile, Katz is prepping “Eyes Wide Open,” a homosexual love story set in an ultra-otrthodox Jewish community.

“You can’t get more controversial than that,” Katz said. “Unfortunately, all these stories are true stories from the region. It’s our job to cross borders.”

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