SOUTH TYROL/A Special Effect

photo by Martin Rattini

The South Tyrol Effect has never been as high as it was in 2017: the spin-off in the region created by the projects realized last year was 200%, with 28 projects funded thanks to the € 5 million of the IDM Fund which has been confirmed for 2018.
These include the new lm by Abel Ferrara, “Siberia” (working title), an Italian-German co-production between Vivo film and The Match Factory; the black comedy by Alessandro Angelini, “Abbi Fede” (working title); a remake of the Danish “Adam’s Apples” produced by Greif Produktion in Bolzano with Austria’s Sigma Filmproduktion and Italy’s Cannizzo Produzioni; “La befana vien di notte”, starring Paola Cortellesi, produced by Lucky Red and the documentary by mountaineer Reinhold Messner about the expedition in ‘59 to the summit of the “Cerro Torre” in Pa- tagonia, produced by the German Riva Film. Plus there is the docu-film by Gerald Salmina on the life of South Tyrol’s Hans Kammerlander. “Manaslu – Berg der Seelen” (working title) supported by IDM during the production and already filmed in Val Aurina thanks to the Austrian Planet Watch Film & Video Produktion; “Tensione super ciale” (working title), the debut work by Giovanni Aloi which, in 2016, took part in Berlinale Talents, an Italian-French co-production by Ombre Rosse Film with Chic Films.
Another project backed by IDM first during the pre-production phase and this year in production is “Hogar” (working title), the directing debut of South Tyrol’s Maura Delpero, an Italian-Argentinian co-production between Disparte, Vivo film and Campo Cine.

Over 400 days of filming in the region, with 20 active productions on sets involving numerous local workers and actors:
“La ragazza nella nebbia” by Donato Carrisi, filmed around Lake Carezza and the Val d’Ega; “ll Premio” directed by and starring Alessandro Gassmann which was filmed around Dobbiaco, Lago di Braies, Sesto, Vilpiano, Gargazzone, Settequerce and the cities of Bolzano and Merano.
The German director Ralf Huettner filmed for a month in the Castle of Tures in Val Aurina, Castel Mareccio in Bolzano, Lake Braies and Lake Monticolo to make the 2nd chapter of the German saga for children “Burg Schreckenstein”; and the Belgian Kenneth Mercken directed the cast and crew of “Coureur” in Egna and Val Venosta which is a story about cycling, passion and doping set in the ‘90s. Plus various sequences of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, a spin-off from the “Star Wars” saga – long-awaited among the Italian releases for 2018 – were filmed in South Tyrol.

South Tyrol’s growth objective on the Italian and international cinema market was broadly confirmed, as assured by Birgit Oberkofer and Renate Ranzi who have been running the IDM Film Fund & Commission since last May.
The films and documentaries supported by IDM and totally or partially filmed in the region have taken part in over 30 Festivals; around 24 training events for professionals and new local talents have been organized in various fields of the audiovisual sector, and 6 scholarships have been assigned to filmmakers from South Tyrol.

For 2018 IDM is working on the concrete development of the post- production sector in South Tyrol by installing specialist companies and creating new connections between businesses, professionals, researchers and start-ups alongside the new technological Park, NOI Techpark which, for several months, has been the Film Commission’s new operational headquarters.
Cine Chromatix Italy will be inaugurated soon in Merano, the first Italian head office of the German post-production company that has formed a joint venture with the company from South Tyrol Ammira Film. Cine Chromatix Italy will offer post-production services to theatrical and television projects in South Tyrol (from color grading to visual effects).

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