ROME – Rome’s new MIA market has announced its nods to support co-prods which see Italian director Costanza Quatriglio’s “Just Like My Son,” about the plight of an Afghan teen in Italy, scooping the New Cinema Network’s Eurimages Co-production Development Award.
The nod, worth Euros 20,000 ($22,000), goes to the project best reflecting criteria for cross-border productions set by Eurimages, which is the Council of Europe’s co-production fund.
Co-penned by Quatriglio with Silvio Soldini’s regular collaborator Doriana Leondeff (“Days and Clouds”), “Just Like My Son” is inspired by the true story of an Afghan teenage boy who escapes civil wars and the Talibans and is searching for his estranged mother who has also left their homeland.
Italian producer Andrea Paris’ Ascent Films is shepherding with a small portion of the project’s roughly $2 million budget in place, provided by Rai Cinema, Gaul’s Cnc, and the Apulia Film Commission development fund. Quatriglio (pictured) is a prolific pluriprized documaker with one feature film (“The Island”), which bowed at Cannes, under her belt. She is also the first Italian director to score this nod.
The jury of the Eurimages award gave a special mention to Turkish Kutlug Ataman’s “Hilal, Feza and other planets,” about the unlikely friendship between a devout Muslim girl and a male prostitute.
Two new development prizes introduced by MIA, each worth Euros 15,000 ($17,000) also went to Italian projects.
First time helmer Fulvio Risuleo’s innovative “Look Up,” about adventures amid outcasts who live on Rome’s rooftops took one; the other MIA development nod went to Giovanni La Parola’s “My Body Will Bury You,” a pulpy period revenge tale involving a gang of female bandits in 19th century Sicily.
Two development nods for docus pitched at the Italian Doc Screenings, worth Euros 5,000 each, went to Matteo Bastianelli’s Souls of Syrians, about a young Syrian refugee, and Giovanni Totaro’s “Happy Winter,” about people living on a Palermo beach.