Bradley Liew of Epicmedia Productions (Philippines), Stefano Centini of Volos Movies (Taiwan/Italy) and Singapore’s Huang Junxiang have reunited to launch two style tasks on the Busan Worldwide Movie Competition‘s Asian Contents and Movie Market.
The trio beforehand teamed on Sundance Midnight hit, “In My Mom’s Pores and skin” by Kenneth Dagatan, which was just lately ranked quantity six on Selection’s Finest Horror Films of 2023. The movie was acquired by Amazon Studios and can stream on Prime Video from Oct. 12.
The producers are backing Dagatan’s “Molder,” a body-horror supernatural thriller set in a sleepy Italian city the place an aged Filipino immigrant combating indicators of early onset dementia, grapples with the sudden disappearance of his spouse and the mysterious younger man who claims to have positioned a curse upon them. The movie goals to mix each Filipino folklore primarily based supernatural horror with the experiences of the Filipino diaspora in Italy. It will likely be shot within the Philippines and Italy with Filipino and Italian actors. The movie is presently in superior growth and early financing levels. It is because of begin manufacturing on the finish of 2024 or early 2025.
The fifth characteristic movie of director Carlo Catu (“Aria”), “Maintain My Gaze” is designed as a high-tension thriller thriller set in Taiwan. Via lies, deceit and homicide, three broken souls search to fix via the love of one other. However nobody is ready to maintain the gaze of their lover, beneath the shadow of the ever-present third. Catu’s work seeks to discover the trauma surrounding the Philippine household, the normalization of LGBTQ+ centric-stories and the balancing each inventive and commercially viable works.
The movie shall be shot primarily in Taiwan, in each Mandarin and Filipino language with Filipino and Taiwanese leads. The undertaking just lately gained the TAICCA Award on the the Malaysia’s MIFFEST Undertaking Market and shall be offered on the 2023 TCCF (Taiwan Inventive Content material Fest) Script to Display screen Pitching this November in Taipei. Along with Liew, Centini and Huang, the movie can even be produced by April Batican (“Mina-Anud”) of Epicmedia and Chiu Ping-Yu of Volos. The movie, which is presently within the financing stage, has been presold to Japan beneath Harakiri Movies (Taro Imai) and slated for manufacturing on the finish of 2024.
Liew mentioned: “Epicmedia want to specific its absolute delight and pleasure to reunite with each Stefano Centini and Huang Junxiang. Our first collaboration collectively was the vastly profitable Sundance hit, ‘In My Mom’s Pores and skin,’ it was the most effective coproduction experiences the place every producer (and nation by extension) introduced out one of the best of the undertaking and actually elevated the movie to a world stage. We really feel that our shared imaginative and prescient of making auteur pushed style tales from a Southeast Asian perspective is the way in which ahead in creating demand for content material originating from our area, to the world. And now we glance to additional increase this scope of tales with two Filipino movies set overseas, one in Italy and the opposite in Taiwan.”
Centini added: “All of us share a robust dedication to creating one-of-a-kind, genre-bending tales that embody borders and continents. Our previous success with ‘In My Mom’s Pores and skin’ has been a testomony to that, and we’re obsessed with carrying this ahead with ‘Maintain My Gaze’ in Taiwan, and to open new potentialities via our new Italian department, Volos Movies Italia, on ‘Molder.’ With these movies, we intention to supply a brand new perspective to audiences worldwide, merging Filipino storytelling with the distinctive landscapes of Taiwan and Italy, creating new fashions of coproduction for unbiased cinema.”
Huang mentioned: “It’s all the time a pleasure to work with filmmakers who share a dedication to telling nice tales. ‘Maintain My Gaze’ and ‘Molder’ are two movies which possess the potential to make a cultural impression throughout Asia. Each take care of social points that our Asian societies grapple with and are packaged with a robust market angle. It’s adequate excuse to reunite with trusted mates.”
Epicmedia-produced movie, Lav Diaz’s “Important Truths of The Lake” was at Locarno and is enjoying at Busan.
Volos’ “Tomorrow Is a Lengthy Time” by Jow Zhi-Wei made its debut on the Berlinale, and “The Settlers” by Felipe Galvez premiered at Cannes. Volos Movies Italia coproduced “Important Truths of the Lake.”
Huang produced 2018 Berlinale title “Ramen Teh,” 2020 Busan movie “Tiong Bahru Social Membership” and has additionally served as producer for HBO Asia anthology sequence “Folklore” (2018) and “Meals Lore” (2019).
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