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TorinoFilmLab’s SUNSET and TEL AVIV ON FIRE at the Venice Film Festival

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TorinoFilmLab’s SUNSET and TEL AVIV ON FIRE at the Venice Film Festival

July 25, 2018

After conquering the Golden Bear in Berlin with TOUCH ME NOT and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Critics’ Week with DIAMANTINO, the lab sets off towards the Venice Lido with two titles, among which László Nemes’ much awaited second feature.

An Oscar-winning director in Competition

Three years after the worldwide triumph of his debut feature SON OF SAUL (Grand Prix and FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2015; Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 2016), Hungarian helmer László Nemes is ready to present his highly anticipated, TFL-developed sophomore effort SUNSET in Competition at the 75th Venice Film Festival (29 August - 8 September). The film will immediately after have its North American Premiere in the Special Presentations of the Toronto International Film Festival 2018.

Set in 1913 Budapest, SUNSET revolves around an orphan girl facing a mysterious family past at the eve of the First World War. The film vies for the Festival’s highest honour, the Golden Lion. László Nemes completed the first draft of the script within ScriptLab 2012 (formerly Script&Pitch) before shooting SON OF SAUL, and later benefited from tailor-made consultations with international experts from various fields of filmmaking during the FeatureLab 2015 programme (formerly FrameWork). SUNSET has been supported by TorinoFilmLab with a TFL Production Award of € 50.000.

Co-written with Clara Royer and Matthieu Taponier, SUNSET is a co-production between Laokoon Filmgroup (Hungary) and Playtime Productions (France), with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund. For this new work Nemes renewed his collaboration with SON OF SAUL cinematographer Mátyás Erdély, a returning trainer at TFL’s FeatureLab programme.

TEL AVIV ON FIRE selected in Orizzonti

Another second feature film, TEL AVIV ON FIRE by Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi, will compete in the Orizzonti section – dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema, with special attention to debut films and young talents. Zoabi’s political comedy is a co-production between Samsa Film (Luxembourg), Lama Films (Israel), TS Productions (France), and Artémis Productions (Belgium). The World Sales are handled by Indie Sales.

TorinoFilmLab supported the project through the TFL Audience Design Fund, granting financial support for € 40.000 as well as tailor-made consultations on innovative strategies for promotion and distribution with TFL experts.

The same section also features LA NOCHE DE 12 AÑOS, the new movie by TFL Alumnus Alvaro Brechner, supported by the lab for his second feature MR KAPLAN, and THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW by our Alumna Soudade Kaadan.