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2023 TorinoFilmLab: Chie Hayakawa, Vytautas Katkus & Manuela Martelli Land Support

2023 TorinoFilmLab: Chie Hayakawa, Vytautas Katkus & Manuela Martelli Land Support

One of the most important labs out there for first and second-time filmmakers, the TorinoFilmLab (TFL) have thrown coin towards 10 projects for the 2023 edition of its FeatureLab training programme. Seven of the projects are debut features.

Screen Daily also adds: Twenty-one participants will take part across the 10 projects, including 12 women and nine men from 10 different countries. They will participate in two week-long residential modules in June and November respectively; plus an online module in September. Training experts include filmmakers Laura Citarella and Michelangelo Frammartino.

TorinoFilmLab FeatureLab 2023 projects:

Lionel (Sp)
Dir-scr: Carlos Saiz
Prod. Ana Valls for Blur
A distant father tries to get closer to his son, Lionel, suggesting a road trip to France. At the end of the journey, Lionel will have to decide if he accepts or rejects his father forever.

Milk Teeth (Rom)
Dir-scr: Mihai Mincan
Prod: Radu Stancu for deFilm
As she begins to discover what really happened to her kidnapped sister, Maria, a young girl, encounters a strange world, threatening to take control of her, and the only way to fight against it is to rely on her friends and her imagination.

Renoir (Japan)
Dir-scr: Chie Hayakawa
Prod: Eiko Mizuno-Gray for Loaded Films
11-year-old Fuki experiences the turbulence of loneliness, sexual curiosity, and the pain of her dying father over one summer in Tokyo.

Sealskin (Sp)
Dir-scr: Irene Moray
Prod: Marta Cruañas Compes for Vilaüt
In a world where women are vanishing, Flora will do anything to save her friend.

Skin Coat (Sing)
Dir-scr: Wei Keong Tan
Prod: Yi Peng Teoh for Giraffe Pictures
A son forces his male lover to wear a woman’s skin coat in order to enter his village to see his ageing parents. After the death of his father, the short visit turns painfully unbearable for the trio who have to make sacrifices to protect the ones they love.

The Beer Girl In Yangon (Indonesia)
Dir-scr: Sein Lyan Tun
Prod. John Badalu for Hore Pictures Production
Lily, a teenage girl works as a hostess in a sleazy beer station after her father got arrested while dealing with uneasy relationship with her mother, avoiding from falling through the tempting world of underage prostitution, and her bisexuality as she is caught between a mysterious elderly man and a young co-worker girl.

The Meltdown (Chile)
Dir-scr: Manuela Martelli
Prod: Alejandra García for Wood Producciones
The disappearance of Hanna (16), will mark the end of the innocence and childhood of Inés (11), unveiling dark secrets.

The Splendour Of Life (Can)
Dir-scr: Marianne Métivier
Prod: Geneviève Gosselin for Le Foyer Films
In the luxuriant countryside, Marie doubts her love for her partner as Noée mourns her father. In a suffocating city, Eva tries to anchor herself while Jeanne plans to leave. Moved by a significant encounter, they will all seek meaning in their way of inhabiting the world. The Splendour of Life is a sensual and poetic invitation to live life to the fullest.

The Visitor (Lith)
Dir-scr: Vytautas Katkus
Scr: Marija Kavtaradze
Prod: Marija Razgute for M-Films
End of summer. Danielius (30) makes a brief return to his hometown to sell the old flat in the wake of his dad’s death. But his visit takes longer than expected as Danielius, having nowhere to rush, attempts to reconnect with his hometown.

The White House (It)
Dir-scr: Francesco Romano
Prod: Raffaella Pontarelli for Amarena Film
Felicetta feels marginalized by her family and context in which she lives. One day, a powerful Camorra boss asks her for shelter. Their encounter will undermine their certainties. Until he disappears unexpectedly, destroying the illusion of an impossible relationship. He will return but something has changed.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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