Locarno’s Match Me! Producers and Highlights

Anybody wanting indicators that movie manufacturing is alive and kicking in some elements of the world – and never solely the obvious – want go no additional than Locarno’s Match Me!

A networking occasion, expanded this yr from 24 to 32 producers and fortified by the first-time presence of France, Match Me! focuses on rising producers. 

That includes new tasks from tracked auteurs – Lithuania’s Ignas Jonynas, India’s Payal Kapadia and Mexico’s Francisco Vargas – and winners at Cannes, San Sebastian and different main meets, many producers look solely a title or two from full emergence. 

If the fulsome slates of some producers are something to go by – DR’s Leticia Brea, Estonia’s Tallifornia and Kask Movies, as an illustration – manufacturing is a going concern in international locations exterior conventional manufacturing facilities. (Distribution, whether or not to platforms or in theaters, could also be one other matter).

Out of necessity or ambition, producers are scaling up, pushing ever extra into style and reaching out to manufacturing companions and expertise from world wide. Some producers produce extra overseas than home administrators.

A short drill-down on the producers, firms, tasks and productions at this yr’s Match Me!:

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Manolo Kabezabolo
Courtesy of Du Cardelin Studio

Dominican Republic

Leticia Brea, Menos es Más Producciones

It says a lot concerning the pulling energy and ambitions of Dominican Republic that Menos es Mas can lead produce a movie by celebrated Mexican auteur Francisco Vargas – “Fronteras,” now in put up. Ronni Castillo’s “Au revoir” shot in France, and Leticia Tonos’ Caribbean sci-fi survival drama, lensed at DR’s Pinewood Studios. Morocco Operation.will partly movie in Morocco. A formidable, outward-looking slate. 

Alexandra Santana, Minervas Productions

At the moment creating “And not using a Title,” the corporate’s first function directed by DR-based Venezuelan Valeria Valentina.  Turning on Marcela, a schizophrenic mom who believes her situation prevents her from being mom, the movie was chosen, it was chosen for Cannes 2020 La Fabrique and has secured Ibermedia improvement funding. 


Andreas Kask, Nafta Movies

Adventurously delving into spy thrillers (“Daybreak of Struggle”) and a medieval detective movie trilogy, begun with “Melchior the Apothecary.” Upcoming movies from Nafta, the place Kask works as a producer an head of improvement, embody “Serafima and Bogdan,” a sect-themed darkish thriller from Karlovy range winner Veiko Õunpuu (“The Temptation of St. Tony”).

Tōnu Hiielaid, Tallifornia

Tallis-based, and launched three years in the past with the ambition of creating 10 options in 5 years, with three launched and 6 a minimum of on the best way, together with  Rain Rannu’s “Jailbreak,” half reside motion half going down in an actual playable laptop recreation. Tallifornia additionally handles a private-sector movie fund, aiming to put money into 15 options from Tallifornia and third events. An organization which resides as much as its title.

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Courtesy of Tallifornia


Thomas Hakim, Petit Chaos

Based in 2018 by Hakim and Julien Graff, Petit Chaos hit the bottom operating with its first function, “A Evening of Figuring out Nothing,” from India’s Payal Kapadia, which world premiered at 2021’s Administrators’ Fortnight successful Cannes’ greatest documentary Œil d’Or. He’s at Locarno with Kapadia’s follow-up,”All We Think about as Mild,” a collective dream-layered drama about two girls, “Ikimanuka,” from Rwandan Samuel Ishimwe, a Berlin Silver Bear winner for brief “Imfura,” and Pablo Dury’s “Animals.” A extremely cosmopolitan slate.

Elsa Klugheit, Jonas Movies

Having produced the Texas and New Mexico-set doc options “Southern Belle” and “Seekers,” and “Tan,” a tackle modern Iran, upcoming tasks from Jonas Movies embody “The Island,” impressed by director Hong-kai Liang’s one yr of navy service in Taiwan. Additionally on Jonas Movies’ Locarno lineup: “The Finest Half,” the function debut as a director of “Name My Agent!” and “Stalk” author Victor Rodenbach.

Charlotte Vande Vyvre, Balade Sauvage Productions

Arrange in 2016 by Vande Vyvre and Francesca Betteni-Barnes, Balade Sauvage’s Match Me! slate is led by “Justice of the Peace,” the projected function movie debut of France’s Pierre Mazingarbe, director of a collection of typically fantasy-laced comedic shorts (“Grub,” “Moonkup”), through which an excellent and badass prosecutor transfers to a court docket whose clerk is her extremely estranged mom. Additionally coming to Locarno, “La Sarramauca,” from Sarah Lasry (“Spell on You”).


Francesca Delise, Illmatic Movie Group

“Sadly it’s getting very tough to distribute theatrically internationally,” says Delise. So Illmatic, a production-sales home, is combating again “working increasingly more with broadcasters and platforms” and “specializing in style movies that are extra placeable commercially-speaking.” Little marvel then that its high Match Me! Play might be darkish fantasy thriller “Resvrgis,” Francesco Carnesecchi’s follow-up to “La Partita,” a Netflix worldwide pick-up. Additionally speaking up Daniele Mariani’s debut function “Tony Marasco,” a comedy.

Luca Marino, Indaco Movie

Having snagged two David di Donatello brief movie awards – for 2018’s “Bismillah” and 2020’s Timo’s Winter,” Marino hails into Locarno with Mario Vitale’s “twenty first Century,” a couple of father’s film effort to avoid wasting his household from the decline of the West. It follows up Vitale’s 2021 “The Aphid and the Ant,” screened on Sky Cinema, Amazon and RAI.

Raffaella Pontarelli, Amarena Movie  

“Our enterprise mannequin relies on creating tasks and distributing them worldwide,” says Pontarelli, at Amarena, a production-sales combo. Weighing in as its greatest Locarno wager: Francesco Romano’s late ‘80s-set “The White Home” (“La casa Bianca”), primarily based on true occasions and a brief story by Armando Iovino concerning the relationship between a lonely lady and Camorra boss whom she hides. 

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Casa de Fieras
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Dominiks Jarmakovičs, Studio Locomotive.

Behind Signe Baumane’s Annecy winner “My Love Affair with Marriage” and Riga Fest laureate “The 12 months Earlier than the Struggle.” After 2019 “Izmisums”(“Despair”), Jamakovics is reteaming with director Kārlis Lesiņš and producer Roberts Vinovskis on “The Legend of Latvian Wolf,” a doc function concerning the extraordinary life odyssey from humble immigrant to Mexican wrestling tremendous star.

Alise Rogule, Mima Movies

Rogule began out as a commercials producer after which diversified into movie manufacturing, founding Mima Movies, which produced Lise Zarina’ “Close by” (2019,) which scored a greatest screenplay award on the Latvian Nationwide Movie Competition. Specializing in experimental low-budget films, Rogule secured funding from the Latvian Nationwide Movie Middle for Mima Movies’ subsequent function, on which Rogule goals to search out new collaborators at this Locarno’ Match Me! version.


Rūta Jekentaitė, Baltic Productions,

Based by Jekentaitė and Martynas Mickėna, Baltic Productions upcoming tasks embody the third function from Baltics star director Ignas Jonynas (“The Gambler,” “Invisible”). His “Border Wall,” facilities on the daddy of an autistic daughter who activates a neighborhood smuggling clan. Additionally dropped at Locarno a doc “Roberta,” director Elena Kairyte’s function debut, concerning the now grown up XYZ technology.

Rūta Petronyte, Kreatûra

“Lithuanian cinema is experiencing a renaissance, particularly with younger administrators with totally different aesthetics, attitudes and values,” notes Petronyte. Specializing in Lithuanian expertise and worldwide co-production, Kreatûra goals to experience this wave. At Locarno, Petronyte might be pushing “Ship,” an artwork doc about Lithuanian Algirdas Stravinskas a star choreographer who labored within the Soviet Union,


April Batican, Epicmedia

Epicmedia is presently finalising the subsequent function from celebrated Filipino director Lav Diaz, a 2014 Locarno Golden Leopard winner with “From What’s Earlier than.” The brand new movie is a political thriller turning on police brutality towards drug gangs turns into ordinary within the battle towards medicine. Batican has now joined up with director Carlo Enciso Catu on “Maintain My Gaze” which is presently beneath improvement.

Sari Dalena, Kino Arts

“We’re trying to develop Filipino sci-fi and unique animation which is underrepresented,” say director-producer Dalena and producer-editor Keith Sicat at Kino Arts. True to their phrase, their lead Locarno challenge is “Eve” (“Ewa”), set in a way forward for intergalactic migrant staff, as a scientist marooned on a hostile world struggles to reconnect together with her baby who’s lightyears away. Mission honors Filipino migrant moms, “and the way the bond of affection with their kids can’t be damaged by time or area.”

Geo Lomuntad, Mission 8 Initiatives

Manila-based, Mission 8 Initiatives slate presently soak up Netflix’ title “Cuddle Climate,” “Kitty K7” and “Fan Lady.” It’s co-producing director Janos Victoria’s function, “Kodokushi,” developed with help from Skills Tokyo and the Torino Movie Lab. In improvement, “Boldstar” and “Iti Mapukpukaw.”


Kuba Kosma, Serce

Having produced “All Our Fears,” a giant winner at this yr’s Polish Movie Awards,  Kosma is presently creating Netflix function “Luigi,” co-produced by Italy’s Disparte. Impressed by true occasions, the story turns sister Emilia and mobster Luigi, and their contrasting non secular religion.

Marta Lewandowska, Mates With Advantages Studios

Mates With Advantages’ latest work consists of Netflix unique “Erotica 2022,” the tales of 5 girls, all with an erotic aspect; and “Fucking Borhnolm,” a mid-age relationship disaster drama set on Denmark Bornholm’ island. Lewandowska can also be backing Flip Jan Rymsza (“A Last Reduce for Orson,” “Mosquito State”) on the event of his subsequent challenge, “Object Permanence.”

David Szurmiej, Studio Agart

Scoring on the Warsaw Movie Competition with “Robert Mitchum is Lifeless” and doc “100 Voices: A Journey Residence” and now creating lockdown comedy, “Oy Gevalt!,”  “Finches,” about Zoya’s relationship together with her painter’ grandmother; and “There Will Be No Different Ending,” a household reconciliation drama.


Justin Amorim, Promenade

Producer-director Amorim (“Leviano”) hits Match Me! with one of many occasion’s greatest and best-financed slates: Six titles, with most of their budgets coated., starting from style (“We Dwell in Concern,” Pedro Henrique) to romcom (“Lovefool,” Hermano Moreira) and doc options. Amorim’s key challenge: “Dreaming of Lions,” by Paolo Marinou-Blanco, a heartfelt darkish comedy about euthanasia, straddling Lisbon and Belgium, arrange already as a four-way worldwide co-production.  

Daniel Pereira, The Stone and the Plot

A manufacturing home, but additionally traditional movie distributor and ebook writer. At Locarno with a singular animated function, “049,” a couple of man who arrives in a metropolis in Asia to die however is revived – momentarily – by an opportunity encounter with a girl he thought he misplaced 5 many years earlier than. António Nuno Júnior (“Contextual Portraits 999”) and illustrator-graphic artist Rui Rasquinho direct.

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Courtesy of The Stone and the Plot

Mafalda Rebelo, Cimbalino Filmes

Successful the Ziff Youth Award at Zinebi with “Our Land, Our Altar,” Rebelo has in put up “50/50,” a doc function she directed on {couples} balancing elevating kids and work; in improvement, the autism-themed “Normality,” by André Guitar, and seven-part collection “Rio Grande,” a migration story, turning on a pair from Alentejo who strikes to the Lisbon suburbs searching for a greater life.


Nati Escobar Gutiérrez, Galapagos Media

Based in 2016 by two younger veterans – Escobar, a world gross sales exec at Lolafilms and producer Pau Calpe, who labored with Elías Querejeta, Galápagos will arrive at Match Me! with “Purgatory,” a brand new challenge by Agusti Villalonga – information by any measure – and “Sea Males,” through which a cab driver accompanies her dying fisherman father for one final journey to the Gran Sol fishing grounds off the English coast, themselves nearing extinction. 

Carmen Pérez, Du Cardelin Studio

Zaragoza-based, “telling tales that excite us on account of their authenticity and reality,” Du Cardelin is close to put up on “Manolo Kabezabolo,” a rollicking portrait of the wild, irreverent and terribly resilient punk singer, and “Calle Varsovia,” from José Alberto Andrés Lacasta, the portrait of Spanish Civil Struggle exile in search of, after many years of political battle, to elucidate her life in 1999 to her uncomprehending kids. 

Raquel Pedreira, Almaina Producciones

With lengthy expertise briefly movie manufacturing, Pedreira and accomplice David Moreno’s first function challenge, Eva San’s debut “Casa de fieras,” has gone from strength-to-strength, being chosen for the extremely choose ECAM Incubator 2021 program with Saiz that includes this mat as one in every of 10 Spanish Administrators on the Rise. A “vivid portrait of childhood and youngsters’s actuality coping mechanisms,” say Pedreira and Moreno, it activates Pablo, 6, who invents after which loses an imaginary buddy.   

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Producers Raquel Pedreira, Shee Heng Kuek, Raffaela Pontarelli
Courtesy Raquel Pedreira/Shee Heng Kuek/Raffaela Pontarelli


Celine Kao, Authentic Movies

Representing Authentic Movies and specializing in female-centric tales in Asia, Kao’s lead Match Me! title is “The Horse,” exec produced by high Taiwanese editor Yi-Tzu Lan (“The Murderer”). The story of a mourning daughter’s halting reconnection with life, Yi-Tzu Lan’s function debut is a brand new expertise improvement lab fave, chosen at Skills Tokyo, the Produire au Sud Workshop, TAICCA x Ties That Bind Workshop, and TAICCA x Focus Asia 2022.

Shee Heng Kuek, Aview Photos

Based in 2016 by Sheeheng Kuek and now specializing in worldwide co-production, Shee Heng Kuek’s high Match Me! is the buzzy “Malice.” In it, a captain units out together with his son and younger overseas boy to catch the enormous swordfish whose chase led to an accident which killed his son.

Alice You, Flash Ahead Leisure  

Producer of main fest titles – Cannes Un Sure Regard’s “Moneyboys” (2021); “Suburban Birds,” at Locarno’s 2018 Cineasti de Presente – Alice You hails into Locarno with “Moms in Transit,” a drama set as Russia invades Ukraine and oldsters in Taiwan search their probably stateless new child.


Sorcha Bacon, Strive Laborious Movies

Bafta nominated and a champion of character-led tales and marginalised voices, she says, Strive Laborious is presently creating a slate of function movies with companions together with BBC Movies (Claire Fowler’s “Procession”), Film4 (Lotje Sodderland’s “In Between”) and The Bureau (“Dry Stone,” to be directed by Charlie Manton). Latest credit soak up shorts resembling Kate Stonehill’s “Mom” (2020) and this yr’s “Pram Snatcher” by Theo Krekis.

Fawzia Mahmood, NW Photos

Mahmood, whose first function as a producer, “Acta Non Verba”, premiered at Locarno in 2017, is creating with BBC Movie an upcoming function from author, director, musician and Turner Prize-winning artist, Imran Perretta. Moonspun Movies govt produces. At her London-based firm NW Photos, Fawzia is presently creating a world slate of tasks that, she says, lower throughout style, platform, price range stage and borders.

Zadoc Nava, Stray Canine Movies

A brand new child on the block, arrange in 2022, however creating a number of options together with “The Far Mountains,” a nuanced coming-of-age story with an allegorical undertow as a mirrored image of the little/no future state of Iran’s younger which has already attracted spectacular worldwide backing. To be helmed by Iranian artist-turned-writer-director Mitra Tabrizian, whose function debut, 2017’s “Gholam,” met with excessive reward.

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Producers Carmen Perez, Luca Marino, Francesca Delise
Courtesy Carmen Perez/Luca Marino/Francesca Delise

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